Brim, you're the best at covering Ohio State recruiting but I've got one nagging issue with your reporting. Brim, dude, you have to be a little better about how you treat the coaches you interact with. Last week you wrote at length about how fans booing, and not Tim Beck's fire-able performance as OC, was the worst thing about the loss and now here you are this week talking about how "Urban Meyer's job security is tighter than Fort Knox and everyone knows it."
I hope you don't take this the wrong way but your articles are appearing to get a little ghost-written by the staff at OSU recently
That sucks. Man, if we actually have to play Houston in a game where we're putting in our backups in the 4th quarter of a bowl game - that would just be sad.
Yay we're this year's Baylor! Thanks a Tim Beck!
This team only has one loss, but it was to the one team on their schedule they couldn't lose to.
That's interesting. Just so I'm reading that right, the Bowl committee gets to pick whether it wants Ohio State or (Iowa/Sparty loser) in its bowl? I did not know that.
It's especially sad because essentially one man who doesn't even put on a jersey on Saturdays ruined the whole season for these 85 players. In my opinion I have never seen a more incompetently planned and called game by an offensive coordinator in my life and based on Urban's comments and actions (Warriner in the press box calling plays) I think Tim Beck was unofficially fired this week.
It's impossible to know what Tim Beck was thinking last week but he took away all of Ohio States best player's and weapons better than any defense could ever do. He made an offensive line that was built for blocking power instead block east-west on a tremendous number of plays, he sat a Heisman candidate on the sidelines the entire second half, he became one-dimensional and gave up on a passing game, and he gave up the read option for called QB runs when we have a QB that is smart but not especially fast.
So to the original poster I'm with you man, this season is going to sting for a very long time because it is a special kind of sad when your post-season dreams aren't determined by the actions of the other team, aren't determined by the guys in jerseys, but are determined by one guy in a polo shirt in the press box.
Pour a 40 out for Tim Beck's career at Ohio State.
I don't know where last week's playbook came from, it looked nothing like the usual Urban Meyer plays. This week we look like ourselves again. Red options, RB runs, and *gasp* forward passes.
Through 1 quarter I think this is such a better called game than last week - and not just because the score is better. Warriner ran Zeke up the middle multiple times to set up the Michigan defense, once they started cheating inside he ran Zeke outside to get the big run. Then big blue got scared and started flowing to Zeke which was the perfect time to run the QB up the middle. Also, he's been running this trick play called the "forward pass" a lot.
I don't know if we're going to win or lose but this first quarter was called better than the entire Sparty game.
I don't think that's an excuse. 99% of teams in the country wish they could line up Michael Thomas, Braxton Miller, and Jalin Marshall 3-wide.
The problem I see is in the plays being designed/called (such as not throwing slants or in-breaking routes behind blitzing linebackers) and the protection of the QB so he can make reads and throws without getting hit.