Jim Bollman haters, please read

Maestro's picture
October 2, 2011 at 12:51a

This is a breakdown of each offensive play that was on TV.  I think you will see that execution was the problem today.  Not play calling.

So the first 2 series basically weren't on TV except for the 3rd and 9 play on the 2nd possesion.

3rd and 9, Miller runs directly up the middle into 2 blitzing LB's on an option play that was set up to go outside.  Blocked well for the outside run, not executed.

3rd SERIES down 7-0.  1st down, zone read, Miller should have kept the ball as the middle of the field was wide open instead he mistakenly gives to Hall who picks up 4 on pure effort.  Stoneburner TOTAL whiff or the misread play might actually go for big yards.  His man makes the tackle and he doesn't come within 3 yards of making a block.

2nd down, Option that Miller doesn't sell at all, blocked PERFECTLY.  Even with the terribly early pitch that doesn't force the unblocked DE to declare AT ALL Hyde picks up a 1st down.  Holding by Chris Fields.  Now 2nd and long......screwed.

2nd and 12.  Shugarts blocks the wrong player and leaves the backside DE open.  If Shugarts makes his block Hall gains at least 5 yards as it was set up nicely.

3rd and 13.  Option look drop back...Shugarts whiffs again......Miller trips over his own feet in the face of pressure and darn near throws a pick on a terrible decision.

4th SERIES, backed up to own 14 yard line

1st down, I formation lead run to Hyde.  Marcus Hall sucks at guard and Boren has to try block Jerel Worthy (fail).  No gain.

2nd and long, I formation Hyde makes the safety miss on a perfectly blocked play and gains 8 yards.  Now 3rd and manageable.

3rd and 3, shotgun with 4 wides, great read by Miller as Fields is uncovered off the line.  Easy pitch and catch for a first down.

1st down, I formation lead for Hyde.  Stoneburner again whiffs completely and the backside DE makes the play.  Gains 5.

2nd and 5, shotgun with Hyde and Boren flanking.........effing Shugarts false start.

2nd and 10 same formation, low snap, Miller craps his pants and falls on the ball.

3rd and 14, Miller under center, screen for Hyde....well set up except Hyde runs into a DLineman and falls down.  Miller has to scramble and gains nothing.


False start Linsley.......now 1st and 15

I formation stretch , Brewster doesn't make his block, short gain by Hall.

2nd and 13, I formation, play action, tons of time, ball blocked by DLineman.

3rd and 13, shotgun single set back, trips to top of formation, fake to Hall blocked perfectly, strike to Fields and 1st down.

1st and 10, I formation, play action, great pocket, Boren picks up blitzing LB, Miller craps his pants and basically falls down.  SACK COMPLETELY ON HIM, Boren called for bogus chop block and it's now 1st and 25.

1st and 25, play action, again Miller has a pocket that he doesn't use, tucks and looks like his shoes are tied together.  SACK COMPLETELY ON HIM.  Illegal hands to face bails him out.

1st and 10, I formation, motion with Fragel, play action, Miller throws deep to D. Smith and makes a decent throw, 50-50 ball that is picked off.


Pinned inside own 20,

1st and 10, Wildcat with Hall, gains 5.

2nd and 5, I formation, safety makes good open field tackle on well blocked lead play, gains 4.

3rd and 1, I formation, David Durham in at fullback, Hall picks up 1st down.

1st and 10, I formation Mewhort completely whiffs on Worthy and obviously Miller is not adjusting his snap counts because MSU knows exactly when the ball is going to be snapped.  Loss of 5

2nd and 15, Miller bobbles a perfect shotgun snap, freaks out and doesn't let play develop, throws quickly to Reed for gain of 5.  No reason to throw so quickly.

3rd and 10, I formation, blitz, Mewhort blocks air, SACK.


1st and 10, I formation, lead/stretch play for Hall, safety is crashing in hard on run support, Hall gets what he can and gains 5.

