You're not necessarily asked to cover slot receivers as a safety, perhaps once in a while but if you're going man that's the nickel and dimeback's man. However, he is asked to lay the boom on anyone coming across the middle and Hubbard would be THE MAN, he has the hips as he's shown to play free safety especially when there is a lone deep man and can move over to SS and cover an athletic TE when we play MAN coverage. You can do a number of things with him. Covering a slot receiver is tough for even the best of corners but there are different things you can do with Hubbard and he can be a huge presence in the middle. He is going to be a special player especially if he plays safety, go check out his highlight reel. He has the instincts, hips and comes up and nails backs with great run support, I think Sam Hubbard has the potential to be an All-American safety at tOSU.
It would be dumb to have Samuel replace Wilson which I think he has the potential to do. He's bigger and faster but I think Wilson has much better movies and the ability to cut back much quicker. You can bet your bottoms Meyer will find a way to get Wilson, Samuel and EzeE on the field at the same time.
Marcus is an immense talent and can literally be the next Aaron Hernandez (on the field). He has some demons and is probably very home sick, I hope he gets another chance and I hope the people around him and fans rally around him, give this kid another chance. We drank every weekend in college, Marcus either has a drinking problem and needs help or simply needs to be more sly about it. Give this kid another chance!
Miller had plenty of time, he's a natural runner so he naturally starts to dance around when he feels pressure. He does not feel comfortable standing in the pocket and delivering a pass if the receiver isn't open by ten yards, I really hope he progresses but he's had 3 years... stats aside Miller is a very average QB. Great athlete and great runner, but we need a QB who can distribute, otherwise its useless having all that talent at WR.
He would probably be an upgrade
Sure you thought that about Malcolm Jenkins and A.J. Hawk too. Smh.
Jalin will be featured on punt returns. Too much talent and speed on this team. Eze will be 2nd after Brax because of the amount of touches but Dontre will be the game breaker and Curtis Samuel will have a very good freshman campaign.
The abominable LB group? Yep that one? Even with Shazier one of the best players in America over-pursuing and biting on almost every PA pass? Sorry, that's Fickell. Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't recall him as a coordinator in 2002, that was Dantonio buddy and look where Dantonio is now. Look where Taver Johnson, look where Mike Tressel is now. Fickell has had his chance to prove himself and he has in some years as a recruiter. He hasn't as a coach and he's possibly one of the worst coordinators in America that plays scared. Only place for Fickell right now is as a recruiting coordinator. He is very lucky with the Johnson hire, as the D-Line play will improve drastically and mask his inability to make competent decisions.
Luke Fickell is probably the worst DC in the country. The hiring of both of these guys will make him look pretty good, even though he still won't know what he's doing. Finally he's gonna be able to rush 4 or maybe even 3 and be perfectly fine because of the coaching of Larry Johnson. Fickell get out of Columbus you worthless turd, even though these guys help the D a ton, Fickell is still gonna find a way to blow a few times.
Grumbling? I'm happy with the class as of now even if we don't get anymore commits!
If we get him all I can say is "wow!" YES PLEASE!!!
He's had the reins, Withers had the co-coordinator so we could justify paying him more....
Coombs coaches the corners and special teams, both of which have been very, very good this season. When someone on this D looks lost it is as much if not more Fickell's problem. I didn't see us getting burned because of lack of talent, I saw us getting burned because the guys just look lost and the LB's bite on every play action. That's lack of communication and lack of game reps between the LB's and safeties, corners and LB's and corners and safeties and that's all Fickell buddy. If you wanna talk about safeties getting burned that's all Withers. Otherwise, Coombs has shown nothing to suggest that he is a bad coach and as a former high school player, motivation is half the battle. I think he's a very good coach
He's the DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR. Meaning he coaches the whole defense as a whole and calls the plays on the sidelines. It is his responsibility to get them as many game reps as possible and make them a COHESIVE unit. Just because a TE runs a seam, past the LB's and smokes a safety is more Fickell's problem than it was Withers because of the lack of cohesiveness, Fickell needs to point that out in practice. It is obvious this defense has lacked game reps as a whole, individual coaches coach techniques, how to use your hands, how to backpedal, use your hips and turn, etc. The D-coordinator puts it all together, how some people do not know this nor understand this and want to continually defend Fickell is beyond me. D-coordinator should by far be the most knowledgeable and have the most ability to coach more than any position coach. Our talent was superior to every team we played this season and there has been absolutely no excuse for the abominable play of the defense the past three seasons, especially with such a cupcake schedule.
Don't give up on him and let teams run rampant on the withered silver bullets again next season? Sounds like a great idea.
You must be a Mic*igan fan
Are you blind? Dontre wowed us all with his very first touch against Buffalo. Plus Braxton has a hard time getting others the ball and it limits everyone else's touches.
Agree, do not want Heacock. My dream would be Chavis as DC/LB coach and Joseph as DB coach. Move Fickell to DL (no assistant titles, hasn't earned it!) and Coombs to special teams. Let Chavis and Joseph run the show here.
Tyvis Powell is very, very underrated. This defense next season should be pretty damn good if Fickell somehow starts using his brain.
If Braxton returns, over. If he leaves under, there are better passers and QB's on bench right now than Braxton. He's no QB, he's an athlete that has had 3 years to get the mental aspect and still can't grasp it at all.
I was about to post the exact same thing then I saw this comment Lol. It could have been a zone and it COULD have been Bell's man, I would have to go back and watch it but regardless the nickelback or LB is absolutely supposed to slow him down and knock him off his route even if it is a zone. I'm assuming you have watched the play over but either way, some of the responsibility does lie with Bell but it is absolutely not fair to pin all the blame on him because if it was man, the nickel got burned and Bell didn't provide the needed help over the top.
If it raises the level of the play of the WR and Thomas can back it up, then I'm all for it. If he can show that he's a team player and not just running his mouth and take a leadership role, then I'm all for it but if he is just running his mouth like a primadonna then that's no bueno.
4.8 is really quick man, especially for a kid in middle school. He's probably one of the fastest on his team. Jason Witten is considered a very quick tight end and runs a 4.6, 4.8 is probably average for a TE in the league maybe 4.7. Just wait until he 1) learns how to run a 40 and 2) gets into a S&C program. Height doesn't matter, he will be the QB.