Not a bitter fan...Great effort this year Buckeyes. (I need a friend!)

USMC11917's picture
January 4, 2014 at 12:51a

Thank you for your efforts this year Buckeyes. We lost the last two games but it wasn't due to lack of desire. Thank you for the entertainment you provided this season boys.

Now on to tonights game. Vonn Bell, outstanding Freshman Debut.

Carlos, you are a man! The yardage you got was hard earned and you would have had more if our passing game had done it's job.

Corey Brown, I saw that coming. Thank you for your service to this team. The mistake really hurt us but I will remember the positives and your growth.

Offensive Line you did a fair to above average job. It wasn't your fault that you couldn't contain the defensive line and the linebackers too!

Seniors thank you.

Armani Reaves, practice your ass off this summer. The young pups are on your heals and if we weren't saving them for the future I think things might have been different for you this year. You had some great plays tonight but a lot of....well, I'll let Combs fill you in.

Tyvis Powell, solid performance though we have room for growth.

Linebackers, not bad, not great....Shazier please come back next year we need your leadership and another 15 pounds of muscle. You had an outstanding year but you'll need the growth for the pros. We love ya and I am being selfish here. I know you can put that weight on while your learning a new system but you are family son. Hate to see you go.

Marcus, damn fine job. Wrap up!

Receivers got no separation. I don't know whether you were average tonight or it was Braxton or the play calling that made you look that way.

Guiton, you are going to be fondly remembered. I hope I get to watch you on Sundays somehow.

Beasely, I wish we could have made you look like a punk but you called it. Mewhort had your number a few times but you have cred.

Wilson, more size so you can afford a little more wiggle and take the hit when you can't make them miss. You are too easily tackled. Great speed and you picked up positive yardage tonight but I think you see this level is a lot different than the last. Save that energy for the game instead of the microphone. Good effort tonight for a Freshman.

Bosa, you are a champion.

Where did Bennett go tonight? Washington? More pressure guys. You had phenomenal opposition but I know a team that handled them. They are in the championship.

I saved the best for last. I don't know how much of this game to pin on you Braxton. I certainly believe the offensive play calling could have been better and relieved some of that pressure you were receiving. The defense sold out to stop the middle yet the side was open all night long. I have to believe that the middle had to be open for slants at times and I have no idea why we abandoned the sweeps and off tackle runs. Please can we see some misdirection! That aggressive defense would have bit on that almost all night. I don't want to be too critical of you Braxton because I don't really think you were put in the best situations tonight. That being said, you have so much room for growth. If you feel you hit your plateau then bail for the NFL. I think Buckeye nation will understand. Your legs and shiftiness are amazing but its become very apparent that an above average defense can shut you down if they stack the box and have dependable secondary play. Your night wasn't horrible but I hope you don't believe that was your best effort. You are not respected as a passer by teams possessing a strong and competent secondary. I believe that your play tonight should have won the game, be it what it was, if we had some semblance of a defense. We played sloppy as a team. We were lucky to be in the position we were in because of penalties and mistakes/blown coverages by Clemson. We were outplayed.

Urban, my expectations remain high but my rational mind has reeled them back in. I am not so sure we're ready for the big stage, not next year but maybe beyond. Please fix this defense. This will never be viewed as a real championship caliber team by many fans, regardless of the win column, until our defense (collectively) looks intimidating. Everyone has a bad game (Bama) but we have already established the pattern and that horse is dead, decayed and we're still pounding the fucking grave.

Our Aussie punter, you and Bosa words describe the confidence I have in you guys.

Again, I am thankful to the entire team for your sacrifices. I apologize if I got a little too critical in my summary but my emotions are still running hot.

(Please add on to this with your observations fellas! I need an outlet right now!)

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buckuar's picture

Phenomenal post. I think you were dead on in everything. If the two questions come back next year, the sky is the limit. 
Bosa is RIDICULOUS. Even FSU fans are impressed around these parts. 
Love my Bucks. Time to reload. 

Hovenaut's picture


Well said, USMC.

Plenty to look forward too.

IGotAWoody's picture

A-FREAKIN-MEN!! Great post. Braxton, you need another year to work on your decision-making. Your skill set is unique, and your athleticism is ridiculous. But you still are not reading a defense properly. Come back and get it figured out.

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” ~Carl Rogers

BenedictineBuck's picture

Very well put!! I knew these Bucks were on borrowed time and I just had fun and enjoyed the ride while it lasted. Many changes coming fellas, I know its been said before but when Urbz recruits finally get in on D I really believe we'll be the best D in the country....just need a capable, hungry, experienced D Coordinator to come in and turn em back into the Silver Bullets!! 

Because we couldn't go for three!!!

allbucksallthetime's picture

Thanks for an excellent post.  Though like Buckeye fans many who were thoroughly pissed as the game ended, my more positive half is emerging.  I greatly appreciate the efforts of this group of seniors and am looking forward to next year.  Go Bucks!

buckeyestu's picture

Great post. Love Brax. the 3 turnovers and the muffed punt, cost us the game. Imo the muffed punt was a game changer, momentum shifter. Great season. The best is yet to come.