2nd and 5, I formation, great blocking even though Worthy clearly knows what the snap count is.  Hall gains 10 for a first down.

1st and 10. I formation, lead play, excellent blocking, Hall gains 7.

2nd and 3, I formation, Shugarts for some reason lets his man get inside him by taking a false step to the outside, DE comes across and blows up play.  Otherwise very well blocked. No gain

3rd and 3, shotgun 4 wides, draw play, terrible read by Miller, no one is even covering Stoney and the LB covering the slot blitzes.  Should have been changed to a quick pass and would have been an easy pitch and catch 1st down.

8th SERIES, down 10-0

1st and 10, I formation, Sprint out DAVE, set up nicely to get Miller outside.......FALSE START Mewhort.

1st and 15,  I formation, Hall completely misses the hole and runs directly into a tackle, play was set up nicely if he simply follows Boren through the hole.

2nd and 17, shotgun 4 wides, Miller freaks again with no pressure in his face, doesn't let play develop AT ALL and immediately looks to his outlet Hyde out of the backfield.........personal foul defenseless receiver moves the ball.

1st and 10, offset I formation, DAVE, well blocked, Hall is running with his eyes closed or something and runs directly into Shugarts and the man he has walled off.  Set up very well for at least 5-7 yards if he follows the blocks properly.

2nd and 9, I formation, motion with D Smith, play action, nice pocket, Miller doesn't step and tucks it, sacks himself.

3rd and 16, shotgun sprint out, Miller doesn't let play develop again, Brewster doesn't get a great block, there are open receviers, but Miller isn't looking at anyone, he bounces around and gains 3.

9th SERIES, Bauserman

1st and 10, bad pass to open Boren in the flat, pick penalty called

1st and 18 on the 8 yards line, I formation, run blitz Hall loses a yard.

2nd and 19, I formation, bootleg, Stoney stops his route and only gains 4 yards.

3rd and 15, Shotgun, 7 rushers, Bauserman almost escapes but is sacked.


1st and 10, Shotgun sprint out, corner blitz, Bauserman doesn't see it, and gets sacked.

2nd and 15, I formation, play action, Bauserman thows it 10 yards too far for Smith.

3rd and 15, shotgun 3 wides, break down of line, SACK.


1st and 10 backed up to own 7, play action, open Fields, Bauserman overthrows him.

2nd and 10, I formation, Stoney whiffs completely, Hall does well to gain 5 yards.

3rd and 5, shotgun 3 wides, D back leaps over Hall and Bauserman is deer in headlights........SACK.


1st and 10, shotgun Bauserman finally looks warmed up, strike to Reed.

1st and 10, shotgun 3 wides ,wide open Reed, ball in dirt.

2nd and 10, shotgun, corner blitz, Bauserman checks down to Hyde, gains 3.

3rd and 7, shotgun Hyde whiffs on block, Bauserman hits Reed for 1st down.

1st and 10, shotgun, trips, Bauserman double and triple hitches and throws one near no one.

2nd and 10, shotgun, Bauserman misses wide open Fields in the seam, could have been caught, but really not a good throw.

3rd and 10, shotgun, blitz, well picked up, throw in the dirt to T.Y. Williams who was wide open.

4th and 10 shotgun, Stoney whiffs on a block forcing Bauserman to move, he still has a wide open Hall in the flat, throws it over his head.

13th SERIES............Buckeyes score.

Seriously folks I don't know what to tell you if you think the play calling is the problem with this team.  Poor execution is the problem.  A true freshman QB who is scared and doesn't have ANY patience is the problem. An old QB who can't hit the broad side of a barn is the problem.  A tight end who absolutely refuses to block anyone is the problem.  Please tape the games and watch them again if you really want to bag on the coaches.  This loss is ALL ON THE PLAYERS.  They didn't execute the plays that were called.

