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Comment 4 hours ago

IF Miller comes back in 2015 (still in doubt IMO), and JTB4 has a solid season (still in doubt IMO, but looking good), I believe Jones transfers (he didn't come to play school after all). Collier might as well, and probably should as he won't likely see the field. Burrow and Gibson, hmmm, some thing smacks of Zwick and Smith there for me. Anyone else have that thought?

Don't forget 2017 Danny Clark is just around the corner...

Comment 10 Sep 2014

I don't think the B1G can fix the B1G's problems. As stated above, the problem is the quality of players and coaches in the league. Hazell, Beckman, Ferentz, really shouldn't be coaching in the B1G any more (Wilson is on alert). Other than Franklin and UFM, elite players are not even considering the B1G programs. Even Dantonio has problems getting the really elite unless they are in his backyard. He will get more of the elite *ichigan and Ohio players while Hoke is up there. Really the B1G is likely the last place an elite player will look to go play football. 

That said, my thought is that another conference needs to win a National Title in order to get kids looking elsewhere away from the SEC programs. If any conference other than the SEC wins a NT 2 years in a row, kids will start looking around again. Frankly Alabama and Auburn have kids stacked on their benches that will never see the light of day who could start at most if not all B1G schools. Depressing!  FSU winning last year kinda helps but they are basically an SEC program. If another conference, say the Pac-12 (come on Oregon), wins this year, that would be good. We have to get the focus off the SEC schools in order for players to look elsewhere and bring some parity back to College Football. 

Unfortunately the B1G is not going to be able to do that this year.  OSU may have a shot next year to do it with Braxton back, more maturity on the line and skilled positions, and another year for the Defense under Coach Ash. 

Comment 09 Sep 2014

I actually know Mike from my professional career. He is a great leader, charismatic, but humble. Something he didn't mention is that while we were in the midst of building a great company about ready for a sale for a big price that would make him wealthy, he elected to serve in the Army Reserve. They sent him to Iraq where he served for over a year. We were sad to see him go, but proud of what he was doing. 

Mike has taught me a few things. One of those things is not to be shy about sharing your passion. I remember sitting in Mike's office for my interview with the company. I asked him what his vision for the company was. He spent the next hour telling me where they were going and how they were going to get there. He was passionate, compelling. There was no way I was going to say "No" to their offer. I've tried to do the same in areas where I am passionate as well.

Try to talk to Mike about football and he kinda kicks the dirt and says "That was a long time ago." Mike Lanese is one of the good guys. We are proud to have him as a Buckeye!

Comment 06 Sep 2014

There is a bit more chemistry on the OL that doesn't exist on the DL. The communication that has to happen and the blocking calls and agreements they make to pick up doesn't lend to the rotation as much as on DL. Depending on the defense there is some communication on the DL regarding stunts or changes in gap assignment based on formations and which LB is blitzing or dropping, but it's well known and clear cut. 

Comment 04 Sep 2014

Great write up. Good analysis. I agree with the last point, we will see more WR screens and slants to combat this defense. it looks ripe for the picking on these type of plays. Again, we need to establish the run early and often. More straight ahead blocking in the first half especially to settle in the OL and to soften up the defense. Play action off the run to keep them honest when they have 8 in the box like described above. 

Should be interesting!

Comment 03 Sep 2014

1. Run the Ball.  It sounds simple, but just start with establishing the run. No gimmicks. No tricks. Nothing to open up the run game. Just run the ball. Get physical up front. I think we have better athletes at all positions than VT, including OL. Just make a physical, bruising run game. 

2. Play Action passes off the running game. Take some deep shots when we can, but look for the skinny post and out routes too. Nothing too hard for JTB4, but a simple addition from the running game

3. Get the TEs out of Pass Pro running routes every once in a while. I know job #1 is keep J.T. clean, and I'm all for that. But let's slide them out on routes a few times to keep the LBs honest in their rushes. 

This is a simple game plan, but intentionally so. This offense can be dynamic with a power run game. The personnel are different but we still have the skills to do it. I think JTB4 will be comfortable managing this type of game. 

Comment 02 Sep 2014

 Watched the second half critically as well. More of the same in the third quarter, but in the fourth quarter it got better. There were fewer flat out whiffs and pass pro was actually decent the 3 times we threw the ball. Price played fairly we'll in the fourth. Elflien and Decker were stellar. Boren struggled a bit but I think overall had a good game. 

