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Comment 24 Sep 2016
Wonderful story, and what a wonderful young man. He bolsters the culture we all want to see for this team, but even more important is what he can do lob-term with his research and applying it.
Comment 21 Sep 2016

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.   

Comment 21 Sep 2016

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?

Comment 20 Sep 2016

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.

Comment 20 Sep 2016

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.

Comment 20 Sep 2016

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?"

Comment 20 Sep 2016

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.

Comment 20 Sep 2016

"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.

Comment 19 Sep 2016

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.

Comment 19 Sep 2016

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.