Sure I would like to see a bubble screen to Corey Brown, but he is hurt.  I think the Wildcat is a great addition to the offense.  More of that would be in order.  The play calling is fine.  The players are not.  You simply have to execute on 1st down, especially with a young QB, and this team failed to do that time and time again.  Not because of the play call, but because of false starts or holds or missed blocks or missed holes.


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crazykg's picture

Although I do agree with the assesment that execution was the failure and not the playcalling, I do believe the execution also rides on the OC only when you have a True Freshmen QB who is making his second start. Failing to execute because you make a wrong read as a second or third year player is gonna happen. But consistently making wrong reads/execution because you are a true frosh means you are not ready, and the coaches should be the first ones aware of this. Braxton has great physical ability, but Pryors physical ability as a freshmen was above everyone he was playing against, not to mention he could run the option pretty damn well. I think it is on the coaches for putting a QB in there who is not prepared.

The other thing that I think is important, is the fact that they havent even tried the other two QB's. They are just wasting eligiblity on the bench. If the first two cant perform well, next man up. If they all suck then, well... whatever. But give these other guys a chance. Our offense has been so bad that even one of the announcers yesterday said it was pathetic. Bauserman had one good drive, but even on that one he scattered terrible passes before he threw the one good ball.

Anyways, I guess it still beats being an MSU fan. For how inept our offense was, the one turnover was a good play by the defender and we were still in the game with 10 seconds left even though we were shut out to that point.

RBuck's picture

Maestro: You make great points with your play calling vs. execution theme. However, let me remind you that Jim Bollman is also the OL coach.

Long live the southend.

Colin's picture

let me remind you that Jim Bollman is also the OL coach.

WINNER. He's gotta go.


Hoody Wayes's picture

"MAESTRO ON 1 OCTOBER 2011 - 9:33PM #
Agree.  We have young playmakers at WR, corner, safety and linebacker.  The young offensive lineman are my biggest concern, but this team is incredibly young."

So, are they not that good or are they too young? Your words betray your avatar, "བླ་མ་."

On offense, it IS the play calling. On offense, the biggest drop-off in talent and experience is, at head coach. We've got the talent on offense. Tressel recruited THAT talent. We don't have Tressel...and that's the biggest difference-maker, this year.

And the defense, is limiting opponents to an average of, 14.6 p.p.g. 

BoFuquel's picture

Still like your tune MAESTRO.Keep teaching us please.

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

KenK's picture

Not a bad approach, but I disagree with you Maestro. It is very easy for a young team to "not execute" when the game plan and play calling are predictable.

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

BuddhaBuck's picture

You took a page out of AlongTheOlentangy.com... and for that, props.

However, wouldn't you agree that Miller should have spent and would have benefitted from the shotgun formation early on? What was all the I-Formation about? Kid needs time to look around instead of trying to backpedal into pressure. Perhaps the most frustrating use of I-formation was on 3rd & Long. 

I-formation word count: 23.

Shotgun word count: 20. 12 of them while the Bauser-statue was in the game.

>>Note - Shotgun is also the formation that allowed Tim Tebow to be successful.

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BuckeyeFanInBoulder's picture

I'm sorry but I disagree.  This falls almost entirely on the coaches.  What we have seen this season is exactly what happens when bad coaching and playcalling is to blame.

Knowing you have a young or inexperienced O-Line and QB, your passing focus should be slant routes, bubble screens, and quick outs to receivers or backs.  AKA run what Oklahoma runs when they get a new Freshman QB, and what is still their bread and butter today.  It doesn't have to be in the spread, but I dare Jim to put 2 receivers on the same side and get some blocking/picks in space... they just might get open and catch the ball.  That should give the offense confidence.  All of the above is simpler than 35 yard post routes or even read running plays.  If these receivers are 4 star studs, get them the ball as fast as possible and let them prove it in space.  Getting the ball in the air quickly also means the young QB doesn't think too long, which is obviously a problem right now.  I believe these kids can and will be good, but I also think Bollman is doing his fair share to set Miller's development back a year.  That boy needs somebody else calling plays for him, and needs somebody else helping him progress.

