Wednesday Skull Session

By Sarah on October 12, 2011 at 6:00a
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Welcome to Wednesday's Skull Session, dames and sirs. We're now in the seventh week of the college football calendar. Somehow, that makes this simultaneously the slowest season and the typically Keyser Soze-esque "like that, he's gone" season.

Before we entered, oh, week two, I thought that this Saturday's matchup could be a trap game. It still very well could be...for Illinois. Need a little optimism? I had the chance to buy tickets, and I declined. Not because I am a fake Buckeye or a fair-weather fan, but because I attended the seventh game of the past two seasons: at Purdue in '09 and at Wisconsin last year.

I can understand if you think I'm the Queen of the Road Jinx, though keep in mind I boast a perfect 3-0 record in Ann Arbor and a very respectable 4-1 record in East Lansing. Clearly, that was all about my presence and not, you know, Troy Smith or Beanie Wells or Tressel or Rich Rod or Tate Forcier. I do what I can.

WHICH REMINDS ME, WHERE'S YOUR REPORT CARD? With the season at the halfway point, it's time for midterms. Adam Rittenberg picked Carlos Hyde as the offensive MVP so far and Andrew Sweat as the defensive MVP.

As dominant as he looked against Nebraska, and as much as he should have had more carries, Hyde's selection was partly by default. No one else has been consistent, healthy, or eligible enough. How Boom's return to the team changes the RB situation will be interesting to observe.

He gave Sweat the nod for leading the team in tackles and TFLs, along with recording a pick and a forced fumble. This is less clear-cut, though. John Simon and Big Hank have played well, especially having to take on more of a load on the DL with Nathan Williams being out for the year. They also seem to not miss their assignments or tackles as much as their defensive brethren. Bradley Roby appears to be coming into his own as well. 

Special teams weren't included in his review, but much to Tressel's approval, some have already referred to Ben Buchanan as the team MVP. While I do not mean to offend Buchanan or any other punters out there1, I'm glad there's half a season left to correct that.

Still, special teams has played solidly lately. Despite one long return to Ameer Abdullah last Saturday, the coverage team kept one of the nation's top returners pretty contained. Led by bone-crushers Ryan Shazier and Nate Ebner, kick coverage has improved. Then there's Drew Basil, who missed his first two field goals this season and has now hit seven straight. 

THE STAINLESS STEEL BULLETS. As mentioned, Nathan Williams will miss the rest of the season and will need a second surgery on his injured knee, meaning a medical redshirt is his most likely course of action. His pass-rush abilities and experience have definitely been missed on the field, particularly in the second-half collapse against the Cornhuskers. That involved a series of errors ranging from missed tackles to careless penalties to not getting off blocks. 

Another concern for the defense is uncharacteristically allowing opponents to rush for more than 100 yards. Although there have only been nine players to do so since 2007, three of them have accomplished the feat this season, including the unheard of: two in one game when both Taylor Martinez and Rex Burkhead ran for over 100.

Going back to last season, of the past eight games, the defense has given up the century mark to five rushers. 

Among the players they have yet to face this year: Wisconsin's two-headed RB beast of Montee Ball and James White, their QB Russell Wilson, Penn State's Silas Redd, and 95% of Michigan's offense, Denard Robinson. 

Are we cowabunga on this?Turtle power!

WHAT THE ILLIBUCK? For further proof that this football season is the equivalent of "human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria", Illinois enters this Saturday's game undefeated while Ohio State is sitting on a .500 record. If the time between now and when Illinois last started the season at 6-0 was a person, he/she would almost be eligible for Social Security. Real wrath of God type stuff.

One of the main reasons for the Illini's success is the chemistry between QB Nathan Scheelhaase and WR A.J. Jenkins, which is akin to Joe Bauserman and the stands. Of Scheelhaase's 10 TD passes, Jenkins has caught seven of them. Jenkins also leads the nation in receiving yards (815), even though the coaches don't think he always plays to his potential. 

Depending on the context, Roby doesn't seem to be too impressed. Bulletin board material goes both ways, though, thanks to DE Whitney Mercilus. The Ohio native2,, and the nation's sack leader, is prepared for bragging rights over his friends from back home, saying, "when we do win, I'm going to try to rub it in their faces and tell them we are good."

