Meyer Presser Recap: 2012 Season Review

By Kyle Rowland on November 26, 2012 at 12:12p

It’s all over.

Four short months after fall practice began, the Ohio State football season has come to an end. For the first time since 1999, the Buckeyes will not appear in a bowl game. But that doesn’t mean the story does not have a happy ending. A 12-0 season capped with a win over Michigan is the goal every season.

The look of satisfaction.

Mission accomplished.

One year ago today, Urban Meyer was introduced as the Ohio State head coach. In that time, he has uplifted a program that was reeling from a year-long scandal. That time period is now hundreds of miles in the rearview mirror.

Closing out another top five recruiting class becomes the focus of the coaching staff without any more practices on the docket. If there is one silver lining to the postseason-less season, it is recruiting. Ohio State coaches have much more free time on their hands than the rest of college football’s high-profile teams.

It’s never too early to look ahead, and 2013 could be the makings of another undefeated season for the Buckeyes. If that were the case, a trip to the national championship game would be likely.

But Meyer isn’t interested in looking too far ahead. For the time being, he’ll savor what the 2012 season meant to him, his family, the players and Buckeye Nation.

  • The one attribute Meyer will always remember about the 2012 Buckeyes is the selflessness. He said that is always a goal, but it is rare to actually achieve it.
  • The team had incredible character, determination and genuine love, according to Meyer.
  • Sept. 29 at 11:22 a.m., Ohio State had a team meeting in a ballroom in East Lansing. That's when Meyer said he knew he had something.
  • Meyer said other than winning games, the ultimate feeling as a coach is seeing everything come together – a team click and buy in to the coaching philosophies.
  • “I really believe we could play with any team in the country.” –Urban
  • For the coaching stuff, the goal now is to sustain the success and selflessness that the 2012 team exhibited. Meyer said there will be a wall dedicated to the 2012 team in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and all future teams will hear about the 2012 team’s selflessness.
  • “My concern here is complacency. We have to make sure that doesn't take place. We need an angry team next year.” -Urban
  • Heading into the 2013 season, Meyer says linebacker is the position of biggest concern.
  • Meyer does not know when he'll talk to Johnathan Hankins and Bradley Roby about their NFL futures. 
  • At the midway point of the season, Meyer was worried about the defensive staff. But they turned the corner. Meyer said the staff has great character.
  • Meyer said he will make no offseason coaching changes. But having successful seasons sometimes means assistants leave.
  • Quarterback Braxton Miller will have to work on his scrambling in the offseason, Meyer said. At this point, Miller is still not a scrambler. Meyer said most of Braxton’s yardage came on designed runs, not scrambles.
  • “Our quarterback was not the most fundamental quarterback in the country, so (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach) Tom Herman and I are going to have a talk about that.” -Urban
  • Meyer said he would grade the passing game as a C or C-. He said it’s not in the same hemisphere as where it needs to be.
  • Meyer said he received two red light tickets in September after his wife, Shelley, urged him to get to his son, Nate's, football games.

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buckeyenut10's picture

Is there any chance in the future you guys could provide a link to the full presser for those of us who would also like to watch the whole thing?
(I know I'm being lazy, but just curious)

KillerNut's picture

Subscribe to the YouTube channel they post it there every week

MattyBeingMatty's picture

Those tickets need to be pardoned!

“Not everybody’s the perfect person in the world, I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever. I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to Mike Vick." -TP

AC1972's picture

Good God, why hasn't Gene Smith ensured that Urban gets an OSU police escort to all of his son's games?

ColoradoBuckeye74's picture

I'm pretty sure I've read the entire Internet at this point to keep my Buckeye fix going.  It is going to be a long winter waiting for the 2013 WORLD DOMINATION TOUR.   It's 10:40am Mountain and Michigan still sucks!

misterbulbous's picture

same here....regarding reading the internet.  I'm assuming somebody in the OSU media/athletic department is working on a killer DVD which encompases the entire football season.

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Best part of.the season... last yr we lose 6 games by a td or less... thIs yr.we win 6 games by a td or less. Next year back to dominating.

