Thanks Jeremy! Like I said, I trust 11W and the info found here. I just thought that it was interesting that the article in the Dispatch seemed to make the family situation less important. I wish Mike and his family the best of luck.
I should add that I trust 11W more than the Dispatch!
If they unionize, can they strike?
Can the universities lock them out?
We know what we have with our wideouts. A couple of returning starters who have, for the most part, under-performed, and a bunch of of young talented guys who when have played showed signs of being explosive.
Our O-line has been mostly unproven to this point, and have gotten very little playing time.
But if the O-line doesn't come together, it won't matter who the receivers are, or how they play.
Is is just me, or has Oden really gotten bigger?
I think this was the problem last year Fickell called the plays, but the way he played his fronts did not match with how Withers played the secondary. They didn't blend. There's a reason why Urban has left Fickell alone (at least to this point). I'm sure he's confident that they can get this defense playing together.
Not throwing guys under the bus, but you realize our lack of depth at LB has been so bad that we had to move a FB to starting Mike and we had a walk on in the two deep this year. Think about that for a minute...a walk on in the two deep, at the real Linebacker U. Depth has been an issue at LB.
Damn! The scarlet and gray always makes me happy, so why do gray boxes also have to deliver shitty news? Can't we make them corn and blue when bad things happen?
Bad for us, good for Coach Vrabel. Thanks Coach! Appreciate you always representing tOSU. First class all the way!
Noooo! Damn it! Damn everything straight to hell! Wait. What? This isn't the Vrabel thread?
Great news! Glad to have Braxton back!
I wish everybody that commented would read CTBUCKEYEFAN's comment above. Click on the link and read! After reading that and Ross's breakdown, I don't know how anybody couldn't think that Withers was a big part of the problem. Not necessarily the only problem, but I put more blame on him than Fickell at this point.
Here's Ross' breakdown: http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2014/01/31980/ohio-state-v-clemson-defensive-breakdown#comments
Come on Ramzy, we all know the real reason Hyde didn't get the ball more.....IT'S FICKELL'S FAULT!
We had problems on offense and defense this year, and I don't know anybody that doesn't agree that feeding El Guapo more would have been good for the team.
As a coach, all you can do is put your players in a position to be successful. I don't think that has happened consistently. Can you blame the coaches for asking the players to do something they aren't capable of? Can you blame the players for not executing basic fundamental football skills? The answer is Yes and Yes. The reason most teams get out of cover 4 to the trips side is that it's not fundamentally sound to get out flanked. That's not giving your players the best chance to be successful. I also refuse to believe that at d7 high school football, I know to coach my LB's to chip the TE (or inside slot) and coaches at tOSU do not. So that means the players just aren't getting it done.
A combination of less than ideal, possibly confusing schemes, and players that just aren't quite there yet is likely to blame for our defensive troubles.
As a Chiefs and Buckeyes fan, I'm hating football so far in 2014.
Improvement like Troy Smith made from his junior to senior year could be possible. Urban says he doesn't know Braxton's ceiling, but he hasn't reached it yet. Let's hope he reaches it. I'm glad he's back, that's for sure.
ItWe play a lot of match up zone which is a lot like man. And I've never coached college, but I coach high school, and I don't care what defense you are running, you can't get outflanked by the offense. It's not fundamentally sound to continually allow that to happen.
Need to watch again while not intoxicated (not going to happen), but the worst thing about the bubble screens was the fact that on most of them Clemson seemed to motion to trips and the defense did not adjust alignment. You can't let the offense out flank you like that. They have 3 receivers being covered by two defenders. This isn't hard. Don't get me wrong, there were other problems too, but proper alignment is crucial to successful defensive play. Our defensive players constantly seem unaware.
I can hear it now....
Typical start to a new year for the Buckeyes....player suspended 12 hours in to 2014......
Really curious as to what the hell this is all about. Seems very strange. Everything I've seen shows Spence as a model student and athlete. He will be missed in the 3 games.
Keep your head high Noah!
The Carlos Hyde highlight is a thing of beauty. A great balance of speed, power, and agility. Running behind a dominant line. A great example why football is the ultimate team sport. I'm glad that I got to witness such an amazing season. Thanks Carlos and Co.!
If we finish with 23-24 in this class, how many have to leave to early attrition to make the numbers work? Is there a recent break down of this?
I don't think your opinion is necessarily unpopular, but definitely your tone. Remember recruits and players read this stuff. Fair, constructive criticism is great. You stated many great points. Your tone (at least to me) came across as a father scolding a teenage child, or maybe a person scolding a dog caught in the trash. I would guess your DV's came from that, and it's a shame because it took away from a couple of valid points.
Disney will make an entertaining movie for sure. Will it be historically accurate? Probably not completely...but they are going to make it entertaining because that's what they do. Right or wrong, I'm sure they feel that an entertaining move will make more money than a historically accurate movie.
I wasn't sure about it until reading the 11W staff's take on it. I was worried that it might be a smear campaign as well, but now I can't wait to see it.
Hell, I'm smiling now! He acted while overwhelmed with emotion. All is forgiven by anybody that should mean anything. I actually think its great that we see that emotion, and that the team means that much to the players. Remember, Marcus wasn't out there "fighting" for himself , but for his team and teammates. He was standing up for what was right.