As much as you'd like to think so Fickell ain't no Narduzzi
A good defensive coordinator can mask any deficiencies the LB or DBs May have. The offense has bailed out the D through pretty much every game this year. I don't understand. This defense makes way too many fixable mistakes and they haven't been fixed for three years. Fickell makes some very questionable calls on defense to say the least and you would think that would improve but it's the same story over and over and over again. He needs to break down the fundamentals and work on that with his LB and DB's twenty minutes every day. We got Ash and our secondary improved, you would think the LB corps would've improved with two returning starters and the coach moving over to focus on LBs but we just haven't. Same problems for years, Fickell needs to move over to recruiting coordinator
LB's are having a problem making the right reads on gaps they're supposed to fill and they bite on PA a lot and Fickell has focused on the LB's this year and I have honestly have seen no improvement. A couple big runs are 14+ points and we just can't do that. Its been a problem for years not just a season or two and its very frustrating. I guess I'm the only one around here who thinks that Fickell is a great Buckeye, not a great coach.
4 maybe 5 at the most. Most of our red zone scores are either keepers, or zone read to Eze or passes.
Disappointing win but a win is a win. I don't think this will help us jump TCU, just a bad game overall in my opinion except Marshall, that's why you gotta stick with your guys. I would like to see Herman stick by JT a bit more, yes he missed a few and yes he made some mistakes but you have to stick with him coach, he's a young player and needs that belief in him from the coaches, would have also liked to see a lot more up-tempo because Barrett is a rhythm QB.
The defense.. well the defense and these LB's have struggled for years and it really is a shame. What do we do? Honestly, I want to pose that question to you all, what would you do and what do you think is the problem on this defense? Its been the same for years and our LB's continue to struggle.
Definitely Coach Coombs, take that back you're definitely right its Coach Mick!
I knew Sam Hubbard would be a monster, I just knew it. He was easily a five star, no clue what Rivals and 247 were thinking, but anyhow I think that question about Muschamp is a truly legitimate one. Urban has shown he has really thick skin and will put talk aside and do what's best for his team, I feel like Urban is one of those people who doesn't take anything personal and I think if given the opportunity to bring him on as a DC, I wouldn't be surprised if he did it (if our position was open) or if we are consistently struggling on D (which we are).
I am a high school football coach and every player and coach knows that the best player plays (granted they are young men of character, which both undoubtedly are). I am m sure Braxton understands this too and he will and SHOULD do what's best for him, even if we are selfish and want him as our backup QB/change of pace QBB. If we worried about feelings too much then we would often be playing the seniors and players who aren't as good. You as a fan should know that. A two QB system won't work and Braxton could come in occassionally unless he switched positions. He would come in probably for the wildcat and that's it but this offense just runs better with JT. He's gone from Miller is the sure starter, to Miller is the sure starter if he's 100% healthy to there's an open competition. Its obvious JT is taking the reigns of this offense and if it is indeed a 2 QB system, which Meyer never said it was, Braxton will be in for less than 20% of the snaps. to change the pace.
That's bogus questioning the coaching staff's morality and integrity if they leave JT in at starting QB. This isn't about one person, this is about the team. A lot of the guys playing right now, were recruited with JT and are freshman and sophomores, a lot of these guys see JT as their leader and their commander. JT recruited Dontre Wilson and a lot of the other guys around him. Removing him could be very dangerous for the team's chemistry and JT's development. Sometimes things in life aren't fair and some people are making this way too emotional of a decision, its not about that, its about TEAM. It really does suck for Braxton to be in the situation that he's in. I will always support Braxton but people are honestly acting like he's dying, trust me he will survive and if he transfers to somewhere like Oregon he will thrive! I'm pretty sure I've seen Meyer hug up on JT just as much this season, posting those pics is cool and all but people need to stop making emotional decisions! JT has had 5 250+ yard games this season where as Braxton had one last year, he's already had 2 300+ yard performances along with 4 TD's when Braxton's NEVER done that. He is also behind a line with 4 new starters and a bunch of freshman and sophomores around him, he has impressed me in several weeks more than Braxton has in 3-4 years and I'm sure that goes for some other people as well. Its like people getting sentimental about a lion eating a deer, they both gotta eat but everyone wants the "poor little deer" to survive, and its getting ridiculous! Braxton will be just fine but he absolutely SHOULD NOT be our starting QB next year, you can sit here all you want about Braxton's situation but don't you think JT has some developing to do as well? Braxton has the opportunity to transfer and succeed at a school like Oregon.
Could easily make that a Oregon tattoo with a good tattoo artist.. just saying.
