I'm sorry, but look back a year ago. Roby said he'd come back, he had goals he wanted to attain. One of those was being a captain. The incident in IN (trumped up BS as it turned out) took that away. Once his goals we unobtainable, of COURSE he had some mental issues to work thru. But I recall more than one occasion where he didn't give up and ran down someone else's missed tackle and saved a TD. He didn't quit on his teammates.
You're correct; he has NO clue. His months of prep are closer to a Basic Training scenario, with a week to prepare for his 'operation.' All in all, I hope this junk fails. Brings to mind the junk with free agency & Curt Flood. And I detest Curt Flood.
Regardless of why, or painting with a broad brush, if someone just doesn't like it, for one or 50 reasons...so?
I don't like it. Don't like the look, don't like the way it navigates. Just don't like the new format.
Exactly right, and also, unless a kid is fortunate enough to run thru the grind (Mike D'Andrea remind you of what I'm talking about?) this will be his last choice about where to play football for almost 10 years, and this decision would definitely impact that one. So these kids not only have to trust the 'relationship' that's developed, but also that his talents are going to be developed sufficiently for him to go to that next level. So let's not forget that all those 3 *** playing in the NoFunLeague also shouldn't be forgotten. So let's not condemn a kid for making that decision, let's wish him well, but hope it is his first life decision that teaches him with those decisions come consequences, and he ends up like Bike Hart, Jake Long, and Chad Henne.
IMHO, Priority #1 needs to be sitting the D-coaches down, Day One, and establishing the 'chain of command' and designating how we're going to do business. If LF is being demoted (in title) from D-Cor to Co-D-Cor, responsibilities need to be established, set up and agreed upon. Each coach should formally draw up and present their ideas for how to do their business, and 2 weeks later, sit everyone down again and each coach explains his duties, responsibilities, goals, and how he'll achieve them, as he understands his tasking; to the group including Urban Meyer. There was way too much dysfunction and miscommunication this past year to accept anything less. AJ needs to get this group together, singing the same song from the same sheet of music.
Add to that that he's over 60, and probably not wanting to stray too much further from 'home.' His whole situation is unique though, and is going to be interesting to watch.
Exactly, and let's not forget that Heacock was the ONLY DC in 2011 when Fickel stepped up. and the numbers were not pretty.
Also, when LF got promoted to DC, I was kind of under the impression it was to add some youthful aggression to Heacock's more passive D.
Position coaches, especially good ones, come & go, and move around all the time. With all the crap the fan base is putting his friend Luke Fickel thru, why does anyone think he'd stay here?
His friend asked him to come home & help out when MV was still playing in the NoFunLeague. Otherwise, he's probably just retiring from those big pay checks about now. The move is a career enhancing move, no matter if he plans on staying pro, or someday coming back to cfb.
Bottom line, impact? Of course. As long as a suitable replacement is named, the impact will be very short term.
"The first hole in the Ohio State coaching staff came last week with the departure of Everett Withers..."
I'll still wish the man well, but IMHO, that is addition by subtraction. We will see, but I think the problems in the secondary & pass defense in general are on Ev Withers.
Not sure if the change with the OL was scheme, attitude, or development, but Coach Warinner sure has earned his pay check since his arrival. Whatever he's been doing, the turnover & transition to this next group of Buckeye OL is going to be vital. Hope he can keep pushing the right buttons to make them tight.
GREAT year, all things considered...but when you're talking all time at OSU...you have to go back further than 50 years. If you go to the archives on the official site, the Legends & Greatest page lists the following RBs:
Archie, Byars, Hop, Eddie, Chic Harley, Les Horvath (QB &RB) Janowicz, Pete Johnson, & Dick LeBeau (DB & RB).
In addition, the following RBs were AA:
Stinchcomb, Karow, Hinchman, Scott, Sarringhaus, Cline, Bob White, Bob Ferguson, Otis, Brockington.
Great back, great year & even career (2,944 yd on 474 carries, 6.2 YPC)...but not even AA...Good, HEKK yeah, Great? maybe... but in consideration for GOAT? I don't think so.
I HOPE he comes back, for the Buckeyes. We can point at A.J. & JL as examples & HOPE.
But look at what coming back did to Leinhart...he lost $$MILLIONS.
Either way he decides, we have to appreciate what he has given us, and wish him the best.
Coaches can choke just like players do. Herman had never been in that type of situation before. His bio has him being the wonder boy for a bunch of 'meh' teams coming up. He choked...plain & simple. He will have more opportunities coming up. I doubt he goes anywhere for a while. No way is he ready to be a HC yet.
Everyone talks about the Super Sophs from the 67 recruiting class. It will be intersting to look back on this class in comparison in a couple more years.
As you run thru the list, it's not hard to see that the real hard part of this game is not picking out HS stars, but identifying who still has an up-side, and the heart, and the work ethic to go from being a HS star to being a Buckeye. And then the development of that talent. We've been doing that well for quite a while now.
ZB and Chris Gamble. As I recall, Bradley Roby was being recruited as a WR before OSU came calling, saying they wanted him to focus on his DB skills.
Ohio State @ Purdue
One of my favorite plays. I coached Youth football, WRs & DBs, and used that as an example of heads up play. You'll notice Robo slowed down, and then reached for the ball to prevent the DB from being able to keep up and possibly reach over to deflect the pass without a PI call...smart play.
He's at TSUN, he'll always be able to recruit some talent. He's from Ohio, so he's already a bit smarter than most "Michigan-men." But he doesn't seem to be all that great. I'd give him about two more years, if I was running the program up there...give him time to bring in more of his people and see how they develop those talents. If he's still pulling bone-headed crap like Sat against Ped-SU, time to go. A step up from DickRod, but still no Bo S...
I think we should take advantage of that secondary right off the bat. Score four times in the first quarter as we have been, and make the BADgers one-dimensional. Stave can't beat us, and if they HAVE to throw because they're behind, our back 7 should have a field day. I think we will start out like that (Play action DAVE on the first play), and straight out kick their butts back to Madcowtown.
Bucks win big, 45-17.
Maybe if you add in the punt return yardage ...
C.J. being back will help the D a lot with leadership.
Barnett & Bryant moving back & forth, talking to that young D, making sure people are in the right place... Roby helps with coverage, but I'm not so sure as far as leadership.
Ball & Dunn are both big backs, who will most likely fall in behind Hyde and Smith. When you add that someone is going to get carries out of the slot (H-Back?) there's not enough ball to go around. At least one of them will transfer out after this season, I'd bet.
We missed Roby's play, but I think we needed Barnett's experience and leadership more. From being the man over, to directing traffic, to being the steadying voice behind the D, the kids missed the leadership.
WOAH...a lot of players here.
I saw 52-10 as I scrolled down, so I'm going 52-9, Bucks with a POed Washington blocking the extra point after their fluke TD...
As an old Wood County boy, I feel the same way. NC @ USCar is probably the most significant in a lot of ways, but I'm a Falcon fan as well, even living in Phoenix.