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Comment 16 Jun 2016

Dantonio does have UFM's number. If not for a bad refs call that first year in ELansing when they called no fumble on BM, UFM is 1-3 vs MSU. You may be able to blame Beck for the first few games but after about game 4, it was squarely on UFM. Something was wrong, and like 3 years ago with Fickell, since we kept winning anyway, there was no incentive to change. Hermann was not a great play caller until VT beat us, then it was like the pressure was off and he was very good. Same thing last year - once we lost to MSU, the pressure was off and we looked like the team we should have been all year. 

I am a huge Buckeye fan and love it that we have UFM, but I tend not to wear my scarlet colored glasses very often.

Comment 07 Apr 2016

I couldn't agree more - We talk about Hermann like he was perfect for 3 years. His play calling was not good until we got beat by VT. We just had much better athletes than most. Giving credit where it is due, I think his play calling changed drastically after VT. Hermann was a big reason we were 2014 NC. Moving to 2015, new OC, the offense pretty much looked like s$#% all year and UFM pretty much did nothing. Once again, it took a loss for us to pull our heads out of our a##%s and then we looked like we thought we would look all year.

UFM saw something in Beck to hire him and I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt. I blame him little for last year - especially after about game 5 or 6.

Comment 12 Mar 2016

I am not sure that I agree. I think it took the loss to MSU to wake up the coaching staff.
Had we squeaked by them with the way we played all year, I still think we were going to lose a game at some point.
It was like two years ago with the D - and "We won didn't we?! .. and then proceeded to lose in the B1G championship  to MSU because of some awful play calling and then lost to Clemson because of our D and a fumbled punt return.
Seems like we get on a streak and we are afraid to make changes, even though it is obvious we are winning simply because we have better talent than most. Play calling has mostly been head scratching except for that stretch in 2014 after the VT loss through the NC game - and we even had a couple of blips them.

With the team we had last year - 2014 may have been an early gift - but those opportunities do not come around often and it was disappointing that the season played out the way it did. We spent more time trying to reward players than letting them get rewarded as part of the team accomplishments. I am looking forward to next season and seeing what we learned last year.

Go Bucks!

Comment 14 Feb 2016

Targeting and Initiating Contact to Head or Neck Area of a Defenseless Player  (Rule 9-1-4)

No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, fist, elbow or shoulder. When in question, it is a foul.  (Rule 2-27-14)

...and he didn't hit the head or neck area. Helmet hit right in the middle of the chest. Not sure how that is targeting?

Comment 09 Feb 2016

Not so surprising - potentially great player filling an area of need with a chance to play early and play often and play his way right into leaving early for the NFL if he desires. Really surprised we didn't get more interest in 2015 and 2016. Cage is also very good and both should get on the field fast.

Comment 08 Feb 2016

I have read the article and the comments and I don't think that UFM is going to change his approach much. I wouldn't want anyone else coaching the Buckeyes but I think he has 2 achilles heals if you will and I think opposing coaches know it. In most cases it doesn't matter - the talent at OSU is just better than the opponent. First, he tends to try and reward individuals resulting in telegraphed plays/intentions. Second, as long as the Bucks are winning, there is no desire to change - regardless of how we looked in winning.

Some examples:

Our D in 2013 was so bad, guys like Bell should have been playing instead of waiting until the Orange Bowl. We kept winning by outscoring inferior opponents. We paid for it.

B1G Championship game in 2013. 3rd and 2, Hyde averaging over 7 yards a carry. Hyde not even in the game on 3rd down. BM carries twice wide.

MSU 2015 - not sure what that was except bad playcalling which I think plagued the QB battle all season. Next 2 games we crushed it - but it was too late.

These were some of the main ones that came back to bite us.
I hope we did learn something and I would hope that it would be:
1. The individuals reward is secondary to the team performance.
2. Don't wait until we lose to make change.

Go Bucks