Brian Kelly: MSU Defense Has No Holes for OSU to Exploit

December 4, 2013 at 6:25a    by DJ Byrnes    
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Purple Brian Kelly

From MLive.com:

"We played everybody in the country from the eighth ranked team to 11, 12, 22, 23. We played a lot of good football teams," Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said in an interview with Dan Patrick Tuesday morning. "There's not a better defense in the country that we've played and I think Stanford's pretty good too."

... Kelly is still the only coach to beat Michigan State, so his blueprint has street cred. And Tuesday he was asked point-blank: If Urban Meyer called, and he says, 'Hey, what can we exploit?' What would you tell him?

"There's apparently no weaknesses in our estimation as you attack them," Kelly replied. "You try to get big-chunk plays. You try to push the ball down the field because you cannot win a battle at the line of scrimmage. They're just not going to give up enough for you to win playing that kind of game. They're just too good up front. They commit so much to the front in terms of safety support. You got to try and get the ball outside and do the best you can and try to get big chunk plays."

It's a good thing Ohio Stat employs one of the better offensive crack-safes in the country. Also, it's probably a good thing their quarterback is Braxton Miller and not Tommy "Touchdown" Rees. 

And in Brian Kelly's defense, he says if Ohio State were to beat Sparty, the Buckeyes would deserve the BCS title nod:


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TMac's picture

"Holes to Exploit" is just a different thing for Brian Kelly. 

Grayskullsession's picture

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

blah, blah, blah... and Iowa hasn't given up a rushing touchdown all year, and Wisconsin's D is nasty, and Indiana's offense can't be stopped, and blah, blah, blah...
See You Saturday Night Sparty!

cronimi's picture

True, but sadly, you could also say "blah blah blah ... and *ichigan's offense is incompetent, Gardner can't pass the ball to save his life, and Fitz averages less than 2 ypc." We need the Buckeyes from the PSU and Purdue games to show up, not the Buckeyes from the UM and NW games. If the Buckeyes execute on both sides of the ball for 60 minutes, I'm confident we'll win the game. But if they don't, it could be a painful night.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Fitz averages less than 2 ypc.

I forgot the part where Fitz had a great game.

We need the Buckeyes from the PSU and Purdue games to show up, not the Buckeyes from the UM and NW games.

They won all four, so meh.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

CC's picture

I respect Brian Kelly and I think his analysis is pretty spot on.  I think OSU's offense is playing at a different level than the ND offense.  Obviously Turnover Tommy doesn't have the same skill set as Braxton. 

Kindell's picture

I think he is being honest with what information he has.  He couldn't exploit any holes in their defense.
I hope more come out and praise MSU before this game.

jeremytwoface's picture

Then how did they win??

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

Timmy_'s picture

Exactly my thoughts.

osu07asu10's picture

1 failed trick play.
5 defensive penalties that kept drives alive for the Irish. (4 Pass INT, 1 Def Holding)
And a stout performance from the Irish D.
 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

labuck's picture

Connor Cook wasnt the quarterback he is now.  If I recall it was his first start.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Yuk it up clown....only helps the image that Sparty has a world class D...so if/when we beat them, we'll look that much cooler.
Thank you Brian Kelly.

Jack Fu's picture

only helps the image that Sparty has a world class D

"Image"? They have the best defense in the country. #1 against the run and #9 against the pass. I mean, what more could you ask for? Sparty's D is legit. They haven't faced an offense as good as ours, but we haven't faced a defense as good as theirs, either. It's probably going to be a significant challenge. There's no point glossing over that.

OSUStu's picture

You try to push the ball down the field because you cannot win a battle at the line of scrimmage.

That is right Brian Kelly.  YOU cannot win at the line of scrimmage.  

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

TilstheHun3's picture

Nice... I'll talk our offensive line against anyone. They love blocking for Brax and El Guapo.

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?
 

