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Buckeye Chuck

Member since 26 March 2011 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Cie Grant spinning Ken Dorsey into history. Also, my first Michigan game in 1982, though the aftermath had a little to do with me listing it among the best.

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Comment 52 minutes ago

Maybe, maybe not. Maybe the unpopularity of Edsall partially explains their terrible play so far.

Unless we give them easy field position time after time with turnovers -- a possibility that can't be discounted based on some of our recent games -- I can't see how they move the ball on us enough to keep the score even remotely close.

Comment 05 Oct 2015

Gonna be tough to get someone quality if they give up on Strong this quickly -- his guys have barely made an impact on the program. They don't want to get into a rut like Bama was in between the Stallings and Saban years,

Now, if Strong has lost control of the locker room -- and some of the recent news suggests that might be the case -- they may have no choice. 

Comment 04 Oct 2015

I agree with all those who have said that the main problem is the turnovers, to an extent that i'm not sure is fully appreciated. Before the second Marshall fumble, with a 10-point lead and good field position, I thought we were in position to mount the drive that would put the game away, If we score a TD there, we might end up with a final result similar to last season's game. Instead we handed the ball right back, the coaches started to play not to lose with the offensive playcalling (i.e. nothing but Zeke), and it turned into a 60-minute game.

A few other comments:

We need some sort of new idea for red zone playcalling. The tighter throwing windows seem to be psyching Jones out.

The diminishing presence of the zone read seems to have made our running game more predictable and easier to defend. It's not easy to sustain drives when you have one player getting virtually all the carries, and a quarterback whose accuracy comes and goes.

Time for the latest generation of wide receiver recruits to step up. After a year and a half in the program, and with a huge current need, it's fair to wonder if they're ever going to be able to help if they can't make it on the field given the current situation.

Gigantic game for Tyquan Lewis. On the other side, Tyvis Powell has been the primary goat on two ridiculously long Hoosier runs in consecutive seasons.

The sideline shots of Wilson ... good Lord, that's bad enough when they do it all the time in college basketball. That's the kind of act that a lot of fans consider "coaching," but then you get a decision like a fake punt from the 20 yard line.

Maryland seems to be completely hopeless -- no weapons on offense and glacier-slow on defense. Anything next than complete domination next week will have me concerned. 

Comment 02 Oct 2015

That was the first Buckeye loss I ever saw in person, and the first of far too many losses in the Earle Bruce era where we just plain got outscored. Earle is a good guy, but he was an offense-first recruiter and it showed.

Comment 29 Sep 2015

The last time Indiana went undefeated in their nonconference schedule was 2010. They ended up going 1-7 in the Big Ten (an overtime win against Purdue to end their season). 

The last time the Buckeyes faced a "surprisingly" undefeated Big Ten team early in the season was Illinois in 2011. The Illini began the season 6-0, we came to Champaign, Braxton Miller threw 4 passes the entire game, the Buckeyes won, and Illinois finished the year on a 6-game losing streak.

I understand that the team needs to be worried about the Hoosiers, but I'm not.

Comment 27 Sep 2015

When I saw the success WMU was having running up the middle, I started to make it a point to pay attention to McMillan, and it looked to me like he was having trouble shedding blocks. He also blew the tackle on the 3rd-and-11 conversion Northern Illinois had on their final scoring drive last week.

He's getting serious playing time in his second year out of high school, so I don't want to sound too critical, but I think maybe he's being thought of as a star before his performance truly warrants it.

Comment 27 Sep 2015

I can see keeping Elliott fresh, What concerns me some is that we don't seem to have a backup that Meyer has any confidence in playing (even as often as Samuel played last season, which by the end of the year wasn't much), which is a strange state of affairs for TOSU. Since the quarterbacks aren't running with anywhere near the frequency they used to, that's increasing Zeke's workload even more.