Scheelhaase was much more complimentary, proclaiming that the Buckeyes are "probably 2 1/2 quarters from being an undefeated team". Oh, Nathan. 

FOR ALL THE FAYGO POP. At noon on Saturday, instate rivals Michigan and Michigan State will face off in Spartan Stadium. Schembechler Hall is rather confident the Ryan Van Bergen-resembling3 Paul Bunyan Trophy will return, even though Michigan State has ended their perfect season two years in a row and beaten them three straight times.

Also at stake is for a leader to emerge in the Legends division. It might come down to whether Michigan State can run the ball effectively and whether their stingy defense can finally make Denard Robinson pay for his interceptions. If not, Brady Hoke might become the first Michigan coach since 1948 to defeat the Spartans in his first try. 

LET THE BOYS BE BOYS. Last month, Slam Magazine talked to Jared Sullinger about his decision to come back to Ohio State rather than enter the NBA draft. Just a warning: if you already crazy-stupid-love Sully, reading this will only amplify that:

I play this game to win. Sitting in the locker room after last year’s loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16, I knew right then that I had to stay in school and make things right. That was a loss I couldn’t live with. We had that game. I was raised to keep my word, and once I said that I was coming back, the decision was final.

He also goes on to discuss his weight loss, summer workouts, and playing more as a power forward. I have no doubt Thad Matta whispers "special" to people when Sully's around.

RIP VAN LINKLE. Dr. Saturday compares Braxton Miller to '04 Troy Smith... Earle Bruce calls out the NCAA for "destroying" Posey... You wanna freak out (c'mon)? Check out the Freakonomics blog for an economist's take on levying a sin tax on college football4 to benefit the players... OBC being OBC... The Black Keys thought it best to call Saul... PS, I Love Ohio... The woes of the ticklish... Who's behind this, Blinky or Clyde?

  • 1 Except for Zoltan Mesko. Screw that guy. 
  • 2 Of course. Also, he's forced four fumbles this year, so protect that ball, Braxton.  
  • 3 Even if I didn't know he was from Michigan, the name is a dead giveaway. "Ryan Van Bergen" is the most Michiganian moniker ever. 
  • 4 Although I didn't go into detail, because sometimes it seems like we just go around in circles on topics like this, he proposes an idea I haven't heard before. And just because the word "tax" is mentioned does not mean politics should be discussed. 
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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

I will proudly be donning my scarlet #28 Beanie Wells jersey in the orange student section this Saturday in Memorial Stadium. 

 

PS.  Found a buckeye on the intramural fields here in Champaign + my team winning = foreshadowing for this Saturday???

 

Go Bucks!

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

Baroclinicity's picture

I, too, was at Wisconsin last year.  That's a long drive from Madison to Charleston, WV when you lose like that.

Glad you mentioned Ebner and Shazier on the ST.  They are everywhere.

Just a thought on allowing the 100yd. rushers:  I figure we haven't had many against us in the past because we jumped on teams so fast, they had to abandon the run early.  Not the case this year.  Not to rehash bad memories, but it made me crazy watching Martinez and Burkhead slipping through holes that, in the past, would have swallowed the runners up instantly.  Hopefully we can correct that; allowing them to squeak through made them look like all-stars.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

BucksfanXC's picture

Would you say that this year's final leader of the Legends division will become a legend for being the first leader?

This week's links section prefers that you don't call him Vanilla Ice.

 

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

slippy's picture

So I usually don't look towards next year when there's still half a season left - but holy smokes.

 

On defense we lose Sweat (count Moeller if you want but whoever replaces him won't be a dropoff).

 

Offense we lose 3 linemen (from the current team) but 2 of the new starters next year will have had starting experience.  Posey might as well count as a casualty from last year, and I think Hyde by the end of this year will be better than Boom anyway (I'm a pretty big boom hater - just getting that out there).

 

Obviously returning a lot from a not very good offense isn't always a good thing but I think by Michigan we won't be saying this offense is terrible.  They still probably won't be any better than mediocre but I've got high hopes for next season.

 

Having said that - this team is still very capable of a 5-1 finish.

Alex's picture

I think we will be 7-4 going into the Michigan game FWIW (caveat: as long as Braxton stays on the field)....

