Former Michigan star and current Cleveland Browns defensive back Jabrill Peppers spoke about his former defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin yesterday. He gave a less-than-glowing review of the embattled Maryland head coach.
Durkin is currently on administrative leave and under investigation following the death of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair and an explosive ESPN report accusing the coach of fostering a "toxic" culture in College Park. Peppers' comments about Durkin didn't do the coach any favors.
Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show yesterday, Peppers was asked about playing for Durkin, who was Michigan's defensive coordinator in 2015. He described the former coordinator's methods as "bully coaching."
“Coach Durkin, he was a different guy, you know what I mean. His tactics were different," Peppers said. "It felt extreme at times. I’m just as shocked reading all the stuff that’s going on now. I thought he was only like that because it was his first time coaching us. He was the defensive coordinator so he was just trying to get us to buy-in to how he wants his defense to play. I thought once he became a head coach that he would calm down a little bit, become more of a people person, a player’s coach.
"But I wasn't really following him once he left, because a couple of the guys with myself, we didn't like how everything went down when he left. But I'm just as shocked reading the stuff that I'm seeing as well.”
Yikes. Let's just say Durkin won't be playing that interview in his defense any time soon.
Maryland held a press conference yesterday during which it took full responsibility for the circumstances that led to McNair's death, but did not provide any update on Durkin's status.
However, smart money says he most likely won't return as head coach/