It's absolutely amazing to see this. transformation I hope we see evidence soon that they've also worked at least that hard on learning to be better linebackers and football players.
With the apparent talent on this defense, a repeat of last year should result in a wholesale house cleaning. I gotta believe Urban would seriously question his own competence if that happens.
All this stuff is important, but it seems to me like basic football errors were the reasons the Bucks fell short on defense last year. I saw a lot of tackles missed, failure to wrap, people out of position, seeming not to know their area of responsibility, relying too much on speed rather than good football technique, and apparently not knowing what the guys beside them were doing. All these things are remedied by good coaching. I didn't see much of that last year on the defensive side of the ball. Watch good defensive teams (i.e. Seattle Seahawks, MSU, past versions of the Silver Bullets). The overwhelm their opponents, but always seem to be in position. They are fast and athletic, but controlled in their aggression. Big plays by the opposition are few and far between. Slogans and psychology are nice, but I'll trade that for outstanding coaching and fundamentals and 11 guys on the field who refuse to be moved. I hope that's what we see this fall.
Agree, Bucksfan. Seems like there are a whole bunch of people in this world whose sole mission in life is wrapped up in changing stuff that doesn't need to be changed.
One things for sure, Thad's working with at least one hand tied behind his back. Fred Taylor was a great coach, but he didn't have to deal with his best recruits splitting after a year, or two in Sullinger's case. He made it all the way to the finals with a bunch of freshmen. I gotta believe Thad would have at least one trophy if these guys would have stayed for the full four years.
I was there, alive, and I can't imagine Brazil's defeat being any worse. The loss to Florida was terrible, but losing that game to TTUN in the big outhouse seemed more like the end of life as we knew it. 45 years later, yellow and blue still makes me see red.
Agree completely. I didn't see anything all year that told me he was ready for the pros. If you don't show great effort, can't dominate the college game, be the go to guy f and come through for your team in tight situations, I don't understand how anyone could have advised him that he was ready. After three years, maybe he wasn't going to get any better, but If last year was his ceiling, he better learn some German or Italian or Turkish.
I think the most telling thing here is the philosophy "If it's not broken, break it." I saw the same thing in the people that now run the company I used to work for, a very successful 100 year old icon that seems to have lost respect for the institutions history and real customers. It's all about embracing change, rather than identifying the problems that exist in a situation and fixing them, without discarding the good things earned over many years with the bad. As much as I hate Michigan, I feel some sorry for them in that their leadership fails to recognize the difference between wholesale change and reform. I hope our leaders understand what's really important to OSU's success and the same thing it does not happen here.
I've been a Packer fan since the early 80's and have been to quite a few games at Lambeau. It's absolutely the closest thing I've experienced to a college game atmosphere and an amazing place to watch a football game. The city loves the Packers the way Columbus loves the Buckeyes. I hope Corey works hard, makes the team and is the Packer center for the next 10 years. He's gonna love Green Bay.
I will never understand why the Browns have not given Troy a shot. Maybe he'll be another Warren Moon and get a look after a couple Grey Cups. I refuse to believe he is not as skilled as Johnny Foosball.
Maybe Rod Smith is misplaced in a couple ways. He might have been a beastly linebacker. He certainly has the physical tools. Too bad he didn't get a shot there last year when we were so short handed. The other possibility is that maybe he just isn't cut out for college. Not everyone is, there's no shame in that. Maybe some team at the next level will give him a shot so he can concentrate on football without the other distractions.
I think there is some truth to Brady Taylor's point. The old saw about the grass always being greener "way over there" is usually where people go. The talent in Ohio may not be as quickly developed because of the spring practice issue and crappy weather for 5 months out of the year, but there is no reason kids from Ohio can't be just as fast and strong and talented as those from any where else with good coaching. There have been some pretty good Buckeye (and TTUN) football players from Ohio over the past 40 years. Putting a fence around Ohio will always be the first step to a championship football team.
Some of us Buckeye fans are very sensitive to someone throwing down a challenge. If the Bucks really are the big dog in the yard, we shouldn't be afraid to back it up on the court. I think an all Ohio holiday tournament rotating around different Ohio sites would be a great test and provide some really good basketball.
A long time ago, a pretty good Buckeye team lost TWO national championship games back to back to a pretty good Cincinnati basketball team. How did Buckeye fans react then? Who do you think would have wanted another shot at the top dog then? Dayton was one of the winningest programs in the country in the 50's and 60's. They won several NIT's when the NIT was more prestigious than the NCAA and made it to the championship game against Lou Alcindor / John Wooden / UCLA in the late 60's. Xavier has had a strong program for years. I gotta believe good competition make everyone stronger. Some of the best battles are against your littler brother. Bring em on!!
Wow, what a proud day for the spring graduates. Setting off into the cold cruel real world with words of wisdom from Chris Matthews ringing in their ears. I wonder who made that choice and why? There will be more people in the shoe than watch him on CNN.