Alhan's picture

*sniff* I'm gonna miss this team.
Congratulations on the perfect season!

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

gobucks96's picture

Linebackers quote was intended for a few would be commits...

BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

And lets hope it worked.

GrayDay's picture

Urban deserves his praise, but how about a hand also for Luke Fickle.  Assigned an impossible job last year, he took the heat for that disaster and accepted a demotion with complete class.  Then he implements a defense new to him with a depleted roster, again takes heat for early season trouble with class and finds a way to turn them into real Silver Bullets.  Tough, classy, and got the job done.  Reminds me of when he played. 

Crimson's picture

I was going to post a Fire Fickell! somewhere after the 2nd half.  However, someone always fails to get the sarcasm, and your post is constructive and much better.  Thank you.

Frankly Scarlet's picture

Urban just laid out the key points for the team to have the kind of 2013 season we are salivating for:
1) Passing game must improve
2) LB problem must be addressed
3) No complacency
I would add that the team needs to stay healthy above all else.

"Buclkle your chinstrap, we're gonna grind meat!" - Woody Hayes  

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Good points - nice succinct summary.
No doubt injuries are always a big factor, but this year also showed that it depends on which units are hit. Next season, the RB unit, for example, looks to be very deep; whereas LB and DL probably not yet. Hopefully, the OL and WR corps will be getting there . . . 


•“Our quarterback was not the most fundamental quarterback in the country, so (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach) Tom Herman and I are going to have a talk about that.” -Urban

I'm taking this as we're going to have Herman for another season.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

yankeescum's picture

It's 10:00 am Alaska time and _ichigan still sucks!

Boxley's picture

I read a pretty good analysis on ESPN as to why the Buckeyes legitimately have a claim on the AP title should ND fall to either Georgia or Alabama in the NC game.
Most of the analogy focuses on the fact the AL, SOS-47, GA SOS-51, and tOSU SOS-52, all played about the same strength of schedule, with only tOSU being the undefeated team. They mentioned that the vaunted tough schedule of both of those SEC teams were against  other SEC teams that fired their coaches at the end of this year because they were so bad. Auburn, TN, ?.
 Best analogy that tOSU and the B1G were actually no where near as bad as they media portrayed, and without the media negative bias towards the B1G we would be given much more respect for being 12-0 in the B1G and probalybe sitting at No.2 AP right now..

"...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

SMOLNAR13's picture

hopefully some of the AP voters read this article before the final rankings! good find!

RBuck's picture

Yes! Tell the world.

Long live the southend.

misterbulbous's picture

add Kentucky to that list of SEC teams without a coach.

yrro's picture

There are four very teams in the SEC this year. Unfortunately, they've barely played each other, and everyone else in the conference sucks.
You shouldn't get credit for good teams in your conference if you haven't beaten them.

Larryp713's picture

I would say there are six good or very good teams in the SEC: Bama, LSU, FL, SC, GA, TAMU. It is still the strongest conference, and yet the conference is still overrated. They have some natural leverage in recruiting and during bowl season, since most bowls are in their region.
It is hard to know who to root for; overrated ND or an overrated SEC. At this point, I will hope ND wins just to shut up the fans of the other eleven SEC schools who will support Bama or GA out of some incestual loyalty.



Brutus's picture

I don't disagree with any of this, but if Georgia or Bama beat ND, won't their strength of schedule have increased significantly by the end of the season.  If one of those teams wins the championship, they would have added wins against #3/#2 and #1 to their resume.  (Or does that AP only take into account the 12 game regular season?)
I'm satisfied with 12-0 and no matter what happens, I don't think we'll finish #1 in the AP.  I'm ok with that.  If I'm being completely objective, I think we are ranked right where we belong based on the horrible schedule.  Maybe we could make a case for #3 because Georgia's loss was pretty bad, but I still think Bama is a better team than us (besides, we'll be at #3 after this week anyway).  I don't think ND is better, but they have too firm a grasp on #1 for OSU to even make a case against them right now.

