Ol Barry and Lavon!
Boy howdy! It seems like the hype for McCall has died off lately. I was absolutely thrilled with his performance last year, and thought of him as a guy I was hoping to see more of this year. I thought he'd be moving to H, but everything I've seen has him staying at RB which might leave him what, 3rd or 4th in the pecking order this season (given the good things I've been seeing/hearing about Dobbins)??? If he's truly our 2nd, 3rd, or 4th(!) best option, I'm kinda thinking we have NOTHING to worry about in the backfield for a couple years.
He has the frame of Randy Moss. If he has half the speed and half the hands (and I don't personally know if he has either), he needs to be on the field. Consistent routes and blocking should come over time, right? We obviously haven't had a "perfect" receiver in years. We should be willing to play the ones with the highest ceilings in lieu of some of the ones who seem to be better at some of the nuances when we're down in a game or the passing game starts to struggle IMO. I'm no coach, nor do I really know who the best guys for the job truly are. What I do know, is that the taller and longer a receiver is, the less accurate a pass needs to be. I'm more than willing to defer to the wisdom of our coaching staff (and don't have any choice in the matter anyway), but if our passing game costs us again this season, and this cat doesn't seem to be getting an opportunity.... We'll, I for one will be whining pretty hard to y'all! At the end of the day, I don't really care what name is on the back of the jersey of the next great Buckeye receiver, but I do hope that we found out who it is this season. If we don't, I'm all but positive we won't be celebrating come January....
Edit: Ok, so maybe Mike Thomas actually was the "perfect" receiver!
I think what Eddie means by "clean" route, is separation....
But I thought JT sucked?!?!
Best yet? Umm, that's cool.
If Knight could've just kept his hands to himself..... His coaching style wasn't going to fly in these "softer" days, but when discipline was paramount, his results speak for themselves. One of the greatest fundamentals type coaches of all time.
What Rosenbuck said....
They shore nuff were man.
I'm not picking a fight bro, but coaches can make their players give a shit. They can motivate them to give a shit, or at least recruit the kind of players that can be motivated to give a shit. Ohio State is not an elite basketball program, we're bound to have some down years. But the effort we've seen this year has been atrocious. I think Thads effort may even be in question, but I still don't blame him. I blame his boss. I happen to be in a slightly similar situation as Thad, from the standpoint that there's no way I could leave my current job and make more money elsewhere.... So I won't. Plain and simple. If my performance dips below the point of acceptability, my boss will have to identify it, and motivate me to do better, or simply let me go. I'm not leaving on my own accord even if I suddenly begin to suck at my job. I like / need $ just a little too much. My guess is Thad does too. This is where Gene needs to man up.
Look, I would NEVER condone what Mr. Rice did, but it seemed a little like double jeopardy or something when his punishment was so severely increased after the video came out. I really don't understand what the video changed. Everyone knew he hit his wife. That sounds bad. Guess what, when you see a video of it, it LOOKS bad too. Before his incident, no one ever seemed to get huge punishments from the NFL for domestic violence. I'm not saying they should or shouldn't have. They just didn't. And just so you don't think I'm some kind of apologist here, I believe the NFL should take their policy on the issue one step further. Question: Why is a man beating a woman such an appalling act? Answer: Because men are by far physically superior (or at least usually stronger) than women. In other words, it's unfair. The same could be said about almost any NFL player in comparison to almost any person, be it man woman or child. How much weight does the everage NFL player bench? How hard does the average NFL player punch? I bet the strength and athleticism discrepancy between the average NFL player, and the average Joe male, is even greater than the discrepancy between the average man and the average woman. Meaning, an NFL player should have his ass in a sling for ANY assault, against a man or woman. These guys starting physical altercations with "civilians" is just plain unfair, and should almost be considered attempted manslaughter in most cases.
Yeah, that quote's getting me! Gotta be rootin for this kid...
Well said, sir.
Eager to see this regular season over with. Hopefully we finish up strong and show out half way decent in the B1G tourney....
He is truly a shabby NFL qb. However, he seems to be a great person and fantastic teammate. I'm no talent scout, so I can't tell you exactly what his shortcomings are, but if he understands the system, and can help coach up younger qb's, I'd keep him to back up Cardale if they really end up letting Taylor go.... He seems like a class act.
Kenny F'n Powers demands an up-vote!
Seems like they're losing the heart and soul of their scum sucking team..... Excellent!
I agree, obviously Dak does too. All of us Buckeye fans already knew how lovable Zeke was, and he was expected by nearly everyone to have a good year, but LEAD THE NFL IN RUSHING?!?! Both of those guys exceeded expectation, and Zeke probably deserved the award a little more, but Dak exceeded his expectations by far more than Zeke did by virtue of coming into the league with zero expectations THIS YEAR. So really, I think the fact that Dak came out of nowhere where Zeke had high expectations, had tons to do with why he won over Zeke. That and the fact that qb's always get a little bit more credit and blame than they truly deserve. With all that said, Dak is blowing me away with his humble demeanor and business like approach. The Cowboys are gonna be tough as hell as long as these guys stay healthy and focused (and keep that line clicking).
Kid has All American written all over him.... Hope it plays out that way!
Best 5 comment thread I've seen in a minute! Got me chucklin through my hangover!
Straight bone chilling. Remember it like it was yesterday.
Maybe it's the injuries he's had, but seems to me like he should be going to his second or third pro bowl.... I hate that the Steelers got him. He's so freaking good. There's not a team in the league he wouldn't have started for.
What did you think of JT's performance against Bowling Green? And bear with me before you say "but Bowling Green sucks". The rest of the team dominated Bowling Green. When the rest of the team does their jobs (pass pro holds up, receivers get separation, play calling clicks, etc.), JT gets it done. He wasn't a better qb against them, the team was able to do their jobs against them. He can hit open receivers most of the time when given time. He's not Tom Brady. We shouldn't need him to be. We should be dominating at least half of our schedule in a similar fashion to the way we dominated BG, Rutgers, and Maryland. Our receivers should've been getting separation all day vs IU, but they didn't. We should've adjusted the game plan against Clemson early in the 2nd quarter, but we didn't. Even though we won the game, our line shouldn't have given up 8 sacks against TTUN, but they did. When we get the rest of the team clicking, JT can lead us to a title. If Dilfer can win a Super Bowl, JT can win a natty. Can he win it by himself ala Vince Young or Deshaun Watson? Probably not. Can he not screw it up for a team filled with well coached 4 and 5 star recruits? Without question.
Just hope our boy plays to his potential. If that happens, we'll all be happy and proud.
Seems to me (and I could be wrong), that elite level interior d line recruits have been the most elusive of all position groups for us. We've gotten our share of elite edge rushers, and have developed great interior guys, but the 5 star d tackles have been non existent or far and few between lately.
Bottom line: I don't care how many "stars" a recruit has, I just want big studs in there. With that said, I just hope this position pans out for us, and improves a bit moving forward. Hopefully one of these guys turns into Cam Heyward 2.0..... Go Bucks