The Usual Suspects

By Ramzy Nasrallah on October 2, 2012 at 1:00p

The greatest trick Jim Bollman ever pulled was convincing the world he could manage an offensive line.

We're only five games into the first season sans Jim Tressel's most destructive crony, and yet Urban Meyer and Ed Warinner have somehow already taken Ohio State's albatross - that did not even have enough scholarship players to field a second-string - and developed it into a surprisingly competent and cohesive unit. 

Sure there are still hiccups. They committed seven false starts through the first four games despite not having JB Shugarts to blame. A missed assignment here, a holding penalty there - but nothing terribly out of the ordinary for a college line, especially considering how this group in particular was thrown together in the spring.

There were zero procedure penalties on Saturday in East Lansing, and against the two top-quartile defensive fronts it has faced - UCF and Michigan State - Ohio State's line got the better of both, especially as the game progressed.

Barely halfway through Meyer's honeymoon season, the Buckeye OL has emerged as something it categorically has not been for several years: An asset instead of a liability.

This surprising development has created a domino effect which has already reversed so much of what made 2011 a hideous football season in Columbus (forgetting about all the other terrible non-football stuff).

To wit, last year the Buckeyes ranked 118th out of 120 FBS teams in sacks allowed despite having Braxton Miller - one of the most athletic and slippery athletes in college football - under center for most of the season.

Miller was stuck in a sitting-duck offense behind a prototypically-underachieving Bollman line that resulted in him being sacked an astonishing 39 times. Joe Bauserman went down seven times as well.

Who was Bollman? He was supposed to be an NFL-caliber line coach. Some say his methods were foreign. Nobody believed he was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew anybody that ever truly flourished under him, but to hear Tressel tell it, anybody could have blossomed under Bollman. You never knew who, though. That was his power.

Etienne Sabino played like a five-star recruit. For that: Hugs.

This year Miller not only has time to throw due to his upgraded blockers, he now runs an offense with some variation in how passing plays are designed. Both developments have allowed last year's maligned receiving corps that could never get open enough time to gain separation.

Those enhancements prevented the Spartans from simply teeing off on plays they knew were coming all afternoon, as they did last year. Then, when the Buckeyes needed one more play to ice the game and Michigan State knew what was coming, they were unable to stop it.

Considering how atrocious last year's game in Columbus was played, Ohio State successfully telegraphing the clinching rushing play right into Michigan State's defensive strength was a fitting illustration of just how far the Buckeyes have progressed in such a short time.

Ohio State now ranks a modest 54th in the FBS for total offense through five games. Last year at this time they were 108th and finished the season 107th, despite having four and five-star talent all over the field - and all along the line. 

To add greater context to what Meyer and Warinner are still in the infancy of constructing, only Tressel's veteran 2005, 2006 and 2010* teams ranked higher in total offense. Every single other offense in the Tressel era ranks behind the 2012 squad at this point, and all by significant margins.

Meyer and Warinner have simply coached up what was left for them while making necessary ambulatory roster changes like moving Reid Fragel from a glorified tackle to an actual tackle.

But Fragel does not engage or move his feet like a green tackle. He gobbled up star DE Will Gholston all afternoon, who despite having the wind knocked out of him should have presented a mismatch. He was contained for the better part of the afternoon by a guy playing his fifth game at tackle and his line mates whom he ran over and around last season.

Every player in the trenches seems to have significantly improved. Imagine if some of Ohio State's recently departed four and five-star linemen could have benefited from this level of mentoring. So much for the inevitable drop-off after the Brew Crew.

The Buckeyes rolled up 204 rushing yards against the Spartans on Saturday. That's just 73 yards less than Michigan State had allowed in its previous four games combined.

That afternoon while Ohio State's reupholstered line was successfully rushing the ball and protecting Miller against one of the nation's stingiest defenses, Boston College, who hired Bollman as its OL coach after he wasn't retained by Meyer, was posting a meager 1.8 yards per carry against what had been the nation's 100th-ranked rushing defense.

Next up: Rectifying the most egregious collapse of 2011.

Boston College is now 116th in rushing with Bollman in charge of a veteran line that returned four of five starters in front of a solid incumbent QB. Expecting anything different from him after a decade of evidence in Columbus fulfills the definition of insanity.