As for next year I think you're looking at this (back-up in parenthesis):

QB: Miller (Guiton/Graham/Jones)

RB: Hall/Hyde (Berry/Smith/Dunn/Ball)

FB: Boren (Homan/Durham)

WR: Brown and Smith (Fields/Reed/Spencer/Williams)

TE: Stoney and Fragel (Heuerman/Vannett)

LT: Norwell

LG: Mewhort (Carter)

C: Bobek (Jacoby Boren)

RG: Linsley (Brown)

RT: Hall (Underwood)

K: Basil

Offense: You can argue out of 12 positions including kicker we have anywhere from 7-9 "starters" back with everyone having significant playing experience besides Bobek

DE: Simon (Bennett/Baldwin)

DT: Goebel (Bellamy)

DT: Hankins (Hale)

LEO: Williams (Moore/Miller)

SAM: Sabino (Grant)

MIKE: Klein (Whiting)

WILL: Shazier (Crowell)

CB: Howard (Grant)

CB: Roby (Clarke/Gambrell)

STAR/Nickel (pending new coach scheme): Hagan/Clarke

S: Bryant (Johnson/Domicone/Tanner)

S: Barnett (Wood/Cash/Brown)

P: Buchanan

Defense: Out of the 12 here you have 11 starters back with the STAR position having a new face with Moeller or just keeping Bino or Dom Clarke on the field more....everyone has experience

I think 2012 is going to be a very good year for OSU!

Buckeyejason's picture

My bad Alex, didn't see you're post here.

BUCKEYES BABY!

timdogdad's picture

right, i agree, hopefully this is the low point of the season and it's going up from there. here is how i hope the future goes:  get the win again illinois, play wisky tough but probably lose, win vs ind, pur and penn st.   get the win against scum  finish 8-4 and at least have the last two games with no suspensions.   who knows about a bowl so we'll skip that.   and then by the end of the year/jan have the new coach and staff all lined up. and a final decision by the ncaa.  then in the offseason we'll have complete stability with the coaches, players and recruits. and no media clowns bothering us.    i'm psyched to see this program by next year with all of the experience coming back, the scandal over with,  and an urban meyer type coach and his staff.  i hope to be reading on this blog  next april  how urban meyer's new oc is instilling many new things in the offense and how optimism is very high.   liike i said yesterday-we have talent and more coming in plus a good coach coming in too. that will equal success. 

Squirrel Master's picture

I like this except 2 things.

1) I sure hope Clarke beats out Howard Highway. Island? my ass! he needs to hold up a sign that designates a speed limit.

2) Isn't Orhian Johnson like a 12th year senior? how can he still be on this team next year?

It would be awesome if Grant could beat out Sabino. Dude has monster talent and I am hoping Vrabel getting on his ass sparks something. I would also like Simon to move inside and bennett start DE. or vice versa. Nothing against Goebel but Simon and Bennett would be so much better starting. and Moore and Miller getting more playing time will Nasty Nate gets moved around to take advantage of mismatches. Next year is going to be so great baring sanctions.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

BucksfanXC's picture

That backfield makes me drool. Ball and Dunn behind Hall and Hyde, not to mention Rod Smith and Berry!

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Buckeyejason's picture

I hear that, should be returning an Army(hopefully)

QB's-B.Miller/Guiton/Graham

RB- Hyde, Hall, R.Smith, Berry

FB-Boren, Homan, Durham

WR-C.Brown/Reed/Fields/D.Smith/Spencer

TE-Stoney/Fragel

OT-Norwell
OG-Mewhort
OG-Linsley
OT-Hall

DE-Simon-Bennett
DT-Hankins-Hale
DT-Goebel-Baldwin
DL-Bellamy-Moore-Miller

LB-Klein
LB-Sabino
LB-Shazier

CB-Howard
CB-Clarke
CB-Robey

S-Barnett/Johnson
S-Bryant

If the coaching and team develops like we hope we definitly have an Big Ten Championship squad.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Maestro's picture

OLine is my biggest concern for next year, but I am very excited about the future................but also extremely paranoid about transfers.

Depending on the degree of the NCAA hammer I can see a few future stars potentially thinking about greener grass elsewhere.

