The Silver Bullets v2.0.11

By DJ Byrnes on August 23, 2011 at 1:00p
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2011W Ohio State Football Preview
Why did I put a picture of Jack Tatum in a 2011 defensive preview? BECAUSE I COULD, DAMMIT.Where Any Discussion of OSU 'D' Starts

Note: So, I just wanted to make a little note and publically take an L in regards to the article below. In what was a misplaced sense of arrogance, I figured I already knew enough to get me through this piece. Obviously, I didn't, and for that, I apologize. Consider this lesson learned. I struck through some errors and added the corrections. Feel free to shame me in the comments below, I can most certainly take it. (Hell, feel free to even email me about it). And while you can certainly adjust this piece's credibility or my credibility, please don't let the eternal idiocy of an amateur diminish whatever it is you think of this website. Y'all deserve better from me. Now, back to jokes about drinking liquor out of kangaroo skulls!

 

In a little less than a fortnight, Akron's football team (and their 10 drunkest students who are pretending they're actually Akron fans for the day) will be ferried into the center of the Horseshoe, in front of over 100,000 fans, and they will be ceremoniously butchered like the sacrificial lambs their school's president pimped them out to be. I don't know about you, friends, but I have waited a long time to drink liquor from the skull of a kangaroo. It. Will. Be. Glorious.

Now, from what I gather, all of the speculation and skepticism heading into the 2011 campaign seems to fall on the offensive side of the ball. If Ohio State fails to to achieve success that has become an annual expectation in Columbus, then surely, it will be entirely Ol' Dude Joe Bauserman's fault. (Kidding. Kind of).

There may be some new faces on the defensive side of the ball--but this is Ohio State. As such, the defense, over the course of the last decade, has been more about a system overall rather than the individual names of the pieces which are plugged into it. Sure, the pieces may change, but the expectations remain the same.

And, why should this year be any different?

Apologies to Solomon Thomas, but there will be no pillars of the defensive unit missing the first five games. they'll be able to grow as a unit through the entire season, without the cloud of returning starters hanging over their head. A co-defensive coordinator during the Tressel regime has been appointed in his stead. The system continues. Whatever 11 find themselves out there two Saturdays henceforth will be expected to perform just as well as the 11 who became before them did, because this is Ohio State and that's how it's done.

It's interesting to ponder, but had Jim Tressel's scheme come to fruition, the defense would probably the one hoarding the question marks and skepticism. With the departures of Jermale Hines, Ross Homan, Cameron Heyward, Devon Torrence, Brian Rolle, Dexter Larimore, Chimdi Chekwa, Dorian Bell, and Jonathan Newsome, it's a testament to Ohio State's tradition on that side of the ball as to why there seems to be little doubt about their production this coming fall.

THE DEFENSIVE LINE

Ever since Troy Smith appeared to have either gotten pregnant or soaked his shoes in cement before the Florida-Ohio State national title tilt in 2007, Ohio State fans have been well aware of what having a deep, athletic defensive line can do for a football team. While the likes of Vernon Gholston and Thaddeus Gibson showed glimpses of physical dominance these last few years, Ohio State's overall defensive line play has been sub-par. (Insert low hanging fruit like a SEC speed joke here). This could be the year Ohio State breaks that barrier.

Obviously, the first name that springs to mind when discussing the defensive line is that of junior John Simon, who is expected to be the talisman of the defensive line (if not the entire defense) this year. I observed Mr. Simon in person for the first time last Thursday--and while he is noticeably smaller than you'd expect (there's no way he's more than 5'11")--he is still a wrecking ball of a man. Capable of lining up inside at tackle or on the end, opposing offensive lines will have to account for him on every play.

U CAN RUN BRADY.... BUT THE WORD OF JOHN SIMON SHALL FIND YOU."John Simon is gunna be a monster!" -Everyone

He'll be lining up next to returning defensive end Nathan Williams, who led the led the team with 4.5 sacks last year. While Williams has traditionally been a pass-rush specialist... he will be expected to grow into more of a complete player during his senior season.  Seeing as Williams came on nicely as the season went on last year, there's no reason to think he isn't ready to accept the enlarged role.

While Simon and Williams will be expected to anchor the unit, there will be some newcomers; but don't mistake the lack of game experience for lack of depth on the defensive line. In fact, Ohio State's depth at defensive line could be what makes this defense great.