Meanwhile, the Buckeyes' entire offensive line was chosen as Ohio State's Player of the Game after Saturday, despite still not being close to where Warinner or Meyer want them to be. The depth chart remains a little scary, and that's with the unit avoiding significant injuries thus far.

Nonetheless, they've come more than a long way. Turning a liability into an asset wasn't supposed to happen this quickly.

Other areas in dire need of improvement also seem to be coming around, but most glaringly the Buckeyes are still victimized by the lack of a solid middle linebacker and consistently poor safety play. Retaining departed players like Dorian Bell and Jeremy Cash might have helped, but simply developing those players that remain (does Curtis Grant ever know where he is on the field?) is the only option for 2012.

It's definitely a possibility. It's already happening with previous underachievers like Etienne Sabino, who was dominant against the Spartans. Travis Howard was finally wrapping up and bringing down ball carriers on Saturday. Even Christian Bryant was shouting stupid things under his breath to himself instead of at opposing players in front of referees. These are all positives for Ohio State.

But it doesn't get any more positive than what Warinner has already begun to produce along the offensive line. Ohio State's worst B1G performance of 2011 - Michigan State - has been avenged. Next up is the beneficiary of its worst B1G collapse of that lost season, if not the past decade.

Meyer and Warinner are showing what's possible. Miller may get the Heisman considerations and - deservedly - the highlight reel worship, but what's happening to the Ohio State offense is being enabled almost entirely by the large mammals who are now routinely doing much more right than wrong.

The architect of last year's doomed plan against the Spartans isn't around anymore. Our weekly OL frustration has subsided. And like that...he's gone.

The same coach who allowed Bauserman to launch clock-stopping bleacher bombs in Lincoln last year with a double-digit lead, the one who recruited too few linemen and developed even fewer of them, has left for good. He's safely tucked away in Chestnut Hill, MA and won't be coming back to Columbus.

After that stint ends, my guess is that you will never hear from him again.


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shortbus20's picture

Its great to see these guys come together this year. All the work over the spring and summer paying off for these guys It is only going to get better as he recruits 4 and 5 star linemen in the future.

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bassplayer7770's picture

Or 3-star guys like Tim Gardner who are likely flying under the radar.

ARMYBUCK's picture

As always a good article Ramzy even though I try not to beat a dead walrus.  I do think the most telling element of this article is that BC is now 116th in rushing despite returning 4 of 5 starters.  OUCH!

SuperBuckFan08's picture

Shows what having a REAL o-line coach is like.
On another note, is Curtis Grant a true sophomore or a RS freshman?

Because I couldn't go for three.   -Woody-

bassplayer7770's picture

Per tOSU's roster, he is a Sophomore.

Abe Froman's picture

Huge props to the coaches.  Obviously Meyer has chosen well.

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

The Vest-er's picture

But, but, but Matt Millen said Bollman was a good coach. Of course this was during the collapse in Lincoln after Millen had taken a Bauserbomb to the dome

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.

onetwentyeight's picture

But, but, but Millen also cried on air when JoePa was exposed to be a petty, cruel despot! 

WC Buckeye's picture

And Matt Millen is the guy who got drummed out of Detroit for having the WORST EIGHT YEAR RECORD IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL. I laugh at his assessment of ANYONE.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

Boxley's picture

Et tu Ramzae?
Same five guys playing twice as well as last year, only change was loss of Shugarts, wait I falsely started that sentence. Shugarts being described as a loss does not compute.
One different lineman, one new coach = double productivity, now that is some complicated math.

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Maestro's picture

What about Brewster and Adams?

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Boxley's picture

I was going for irony more than facts. I guess I failed at both, well not the ironic  part.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Maestro's picture


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Buckeyeneer's picture

Walrus Soze, just doesn't have the same ring to it.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Walrus: "It didn't make sense that I'd be there. I mean, these guys were four and five star recruits, but there I was. At that point I wasn't scared, I knew I hadn't done anything they could do me for. Besides, it was fun. I got to make like I was a coach."

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"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Troy0782's picture

"The greatest trick Jim Bollman ever pulled was convincing the world he could manage an offensive line."
Funny how that one line can simultaneously make me laugh and cry.
So long #walrusball! I've loved watching this team (and in particular this unit) come together thus far and am excited for the future after a few more recruiting classes. Well done, as always, Ramzy.