The running play calls could also be improved.  Why not more option with a fullback or some variety?

Even bad offenses should improve from week to week, but we're seeing none of that.  The commentary yesterday included something like, "the receivers simply cannot get open against the Michigan State secondary."  While there may be a talent problem (there is no Ted Ginn in this group of Fresh/Sophs), it was the same way against Toledo and Miami... the coaches should have taken notice and altered the playbook for the given players.  Our predictability is making mediocre secondaries look amazing.

Opposing staffs need no more than 8 minutes of film to build the perfect plan against this offense right now; trust your corners to guard the sidelines but go ahead and send your safeties wide in case there's a completion or to help the INT, don't worry about passes over the middle, and send pressure from at least 2 LBs on every down to stuff the run.  There are things coaches could do to fix that.  For example, knowing pressure is coming because opposing defenses don't believe you can/will pass, why not run shorter routes or build in 3 yard passes that fall over the collapsing pocket?  Why not try a play Miller could audible to when he sees a blitz coming from Stoneburner's side: Jake takes 3 steps, the blitzing LB blows past him, and Miller puts enough air under it to complete the pass before the LB and DL destroy him.  With the middle of the field wide open, our TE is a TD maker once again.

I will consent that youth has caused a perfect storm here, but I would argue that even Pryor would be sputtering with the current playcalling and poorly developed O-Line... the difference being a few more completions instead of Baus' overthrow nightmares, and LBs sticking to their zones a bit more in fear of his legs.

Maestro's picture

Yes, he is the O-Line coach, and that is certainly a point of contention, but this is about play calling.

I read the play calling complaint over and over to the point that it's a lazy complaint IMHO. 

With the mixed bag that is this offense right now I don't think the play calling is nearly the biggest problem. 

What can be relied upon? Not much.  Miller is clearly in over his head against a quality defense.  Bauserman is clearly in over his head against a quality defense.  Stoneburner is a liability if there is any blocking required.  Soooooooooooo, there is Hall and Hyde.  End of story.

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Maestro's picture

Oh, and by the way the OLine didn't play that badly on Saturday. Watch the tape if you don't agree.

False starts, inexcusable, but the vast majority of the sacks are on the QB's. When you have a pocket to step up into to make a throw, but instead hold onto the ball and eventually decide to trip and fall in the backfield...........THE SACK IS ON THE QB.

Why doesn't Shugarts just false start on the first play of every game and just get it over with? Brutal. Does anyone keep track of that stat for OSU. He HAS TO BE the career leader.

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thePhilipJFry's picture

I am currently watching the game again.  The pictures ABC sent to my dvr don't match your words at all.  I'm watching the MSU defense sell out on first and second down with 8-9 players coming to the line of scrimmage at the snap.  It's the third series and Ohio State hasn't run play action to take advantage of this yet.  On 2nd and 12 with Reed split wide to the right the defensive back lined up opposite Verlon Reed leaves him and drops 15 yards off the line of scrimmage and into the middle of the field.  You say the play fails because Shuggarts doesn't block the backside deffensive end on an off tackle run, but the middle linebacker and a safety are at the line of scrimmage unblocked if the deffensive end doesn't make the tackle.  Michigan State has nobody within 15 yards of a wide reciever at the snap, and Ohio State has no way to take advantage of it.

Maestro's picture

Glad someone is willing to watch the game again.

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thePhilipJFry's picture

Done with half number one.  Throwing the ball Miller has 5 catchable/2 innaccurate/1 batted at the line of scrimmage/1 poor throw under pressure.  The interception is under the inaccurate category, but was a tough play to score.  The db has no chance to intercept this ball where it is thrown.  It wasn't until Devin Smith brings it down to his body that the db gets 1 hand on it. 

