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Comment 14 Jan 2017

That was one of them. Getting faked out of his shoes by JT in '15 was another. The block by Zeke - I think in '15 was yet another. And the tackle by Perry after a 2 yard gain where he buried him in the turf and Peppers popped up like a jack-in-the-box and that was the last we heard of him for that day.

I don't hope for anyone to fail. He is an above average college player, not so much for his skill but for his potential and athletic ability. I think Hoke and Harbaugh both did him a disservice by letting him play 10 positions and never really get very good at one of them.

He has to be one of the most overhyped players of all-time based on results on the field. He accumulated the majority of his sacks, tackles for loss, and tackles in the first three games last year.

Comment 13 Jan 2017

Game length in and of itself is not an issue - what is an issue is what causes the length.
The sometimes long and odd placement of commercials not only lengthens the game but at times, both for and against OSU, disrupts the momentum of the team with it. In addition, while I like replay, on probably 75% of the calls, the replay is very obvious but it takes forever to get a decision.

A 4:20 minute football game to me with reasonable breaks is fine.
A 3:45 game with  multiple long breaks for commercials, and dragging out obvious replay calls, does bother me.

Comment 12 Jan 2017

In order:
1. Can the OLine jell quickly and be very good.
2. Can we develop some decent receivers.
3. Can JT take advantage of 1 and 2 under the tutelage and play calling of Kevin Wilson.
4. How quickly with the defensive backs jell under Schiano.
5. If we take care of 1-4, we won't need a kicker.

Comment 11 Jan 2017

Can't wait until he spits on the Steeler logo or punches a Ravens fan. 

He may have been great against Rutgers and Maryland, but against anyone with a heartbeat, he was mediocre at best.
I can think of at least a dozen plays vs OSU where he was made to look awful.

Comment 08 Jan 2017

There was an article somewhere also showing the OSU players that were drafted last year and the unprecedented spectacular output that they generated as rookies in the NFL. That helps recruiting, but if I am a player that was playing with say Eli Apple two years ago and think I am close to as good as he is and he is succeeding - why not go. 

I think this is a great problem to have. We are recruiting so well and the players are doing so well that the NFL keeps drafting them!

Comment 08 Jan 2017

Absolutely LCT. When you recruit this well, you can't expect people to stay 4-5 years. I just read somewhere that Jamarco, over the last 4 games, had two missed assignments total - I'm sure his draft stock has gone up.

This is also one of the reasons that we have done so well in recruiting. The excellent chance if you come to OSU, your chances to get to the NFL increase.

Comment 08 Jan 2017

Can't blame any of these guys for leaving.  That is the double edged sword of recruiting so well. Just read somewhere that Jamarco, over the last 4 games had a total of two missed blocks.. I'm sure his draft stock has risen.

Comment 03 Jan 2017


Interesting article and interview from a Texas story. Beck did not call plays in 2016 and the play calling kept switching back and forth in 2015. Hermann apparently made the offer to Beck weeks ago with Meyers knowledge but kept is quiet until after the Bucks season. Made reference to Beck making himself available after the Clemson game and no one else.

Comment 02 Jan 2017

2013 is deceiving. The only two teams we played with a pulse were Clemson and MSU. We ran wild over the rest and our passing game was not great - nor was our playcalling. Hermann didn't become Hermann until BT beat us in 2014. Then it was like the pressure was off, we became aggressive and coupled our excellent running game with a good downfield passing game. JT looked like Dan Marino vs. MSU. However, I think the main reason we won the NC is because of Cardale, and that is not taking anything away from JT. Cardale hit that first couple of short passes and then the long TD , followed by the 80 yard run by Zeke and the pressure was off - Cardale was throwing the ball all over the place. Once the long passing game was an option, that opened up everything. Zeke rushes for 700 yards in the last 3 games, Cardale is throwing bombs. Seems like a great recipe for success going forward. So what has changed.

Coaching. Playcalling.
We have outstanding recruits at every position yet we can't block, throw, catch, or get open. Plus our play calling is horrible. 
The only time in the UFM era that our playcalling  hasn't stunk was  2014 after VT. (I know there were some other games like um in 2015 and ND where we beat the crap out of them, but we didn't need a big passing game, and as usual, those two occurred after a loss.

I have been on the bad play calling bandwagon consistently since 2013 and was happy to see us change in 2014. I thought we had learned a lesson.

2013 - lost to the two highest ranked teams we played - MSU #3 and Clemson #7 (beat WI #22)
2014 - beat all 4 ranked teams we played. (Or #2, AL #4, MSU #5, WI #13)
2015 - lost to the highest ranked team we played MSU #6 (beat um #11, ND #12)
2016 - lost to the two highest ranked teams we played - Clemson #1/2 and PSU #5 (beat um #6, OK #7, WI #8)

The difference in 2014 was playcalling with the long pass a real option.