Ethos's picture

Yeah there are Nebraska fans wearing Bauserman jerseys.  That pretty much tells you all you need to know about that terrible day...

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

grcunning's picture

I know there is much Bollman hate here, and I join you much of the time. When you really come down to it, though, Tress won a national championship and what, 7 B1G titles with him?
Tressel was a defense and special teams coach, but you DON'T win a national championship without offense and an offensive line.
You guys like winning don't you? We won plenty with Bollman, so give him at least a grain of credit, will you? Only in Ohio would fans hate the coaches that repeatedly beat the sh** out of TSUN. It really disgusts me.
Edit: Forgot Sarah and the other lady Bucks here, please forgive me.
change "You guys" to "You people"

Ethos's picture

We won a champsionship off our defense and Maurice clarett's back (not to mention that offensive line was trained by the previous staff not bollman).  We also won because of Tressel's offensive play calling and the fact we could get 4-5 star recruits on the offensive line without much effort (as bollman proved).  The offensive line was never all that good, our RB's constantly had to create their own holes.

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

grcunning's picture

I'm not saying that we didn't win largely with defense. What I am saying is that the guy deserves at least a tiny grain of salt of credit, he was the o coordinator on a national championship team. And I certainly don't want to hear that during the entire year he didn't do anything but drink coffee because the offense was trained by someone else two years before, puleeze.
And oh yeah, Maurice was so frickin good that he didn't need any blockers???

buckeyedude's picture

I'm thinkin' you must be related to Bollman, somehow.



Ramzy Nasrallah's picture
OSU Team sacks allowed total offense TFL Allowed
2011 118th 107th 104th
2010 46th 20th 43rd
2009 57th 68th 87th
2008 83rd 76th 89th
2007 29th 62nd 75th
2006 24th 26th 10th
2005 21st 32nd 7th
2004 91st 98th 60th
AVG 59th 61st 59th


buckeye76BHop's picture

^^^This is just horrible^^^A monkey could have done a better job.  Amazing how having friends in high places helps ppl who...well...suck on their own.  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

tennbuckeye19's picture

Tressel was a defense and special teams coach, but you DON'T win a national championship without offense and an offensive line.

FYI: Tressel was not a defensive coach. He did coach special teams but mainly he coached the offense and called plays. Bollman was his offensive coordinator in name alone.

grcunning's picture

I'm not a Bollman lover by any means, but the guy was a Buckeye for ten great seasons, and you guys are spitting on him because you didn't like Dave?

tennbuckeye19's picture

Bollman didn't call plays until last year when Tressel was gone. I know there were many good seasons, but I do'nt give Bollman the lion's share of credit for it. I'm not even sure what to give the guy credit for. And I put some of the blame on Tressel for hiring and then keeping on staff guys who were not that great at their jobs (Bollman, Sciciliano, etc.) I don't love or hate Bollman, but it was plain to see once Tressel was not around and it was Bollman's show, he couldn't do his job competently. 

SPreston2001's picture

On another note, Bollman still sucks!!!

cinserious's picture

Perhaps you might realize Tressel was charged with the insumountable task of winning a NC and several Big Ten champs D-E-S-P-I-T-E Bollman!!!!!!!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

chitown buckeye's picture

Just got an email from animal rights- They would like us to stop comparing Bollman to a Walrus. That is an injustice to the Walruses.

"I'm having a heart attack!"

Run_Fido_Run's picture

If they could talk, oysters and clams would say that walruses deserve much worse

"I like the Walrus best," said Alice, "because you see he was a little sorry for the poor oysters."
"He ate more than the Carpenter, though," said Tweedledee. "You see he held his handkerchief in front, so that the Carpenter couldn't count how many he took: contrariwise."
"That was mean!" Alice said indignantly. "Then I like the Carpenter best—if he didn't eat so many as the Walrus."
"But he ate as many as he could get," said Tweedledum.
This was a puzzler. After a pause, Alice began, "Well! They were both very unpleasant characters—"

There is an oyster bar in Seattle called The Walrus and the Carpenter aka "Walrus bar."

dja.ohio's picture

Is this the last Bollman piece? I get that he sucks as an O-line coach; I watched the same games that you did.
I'm proud of the O-line's showing this past weekend @ Sparty. I was definitely expecting Gholston to cause more problems than he did. I think these guys will continue to improve as the season progresses, which should lead to more big carries by Hyde between the tackles.

onetwentyeight's picture

I read it not as a Bollman piece but as an "ZOMG WE HAVE A COMPETANT OLINE NOW THIS ROCKS" piece...