Sophomore defensive tackle, Jonathan Hankins, who some say is the best defensive pro prospect at Ohio State, will be called in to chop wood throughout games this year. Garrett Goebel &Adam Bellamy, the former four and three star recruits, respectively, are expected to see some time at the tackle position as well. 

JT Moore, a red-shirt freshman, who has been coming on in camp, could be tabbed to back up Nathan Williams. Solomon Thomas, who returns after the first five games, will see some time on the edge as well.

But don't take my word for on the depth of Ohio State's defensive line, take head defensive coordinator Jim Heacock's word for it:

"I would imagine I've got probably 14 guys that could get in the two-deep, in the top eight," Heacock said. "So there's a lot of guys that have a chance."

I could not be happier to hear everybody talk about the depth on the defensive line. It's going to be a great battering ram to use against opposing offensive lines as  the games wane. A great dominant defensive line can make things easier for the rest of the defense, which is good, because as one gets further away from the line of scrimmage, Ohio State's talent and numbers thin.

THE LINEBACKING CORPS

With the departure of linebacking stalwarts Brian Rolle and Ross Homan, (as well as expected contributor Jonathan Newsome), the only returning starter is Andrew Sweat. Sweat, a 6-2" 238 pound senior, will be expected to anchor an unproven linebacking corps. The biggest OSU linebacking news of the summer, however, was newly minted coach, Luke Fickell, tapping his former college roommate, NFL linebacker (and occasional touchdown catching tight end), Mike Vrabel to coach linebackers. Vrabel promised to bring some of his on-the-field intensity to Ohio State, and he has delivered in spades. Almost every practice report filed has a mention of Mike Vrabel being intense. Will this lead to intensity in his linebackers through sheer osmosis? We shall see. 

THIS IS WHAT LOYALTY IS, KYLE KALIS!!!!Curtis Grant: The Next Big Thing at Linebacker for OSU

But like everybody predicting the rise of John Simon, Etienne Sabino seems to have garnered the most "breakout year" nods from the Buckeye peanut gallery. While I've always liked Sabino, it seems like people have been predicting his rise for the last two years. While he looked good in camp, he broke his hand last Saturday at the scrimmage. Now, he has said he and his cast will be ready for the September 3rd opener--but having a cast on your hand has to hamper your ability to tackle and make plays, doesn't it?

Storm Klein, a heralded recruit out of high school and now entering his junior campaign, will also be expected to prove the hype was well founded and that he's not the next Mike D'Andrea.

Curtis Grant, a five star recruit, Ohio State loyalist, with an 18 year-old body that appears to have been forged while welding a sledgehammer for 8 hours a day, every day, for the last 10 years, has shown great versatility in his defending as camp has progressed.  While fellow freshmen Ejuan Price and Ryan Shazier have had their moments, it seems that coach Vrabel sees something in Grant, because Vrabel gets after him after almost every play he's involved in. Even as players are moving on to the next play, Vrabel can often be found dispensing his wisdom to the young linebacker.

While the holes left by Ross Homan and Brian Rolle are immense, it's not like those guys were super-human.  (Hell, it took Moeller getting knocked out for the year for Rolle to see the field as much as his talent deserved). Ohio State has produced linebackers for the last decade, so I expect this to continue. Sweat is a proven commodity, Sabino will get his, and somebody out of  the Klein/Grant/Price/Shazier pot will earn the back-up minutes.

THE SECONDARY

If there's a spot where the questions about the new faces in the defense are legitimate--it's in the secondary. Gone are Jermale Hines, Devon Torrence, and their 118 combined tackles; as well as Chimdi Chekwa, last year's interception leader.

Orhian Johnson, a junior, who had 50+ tackles and two picks last year, has versatility to play either safety position and he's my pick for for defensive MVP. (I figure the defensive line, if they could collectively win it, would be the run-away victor; but in my visions, it's Orhian Johnson who reaps the most out of their yeomen efforts. While observing practice on Thursday, it was Orhian Johnson calling out the plays and making sure the DB's knew who their assignments were. Call it a hunch or whatever, I just think Orhian will often find himself in the right place at the time time).