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Baroclinicity's picture

I think that's why the coaching choice will be so critically important, whether it is to keep Fickell or move on and get Gruden/Meyer/Dantonio/whomever.  That choice could make it a more seamless transition despite (some) sanctions.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Maestro's picture

Pending the show cause penalty, how about we just rehire JT? That would be epic.

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Menexenus's picture

YES!  THIS!  THIS!  So much this!  (See my sig.)

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Clancy's picture

Amen...Let's right this ship! Go Bucks

BuckeyeSki's picture

My new 46" TV came in yesterday, but didn't include the HDMI cables....

 

/FirstWorldProblems

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Baroclinicity's picture

Monoprice.com.  Don't get them at Best Buy or even Wal Mart.  Marked up like 500% at those places.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

OSUNeedles's picture

Simultaneous post... That's creepy...

OSUNeedles's picture

www.monoprice.com
www.bluejeanscable.com

Great deals on hdmi if you can stand to wait for them in the mail.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Good call...thanks for the heads-up

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

i know it can't only be me..but i really don't appreciate Rob sh*t talking at this point in the season...or anyone for that matter

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

Buckeye in Athens's picture

I agree with you that talking trash is never a good thing. 

That said, at least the team isn't down and out on itself. That happened last year here at UGA - the team just stopped caring, and it showed on the field. 

theDuke's picture

sarah, you are right, sully gave me goose "bumps" like when I was at my 8th grade canteen, dancing too close to my girl.  I really can't wait for basketball, but then I wonder what the NCAA is going to dig up on Thad... big sadface.  :(

theDuke

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Pat Forde

Senior Writer, ESPiN.com

Columbus, OH - More trouble for the Ohio State Athletic Department, this time involving Coach Thad Matta. Yahoo Sports has uncovered that basketball players under Matta's watch were receiving free bread and even complementary wine while Matta coached at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Matta acknowledged that his players would receive these benefits every Sunday, and occasionally in the morning of a game day. He further stated that he himself would sometimes partake in these additional benefits, generally provided by a member of the Xavier faculty, Father Michael Graham. The Yahoo Sports report stated that while the Matta controversy - which has already been dubbed "Communion-gate" - is the first such incident to surface, there have been unconfirmed reports of similar incidents at Boston College, Villanova, and the University of Notre Dame. Stay tuned to ESPiN for updates from Yahoo Sports.

buckeyechad's picture

read the first sentence and almost shit my pants.... never do that again please haha

Conroy's picture

lol.  Amazing post.

OHIOST1087's picture

If Braxton goes down again this week I say that Fickell finds Matt Sylvester and puts in him in at QB: #Undefeated Illini Killer!!!!

Qujo's picture

I don't give a damn about the shole state of Rittenberg, the whole state of Rittenberg, I don't give a damn about the whole state of ESPN, we are from OHIO....

Let's quit linking to ESPIN please... I gave up on them a long time again and after Rittenbergs recent blog about OSU and "not the system?" - I realized he is just another dough faced putz wanna-be using the braod ESPN website to generate clicks.... Please stop, there is so much more releveant insight about the Buckeyes out there that I don't appreciate a link to an ESPN site by a blogger who is terrible...

 

Thanks in advance!

"Tough times don't last, tough people do" - Gregory Peck

Denny's picture

Um, Rittenberg is pretty good at what he do.

Also: if you want to curate your own set of links and publish it on the web every day, it's quite easy to do so. Though it's a bit harder than just complaining, I suppose.

Taquitos.

Qujo's picture

Denny - you are the king of complaining... I just made a recommendation and an opinion, all of which you do all day every day. Why the hate?

"Tough times don't last, tough people do" - Gregory Peck

Denny's picture

Because painting all people who work for ESPN as 'wanna-be[s] using the braod (sic) ESPN website to generate clicks' is mind-numbingly lazy and reductive.

Complaining in the comments about link roundups that violate your personal boycott is silly. Were the writers here to observe any and all sites on people's personal blacklists, there wouldn't be shit left to link to on the entirety of the web - I mean, there are even people in this world who don't like corgi videos (horrible, horrible people).

Alternatively, you could send an email to the writer of the piece in question (which would be much more civil), or send tips for link roundups to the site writers. Most of my 'hate' (not hate at all, actually) comes from knowing first-hand how much work goes into blogging.