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

No, I could definitely write more. Bollman should have been brought up on charges for what he did at Ohio State. In order to fully appreciate Warinner's sorcery this season I felt some context was necessary.

Tressel didn't win with Bollman. He won despite Bollman. His retention at Ohio State is exponentially more offensive to me than anything Tressel did to get himself fired. Cronyism like that is worse than lying about petty cash violations. The latter was definitely dumber; the former was more offensive.

grcunning's picture

OK OK enough Bollman, I said my piece and I am very happy he is gone, but he was a Buckeye and I won't take that from him.
Onward and upward to Nebraska...

JoshAlum's picture

The hardest part to stomach is the massive lost potential. Of what could have been with the BrewCrew, and TP if they had had guys like Herman and Warriner coaching them, instead of Siciliano and Bollman.
Does the 2006 Fiesta Bowl go differently with Warriner and Marotti?  

grcunning's picture

I don't think so. It certainly wouldn't have been as bad, but we were overmatched athletically in the trenches. Maybe the different offense would have slowed down their rush some, but Troy Smith wasn't exactly Braxton in the run game.

buckeyedude's picture

I said it before that I felt really bad for Brewster the most. He had nothing to do with Tatgate, kept his mouth shut, and did his job the best he could, while his team crumbled around him.
Then his draft stock went way down, and I lay part of the blame on Bollman. I often wonder if Brewster ever regrets going to Ohio State? He doesn't seem like he does, just from the little I've heard from him, but I wonder if he wonders if he could have been much better had he gone somewhere where they had a real OL coach?



Maestro's picture

I did a pretty lengthy blog post last season after the MSU game.  I put the blame on the players at the time.  Tons of missed assignments and terrible execution.  You can read it if you want to.
My perspective has changed somewhat.  That being said, I don't know that Woody Hayes/Jim Tressel/Paul Brown morped into a super coach could have won 10 games with that team last year.

vacuuming sucks

grcunning's picture

Love it, especially:
"1st and 10, shotgun, trips, Bauserman double and triple hitches and throws one near no one."

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

That being said, I don't know that Woody Hayes/Jim Tressel/Paul Brown morped into a super coach could have won 10 games with that team last year.

As awful as 2011 was, they were run off the field exactly once. Ohio State was competitive in every single other game last year except Miami.

A great coach definitely could have won ten games. A good coach could have won eight. As roughed up as the program was, it had plenty of talent and still does.


Maestro's picture

True words.  I have erased most of those memories, and even got rid of the cable box that had all the games stored on it (not entirely because it contained the evidence of 2011).
Moving forward and very excited about the future for the Bucks.  Really hope this coaching staff can stay together for at least 3 years (minus Withers who I expect to be gone sooner).

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onetwentyeight's picture

Yea but this CURRENT team is essentially the same guys with 1 yr additional experience. And we've already gone form 6-7 to 5-0. It's not like we landed some hotshot #1 QB recruit in the offseason who engineers a 1 man turnaround Cam Newton style. The major contributers today on this 5-0 team were all on that sub .500 team. I think if we had competant coaching last year we would've been a 9-4, 8-5 team at worst. We're not overflowing with talent but this IS theOSU and we should never go sub.500 rebuilding or not. 

SPreston2001's picture

Yeah this is the same team from last year but not having a coaching staff to take control and rally the troops really played a huge role. If JT would have coached last year we could have won 10 games easily. Fick was clearly in over his head, Brax was a true freshman, and Bauserman was well... Bauserman lol. tOSU will always be loaded with talent its all about having someone to command the soldiers.

Poison nuts's picture

Another clue for you all...
About bad WalrusBall...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

buckeye76BHop's picture

You summed the entire article with sentence #1;-)  Just kidding...your article illustrates a major reason why OSU has been effective on offense to this point as opposed to last year (I'm glad you pointed this out bc I feel O-line gets lost in the shuffle).  When you give up over 40 sacks like last's time to change it up a bit, which obviously happened.  Good stuff as usual Ramzy...