I think there is hope. Wariner will fix this.

Still, I wonder if we are putting the best five on the field. I would like to see Boren or Lindsay at Guard with the other at Center. Maybe they will play with the rotation this week.

Comment 01 Sep 2014

I re-watched the first half fast forwarding and rewinding just focusing on line play. Elflein missed that block in pass pro that lead to a sack and another on a sweep. He had a tough game, but I'll give him the benefit as he was bouncing between 2 positions and had to practice at center some recently. He'll clean that up. Baldwin did not play all that badly. There was the sack that it looked like he gave up. If you look at it closer, he was covering for Price not taking the inside man. It was Price's man that Baldwin was reaching to help on that got by and sacked J.T. This could be a communication problem between 2 new starters, but I just think it's a missed assignment. 

Decker was solid as usual. Boren did not play bad at all, in fact I thought he played well in H1. Hale or Price on the interior depending on which one was in there was the problem, frankly. I hate to call a kid out, but there it is. We need someone to step up at guard. 

That said, Hale did a nice job on straight ahead run blocking. His strength is apparent and he could be of utility there. Pass pro for both of them is where we are really in trouble. Pulling and kicking out especially on sweeps, they were a step late to the point of attack. Now Dontre is fast, and maybe he needs to learn to wait for his block, but would rather see the OL get out there and get the block made rather than slow down the RB

Comment 30 Aug 2014

I thought WR play overall was decent today. This is better than we've seen in recent years. Corey Smith still needs to work on run blocking. But routes were better and there was separation, something we haven't seen much of around here lately

Comment 30 Aug 2014

Really thought we had the advantage running the ball with power and zone read. They didn't really stop that all day. That should have been the diet in the first half IMO. Would have thought we would see more Rod Smith as a big strong back on 3rd and 4th and short. Once we get the big lead and wear than down, then let JTB4 open it up. Game was called a little backwards. BUT...In Urban and Herman we trust

Comment 30 Aug 2014

I say we will be ranked 13-15. The rankings came out before Braxton's injury and we did not shock the world today. I think SCar will be one behind us wherever we land.

Headline - "OSU struggles to outlast Navy in nail biter. Barrett plays OK replacing Miller."

Comment 30 Aug 2014

1. JTB4 is a better passer than I anticipated. He's not bad...really. Strong mechanics. Decent vision and reading ability, though the playbook was limited. 

2. The final starting lineup and positions on the O-Line. Elflein at LG, Price at RG. I did not see that coming

3. Most concerning on the entire team would have to be the OL. Linebackers is a close second maybe, but the OL has a long way to go. Elflein and Baldwin both had rough games IMO, missing assignments, not getting great push/seal. Boren didn't play badly. Price was up and down. Decker was a rock as you would expect. Chemistry started to come around in the 2nd half, but they have some work to do there. I would not expect that to be the final starting lineup of the year.

Comment 30 Aug 2014

The youth movement is on! rFr (Barrett) Lead in passing. Fr (Samuel) Lead Rushing. rFr (Lee) with momentum shifting Defensive TD

80% completion percentage and over 200 yds passing 2TDs. JTB4 was impressive IMO. A better passer than I expected. Not as good of a rusher as I expected. Still impressive

Comment 29 Aug 2014

I wish TP all the best. I must say, I don't get these guys that won't attempt a position change to have an NFL career. So many of us would love to have the chance they have to play a sport for a living. It just makes no sense. If they could become a great (fill in the position) why not try it out at least?

Comment 29 Aug 2014

Don't sleep on any of those teams. Those are all legit teams despite their historical badness.  WK was lead by Bobby Petrino last season. Toledo has an up and coming team. You can see what Duke has been doing.  I'm not saying these are powerhouses by any stretch, but they weren't easy wins, and they gave ND all they wanted

Comment 27 Aug 2014

Any word on Armani Reeves fall from grace?  He was leading as the corner opposite Grant for several weeks, and suddenly the younger guys took over.  Wondering what happened.  Not saying it was a bad thing, just curious

Comment 26 Aug 2014

Who really likes having a terrible rival. It's embarrassing seeing those ninnies take the field these days. I don't like losing to those guys but I would like to have some doubt about whether we'll beat them. Last year's game was good no doubt, but it really should not have been. We'll crush them this year IMO