I'd like to see some 3-4 with both Kwon and Grant manning the middle. With Spence out, it makes sense to get your best players on the field as much as possible. An occasional blitzing linebacker or two and Bosa and Washington doing their thing would be pretty effective and fun to watch.
It's interesting to read all this stuff about where the team is or isn't going this year. The vast majority of the conversation is based, however on feelings and opinions and hopes. Speculating is fun, but at the end of the day, not much of it is worth a crap. Facts are what matter. The facts are clear. The offensive line is completely new, The best running back, the best linebacker, the best cornerback, the leading receiver, and the offensive player of the year in the BIG are gone. A freshman is manning the most important position on the team. The defense last year was statistically one of the worst in D1 football. When in the history of football has a team saddled with this list of facts been competing for a national championship? The closest I can think of was the Buckeyes in 68 with a bunch of sophomores (Kern, Stillwagon, Otis, Tatum, etc) leading the way .
The Bucks have talent, but it's young, inexperienced. We need to back away from the ledge and give these guys a chance to develop and the coaches to coach. 10 or 11 victories and competing for a championship in the watered down BIG should be seen as a most successful season. If 2015 and 2016 seasons don't produce the national championship caliber team what we all expect, it'll be time to panic.
I remember lots of stories about how Woody recruited. Some of his most successful recruiting came when he didn't talk to parents or recruits about football at all. Woody talked about his views on life and the importance of getting a good education and how much he loved Ohio State. Maybe Urban has taken a page from his book.
I think the coaching staff needs to get together, grab a few six packs, and have a marathon football watching session next Sunday. In one Sunday, you can see just about every defensive concept, and what works and doesn't work offensively against them. The Buckeye coaching staff appears to believe their scheme and the Buckeye's talent is so superior to the opponent that they can continue to run their "base" offense and be successful. That works against most of the teams on the schedule, but fails miserably when they face one with nearly equal talent and "something Urban's never seen in my years of coaching". Professional teams talent levels are all comparable. The differences between them are the coaching and strategy. The successful ones adapt and make changes to schemes when necessary. Till this staff figures this out, the Bucks will keep appearing to be outcoached in the close games.
Geez, maybe global warming will level the recruiting field.
I don't know when I've enjoyed reading a troll more than "Ben". He clearly thinks VT has better talent than the Bucks and are going to win. He's clearly delusional, but his enthusiasm is commendable. Everyone needs fans like that. Reminds me of some of our friends from up north. VT has a chance, and may win, but it will be because something weird happens, (penalties, turnovers, asteroid impact, or something even more unlikely.) It won't be because VT has better talent.
I can't wait!!! Big screen is tuned, beer is cold, and couch is warmed up, ready for 3+ hours of comfy sittin.
A really good major league pitcher needs more than one pitch to be successful. He can have a great fastball, but needs to have a change up or curve slider to get big league hitters out consistently. Elliott, Samuel, Wilson, and Marshall are all the same kind of runners, i.e. great "fastballs". Smith, Dunn, and Ball would be akin to a change of pace, something that shows the defense a different look. I think the Bucks will be better in the long run if they don't rely exclusively on one type of runner. Carlos Hyde showed there still is a critical need for a bruiser, a guy that can reliably get 2 or 3 yards. As an aside, I refuse to believe Rod Smith can't be taught to block.
Typical for ESPN, though. Paying people to display their stupidity publicly is their business model. Desmond fits right in to their mold.
Geeez, I thought I was the only one that has the return of football bring tears to their eyes.
Cut blocking is blocking a lineman below the knees. It's legal in college if it's within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage and inside the tackle box. It's usually a technique uses by smaller, quicker teams like Navy to negate the oppositions size advantage. It's illegal in the NFL if the person being blocked is engaged with another blocker. Knee injuries are a real concern with this type of block.
Cut blocking is a nasty but legal business. I hope we get through the game with no injuries to the d-line.
I too am pumped for Linsley. GO PACKERS!!!!
It's pretty common to hear experts talk about the speed of the game, and how it ratchets up from high school to college and again to the pros. Then it's also not uncommon to hear really good, physically gifted players say that one day, things just start to click, and the game slows down. Maybe that time is here for Curtis Grant. If he plays to his potential and leads this defense to great things this year, all will be forgiven. One championship will make these past three years of disappointment melt away.
Hummm?? A big, smart, mean ex-wrestler???? Sounds like he has the makings of an offensive lineman. I think Urban is looking for guys like this. I wonder how he does in the circle drill???
I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!!!!!! (every time the Bucks step on the field).
I gotta believe opposing teams spent an inordinate amount of time looking at ways to stop Braxton Miller, since he alone accounted for the majority of OSU's offense. Now, if Barrett can distribute as hoped, they will have much more to prepare for. A more diverse offense with multiple options and the speed that this team has at all offensive positions should be a nightmare for defensive coordinators. Of course this assumes the offensive line develops. the offensive line is the key. Without that, even Braxton himself couldn't succeed.
I lived in Wisconsin for 30 years and can attest to the Wisky fans delusions. They actually thought they were really deserving Big 10 champions when they went to the Rose Bowl after finishing 3rd in the division 2 yeas ago.
Imagine how the press would be reacting if JT Barrett was the redshirt freshman taking over the Alabama offense. He'd automatically be labeled as the next RS freshman in line to win the Heisman from the SEC.
The tone of most of the comments here on 11W seem to be a bit more positive than earlier this morning. Once the initial shock of possibly losing Braxton for the season wears off, it seems that some rational thinking has returned to the site. Not that losing him isn't a big deal, but the future still seems bright to me. The success of the Bucks this season with or without Braxton rests on the return of a defense we can depend on, and the development of another dominating offensive line. If these two things happen, there is more than enough talent on offense to cover for the loss of Braxton. If they don't happen, even Braxton couldn't save the season on his own. Braxton was more inexperienced when he took over as a freshman. JT has been in the program for over 1 1/2 years. Playing quarterback effectively at this level is as much mental as physical. If Urban and the rest of the staff have done their jobs, he'll be mentally ready to step in and do a great job. Have some patience. This is still going to be a great year to be a Buckeye fan.
I agree completely. All this smoke and mirrors and the "we hope, should be, we think" qualifiers being used tell me there is something wrong and we're being conditioned for a disappointment. It's a long way from from where Braxton reportedly is now to be to where this team needs him to be in only two weeks. Don't sell Navy short. Those kids can compete.
There are lots of comedians, some are funnier than others, but each generation is lucky if they have one that is pure genius. Robin Williams was one of those. He's up there with Johnathan Winters, George Carlin, Jack Benny, Red Skelton, Groucho Marx, John Belushi. What an amazing improv that must be!!!
I drove by Ackerman on 315 this morning and could see the practice through the trees. What a sight. Heaven couldn't be better for a Bucks fan.
Whether Braxton Miller reaches his goal or not depends almost exclusively on the defensive side's performance. It's unrealistic to think the offense can simply outscore every opponent. Defense wins championships.
You guys ought to put a game at Lambeau on your bucket list. I think your opinion might be a bit different once you experience a pro football game where damn near the whole town can fit in the stadium, or 10,000 people show up to watch training camp. I've never been to a place where one thing means more to a city than Packer football does to Green Bay. Watching a Packer game at Lambeau is every bit as cool as watching the Bucks at the Shoe, even if you're not a "Packer Fan"