Taquitos.

btalbert25's picture

WHY DO YOU LOVE ESPN AND HATE OHIO STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Denny's picture

My bachelor's degree is from OSU :)

My Ph.D. is from ESPNU :(

Taquitos.

btalbert25's picture

LOL.  Seems as though all the world's problems come from anyone associated with  ESPN, the SEC, or the NCAA. 

Baroclinicity's picture

I like Rittenberg, and think he does solid work.  Mandel is a good writer as well.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

3cent's picture

I agree with Qujo; ESPN, Rittenberg, and Bennet suck. I dont know why some of you are defending Rittenberg's work. All he talks about is how the Big Ten isn't any good. And Bennet is worse.

blazers34's picture

I think Rittenberg is really really good.  It's Bennett that sucks gigantic balls.  Guy couldnt write for my local community journal

BucksfanXC's picture

I like Rittenberg too. He's a bit heavy on Nerdwestern, since he went there. But really, it kind of balances out the rest of the world's B1G coverage that makes me almost completely forget NW is even in our conference.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

NC_Buckeye's picture

I don't get Northwestern students and alums. Wildcatreport.com had a post last year asking the forum to comment as to whether NW should accept an invitation from the Ivy League (as a hypothetical). Almost every reply was an unqualified 'yes'.

No one bothered to mentioned that NW was one of the founders of the Big Ten (members since 1896?), or what would happen to the Athletic Dept after the B1G revenue source dried up, or what it would be like to not have any scholarship athletes, or the fact that they would revert to competing in the D-I FCS division. There was no reservation in their answers.

My view on Northwestern has always been a little leery since then.

jenks's picture

+1

Rittenberg has said a few things along company lines about OSU, but I think that's probably just me reading through the scarlet colored glasses. The guy knows his B1G.

BucksfanXC's picture

It's not like she disguised the link as something else to trick you into going to ESPN's site. You have the choice to click it or not, just like she has the choice to post it up there or not. (Funny that I'm the one typing this after I ranted about the boobs pictures huh?)

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Qujo's picture

My thought is we have much more insight on EW and other Buckeye specific blogs for which I enjoy and better bloggers than to think we have to revert to ESPN to illicit a response or start a blog... Not sure why it is so hard to understand that...

"Tough times don't last, tough people do" - Gregory Peck

Squirrel Master's picture

Because you need to see what the rest of the blogging world is saying out there. If you won't go to ESPN to read their blogs then you might want a bit of knowledge as to what they are saying. Yes the insight here at EW is much much better but that doesn't mean we have to tune out the rest of the internet. You gotta take the good with the bad my friend!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Sarah's picture

I linked to the piece because I thought it made a good jumping off point for a discussion on which players deserve praise for their performance so far this season. 

I covered what he wrote about, so you wouldn't have to click the link if you preferred not to. It's not like he wrote "Ohio State is the devil child" and then spit on a picture of Woody Hayes.

But yeah, I'm sure linking to a blog post on ESPN will finally push them over the edge to Skynet territory and soon, we'll all be forced to become their slave labor. 

Squirrel Master's picture

Got your back Sarah!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Hopalong's picture

Hankins has been one of the bright spots on the defense. Especially in the first half against Nebraska he was swallowing people up and a wrecking ball in the middle. (There was a second half to that game? I blacked out. Sorry I'm not sorry.)
 

However, the man deserves a better nickname than Big Hank. I get it; it is an easy jump from Hankins to Big Hank. However, this country has never been about doing the easy thing. This country was founded on killing red coats, xenophobia, and beer. I’ll be damned if we can’t come up with a better nickname for Mr. Johnathan Hankins.
 

And so I propose for a man as glorious as this ravishing beast:

The only acceptable nickname is Bubba Biscuits. Let that one roll off the tongue and tell me that it doesn’t instantly feel right. We need to make this happen for Jon, for Ohio State, for Amuuurica.
 

BucksfanXC's picture

Nice argument, but I like Big Hank better still. 

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Playing off of Sarah's "Ghostbusters" references (which is my favorite movie of all time), how bout "Mr. Stay Puft"?

 

"CHOOSE!!! CHOOSE THE FORM OF THE DESTRUCTOR!!!"

