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.
If linebackers and safeties are shooting gaps you'd think you'd call slant passes behind them in those vacated zones. The only time we did call a slant it got us a TD.
If anything the only thing that has been said to them was to shame them for daring to "boo" the poor playcalling.
It made no sense in the game circumstance. The problem was that the O-line was losing their blocks when blocking east-west and the defense was shooting every gap. So why would you think the solution to the problem is to call a shovel pass where the line blocks east-west and the TE runs through the A-gap?
There is this one really easy way to involve the TE, it's called the forward pass.
I obviously don't believe any unnamed source on an internet blog but at the same time I wouldn't be surprised. For someone like Zeke to speak out like he did is uncharacteristic of him and his personality so I perceive it to be indicative of a larger frustration as well.
Yeah I was about to say, fans booing the worst offensive playcalling in a decade loses us recruits then how many recruits does Alabama lose every year due to irate callers on the Paul Finebaum show?
I agree and then some. Ohio State fans have high expectations for their team and shouldn't ever apologize for it. They weren't booing the team and they certainly weren't booing Braxton Miller and JT Barrett they boo'd the play calling those guys were being put in because EVERYONE could see those QB run calls coming and it hadn't worked the previous 12 times. They were booing no forward passing and a Heisman candidate left on the sidelines.
If you want to tell me someone like Austin Mack sits there and thinks to himself "yeah I see that Heisman candidate is being left on the sidelines and I haven't seen more than 2 attempts at a forward pass and I'm watching the worst offensive performance since 1999 and I'm noticing Braxton Miller not be put in a position to succeed but I'm totally cool with all that... but I swear if I hear one fan boo then I'm taking my talents to Auburn, that's what really matters!" Come on, you've got to be kidding me here.