We can blame it on coaching, scheme, and players and I truly believe it's a combination of all three, but with that being said I see no physicality in the back seven other than Roby and RDS. When in zone and players are running shorter routes such as drags, curls, outs, ins, hooks, slants, etc no one redirects anyone. Whenever I look at the premier defenses that's what they do well. You make the quicker throws harder to make the qb keep the ball longer for a chance at more sacks. I know some of these can and will be blamed on scheme but I see a defense with way too many free releases wr, te, and rb all season. We must effect timing some how.
Since it seems like we are looking for an identity on defense since I've seen cover 4, cover 3, cover 2, cover 2 man, and cover 1 at length at different times this season. Fickell, Withers, Coombs, Vrabel, and Meyer literally need to sit in a room together for hours, days, weeks, or months whatever it takes to come up with one effective scheme they can implement together. A scheme that doesn't require you to have a Ph.d to master. I see a lot of other schools starting a lot of true fr or getting fr experience. We have a lot of young players who lost a year of eligibility and played very little to no meaningful snaps other than special teams. Sometimes you just got to let athletes play. When the fifth year player makes a lot of crucial mistakes you begin to think "he's been here to long to make that mistake and I could see if he was a fr playing in his first few games." We had nothing to gain playing a fifth year player who I still think should've been a wr instead of a 5* fr at safety.
I really like cover 4 press but I'm not sure I trust Grant or Reeves in press coverage at the moment so I would go for the cover 3 and redirect outside underneath routes inside with Powell, Perry, RDS, and Barnett playing aggresive and being physical on inside wr, te, and rb. We should always rush minimum 4 also no three man rush because you can only cover for so long. Hopefully we will either adopt one better consistent scheme or get new coaches because honestly this was the best offense we may ever have and 24 points at The Ohio State University should always end in a win.