Comment 27 Sep 2015

Kind of crazy that Oregon is ranked, but there were a lot of bad losses for the teams near the bottom of last week's poll. Michigan was just a few points away from getting in. 

If anyone has a beef (and I say this knowing that it will all shake out in time), it's Utah. How can they not be in the Top Ten yet?

Comment 27 Sep 2015

I'm sure glad this post was made, because up to this point I had been 100% confident of a triple-digit victory, on the rare days I even remember that Michigan exists.

Seriously, you don't really have to come on 11W and remind people not to sleep on the bad guys like you're some sort of savant. WE KNOW.

Comment 24 Sep 2015

Do you think the fact that Urban has gone through three quarterbacks in the last year may cause him to fundamentally change his offense and run less with the QB?

That could be the case -- Urban isn't really addressing this (I would add not only did Jones rush for 99 yards against VTech, but he began the Hawaii game with a run of over 20 yards, and for some reason we've barely seen a QB run since). But where this concerns me a little:

1. The previous offense won a national championship, so it seems like a curious time to be making changes, especially because

2. The current offense looks like poop.

Comment 24 Sep 2015

Right, and I've seen comments like, "Urban is saying Cardale is the starter, but he's also saying Barrett hasn't beaten him out yet -- which means Cardale isn't really safe in the job!" Well, yeah. Every starter on the team is, or should be, under continual threat of losing his job if his backup starts performing better. In the case of players like Joey Bosa that's only a theoretical possibility, but depth charts change all the time during a 13-game season. 

I'm not saying Meyer can't make a mistake, but my default position is to assume he knows a lot more about football and about these two players than I do. The utter meltdown from some of you who assume otherwise is more than a little embarrassing. 

Comment 23 Sep 2015

I can see why Herbstreit would think that, since it's the pat response when a team expected to be dominant looks merely OK (think Florida State a year ago). But I'm not sure Herby has really followed things all that closely.

I will say that I was a little surprised when Urban's response to the struggles in the Hawaii game was essentially, "Eh, no biggie, I'm going to go home and relax." That might read as complacent to some. But at this point he has some credibility on the subject of preparing a team for a long season.

My guess is it mostly comes down to the coaching changes on the offensive side, and the inability (so far) of the quarterback and the new receivers to really click. 

Comment 22 Sep 2015

If you think about the reputations of the schools and not just the athletic departments, the reason why this will never happen ought to become apparent.

Comment 21 Sep 2015

I'm going to state what's probably going to be the minority opinion, which is that Urban should not name a clear starter until one of them WINS THE JOB ON THE FIELD. Why anoint somebody coming off a subpar performance? 

As I said in another post, the idea that Meyer has caused these issues by being indecisive seems wrong to me, because there was a clear starter: Cardale Jones. It was reiterated a week ago. The only reason there's doubt now is that he hasn't played well and because there's an obvious proven alternative to potentially turn to. 

I don't have a strong opinion on who we should start this week, but I definitely don't believe in the idea of "pick a guy and live and die with him, no matter what." Every other starter on the team is expected to confirm their place with their play, and quarterback should be no different.

Comment 21 Sep 2015

His second half stats don't look good, but keep in mind that once the Browns got the 21-0 lead, they never passed again unless it was what you would usually consider a passing down: once on second-10, the others on third and long. No play action. 

The one thing about Manziel that's unmistakable is that he at least no longer looks completely lost. He simply didn't take the job seriously last season, and it showed once he had to play. Whether he's ever going to be able to carry a team with his arm is another question, especially given the Browns' receiver corps. But hey, despite his ring, there are the same questions about Russell Wilson.

Comment 21 Sep 2015

It's too early to pass a final judgment, but obviously the early returns aren't good, since we've seen both quarterbacks look much, much better.

I didn't mind hiring a veteran coach as opposed to a younger guy like Herman, but hiring someone without what I would consider a stellar record of developing quarterbacks struck me all along as a little puzzling.