Miller is actually throwing the ball as well in the first half as he did against Colorado.  Of the 3 sacks in the first half 2 are unblocked defensive tackles and one is an unblocked blitzer off the edge.  Where Miller is not as effective is running the football, both in designed runs and scrambles.  MSU is keeping the linebackers close to the line of scrimmage on passing plays, not to rush but just to keep Miller in the pocket.  This should create large problems for MSU covering tight ends and running backs. 

Maestro's picture

1st down plays were terrible in the first half. This team has to be successful on 1st down. False starts, misreads, whiffs on blocks had the offense behind the chains most of the half.

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thePhilipJFry's picture

2nd half wide open recievers all over the field with the ball either flying 20 yards over their heads, or bouncing halfway to their intended recievers.  This isn't Joe Bauserman's fault.  He has shown all year (except against Akron) that this is what you can expect when he is under center.  I feel bad for him that the coaches keep putting him out there.

Maestro's picture

He has completed the same percentage of passes that Miller has. He also hasn't thrown an INT.

Look I am not a fan of anything that we have seen at QB since the Akron game. Even Miller breaking ankles against CU just led me to believe that he had no grasp of the passing offense.

There is no answer at QB on this roster. That's the biggest problem. I would like to see Guiton get a chance.

This team lost it's 2 most important offensive coaches this past offseason and replaced them with a WR coach who has never been a WR coach. Of course the offense is going to struggle.

I just get tired of reading about the play calling. It's one of those complaints that takes no effort on the part of the fan. As if most of the people who make the complaint have any idea what they are talking about. I don't like to take things at face value. I think part of making suggestions/complaints requires being educated on the issues that one is complaining about. This thread is a way to do that.

Thanks for participating.

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thePhilipJFry's picture

I think you said it all when you said the team lost its two most important offensive coaches this past offseason.  When looking for most important offensive coaches, the offensive coordinator should not be an afterthought.

Keith's picture

Agreed.  The play rundown serves no purpose if the defense isn't given full description. 

I'm convinced some would cry execution as the problem even if a team would do something as drastic as put all 11 defenders in the box (and we still run right into it, rather than passing to the uncovered receivers). 

It's also not an execution problem if the guy across from you is better/strong/faster.   If a DB can't stay with a WR because he's not as quick/fast or as fluid in the hips - it's not an execution problem.  If a DT whoops the OG ass on a majority of plays because he's got a ridiculous rip move or he's stronger/faster - it's not about execution.

The staff - Bollman and others - are paid to pick out these potential problem areas and come up with something to counter it.   Instead, we get zone reads where Braxton hands off but doesn't carry out the fake going the other way.  We get play action on 3rd and 15 from the shadow of our goalposts.   And, we have an OL - coached by Bollman - who are deficient in numbers and, by your own view, get beat quite a bit. 

I'm not sure how many more indictments need to rain down on him before it's clear to everyone he's past his time. 

Maestro's picture

The original post was plenty long without even more description. I did want people to actually read it and respond.

Again, the play calling complaints is lazy IMHO. Become informed (not you specifically) by really studying what is going on. That's my reason for posting this.

When I watch the tape I see missed assignments, false starts, misread options, impatience by the quarterbacks etc. Certainly part of that is coaching, but a large part of it is also just poor execution.

When I watch the early plays of this past game I see some variety in the formations and play calls. When Miller displayed that he couldn't execute those plays they went back to bread and butter. Unfortunately, that didn't work very well either, but the game was never out of reach.

Anyhow, we can split hairs all day. The offense played like crap. They need to improve. We all know that, but this was a way to really analyze the MSU game more in depth than THE PLAY CALLING SUCKS!!!!!