Hovenaut's picture

When it comes to purple, the color spectrum has me mystified.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Kelly's new book is now available on Amazon, it's called "50 Shades of Purple". 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

And he has a new vampire love novel... Violet

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

3GB's picture

"Kelly's Blue Book"

Brutus's picture

"Violet, you're turning violet!"

gobucks96's picture

Hey, at least someone is saying something good about a big ten team, even if it's our opponent..

EDUGOON's picture

My question is once we beat this "Infamous MSU Defense" will we get credit then? Or will it be, "that Defense is only B1G Good"? Knowing they will commit to the run should be giving Braxton and our WR Corps goose bumps!! I'm sorry I have never heard of there corners and chances are they are guys we passed on for better talent. We will do them dirty in the air Saturday. Don't believe me just watch!

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Baroclinicity's picture

The beauty is that it probably doesn't matter.

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

OldColumbusTown's picture

Well, considering there already was talk about MSU maybe not living up to its billing against Nebraska (giving up over 180 yards rushing and almost 400 yards of total offense), I'd suspect we'll hear a lot of pundits claiming this was another example of the "weak B1G" with only a few giving OSU any credit.
OSU must take care of the ball, and they must play decent defensively.  MSU may bottle up this offense more than what we've seen yet this year, but I expect OSU to move the ball, even between the tackles.  Last year, while running out the clock against Sparty, this O-line and rushing attack proved itself against MSU.  Sparty sent the kitchen sink at the OSU running game in order to get one more stop, and they couldn't do it.  That was the day Urban, Herman, and the rest of the OSU offense realized what they had was special.
Take care of the ball, and OSU wins. 

cplunk's picture

I don't think he's right that "you cannot win a battle at the line of scrimmage." I think our offensive line can win that battle, which is different than every other team MSU faced this year.
If our O-line can't, then we're in trouble. No two ways about it.
 

Ahh Saturday's picture

What I assume Kelly means is that no matter how well your O-line plays, you can't win the LOS because they've got 9 guys in the box, and they are running downhill at the snap.  It doesn't matter how good our O-line is, there aren't enough of them.  MSU thinks they can play man with their corners and get to your QB before your receivers shake loose.  If we can't complete some intermediate/long throws they will sit in the box and blitz all game long. 

cplunk's picture

Gotcha.
That worries me because I really didn't like our offensive play calling against TSUN. I felt like we were back in the Bollman style of either-run-it-or-chuck-it-deep. The short, quick passing game that has worked for us all year just wasn't there. I know Herman says that was by choice, but it still worries me.

Matt M.'s picture

52-3, good guys. I'm calling it.
*takes another drink*

TNbuckeye91's picture

You might want to quit drinkin if you honestly believe thats a plausible score

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

C'mon now, be realistic... Urban doesn't kick field goals... 49-3.

buckguyfan1's picture

El Guapo has a knack for making his own holes when necessary.

ChazBuckeye's picture

ND did beat them right?  So if Tommy Reese can beat them, then Braxton and Co. can't?  Hmm...see any problems here????  

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

Squirrel Master's picture

Sorry, I don't think MSU has seen a rushing offense like this one. I find it funny that so many question where the OSU offense will be able to score on their defense. I would be talking more about can the OSU defense stop MSU enough to keep this from being a shoot out, like last week!

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

RedStorm45's picture

Yes.  Sparty scored one offensive TD against Purdue (??!!) and put up 14 against Minnesota.

Squirrel Master's picture

I would still question that side of the ball more than the other. The OSU offense has not been stopped cold yet. The lowest scoring games were 31 at Wisky and 34 at Iowa who both have what I would consider decent defenses as well. And really in both those games the offense made mistakes more than getting stopped.
Just saying, even though I don't think MSU has a great offense, my concern would be more there than us being able to score.
I actually do think OSU will put up at least 30. Whether or not the defense can hold them to 30 or less is the real debate.

