Dead on! We went up early in the third and maintained the lead and it wasn't like they were going to take it away from us. The last touchdown was a gift from us for very poor play calling and clock management. We run three plays, they burn all timeouts, we punt, they have about 30 seconds left on the clock down two scores. What do we do - throw an incomplete bomb on first down, run the ball twice... then punt and they still have a time out left.
To me the big difference is that Burrow and Haskins both look more natural at QB, like they were meant to play the position, and JT does not. I've watched Burrow in the spring games and in limited action, and he is always reading receivers, throws to a spot throws the receiver open and seems to have pocket awareness. Spring game was the first time I really saw Haskins, but I'd say the same thing about him. In JT's case, he holds the ball too long, tends to focus on one receiver, and rarely throws the ball until the receiver has broken open. Even when he was playing lights out - like at MSU in 2014, he still didn't look that natural as a passer.
I'm sure he is a great kid and good team leader but I hope Burrow and Haskins get some meaningful work this year.
Burrow is the best overall QB on the roster right now.
Burrow is a QB in the truest sense of the word and I think he offers OSU the best chance to be the best they can be.
That's what sets Burrow apart from all the others - in my opinion - his ability to read the D and make the proper throw are really good. He is the best at doing that for an OSU QB I've seen in a long time.
You may be right - limited action and never starts at OSU, drafted 236th overall and leads the Browns to 4 Super Bowl victories in his first 6 years in the league!
Hate to agree with you but you are right. I think Burrow could be a great QB. Great arm, and really reads the field well. Every time I've seen him, he reads the D and goes through progressions to find the open man.
JT is a great kid I'm sure and a good college QB. For whatever reason he has regressed as a passer since 2014. He has the same wrap given Braxton Miller - good teams could load the box and make you beat them by passing, and other than MSU in 2014, JT has not been able to do it.
On the other hand, there were two better passers than JT at yesterdays spring game. Albeit in limited action, Burrow is a much better passer than JT, not just in the throwing of the ball itself but pocket presence and being able to read several receivers, rather than fixating on one. I hope Burrow gets some legit playing time this year. I think he will be impressive.
I was just getting ready to post a similar response McGring when I noticed yours. The playcalling is key and would have helped last year too.
I have followed less and less over the past couple of years but alarmed by the number of recruits that leave. This is an issue with either poor recruiting or poor coaching - both on the coach. I have always liked TM but perhaps it is time to try someone else.
I did read all the way to the end. Ticked off that we did it and then even more ticked that we only got 5 mil a season for it! LOL
I fell for it hook, line, and sinker.
Garrett saw what other DT's have not seen for some reason. A great opportunity for early playing time, and to get coached by one of the best.
I am excited to see what happens. In reality, it should be off-the-charts great. I've thought this before though as well - we shall see. I hope we can put it all together.
Why do you tease us yearly about defensive tackle?
I never understood all of the platitudes for Hermann. He most definitely improved during his time at OSU but it took a bad loss to VT and a QB named 12 Gauge to put him over the hump. His playcalling was $hit until after VT.
I agree with JW. The run game worked so well because AL and OR were scared to death of the bomb from Cardale.
I read somewhere Jamarco, down the stretch, last 4 games, missed a grand total of 2 assignments...Grading out very high.
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.
I have a feeling that with Wilson as OC, the D will get some relief this year - they will just need to old the opposition under 50!
With Wilson as the OC, the D will get a bit of a breather to start the season and given time to round into shape.
Remember just a few years ago when we were playing 10 yards off the line of scrimmage and giving up a ton of yardage every game.
My earliest memory of an OSU game is Jack Tatum laying out Leroy Keyes.
He was a BAD MAN!
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.
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.