SaudiBuckeye's picture

An excellent post following a hard fought loss and a season all Buckeyes should be proud of!
While I understand we are all disappointed in the season ending losses, I am bewildered and saddened that Buckeye fans, in many posts on 11W, can spew such venom towards the coaches and players! 
Your post is a breath of fresh air.

chicago12's picture

Great post at the difficulty time. You are right on the money. Hope Braxton comes back for his own sake. He definitely needs a year to learn to read the defense and improve his passing gave.

BuckeyeChris's picture

Speaking of play calling... the single worst call of the night was the short third down on the first drive of the second half. Hyde was chewing up yards and what is called on 3rd and short? A fake to Hyde (who, by the way easily dove for the first down...sans football)?
Brax gets crushed. Drive over.
Didn't they learn anything from the B1G Championship game? 

dallavise's picture

That was a bad read by Braxton.  He should of gave it up.  I don't think if I'm a coach I even give him the option though :/ 

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

We saw that numerous times this season. Not sure if Brax wants to be the guy in clutch time, or if he just truly trusts his own athletic ability more than the play or his teammates.  

CPDenn's picture

"Not sure if Brax wants to be the guy in clutch time"
Lol, what? He made huge plays to help us win last year against Cal, MSU, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan. And this year he did the same against Northwestern and Michigan again.

OSUNEA1986's picture

Have you considered that it was simply damn fine defense by Clemson? They did a great job at time in "masking" and making their own quality reads.
I always find it interesting that many of us, when critiquing a play only see one side, usually the negative for our team, but fail to look at the positive the opposition did to match or beat the play.
I certainly have my criticisms from our losses (as well as our wins) but I refrain from criticizing the players. Just something I was taught when I was young. It's a team game and these are young people who have worked harder and have challenged themselves to a higher standard than most of us ever will in our lifetime (although some of us may, but that's not most who criticize).
I thought the game changer was coaching again (as in MSU). Offensive coaching. Surprised? Objectively, our defense was not going to stop Clemson on every series. They did enough to give the Buckeyes an opportunity to win.
The offense performed nearly optimally during the "up tempo" series. That has been what we've witnessed all season. It kept the Clemson defense from anticipating and therefor lead to our advantage. Unfortunately, Urban and Herman abandoned it, putting Braxton, Hyde and the OL in difficult situations. During the up tempo series XBrax hit several passes crisply, moved the offense and the OL was able to win in the trenches. Then they started taking 25-30 seconds to send the play in and/or change it. I could have sent in the optimal defense in that time. Reminded me of the Big Championship game.
I'm pretty satisfied with our season and hope that I get to enjoy another season of Braxton's amazing talent. Let's never forget that this young man has represented tOSU, his family and himself with integrity and class.

aabuckeye's picture

Yeah, it's easy to assume everything is under our team's control, when obviously it's not. We could do everything right and still lose to a better team, right? That's what happens when we win, right? We never say our wins were just the result of our opponents mistakes.
There's no shame in losing as long as the effort -- and the sportsmanship -- is there. You play the games to see who's really better. Win, or lose, with class.

Athens BuckCat's picture

Not the way we wanted to end the season, but I sure enjoyed watching the bucks this year

tracyre's picture

Love this...You forgot Josh Perry too!  :)   He played better as well!  
Brax...he was amazing, and he made mistakes.  He needs to stay here and get better.  But he had some brilliant moments.  The improvement we've seen from last year to this year has been incredibly VAST at some moments and not as much in others.  But all in all there's been huge improvement and I think that with one more year we'll see even more.

t-dub's picture

I had to step back, I did not even log onto 11 Warriors for a while just so I could have an break from it.  I am disappointed that the Buckeyes lost.  However, in no sense am I disappointed in them.  The young men went out there and did what they could.  Earlier in this year I thought that this was our"chance".  That if we were going to make a run it would have to be this year.  As it sits right now I would say that is BS.  I truly think that this team will be stronger and more aggressive next year.  We (they) were not the best team in the country this year, but we are still The OHIO State Buckeys and I would not have it any other way.  Proud of the team, the TBDBandITL, and the University.  Thanks to the seniors!

"What is our aim, I can tell you in one word. Victory" Winston Churchill

Go1Bucks's picture

I wanna see the Browns take Kenny G late as a steal of a QB.  He might not be on people radar, and we know his abilities...
... heres hoping that someone in Browns land read 11W.

Go Bucks!

mtgerken's picture

You pretty much just spoke from my mind. Great article. Buckeye Nation feels ya man!

"Because I couldn't go for three!"


TilstheHun3's picture

Your post helped me to see that this team is not quite championship caliber yet... I think they are close. As much as I love the offense that UFM has brought to Columbus, we really need a championship caliber defense before we are ready for the big stage. An offense can only be called on so many times to win a game for you, eventually the defense needs to stop someone. Imagine how good the Buckeyes could be if we had a MSU-like defense to go along with our offense.
To all the Seniors, as well as Roby and RDS, thanks for everything. Good luck guys!

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?

Ebvine96's picture

Braxton needs a BCS win to cap his career off