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

NW Buckeye's picture

Ok, Bollman was Tressel's OC.  However, last year Tressel was not around, and Fickle was not an offensive coach.  When Bollman's line did not perform satisfactorily under Tressel, JT rolled up his sleeves and got involved.  Bollman is and always has been a "theory" guy on offense.  We all know that you need a great plan to win games, but "theory" alone will not get the job done.  Tressel would get involved in practice and teach "application" through physical contact.  That is what was lacking last year. 
Like GR above, I do not like to beat a dead walrus.  He served Tressel well for 10 years - maybe not to the satisfaction and expectations of all the fans, but it was a good run.  The problem was that without Tressel, Bollman was like a fish out of water last year.  The interim staff was just not a good formula for success despite having many good coaches on board. 
That is all behind us now, and we can see that the new staff is getting more out of the talent that was here last year.  Are we a finished product?  Not yet.  Here's to hoping we show as much improvement in the second half of the year as we have seen in the first half vs. last year.  This could end up being a pretty good team.  

Doc's picture

Thanks for that article Ramzy, but now I have "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead" running threw my head.  Half way threw your article it started, but "witch" was switched with "walrus".  Competent coaching sure does wonders!

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Dougger's picture

that graphic from a year ago has five balls being thrown out of the stadium. haha

I like football

DonkeyPunchAnnArbor's picture

Great piece, always enjoy reading your work Ramzy! 

"Michigan and "huge mistake" are synonymous"
-Mark Titus

Brutus's picture

Note to self: Never piss off Ramzy.  That dude knows how to hold a grudge.

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

Upvoted for truthiness.

BUCKfutter's picture

most telling to me is looking at the guys that underachieved while under bollman who went on to be good in the NFL (alex boone is the main one that sticks out in my mind, and brewster and adams are on their way to being starters in the near future).  even mangold probably should have been better in college - if teams would have seen what he could do with a real o-line coach, he could have been a top 10 pick instead of sneaking in at the end of the first round.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

buckeyedude's picture

Your name cracks me up. It's akin to Muck Fichigan.



CALPOPPY's picture

His name always reminds me of "S words", or "the penis mightier". I bet you do, Trabeck.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Alhan's picture

Don't forget "Therapists" and "Famous Titles"!

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

BUCKfutter's picture

thanks everyone...i think my favorite was a norm mcdonald/burt reynolds category...a petit dejeuner. watched those over and over when i was in school

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

shortbus20's picture

More like "Last Tango in Paris"   Marlon Brando   for you young guys

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scarpenter614's picture

3 things.  1) Let's not forget the impact our strength coach had on this group of linemen.  I'm not down-playing Ed Wariner's role at all, but these guys are in the best shape they've been in since coming to tOSU.  It's easier to man-handle the opposition when you lose 20-30 lbs of fat and gain 40 lbs of muscle.  2) I hate to mention the 2006/2007 NC game against Florida, but I remember seeing a video or reading something about how they knew our snap count by watching tape and we never changed it.  Florida players said the same thing after the Gator Bowl last year.  That is a HUGE difference from this year.  3) I can't remember if it was on this site or another board but someone made a really good point:  Imagine if we had an Ed Wariner or a competant OC during the Tressel years.  In particular against LSU (NC game), Texas (Fiesta Bowl) and USC (09 at the Shoe) where we shot ourselves in the foot with numerous false starts and holding calls.

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

A good point proven. I can even tell a difference when these guys are playing at how much stronger they look on TV rather than big blobs getting in the way. They're feet seem to move faster as well and that's a ++ as a linemen.

Akeem96's picture

Whenever I read about OSU always going on one and their opponents knowing the snap count it always makes me wonder about all those Shugart's false starts.  Did he have them despite the snap count not changing, or was it one of the few times they tried to change it to take advantage of everyone knowing it?

