First - let me be clear - I think Roby is extremely talented and based on the way he's been talked about, OSU's next shutdown corner first round NFL prospect in the mold of Springs, Winfield, Clement, etc.
But Ross pointed out today in his defensive breakdown that coverage (not as much pass rush) is the problem. On two plays (including the 3rd & 21 play) Roby jumped the post route rather than staying with the outside man (or his deep third). I may be wrong here, but I believe he made a similar coverage mistake in week 1 vs. Miami.
Question: WHAT do you think is his problem? Example: 3rd & 21 playing a deep third - NOT a complex coverage at all. I played it in middle school. You cover the deepest man in your third of the field.
Urban has said Roby "gets bored." Why? Because he's not challenged, apparently. This week Urban has said he'll need to play grown man football against Cal's receiver. The problem I see is that Urban may not be willing (from what we've seen) to bench Roby and put Doran Grant in (they've already said he's capable of starting). Look, I think this would be temporary - but Roby needs to get the message that we expect our players to keep their head in the game, play like their hair is on fire, and go hard for 4-6 seconds. Talent needs to be disciplined, focused to be championship.
I think it would do Roby some good to get benched for a series or a quarter. If focus is indeed his problem, how else will he learn? Accountability demands action. If you don't discipline kids after you threaten to punish them, they'll never take you seriously as a parent. Also - the others kids in the house are watching to see if you're consistent or play favorites, so to speak. Nip the problem in the bud before it causes more problems.
Maybe he's getting accountability in practice somehow, but if he keeps blowing simple coverages because he's bored, then maybe he's got some other issues. And I'm no hater - I'm rooting for the kid to reach his potential, which is huge.
Curious as to what you all think.