A BIG YEAR FOR FLAVOR FLAV'S SON,  I SAY. A BIG YEAR.SUPER CHILL BRO: Orhian Johnson

CJ Barnett, returning off of injury, (and also capable of playing either safety position) has been getting the first team reps with Orhian in the defensive backfield. While it doesn't appear there are any lingering affects from his past injury, it's something to watch as the season gets under-way.

Regardless, while Johnson and Barnett will be laying plenty of lumber to opponents this year, the big hole appears to be at the cornerback position.

Sophomore Christian Bryant, who many expected to be the nickelback this year, will probably be one of the two starting cornerbacks. While Bryant appears to have all the tools, we won't know what to expect until he gets consistent, live-game action. (As noted on Thursday: He, along with Barnett & Johnson, have one of the cooler congratulatory handshakes I've ever come across. This handshake is probably the biggest reason I'll be watching Ohio State games this year).

The bigger question is: who will be Bryant's partner? Some have speculated its Dominic Clarke's time to rise, but after Duron Carter and Jonathan Newsome spent the better part of the last two years flaming him on Twitter, I've always been a tad bit skeptical of Clarke. Has he shown flashes? Yes. Is he talented? Obviously. Can I get over how bad he used to get roasted in the social media game? Not really.

According to people who know much, much more than me, such as our very own Chris Lauderback and Alex Geitman, Travis Howard, the 6'1" redshirt junior from Miami has been penciled into the #1 cornerback role. Howard's also been whipsered as a potential All-American. Bradley Roby, the redshirt freshman from Georgia, is expected to play opposite of him. (SEC SPEED IS A REAL THING).

Sophomore Christian Bryant has been seeing time backing up both CJ Barnett and Orhian Johnson, as well as switching in and out of the nickelback position with Moeller.

Duron Carter and Jonathan Newsome's favorite punchingbag, Dominic Clarke and Dionte Allen, the Florida State transfer, will be pushing for this spot as well, although there is a general consensus the senior isn't as talented as Clarke.

The linebacking corps secondary will also get a boost by the return of Tyler Moeller; who, if he plays well, will be the subject of no less than 3,000 puff pieces by fawning media this year. He is also a mortal lock to win Ohio State's "Bo Rein Inspirational Player Award". I'm not sure what to expect from Moeller, who seems to have a been plagued by nagging injuries throughout camp, but the fact he's a 6th year senior should mean he should be somewhat productive, no?

The good news for the Ohio State secondary is that they're not slated to play any prominent passing teams. Sure, Russell Wilson has been doing his thing up in Wisconsin, but seeing some radical shift in how all of these programs have historically played, it might not be 'til bowl season when Ohio State comes across a gunslinger.

I doubt I'm alone in thinking I'd much rather have a dominant defensive line with depth than a bunch of elite corners and safeties out there. Even if the safeties and cornerbacks end up being just mediocre (they won't be), the defensive line should be dominant and deep enough to cover them.

 

This season will be a true test of the old, "Ohio State doesn't rebuild, it reloads" mantra. The past few recruiting classes will be getting their baptism through fire this year. However, if the Silver Bullet machine is as well oiled as folks in these parts tend to claim, then the transitions should be rather smooth. However, if these players aren't ready to step up, then Ohio State could be in for a long campaign. I, for one, have no interest in watching Joe Bauserman having to come back from a 21 point, second-half deficit.

Our defense is going to have to bail our offense out at times, and as an Ohio State fan, I've just come to expect that. But, I don't think fans will realize what a black-hole Pryor created when he was shoved out Ohio State's backdoor until the season gets underway. Hell, even when he was here, it was never like our defense could afford to give up a ton of points.

I do, however, get the feeling that these kids are ready. While some of them are sophomores, a lot of these guys are juniors, and should be more than ready for their shot at the glory. The depth of the defensive line is what I'm most excited about, and I wouldn't want anybody other than than the Heacock-Fickell brain trust marshaling them. I think, through the use of our defensive line, we'll be able to control and grind out games in a way that would make Jim Tressel cackle with glee. I also believe, Luke Fickell believes, this is the best way to win a football game.

With all the change coming to Ohio State this fall, the Silver Bullets will be looking to have none of it. For them, the system must be carried on, regardless of scandals or "retirements." I, for one, expect to see Tressel's system fully vindicated this year.

Soon, by the grace of Woody Hayes, we will have our answers.