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Keith's picture

I appreciate the work you put in.  I've done it in the past and it's not much fun, so tip of the cap.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

maybe the play calling didnt suck,. per se. but it was unimaginative and beyond PREDICTIBLE. hand the ball off, like a baus. take a sakc, like a baus. make sbb do shots because he's sad, like a baus

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Bucksfan's picture

9 sacks, dude.  9.  It doesn't matter if it's due to execution or poor play calling, or what it most likely is, piss poor preparation.  The Michigan State D-line had it figured out.  They had the snap count down, they pitched a f'ing tent in the backfield.

There is no reason this group of elite talent should go out there and look like a MAC team.  Talent alone should be good enough for 2 TD's in this Big Ten.  That is an MSU defense that 3-loss Alabama took to the woodshed last January.

William's picture

As did Notre Dame, 9 sacks is just ridiculous.

Doug Buckles's picture


It is all on the play calling. It is the offensive coordinator and head coach's job to have a plan of attack to talk to the team about beforehand. The coaches should tell the team what they expect the opposing defense to run based off of film study, collective discussion, and hunches. This means as they are putting in the offensive game plan for the week, they can say 'we are going to do this because they are going to do this.' We are going to run trips gun to one side, go no huddle and run quick hitters because we feel, based off of coach dantonio being aggressive and braxton at qb, that they are going to bring more than we can block so we are going to get rid of it before they get to us. we are also going to run screens to hall and boren to slow down their rush. this should force them to reconsider blitzing as much.make sense?ask questions as we go over the plays so you understand how that particular play is meant to attack their defense blitz or no blitz....'

It is all of the coaches' responsibility to ensure their players are prepared and ready to play. Player execution is a result of the coaching preparation and leadership in place. Good programs have it and others get by with better athletes then the majority of their opponents.


Doug Buckles's picture

If your o line is the problem, offset that by quick hitting plays and running the ball when it is not expected. Masking weaknesses and playing to strengths. Get the ball in smith, hall, and stoney's hands as much as possible until others prove their ability to make plays. Don't ask Braxton to scan the entire field, give him more rollout run/throw options. break the field down to thirds for him and walk him to his one,two, three reads on one side of the field and telling him why his first read is such and if that is covered why it is a natural progression to find the next read in the triangled routes run at that particular third of the field. dictate to the defense instead of vice versa.

builderofcoalitions's picture

Interesting...and here's another take.

Because we couldn't go for three.

Maestro's picture

I love reading Fulton's write ups. He is way better at this stuff than I am for sure.

This blog post was a quick response to the piss poor execution that I saw in the MSU game upon further review. Like I have said, complaining about the play calling is the easy way out IMHO. I hoped that we could take a deeper look into the reasons for the offensive failures beyond something as simple as "the play calling sucks".

Like I said in my original post I would love to see a bubble screen to Philly, and hopefully we will this weekend. Not that he is the only receiver that can run that route, but I think he is the best at it.

I totally agree that the uncovered receivers in the slot are not utilized often enough in this offense. Best example is Fragel in the Sugar Bowl.......huge yards. Clearly Miller doesn't have the confidence of the coaches to make changes at the line of scrimmage yet. Hope that changes soon.

Let's all hope for improvement.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

It's a little bit of everything.  The thing about playcalling is if you execute every play perfectly, then the playcalling can't be bad.  It seems sometimes that the playcalling isn't adjusted to what defenses are doing to make the plays we call not work, but I think the execution is the bigger problem with this team.  With better blocking and a QB with even an ounce of patience (unlike Miller) or throwing accuracy that would be reasonable for an FBS-level QB (unlike Bauserman), our offense would be much better right away.  The talent is there, but these guys have to be prepared and given a gameplan which sets them up for success (which is on coaching), and they have to be focused and ready to execute when they take the field (which is on the players).   

Class of 2010.

rampageripster's picture

not gonna funnel this over to TBDPITL yet bud?  Not like we need any more buckeyes... i think there would be a revolt lol

Cause I couldn't go for three

Maestro's picture

Ha. I am not good at dividing my attention to more than one site at a time.

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