I can't believe the reactions I'm reading on here. Give Dayton and their fans their due. They beat a mediocre at best Buckeye team and a fair Syracuse team. Anyone that thought the Bucks were going anywhere this year obviously didn't pay much attention to how they actually played, or they are the worst kind of die hard homers. I hope the Flyers can pull off a couple more upsets, but even if they don't, they've had a season they can remember. ......Now, back to football...........
Seems like Amir is afflicted with the same disease as Shaun White.
I certainly am no expert, but it always appears that good teams seem to be on the verge of putting the other team away in close games. They seem to have a confidence about them that keep them in games when they're challenged. You expect them to get on a run and eventually win the game. For some reason, the Buckeyes appear to be on the verge of collapse, even when they're ahead. You expect the other team to go on a run and the Bucks to stay cold. This group show no team confidence or a leader the other 4 guys on the floor can depend on in the tough spots. Inconsistent is the kindest thing you can say about Ross and Williams. If they haven't stepped up by half way through their Jr years, they won't. Craft is a great defender and all around scrapper, but he is a liability on offense unless he's driving to the basket. Loving seems to have some real potential, but depending on a freshman to lead your offense isn't practical. As much as people love the 3 point shot, I think an efficient offense starts from the inside. Post Sellinger, this team has no one that can control the lane and kick the ball out for the jumpers. Till they find someone that can, this team isn't going anywhere.
The article on Owsley County Kentucky is very interesting and I'm surprised to find it on 11W. The most interesting conclusion the writer came to was his opinion that there is no cure in this case for poverty because there is no definable cause. If that's true, and it seems to be confirmed by the statistics on persistent poverty in our society, it appears the politicians have spent the past 50 years and 20 trillion dollars of ours and our kids money battling windmills. This whole situation seems to fit the old saw: "To keep doing the same thing over and over and expect a different outcome is the definition of insanity".
Well, at least it got my mind off of bad football and basketball outcomes for a while. Thanks 11W.
"Out of the mouth of babes". I've been thinking Tressel is the right man for the job in Cleveland for a while now, but I haven't heard anyone actually say it. It's so obvious, I don't know why it hasn't happened yet. I actually remember the last time the Browns won a championship and think it's about time they win another. Put him in charge and they'll be on top within three years. Then he can run unopposed for Governor.
Roby must really be hurt. If he's not, I can't believe he really thinks sitting out this game is going to do anything to help his draft status. If he doesn't think he's good enough to go head to head with Sammy Watkins, what the hell is he going to do on Sundays next year. There isn't anyplace to hide against Brandon Marshall or Dez Bryant or Jordy Nelson or any of the other first line receivers in the NFL. I think he'd be much better served to get out there and compete. If he thinks he's good enough, there's a prime time opportunity Friday night to prove it.
My bad, I meant to say he'd be sitting on an NFL bench another year, over and above the years he'd be there if he waited and went through the draft next year. I don't see him jumping into a starting position in the NFL after only one year as a backup. To get there that fast, he'd be in the Luck / Wislon / RG3 / Cam Newton level, and I don't see him in that class. I think he's closer to Terrelle Pryor in ability. I think Brax is a better broken field runner, but TP was bigger, stronger, and at least as good a passer as Brax at similar points in their careers. Quarterback is the toughest position in pro sports. Brax would be well served with another year to continue learning his craft.
I wonder where Miller is getting advice regarding the NFL. I love football and watch a lot on Sundays. It doesn't make me an expert, but watching how the good NFL quarterbacks go about their business throwing the ball and managing the game makes it pretty obvious that he has a very long way to go before he's ready to perform at that level. If he thinks sitting on an NFL bench for a year as a backup will make him a better quarterback as opposed to getting another year leading an offense, reading defenses, and getting coached as a starting quarterback, then he should go. I think he'd be much better served staying for another year and learning and maturing.
I think Michigan spends too much time in the past. At the first sign of trouble, they pull out the tired old "we're the winningest program in history" retort. An appreciation for history is a good thing, but they take comfort today and use 20 years of beating everyone before 1915 to offset the current failings. The M fans seem to accept the current situation way too easily. Their displeasure seems to be directed more outward (toward the Bucks and MSU) than looking inward and demanding to know what's wrong and that it be fixed. They have the resources. I'm not sure they have the will. Their current malaise is not going to be cured till they stop leaning so heavily on the dusty past. Just "staying" isn't enough to make them champions anymore.
Talent is not an issue. The Bucks have the talent. I believe the coaching needs to step up and be as good as the talent. With this level of talent, and if the linebackers to play their position with the same blend of "hair on fire", "dogged determination" and intelligence as Aaron Craft plays defense on the basketball court, we'll have the best linebacker play we've ever seen.
It's absolutely amazing to read some of this trash. We have some crazy fans, and maybe I don't go to the sites where our wackos go, but this kind of attitude is pretty sick. What have we ever done tgo Tennessee fans to merit this attitude. Maybe that ugly orange / yellow color gets to them after a while.