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Bucks43201's picture

Question/Comment:  I don't know if anybody has any inside info. or people would like it, (I bet the players would)...but, for the Wisconsin night game --- Ohio State should come out of the tunnel with some alternate uni's. Black ones maybe....to pay revenge on the Badgers.

 

Also, the O-Lineman from Colorado, Alex Kozan -- has OSU offered the kid yet? What's the hold-up...he has offers from many top 25 team.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

FUqUespin's picture

The team should come out of the tunnel with boxing gloves on...

FUqU, e!spin!!

yrro's picture

While the likes of Vernon Gholston and Thaddeus Gibson showed glimpses of physical dominance these last few years, Ohio State's overall defensive line play has been sub-par

I would say that allowing only 3 rushers over 100 yards in as many years is an indication of much better than "sub-par" line play. We've had one of the best overall d-lines in the country the last two years.

What we haven't had are people padding their sack stats and individual dominance. To some degree last year, at least, that was because almost no really tried a drop-back passing game on us. Of the two who did, one (Wisconsin) had the best o-line in the country, and the other (Arkansas) suffered sack after sack and pressure after pressure for it.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Spot on - I was about to respond with something similar (overall, excellent post, though, DJ Byrnes).

Actually, this DL has the potential to be even more fierce and relentless than the '09 version. 

Jdadams01's picture

Ejuan Price = Not a Buckeye

DJ Byrnes's picture

You = right. Me = wrong. Editing it now.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

teakwood's picture

what about all the other complaints about this article

Alex's picture

Teakwood...appreciate the input...we are getting there...everyone has a brain fart every now and then and obviously DJ's campaign to stay awake from last Saturday until kickoff lead to a couple in the piece ;) Obviously if you visit the site you know we generally know what we're talking about (as much as a bunch of drunken bums can) and our product of work is 99% top notch......appreciate the patience everyone!

yrro's picture

Just want to say, when I criticize, it's because I enjoy arguing, not because I think the article is crap.

teakwood's picture

thats why i check it daily!!! Just wanted to clarify the status of things.  No longer in state this is the best place for my buckeye fix till the season starts

Alex's picture

EVERYTHING. IS. NOW. FIXED. thanks guys!

Jdadams01's picture

DJ, Alex, and the rest of the 11W staff:

 

I'm glad you guys have the balls (well maybe Sarah has the gumption, not the balls) to admit when you made a mistake or off base analysis in an article. Hats off to you all.

Lucys Daddy is a Buckeye's picture

If Sarah has a husband or boyfriend, then she has balls.

 

She keeps them in a mason jar above the fridge, just like my wife does.

...And when we win the game, We'll buy a keg of booze....And we'll drink to old Ohio til we wobble in our shoes...

Tim's picture

I'm really excited to see the defensive line and especially Hankins since he should see a lot more playing time than last year.  I thought Howard and Roby had the two starting cornerback spots pretty much locked up, though.  Anything changed there? 

Jdadams01's picture

Also, from what I've read, it seems Howard and Roby will be the starting corners. Clarke and Allen will be their backups, and Christian Bryant will back up every secondary position, primarily star and safety, giving him a lot of minutes all over the field.

buckeyes763's picture

That's what I thought too. This Bryant thing came out of left field. And how is Howard not even mentioned when talking about the secondary.

teakwood's picture

Well now i confused,  This whole pre season i haven't heard anything on Christian Bryant, who I've been looking to hear from cause i thought he played great at corner, now he's the definite starter.  what happened to travis Howard did i miss something

blazers34's picture

yeah, all accounts say that bradley roby will be the other corner.

 

also, as stated earlier, price is not a buckeye.  im sure he is doing well at pitt though

njc2o's picture

i'm sure ejuan price has indeed had his monents in camp.......

 

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teakwood's picture

While i was really happy to hear that 'Bino was the other guy, this Christian bryant half of this article just made me skepitcal of the accuracy of your reporting.  Last thing is practice over till next week

gwalther's picture

Why does everyone think John Simon is going to be incredible? He was pushed around all over the field last year.

 

Just because it seems many people have collectively decided, "Oh man, this guy is a badass!" (probably because he's a freakishly intense white guy that many college white guys idolize for his badassness and being white) doesn't mean he's going to be dominant on the field.

Being 5'11 means you often get your ass pushed around as a d-lineman, for example, against big lines such as Wisconsin's. Just my opinion, but although I appreciate him and his effort on the field, I wouldn't be nearly as high on him.