 

RBuck's picture

Already taken for Brady Hoke.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

No, this is Brady Hoke:

Kent Dorfmann, aka "Flounder"

Qujo's picture

+2

"Tough times don't last, tough people do" - Gregory Peck

Nappy's picture

He Ate Me?

Fan of bacon since 1981

BuckeyeSki's picture

That's what I call him

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Squirrel Master's picture

Same here!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

DJ Byrnes's picture

Glad to see I am not the only one who hates Zoltan Mesko.

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

Sgt. Elias's picture

LOL

 

 

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

+1 HS
BucksfanXC's picture

Whoever made this thing is really getting their meme's worth, this thing has gone all the way around the internets and back again.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Squirrel Master's picture

At first glance I loved this but after analyzing it, first he had only 1 completion and second, all those green dots are WAYYYYYYY to in the middle. should be more on the sidelines. and what is with that 50 yarder? never happen!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Maestro's picture

It's his road chart I believe. He is 3 for 24 on the road this season.

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RoweTrain's picture

Because he only attempts passes from the goal line?  Could be a two yard completion from the 48, which sounds about right.

Squirrel Master's picture

Both very valid points. I detract my previous statement.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

don't give scumbag joe too much credit..he doesn't have the arm for some of those

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

Maestro's picture

I for one am very excited about the offense this weekend. Another week of practice for Philly and Adams will only help.

Loved some of the plays we saw with Miller in the game against Nebraska. The Fake Dave TE Screen was beautiful. Miller has to learn to treat the ball like the most precious thing in the world though.

vacuuming sucks

BucksfanXC's picture

The most precious thing in the world that wouldn't break if he were to, say, tuck it tightly against his body and clench it with a death grip against his forearm and inner elbow.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Maestro's picture

Exactly

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Doug Buckles's picture

Sweat is not very good. Slow sideline to sideline and missing way too many tackles. He's a good hitter and tackler if he gets his hands on the ball carrier. Shoddy coverage.

Speaks volumes about this season that Sweat and the punter are the frontrunners for MVP.

JLP36's picture

I immediately deleted the N game from my DVR as the clock expired hoping to remove from my brain the stain of the collapse of the Silver Bullets in the 4th quarter.

Am I correct that we basically sat in a nickel D the whole second half after Storm went out as they ran power toss and option at our Non-OLB defense? 

We can't muster a 3rd linebacker to field?  Shazier will hit someone! 

And are we that thin at D end that our excellent D tackles have to play end?

I expect our offense to have a decided schematic disadvantage and I know they are thin, but I did not expect our D staff to fail and I am SHOCKED that The Ohio State University is short of LBs.

And why is it that junior high LBs can find the TE, but somehow they are invisible to our LBs?  (calling coach Vrabel)

Love Tyler Moeller, but he is a shadow of his former self.  Next week and forever after, Christian Bryant KO's the back in the flat

What is Klien's status / injury?

JLP36

Maestro's picture

Bryant single-handedly cost the defense 14 points against Nebraska. Have seen enough of him to know that he is not a reliable safety.

vacuuming sucks

JLP36's picture

Bryant will play the Star for 2 years and will do a great job.  The team lacks safties and seems to have long neglected recruiting guys that are straight up safties.  They recruit guys that are corners and they project at safety or athletes they project at safety or tweener LBs.  A look at the roster reveals that they don't have many guys that you look at and say, Safety, Free or Safety, Strong.  They have D line, they have LBs, they have corners and they have none of the aboves that they turn into safeties.

JLP36

Maestro's picture

Agreed. He is a Star/smallish LB, and trying to learn how to play safety. Making Martinez look like a great passer takes a lot of work by the defense...........bad work that is.

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Denny's picture

Unfortunately, adding Vrabel has done nothing to help our LBs find the tight end. We've been getting burned by tight ends for a few years now.

Taquitos.

Doug Buckles's picture

That was the most frustrating part of the game! They are going to run it so take out Moeller (or Bryant and move Moeller to Strong) and bring in a third linebacker. It is easy to outnumber a nickel D in the run game. Adjustments seem to be a foreign concept to this staff.

acBuckeye's picture

I dug the Onyx reference, Sarah.