PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
I think the pass defense is going to be just fine.
A year older, NFL talent and two seriously terrifying sack artists in the making in Spence and AWash to harass opposing quarterbacks.
I actually think opponents are going to test the front seven, under the premise you have to run to win and to test the youth/inexperience there. But as they fall behind on points they will have to pass.
The Cal game is going to be the early litmus test.
Either way, once this unit settles into things I believe they may end up one of the more impressive defenses in Buckeye history.
"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes
Thank you sir good insight!
I see this being a very opportunistic defense. Speed off the ends, designed blitz packages, and an athletic/veteran core of defensive backs should result in a higher number of forced turnovers than we've seen in recent years. I can see this defense scoring in many games.
~Naples Buckeye - "May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't." - General George S. Patton, Jr.
Hopefully this season we'll do more bump and run coverage rather than giving a 10 yard cushion the whole game.
I agree, more man to man let the dogs up front get' em
We have a ton of coverage breakdowns last year as we learned a new defensive scheme, particularly in the early part of the season. We also had underneath coverage problems as a result of inexperienced LBs. That said, I'm not all that interested in making excuses for a 12-0 team, but this year will have to be better. Additionally, we also need to play with far better poise on defense this year and not give up those stupid personal foul penalties that we had a knack for last year.
I know! Think back to the Lsu game penalties Killed us plus ,they stopped running Wells!!!!!
I want at least 6 more int's this season. It is ass kicking time.
POOR TACKLING. Most of our Def Pass Yard stats were because of poor tackling on screens and such. YAC is what killed us last year.
I agree with Hovenaut, we will be fine this year. Our biggest problems came from our line backers. Either covering a tight end or a back on a wheel route was a real issue for the backing crew. Even though we have lost a few backers here in the off season, I love what we have coming in and feel we are in a much better place than last year.
"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai
Ohio State has 3 DB's on watch lists for this coming season. The entire SEC has 4. Ohio State's DB's may be one of the best the schools seen.
I've spent time in the South, I don't care what anybody says they don't have the passion for football that us Ohioans have.
Pass defense will be just fine! I have no concerns. In fact, its pretty well known that this backfield is and will be one of the best. Most of the damage that hurt last years team was early and on a ton of screens. They had to because the front dline was getting so much pressure early. Gotta remember all the talk against Miami OH about how fast they were getting the ball out.
Not to mention Roby was out for a few early games, Barnett was not fully healthy all year. Howard really wasn't great and Ohrian Johnson was too busy cleaning up what the linebackers were missing and not playin great in coverage all the time.
This year, Roby and the "Safety Bees" are primed for a breakout and "Look at me when I'm talking to you" year! Doran Grant has just as much potential as a starter as anyone and if not, I would love to see Apple or Burrows out there. Even guys like Reeves will give valuable depth.
and then there is the STAR! Nothing against Corey Brown (and the graduated OJ), but Tyvis Powell, Vonn Bell and Bogard will add so much more to that position this year. The STAR is so much a hybrid linebacker that can cover like a safety, not a safety that can play the run. Tyvis and Vonn Bell are linebackers that look like safeties! Tyvis is huge with a long wingspan and Vonn hits like a freight train and can cover ground. It will be fun to see one of these two try to beat Shazier to the ball faster than him. Won't happen but you know if one of them misses the other will make sure to finish the job.
I would be more concerned with the LB and youth on the line, even though I'm not!
I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!
I think another key factor, if not the biggest factor, to the poor pass D last year was our lack of a pass rush. Frankly, besides Simon we really didn't pressure the QB very well at all last season, and even with Simon a fair amount of his sacks were purely coverage sacks brought about by his motor. I expect our pass rush to be much better this season if it is then I expect our pass D will be much improved. Not only that but the more proficient we are in forcing pressure that should lead to more turnovers by the secondary because a better pass rush will allow the DBs to be more aggressive.
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