 

Also, why did some guy already call Ejuan Price, who's been a Buckeye for a few MONTHS, a fake Buckeye? It seems like many throw around the "fake Buckeye"-label often these days, which is probably an indication they're a douchebag.

Class of 2008

blazers34's picture

am i in bizarro world??  Price is not a buckeye, and Simon is listed at 6'2"

 

RoweTrain's picture

Because Price is an actual NON-Buckeye.

Roger's picture

I'm not trying to be a "douchbag" but John Simon's hype has nothing to do with him being white and everything to do with him being very good at his position (especially for a young guy).

If you watch game film of Simon you'll see him draw a lot of double teams and you'll also notice that he runs like a linebacker. He has the ability to chase plays sideline to sideline that very few his size can.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Watched the replay of Iowa game this weekend.  Simon was a beast that day.

gwalther's picture

Wow. Then I'm a douchebag and you two win. Easy answer to that problem.

Class of 2008

BuckeyeChief's picture

Wow. Just had an earthquake in VB. Hurricane Sunday!

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

BuckeyeSki's picture

Yep. Felt it here in Albany NY too. Work building evacuated for 20 min.

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SouthBayBuckeye's picture

5.9

 

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Alex's picture

Was waiting for our friends from the west to chime in.......imagine never feeling an earthquake in your life and out of nowhere it comes for the first time...everyone here thought it was a terrorist attack

BuckeyeSki's picture

Thats the first thing I thought too Alex.....they're attacking 'Murrica

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SouthBayBuckeye's picture

The first one I experience I was at work in a high rise in down town LA. Nothing compares to that. And then the building contunues to sway back and forth for half an hour. F THAT

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Denny's picture

Size queen.

Taquitos.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

nicely played

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Alex's picture

Anybody else in NY just feel that?

RoweTrain's picture

Did Brady Hoke just fall down in A^2??

Alex's picture

+1,0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

AltaBuck's picture

LMFAO!!!!!!!

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

teakwood's picture

in silver spring md i felt it!!

gobucks1226's picture

Wow, whoever wrote this article doesn't really seem to know what's going on: Ejuan Price was granted his release from his scholarship after Tressel was forced out and Christian Bryant is in the mix at the Star and safety positions, not cornerback. To categorize Tyler Moeller as a linebacker would be incorrect too because his position is the Star. Also, Travis Howard is a lock for a starting spot at corner and could be an all-conference player and isn't even mentioned in this.

teakwood's picture

my point exactly

 

Roger's picture

Hate to beat up on a 11dub write (I love you all) but I have to say I agree. No mention of Robey or Howard (who, coincidentally, are slotted by most to be the starters) when talking about the thin secondary. 

Honesty compels me to label this article "Fail", but I promise I won't hold it against the writer so long as his next article is a little better researched.

BrewstersMillions's picture

That wasn't an earthquake. John Simon awoke and is hungry. And angry. And probably wearing a flannel shirt.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

felt it up here in DC...not good being on the 10th floor of my building lol..kinda awesome

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

salberico's picture

Maybe there should be less time spent ranting about the Little League World Series and more time spent fact checking the actual Ohio State posts.

Good thing there was an earthquake to keep people's attention off that...

Buckeyejason's picture

Felt the earthquake in Long Island. From California so used to it...

Simon 5'11"? dont think so. He's 6'2" come back to me after the NFL combine in 2013.

As for the retarded comment about Simon not being good or what not, go re watch games. Dude is a fierce, non stop motor what gets better every year. He played as a TRUE FRESHMAN on perhaps the best D-line in the Tressel era(09)

BUCKEYES BABY!

Chris Lauderback's picture

Sounds like the offense won the jersey scrimmage saturday. Thank goodness that news is public now.

Buckeyejason's picture

LMAO at the Hoke and Simon awaking comment

BUCKEYES BABY!

DJ Byrnes's picture

Updated, yall.

I'm here with hat in hand. Feel free to let me have it.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

William's picture

Quite honestly I don't see how people are sitting behind their keyboards and critiquing you guys. You guys are easily the best OSU blog on the web and are FREE. It seems like some people don't appreciate your guys' work. There were inaccuracies, big whoop, they're fixed now. Thanks for putting out these pieces everyday 11W.

buckeyes763's picture

I think most people were just confused and their reaction came off a little brash. Everyone knows this is the best place for OSU coverage.

salberico's picture

Aren't we all behind our keyboards??? Thus the interwebz.

