Not intending to be critical. And my only point is that, depending on how someone views things, there may still be on "holdover" on the roster. Elflein in one sense is player that someone else saw, liked, offered and got a commitment from. In a year where he had only 2 months to wrap up a class, Meyer wasn't going to chase any previous commits away (since he had only 2 months to NSD), but merely look to supplement them with some top notch talent. (if that weren't the case, I'm not sure he would have kept Jacoby Boren because, if I remember reading the story correctly, when Meyer first saw him on campus, he thought the little short guy was too small). The other way to look at it is that the class is the class, that it doesn't matter who first got the commitment, because whenever a player signs, it's often an assistant coach who did a lot of the work. Neither is right or wrong, and I'm not pushing either view. I'm certainly not disputing that Meyer is a fabulous recruiter, partly by ensuring that his assistants are as well. He's also fabulous in player development - which happened with a lot of guys who were Buckeyes before he arrived.
Or as one of my coworkers years ago used to say, "where I'm from, we pronounce that I-o-wa"
You mean other than being the latest new thing? Newer is better.
If Campbell got 40 yards, then McCall would have gotten 80. Why? I don't know, just because. /s
Although Elflein was in Meyer's first class (a 'lowly' 3-star, I believe), he had been recruited, and committed, before Meyer came on board. What does that make him?
Was that our kicker who said that?
You're right. It's why it makes sense to work between now and then on the counters to that strategy - which means throwing over the top, and finding the tight end. It's what I believe, and what a lot of the commenters here are saying. I don't think anyone means to abandon the basic tenets of an UFM offense, because it works. I just hope to see more change of pace occasionally to prepare fro what awaits down the road.
True. But in all honesty, he was better in the NFL than just about anybody our Buckeyes ever put in the League. Give Purdue their due, even if most of the examples date back many years. It's not as if they're touting anything from the 1890s.
Pretty damned good, no?
I'm gonna see what Chris Ash comes up with for Rutgers. It'll be all about scheme and wrinkles, because he doesn't have the personnel to rely on athletic ability. Yet he's a great defensive mind, and he probably knows the Buckeye offense and its tendencies as well as any coach they'll face. The Knights won't have success over the course of an entire game, but whatever successes there are will be picked up by subsequent opponents, many of whom will have superior talent.
The suggestions to stack the box, blitz, and dare over-the-top throws are probably the best bet. The Buckeye offense HAS to get better on the downfield passes.
Damn! We've had some great catches over the years, haven't we. Do I have to pick one? Can't I just say "all?"
An OOC loss shouldn't factor into B1G COY voting, should it?
Being in the committee's top four at the end of the year is pretty much all that matters. You may get a sense of how they view things earlier, but that seems willing to shake things up after the final whistle (see tOSU in 2014). Then you have to beat two really good teams to win it all. There are really only 3 ways to match up any four teams in a 4-team playoff. The only real difference in who you play is if one of the four is clearly inferior to the rest; then it's nice to have an "easier" game by being #1. If one team is clearly better, it doesn't help much to dodge them in round one, because you're likely going to have to face them anyway. Then there is the issue of who you "match up" best against. My thinking, though, is if you want to be the champ, you have to figure out how to match up against anyone.
"Downfield" is the key. Against OU, JT threw 3 times on third and long, completing all three, yet failed to convert any of them for a first down (another time a pass play was called, and he scrambled, coming up short). Sooner or later, keeping drives alive once you're "behind schedule" is going to be necessary, and the most effective way to do that is to be able to throw down downfield effectively. Against OU, we were dominating the line of scrimmage so much that by (playing Tressel-ball?) picking up some yards and then having the punter pin the other team deep worked. It's not always going to be that way.
Exactly. Who can possibly influence where a bunch of 17- and 18-year-old lads decide to go to college?
How can Urban even be considered for B1G COY when he has all those 4- and 5-star recruits at his disposal?
Then again, while it may cause cardiac stress for the fans, having some in-game pressure during the season will prepare the team for the inevitable in-game pressure in the post-season (and possibly even against Sparty and TTUN). Would the players have been as prepared to respond to being down against Alabama without having experienced the pressure (and loss) at VT, or the pressure (and success) against Penn State and even Minnesota? I don't want losses, but having the team face pressure situations is not a bad thing.
And why stop there?
Right. The guy who needs whatever game reps they can give him this year is the guy most likely to be called in if he's needed this year, and that's Burrow. If Haskins is "the guy" next year, or the one after, he'll be fine without a handful of snaps this year (I think our current starter managed fine as a redshirt freshman). And even if Haskins is the more likely winner of the heir-of-JT battle, don't right off Burrow. It will be a competition. Meyer will never anoint someone based on potential - a player has to earn his way onto the field, whether as starter or back-up. That's part of the culture that makes the team great. Burrow is ahead right now.
It's too early this season to see how good our opponents' offenses really are, but last year they were all very good. The point is that our defense wasn't up against offenses without a pulse making the numbers look even better.
And if we have three more-then-solid OLBs playing regularly, staying fresh, getting game experience, sharing the physical abuse inherent in the position, this is a plus. This isn't like QB where you want one guy to be "the man" (case in point: 2015), or OL where the the whole unit has to work together as one.