And much like he did with Conley the offseason after he struggled, Coach Coombs has been saying a lot of very good things about Arnette this offseason -
Before Carman named Clemson as his favorite, I might have had trouble deciding who I should root for /s
Spot on, IBSAG. I would only add that I think Coach Schiano might be thinking he could get just a little more exotic this year with some blitz packages, etc. It's his second year with the program - and he isn't sharing the DC title now. Plus, his front seven is very experienced.
For that matter, Coach Coombs considers Ward to be the equivalent to a returning starter - and Arnette played a lot last year. Along with an improved Webb at safety, the secondary may not be quite as raw as a lot of people might think.
That might allow the coaches to feel more comfortable trying a few different things. But I agree - the fundamentals we've seen the last three years in rushing lane responsibilities aren't going anywhere -
That is correct, Koz. About a year or two ago, Kyle (or it might have even been Ross) did an article on the differences between the modern 3/4 and the traditional 3/4. The modern 3/4 is much more similar to our 4/3 Over than it is to the traditional 3/4. The gap responsibilities are the same. The biggest differences are really just semantics. Which, I believe, is what you were getting at.
I think a lot of fans have the modern 3/4 confused with the traditional 3/4 - even though the traditional 3/4 is only still being used by a couple of NFL teams these days. I believe anyone motivated enough to learn more about it could probably still find the article here on the site if they looked hard enough. I follow the sport pretty closely - but I found it to be informative at the time -
Reminds me of a lyric from an old Jimmy Buffett song: "And any manual labor I've done was purely by mistake".
Seems like it might apply to Coach Herman. Hey - as long as he knows what he's doing when it comes to being a coach - who cares?
A 360 degree look at the circle drill. I may have to report that to the department of redundancy department.
Thanks. Great stuff!
Not in April, anyway -
Wouldn't you think a team spokesman would know about something like that?
An Ohio State spokesman said he did not know of Knox's whereabouts.
It's agreed, it's probably nothing. But that response seemed rather odd to me -
Good point, Buck68. From what I've been able to glean so far, Day has had to start out with the most rudimentary passing fundamentals (almost incredibly, at this level).
Once he gets their footwork and other basic mechanics established - then he can worry about where the ball is actually going, I suppose. Although, UFM was saying recently that the accuracy was pretty good in drills.
Fortunately, there is still plenty of time until any meaningful, live-action passes are attempted -
That almost has to be it -
While J.T. Barrett and Dwayne Haskins showcased throws that looked good in the air despite not finding their target.
Well, at least we're working on it. That's a start, I suppose.
That intermediate to deep passing game remains my greatest concern heading in to this season. Same as last season.
Can't think of another aspect of the team that is not almost certainly championship caliber -
The elongated first step in the interior makes me worry about the power to hold position on a double team.
That occurred to me, too. Easier to get caught off-balance, in general -
I'm confident about nearly everything - except the right side of our offensive line. We're all painfully aware of Prince's struggles with pass protection - and Knox was beaten out by a true freshman last year. I'll have to see major improvement there before I'll be able to get too jacked-up about undefeated seasons, national championships, etc.
I can kinda see where Harbaugh may have been coming from. Michigan fans have to go pretty far back in time to remember their glory days, anyway -
I think having to live the entire offseason with the bad taste of the Clemson debacle in their mouths will serve this team well. Complacency certainly shouldn't be a factor.
All the coaches need to say is 0-31 if anyone starts getting a big head -
Exactly what I was thinking, OSU992 -
There may be another way of looking at a wide receiver as a "ghost". Perhaps, a good way. For instance, what if he's so elusive, opposing defenses think of him as a ghost. "The Galloping Ghost", anyone?
Plus, he could disappear in coverage - only to suddenly reappear to make the reception.
Maybe we could turn it in to a positive thing.
The wide receivers are also not responsible for providing pass protection - or throwing the ball. I'm not suggesting the wide receivers do not require a great deal of improvement. They do. But that passing offense had myriad problems -
Ham and beans, perhaps? You know - HB -
I would like to see us blitz a LB, CB or safety from time to time to confuse the OL
A key comment, AZ Buckeye. Last year we had a new defensive coordinator (and safeties coach) - plus, he had two new starting safeties and a new corner. Two new starting linebackers, for that matter, too. So I understand why he may have been a little reluctant to blitz very often.
That'll be different this year. Obviously, it's Schiano's second year - plus, he has the DC title all to himself now. Coach Coombs insists Ward is equivalent to a returning starter - so, according to their coach, we are returning half of last year's "starting" secondary. Smith and Arnette are hardly new to the program, either.
We should also keep in mind that Fick and LJ were really big on the DL maintaining lane integrity. Naturally, that's extremely important when you're only rushing four. Not as much when you're rushing more -
i believe Baugh was playing hurt a good part of the season. In fact, I'm pretty sure he is still recovering from post-season surgery. That might have had something to do with it, too -
Parris "Souper" Campbell -
Nice word of the day, DJ. A good one-word description of my love life -
Every time we go with a zone blitz, one of our defensive linemen drops - by definition. Not that we've been doing it all that often. But all of our ends should be able to do it adequately. You'd would have to think Hubbard would be the most skilled of the group, however.
I'm just glad to see the coaches thinking outside of the box to this extent. This season could be a lot of fun -