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

ChazBuckeye's picture

Thank you for pointing this out Red.  It makes a whole lot of sense that if MSU struggled with Purdue and Minnesota, then OSU should do ok defensively (as long as some things are shored up).  Hopefully OSU will not hit a wall against their D.  It hasn't been stopped for the most part all season.  And they did do well against Wiscy's run attack.  And the Offense did well against Wiscy's D too (considering Wiscy's D was up there in the rankings as well as their run attack).  
I'm still worried about this game, just because of how big it is and what's waiting in the wings if OSU wins.  Man, is it Saturday yet? :-)

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

RedStorm45's picture

ND is the best team (I guess arguable) that Sparty has faced.  It was a loss.  Anyone know if MSU played at IU or Purdue?  Could be a "playing in Indiana" jinx??  I'm stretching here, I know.

Squirrel Master's picture

MSU was home vs. Indy.

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

OldColumbusTown's picture

MSU held ND to 17 points even while giving away tons of yardage with all the defensive holding/PI penalties.
MSU, today, would annihilate ND with the offense they now have.  The Sparty offense isn't anything special, but Cook is worlds better than Maxwell, and Langford has stepped forward as a reliable bell cow back.  Both were just coming into their roles during the game between these two.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

MSU, today, would annihilate ND with the offense they now have.

You mean that same offense that scored 7 points against Purdue, and 14 against Minnesota? :/

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

NewEraBuckeyes's picture

I agree with a lot of points here!
I do think Ohio State will win, and I wish I could say it will be an easy win, but from what I've seen of MSU its going to be a good matchup.
Don't let the MSU @ ND fool you . . . That game was on Sept 21st and this MSU team is playing MUCH better than they were then. If MSU were to play @ ND this weekend, I think MSU would win convincingly.
MSU doesn't need to score a lot of points, they just need to score enough and let their defense do the rest. I believe Braxton and Co will give them all they can handle, but it won't be easy.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Don't let the MSU @ ND fool you . . . That game was on Sept 21st and this MSU team is playing MUCH better than they were then. If MSU were to play @ ND this weekend, I think MSU would win convincingly.

Based on what?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

4thandinches's picture

Over.the.top.
 
If you can't exploit their defense Brian, how did you win?

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

d5k's picture

Their holes are deep passes and exploiting linebackers cheating off of slot receivers.  Packaged plays will be useful as they love to blitz off the edge to counter the QB outside run.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Too many weapons on our Offense. I realize that the MSU-Irish game was early-on and Sparty is much improved on the offensive side of the ball, but ND didn't/doesn't have anywhere close to the weapons Urbs & Hermann can bring to the field.
My concern, like many, is how well does our D play? If they play with controlled aggression and wrap up I think we can get a lot more pressure on young Mr. Cook than we saw against scUM last Saturday.
31-17 good guys.

theybege's picture

who is marcus hyde?

RBuck's picture

We make own holes.,

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

Brandon26841's picture

I really hope Braxton has a good (or at least better than he's been) day passing... I have a feeling they're going to need it.
 
Pretty nervous about this game TBH.

justanotherbuckeye22's picture

Have  they played a team with a offense like ours  before? doubtful

CowCat's picture

I honestly think this game goes one of two ways:
1) Braxton isn't himself, our D makes another bad offense look good, and we lose a nail-biter
or
2) Michigan State plays Tresselball.   OSU plays Urbanball.  Our D line lives in their backfield.   The results look like the 2006 NC game.
Sure hoping for (2).

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

Whbrbl's picture

Enter this game with the mindset that they're facing a formidable defense and that our defense is exploitable. It will sharpen their focus and avoid the superiority complex they may have had prior to The Game.

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

I assume, since he said Stanford is only "pretty good too", that when they played, Stanford did not play Stanford football.

WB

addman1405's picture

Did he call Carlos Hyde, Marcus Hyde?

DaiTheFlu's picture

Marcus is going to be one of the all time great OSU backs! I expect him to fill the hole that Carlos leaves after graduation this year. Now its just a matter of whether Marcus Hyde can beat out EzE for the starting job...

/s

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

Clinger76's picture

I know one thing about this game......Its taking to damn long to get here!! 
Also, FYI, RDS gets his first pick of the year! AND, takes it to the house!!!
35-14 Ball game

"If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats, But if you take no risks, you will earn no victories."