He can thank Coach Warriner for that!
Now why in the most logical sense would you have Braxton #1 and JT #2, that's ridiculous. People are letting their emotions get in the way of their logic, some people are attached to Braxton as a QB and that's fine, just use some logic. JT has done things in his freshman season that Braxton NEVER has and that's with all due respect to Braxton.
1) Braxton's best game last season was 198 yards and 4 TD's. He didn't break 300 yds last season and only broke 250 yds once.
2) JT has broken 250 yds 5 times in his 10 career starts and has had 2 300+ yd and 4+ TD performances (as a freshman, might I remind you he should only get better!)
3) He has better leadership and better command (as a freshman, might I remind you he will only get better!) for goodness sakes, look at his picture on scout Buckeye page, pointing out blitzers to the O-Line, now that's command!
4) Offense just hums with JT because of his decision making
5) Feels like he won't let us lose, he's got the IT factor and showed the world against Penn State. He had a mediocore game and showed resilience with an injury and still came back and won that game for us. (as a freshman!)
I mean lets really call it how it is here, I am currently a high school football coach in Dallas, Texas and there is no question in my mind JT has shown more command and better intangibles as a QB. I don't know how their injuries compared but both had sprained MCL's, JT pushed through it and put the team on his shoulders and Braxton had to take some time off, he's fragile. Why in the world would you want to stall a humming offense to put Braxton back in? He doesn't have the touch, accuracy or command that JT has. Great football player, not a great QB.
Braxton is going into his fifth year as a collegiate QB.. can't compare their experience just because of a new coach. JT is just a better QB, its that plain and that simple.
Just boggles my mind, JT's stats as a freshman are better than Braxton's as a senior and here we have die hard Miller fans trying to find excuses for why JT is more efficient Lol. Wow, just wow. Braxton's efficiency goes down 25% if he throws the passes that Herman is calling for JT.
Deep passes are great for percentage/efficiency, you either miss or your guy gets it one those two happen 95% of the time. Throwing slants and throwing over the middle, you actually HAVE to read coverage, JT doesn't miss on swing passes, Braxton does all the time. JT has lots of passes over the middle, I can't remember the last time Braxton threw a dig, slant, curl towards the middle of the field or an intermediate passing route. They're either short WR screens or deep balls, Braxton's game plan was set up for him to be efficient, JT's isn't. Don't believe me? Do yourself a favor and go watch the highlights of both, almost most of JT's passes are routes, not just running flies and standing in the same spot for a pass.
Doesn't matter cause all of Braxton's passes are short screens, its easy to have a passing efficiency for Braxton but you can't deny the staff has called downfield and intermediate passes way more than it has with Braxton, I can remember even Braxton missing on swing passes multiple times because he would just put it on a rope without touch. Herman trusts JT much more. I even remember some people going crazy on a forum saying that's the first slant I've seen in years, that's the first post route I've seen in years. Herman doesn't let Braxton throw to the middle of the field, its either deep outs or WR screens, never seen Braxton throw a jail break before. Braxton had it 100 times easier to have a higher passing efficiency, JT is accurate and almost everytime he throws to the middle of the field, he's on the money.
Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye! Nothing but respect for Dantonio!
Damien Harris, Brandon Bowen, Drew Richmond and Neville Gallimore and lets call it a day ;)
At this point, the person with the best focus and hands on the team should be back there. I don't care if its Darryl Baldwin
Marshall made lots of great plays today just had a few bad mistakes likely due to focus. Seems like its always our WR that make bone headed plays and drops, Zack Smith needs to come up with something to help their focus because all it is, is a lack of focus. We need Marshall and he's a vital piece of our team, everyone makes mistakes and its easy to criticize but its not as easy to lift up someone and encourage them when they're down. That's what us real fans need to do.
Troy Smith was in a spread offense with 2 first round WR's Beanie Wells, Antonio Pittman and NFL talent all around him. Troy Smith HAD the same scenario, probably even better scenario. Troy Smith was great but JT Barrett is in his freshman year where Troy Smith was in his senior year.
While true, you should be able to see with the naked eye that his touch on passes (most of the time) is unbelievable along with his accuracy and leadership. JT is NOT just a product of the system as some of Urban's QBs have been, he is an unbelievably talented young man who puts in work in the tape room and prepares better than any QB in college football. He is a very impressive young man.
Lol all the butthurt hardcore Miller fans said no. I love JT and I think he will win the Heisman one day, maybe not this year but I do think he will be a finalist. I do know he's a better QB than Miller ;)