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

I can give a tad bit of credit to Bollman for his service and lengthy stay here at OSU BUT there's one thing......
None of us really know how much of a factor Bollman was in game planning/play designs, formations. We all know Tress was the primary play caller and that he had his hands on the offense more than anyone else but we don't know what all Bollman had to do with the offense besides the line. Now we have Urban, Herman, and Warinner as the guys who at least touch the offense. Urban and Herman probably are most responsible for game planning/play designs/formations while Warinner is more involved with the O line but also has input as well. Herman is the OC and the QB coach. Warinner is the Co-OC and the line coach. Those responsibilities are well aligned for success.
I'm very happy to see actual coaching being down and adjustments made throughout the game that doesn't leave us as vulnerable. Its still a works in the progress with this team learning a new coaching staff but I'm happy seeing what we've seen so far. Only thing I'm worried about is Brax running as much as he does. They really need to coach Brax to stay in the pocket and pick apart the D through the air. Brax should run at least 10-15 times a game instead of the 20+ he has been.

bassplayer7770's picture

Only thing I'm worried about is Brax running as much as he does. They really need to coach Brax to stay in the pocket and pick apart the D through the air. Brax should run at least 10-15 times a game instead of the 20+ he has been.

I believe Coach said they counted about 8 times where Braxton took unnecessary hits due to misreads.  That should improve over time.

petebuc52's picture

Spot on article..Usual Suspects refference sends it over the top!

chicagobuckeye's picture

Ramzy, like usual great article.  Hate to nitpick, but early in the article when you wrote barely halfway through the season implies that we have just passed the halfway mark.  More likely you meant not yet halfway through the season, but to each their own.

razrback16's picture

Top shelf article. Thank you. So glad Meyer fired Bollman immediately.

SilverBulletNYC's picture

This just shows where Bollman is as a coach:
"Boston College is now 116th in rushing with Bollman in charge of a veteran line that returned four of five starters in front of a solid incumbent QB."
I can't tell you how happy I am to have a new Offensive Coordinator this year.

The South will NOT rise again!

Buckeyejason's picture

If Tressel had a good O-Line coach and Offensive coordinator does he ever lose a game in that 10 year span?


Urbstache's picture

Probably not, haha. Although it was his reponsibility to fill those coaching positions with coaches that weren't inept.

Urban Warfare

Poe McKnoe's picture

I finally feel like players are in the right positions along the line.  That's all you got to say.

vincennes buckeye's picture

christian bryant shouting stupid shit under his breath instead of at opposing players is classic.our dbs are weak at pass coverage.i yell at them instead of offense now

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Max Power's picture

Bryant needs to move to Star, hes way better off in the box for run support. I don't mind a little chirping, but not after you just gave up 20+ on a passing play. Wish we'd see more of Doran Grant. We are better off gettting him game experience than playing Travis Howard, IMO. I was never a fan of his after he starting talking NFL before last season. We've lacked a great corner back over the past few seasons. After Malcolm Jenkins, the pipeline shut down...waiting on that next Antoine Winfield!

phxbuck's picture

Speaking of inept coaches, what in the hell is Dick Tressel up to these days?

buck'em'dano's picture

 He's the offensive coordinator at Carleton college in Minnesota, I live in Minnesota and I think its a HUGE pickup for them! 

Gotta love those buckeye girls, Best Damn Fans in the Land!         
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jestertcf's picture

coo coo catchoo?

~Because we couldn't go for three~

Max Power's picture

I'm glad to finally see a cohesive line. How many 5 star guys committed to OSU only to turn out mediocre careers under Bollman? Good riddance walrus! Probably the only o line coach who could've turned Orlando Pace into a bust! I feel sorry for BC. It's like they accepted how bad they suck when they hired him,

IBleedSandG's picture

Man, what the hell was BC thinking? They should have looked at what Boll's did with 4 & 5 star lineman... what the world did they think woul happen when the Walrus got to deal with their 3 star kids.
Good riddance!
The first line of the article sounded very familiar, is it from Se7en?


Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

The first line of the article sounded very familiar, is it from Se7en?

Refer to the title of the article.



jestertcf's picture

DAMN!! I cannot upvote Ramzy!!! also favorite movie ever
~How do you shoot the devil in the back?  What if you miss?~

~Because we couldn't go for three~

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Its awesome to see an offense move the ball consistently, WITH purpose, and ON purpose.  Bollman's offenses usually scored because of freakishly atheletic quarterbacks or on accident....I think Warriner is the best hire UFM made and a close second is Herman...Those two together are like watching Voltron form on a football field. 

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama