+ 1 for the Milton quote. Appropriate, too.
And the problem is, it only seems to get worse. I remember when our offense was streching the field in the 2014 play-off run and then exploiting that space with the power interior run game. Where did that go? Why are we so committed to making the same mistakes in our approach to play-calling? We effectively have a power program in place, but we are wasting it all with poor coaching decisions. It really is sad.
This is the most devastating loss for our great program since the 2007 NC game. Our excellent play in 2014 got us respect all around. Indeed, it is why we could qualify for the play-off w/o a conference championship. This loss puts all of that in jeopardy. We announced on the biggest stage that we do not belong. It may take years to correct that perception. Given the magnitude of this fiasco, I think a coaching shake-up is unavoidable.
That said, our problem seems to be a mixture of poor OL play against good D-Lines, deteriorating QB Play, poor play-calling and inconsistency in our receiving corps. All offensive Coaching positions will have to be reviewed, but - as many others have said already - I expect changes at the offensive coordinator and OL coaching positions. We cannot afford another breakdown like this on such a stage with the talent we have. I am certain Coach Meyer knows this and will act accordingly. OK, sorry, rant over.
I agree with you, Rocket Man. Besides, if what Ozzy says is true (JH sent Peppers to the press box), one has to wonder why he did that. Apparently, JH does not feel that Peppers has useful leadership qualities that could help the team in an important game. He didn't send him to the doctor, but to the pressbox? That sounds like a FY to me, which would give further insights into the dude's already questionable character. And no, that is not calling a kid names. The dude hit a fan and spit on the O. No way a TTUN homer can make that look like a saint's behavior.
You are absolutely right, RunEddie. Great season either way that far exceeded expectations. That said, I hope we find a way to win and make it to the championship game.
Was it not Peppers that said he likes to hit people and that he wants them to feel it? He must have meant fans rather than Ohio State players. Who would've thought?
Right you are. That was one of the craziest games I have seen in recent memory. Still, Jimmy has a way of coming up short.
"Don't forget App St. and Toledo at the big house."
Awesome post. +1.
Comparing Coach Meyer to Harbaugh is simple: one is smokescreens the other substance. The results offer a clue as to who is what.
I respect the picks, but as I said in another post: if we can keep it close late and stretch their line, we may be able to wear them down a bit and pull out the W. Tough, tough game but I do not think we should underestimate Coach Meyer.
Agree fully with this post. Still, lets get the W tomorrow.
Excellent analysis, as always. My feeling is that the strength of the Clemson D is built around the effectiveness of their D-Line. They have a great D-Line that could decide this game. But if we keep them off balance and perhaps get them winded in the latter phase of the game, I think we should have a pretty fair chance.
Honestly, can you blame them?
This must be the coolest t-shirt I have ever seen. Somehow I missed it. Thanks for posting.
Look at the film, buddy. Yeesh.
@ Sloopy: It does. If Ohio State had not been on probation, we would have proceeded to the B1G championship game. Had we won there against UW I believe (whom we had beaten in Madison that season already, if memory serves), we would have proceeded to the national championship likely against an overrated ND team (not Bama). So I think you are right: no probation = 52 wins in that time span.
Those who shake their fists at the sky shake their fists at blind stars.
2016 was one of the greatest years of my life. Forever grateful for being so lucky.
Fifth-best offense in school histroy? With the difficult schedule we had? That extremely impressive.
Collier graduating in 2.5 years also is massively impressive.
Thanks for the explanations. I forgot about that INT /s. It probably does not really matter much at this stage, but I hope Tate gets a ratings bump before 2017 is a wrap.
I have asked this before, but why does the 247 composite continue to drop him from 5 star all the way down to a low .97? What more can he do besides dominate the nation's best three years running racking up great stats and top awards all the while? Seriously, three years on that level and undefeated is absolutely unbelievable!
Wow! Thanks for the post, Beth!
Lattimore, Samuel and Jourdan Lewis all should be higher and Peppers should not be on the list. Otherwise, not a bad assessment (despite being from ESPN).
I think Harbaugh's comments are what got him in the Heisman conversation more than his play on the field. You know how dogs eagerly jump on you ready to eat anything you feed them when you filled their bowl? That is how the media reacts anytime Harbaugh says anything.
Fantastic achievement for Shaun Wade. I cannot even imagine the work that must go into reaching that level at that age. He has All-American and 1st round NFL draft pick written all over him. I am really happy that he is a Buckeye.