I agree that this is the best Buckeye blog around (see - appreciation) but that doesn't mean they don't make mistakes. Nor does it mean the readers can't point them out when they are glarringly inaccurate. In fact, I think the readers' input helps to make sure that the posts are of the utmost quality...something that goes hand-in-hand with a knowledgeable fanbase. If the writers at 11w didn't make sure the information/product/service is quality, the readership would inevitably go elsewhere. And I also appreciate that the problem was fixed.

If people can take the time on here to rant about how they don't like one thing or another, we can take the time (from behind our keyboards) to critique inaccurate assertions. Being behind a keyboard all day, we only have so much time to read up on the Buckeyes so I think we all benefit when the facts are checked for accuracy.

I'm just surprised the posts don't see a 2nd set of eyes before they are put up on the WWW.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Oh, it's completely warranted and acceptable, William.

They come here looking for information. Credibile, correct information. I failed them and they're right to go after me for it. Like I said, I would hope they don't let my idiocy diminish 11W.

Personally, I'm a lot like you guys. This is just something I enjoy. I don't follow recruiting, personel, or X&O stuff religiously. (Obviously). I was just stupid enough to think I had culled enough from Twitter and such. I don't like reading other people because all I want out of my writing is originality.

Obviously, originality isn't intrinsically good. In this case, it was factually wrong. I failed to deliver the quality that people have associated with this website (something that I've done little to help build, fyi). While I certainly understand being baffled over this, I completely understand where they're coming from.

In the future, I will be sticking to the shallow end of the pool. It's much safer there, anyway. And if I do have to venture to the deep end, I'll be sure 11W's gives me a pair of floaties and I'm escorted by people who know a lot more than me.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Roger's picture

^ Talk about taking your medicine....

I'm a big fan of all the 11dub writers. Even you guys have to take a day off every now and then.

BuckeyeChief's picture

"In the future, I will be sticking to the shallow end of the pool. It's much safer there, anyway. And if I do have to venture to the deep end, I'll be sure 11W's gives me a pair of floaties and I'm escorted by people who know a lot more than me."

Fuck that. You screwed up. Learn from it, don't make the same mistake again, but don't shy away from doing what you do because you screwed up! I swear to God, i've made a life of failing. Pick yourself up.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Guess DJ will have to return the six figure check 11W writes him every month. 

BuckeyeSki's picture

DJ:

The Anti-Brooks Melchoir

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Buckeyejason's picture

Yeah easily best damn blog in the land!

BUCKEYES BABY!

AltaBuck's picture

We had a 5.7 quake in southern Colorado yesterday (strongest CO quake since 1973). Must be either Gadhafi, the stock market or Hoke falling/farting again. My money is on Hoke. That guy needs to stop...he is screwing with the Earth's mantle and that is BS in my book.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

btalbert25's picture

Ya know, I understand the need to point out mistakes, and I also commend DJ for taking the criticism in stride, but I've always noticed how quickly people are to jump the staff's shit for making typos, and other mistakes.  Granted, we want to make sure content is top of the heap, but we aren't exactly paying for perfection, of paying at all. 

Mistakes get made, but do we need 20 comments addressing it, or wouldn't one or 2 suffice? Anyway, you guys do a good job, and when you don't you have plenty of editors to make you aware of it apparently lol.  

Bucks's picture

^TY. Well put.

 

Can't believe we're finally to this season. This offseason = no fun. A book could be written, hell a trilogy could. Just glad we can get to the football.

Now, think we could get a few of those players from the Adam Sandler version of The Longest Yard to provide depth to the O-line? Thanks.

acBuckeye's picture

DJ, how come no mention of Cam Heyward when it comes to individual domination from the D-line? He was much better than Vern Dog or Gibson in my mind. And also, don't tell Gerry Dinardo that the defensive line is the team's strength this year. Apparently he thinks its a weakness b/c it lacks depth. WTH??!! I'm hoping he meant to say O-line instead.

Anyway, i expect this year's D to be very fast and athletic, and hopefully more aggressive.

KenK's picture

Meh, DJ don't fret about it. You're still in training camp mode, right?

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".