GrayDay's picture

The B1G negativity will hurt us even more next year when we drop Nebraska and MSU from our schedule and face next to nothing OOC (though we'd also play a B1G champ game).  An important part about going 12-0 this year is that if we run the table next year, even over a weak schedule, there will be lots of national interest in seeing Urban with a 25 game win streak in that National Champ game.   Just win, baby.

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Sorry Boxley. I simply will not pay for ESPN Insider access to see a an article that supports our own thoughts on this team's excellence. This 2012 team surpassed the estimates of the pundits from day one. They all wanted to see the Bucks fail. Now they eat a few of their words. Well, lah dee dah. Still aint gonna pay to hear their opinions. Dont give a dog's anal expulsion about it. In fact, I sincerely hope the AP votes us down as low as possible, as it will serve as a simmering core of "pissed-offness" and the players return to show the S.E.Suckers just what playing angry is all about. We will be in PERFECT position next year to dethrone the SEC seven-year reign in a most ignoble way. We will abuse the NC opponent in such a way that other coaches will join the Saban shrill cry against our type of offense.

The real pummeling begins next year. And we are the ones with the gore-stained bat in hand.

I like cookies.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Interesting stuff and this article needs to be sent to all the AP voters. 
Even then I don't think it will matter. Oh well, just more fuel to the fire for next year. 

Maestro's picture

I hope that their are no changes in the offseason with the coaching staff, but that seems unlikely.  The list of job openings seems to be growing by the second.  Fickell, Withers, and Herman will all get phone calls I would imagine.

vacuuming sucks

CowCat's picture

Hopefully the band will stay together, but I like that Meyer has two defensive coordinators for continuity.
I had my doubts about that side of the staff initially, but they really drew it together at the end -- Vrabel coaching the D line for the first time especially.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

osubuckeye4life's picture

Yes, I hope the staff stays together also.
It's going to be an interesting off season. 

OldColumbusTown's picture

At this point, the only hope for an AP Poll title rests in the hands of the bowl-eligible B1G schools. If they can somehow come away with an impressive bowl season (doubtful), it suddenly legitimizes Ohio State's undefeated season.

A win in the Rose Bowl by Nebraska, a Capital One game win by Michigan, Outback win by Northwestern, etc... It's the only way the B1G begins to get their mojo back in regard to national prestige.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Yes, hopefully they can legitimize the undefeated season some in the countries eyes. 

Lincoln's picture

This recap made me happy yet sad all at the same time.
I could not be more happy with what has happened but I want more Buckeye football

nvbuckeye's picture

Like several others here I have worn out my wireless searching for tOSU football stories the last 48 hours.  All of my favorite sites (11W being one) have kept me going.
Congratulations to all the players, especially the seniors which I believe will never be forgotten in Buckeye Nation; the coaching staff, especially Coachs Fickell, Withers, Coombs and Vrabel for bringing back the Silver Bullets; and to Buckeye Nation for believing and staying the course after last year.  Coach Meyer is right about this being Ohio's team but the team also belongs to us diehard Buckeyes living outside of Ohio.
I can't wait until Aug 31 next year - its going to be a long dry spell.  Go Buckeyes and, at 11:57 am in the west scum still sucks!!!!

German Buckeye's picture

So with Purdue firing Hope, we lose anyone to that head coaching slot?

chicagobuckeye's picture

Only Herman as the AD has stated that he wants a spread oriented offensive mind and I just don't see them choosing Herman. Mainly because its his first year at a big school as an OC (I don't include Iowa state in that) and I would assume teams would wait another year to see what happens. Hey just my two cents but what do I know. 

scarpenter614's picture

This is interesting because I was thinking about assistant's on Urban's past coaching staffs compared to assistant's on Tressel's past staffs.  How many former Tressel assistants have become head coaches (not including the obvious Luke Fickel) and how have they faired?  Is there anyone on this staff you could see being the head coach at tOSU someday?  The coaching tree is one of the great traditions at Ohio State in my opinion.  Woody-->Bruce-->Tressel & Meyer-->??

stantmann's picture

I think Earle Bruce had the best young assistants ever - Meyer, Pete Carroll, Saban, just can't beat that...