Just bright red targets...this presents itself as a great opportunity for the return of the silver bullets. Keep your eyes on the target boys!
Every week will be a test. When you play at Ohio State you have to expect that every team you face is going to give you their best shot. I think these guys will continue to improve. We also have 4 more games against capable, but not scary, defensive lines as well as a by week before we go kick in Sparty's door an rain on their B1G championship parade!
...TP and BM ...
When I read this I couldn't help but think about the relationship between TP and BM...here's my take on the whole thing...
TP was kind of a BM and BM had to step in and take the roll of TP once TP flushed his opportunity down the toilet...so BM kind of had to clean up TPs mess for once...kind of a roll reversal there don't ya think??
The question is why was the safety biting so hard to the opposite side of the field. (He must have had a key that told him he had to be there, I just don't know what it was).
Its because the same action that sprung the receiver for the TD on the right side of their formation (top of our TV screens) was occurring on the left side of their formation (bottom of our TV screens). So the safety on the other side of our defensive formation did the exact same thing as the ones who got beat. The play could schematically be successful if he thrown to either side but Gunner is right handed and it is a much easier play to see and throw to the right for him... Its no secret we run quarters coverage and that was a really well designed play to get those safeties to come down to cover the screen pass and slip the receiver through the gap into wide open space with no deep help. Credit Tubberville and staff on the design of that play and their team executed well because those plays are about timing...bad timing can turn into offensive pass interference rather easily.
I just think they are expecting us to come out and try to establish the run. I've said it more than once that I think our O-line is better at pass protection than run blocking (And, yes I am fully aware of 7 sacks given up to VT). I would like to come out and spread them out and throw it all over the place with quick throws, WR screens etc.
And someone help me here...with Dontre and Samuel---why is it so hard to get them matched up man-man on a LB? That's BIG yards all day long. Hell, most safeties can't cover them either. I think we need to add a little "west coast" offensive flair to this team. Keep those rockets in the backfield and throw it to them from there. Neither is a true receiver or RB so give them elements of both. Give me a wheel route to Dontre or Samuel, middle screen, slip screen, option routes out of backfield with 3 other receivers on the field running off the coverage...I just think they would be borderline "un-coverable"---which isn't a word but the best term I could use to describe it.
Last question...anyone know the status of Heuerman? He was limited by foot injury which is why I don't think he has had many plays called for him in passing game...
That is serious point blank range with the pepper spray---that dude was hatin life that day. Also love that pic and its inherent contrast with how it must feel to be a football fan of TTUN these days...
I would just like to see some coverages and blitzes that will confuse Kiel and their O-line as well as more press-man coverage... and when we do go to zone, some zone blitzes with corners and/or linebackers coming hard in appropriate situations. If we do a good job of disguising our coverages early, Kiel might be good for a couple of picks which could get them down early and help us jump out to an early lead.
And PLEASE, PLEASE don't line us up in 4-3 playing zone all night! We shouldn't be out on the field with less than 5 DBs at all in this game. Reeves and other DB's on depth chart better be ready to STEP-UP! And the 2 LB's on the field should be Kwon and Lee/Worley. Grant will get exposed in coverage so he should not be asked to cover...if he's on the field it should be to blitz or even rush the passer from a stand-up DE/Viper spot. I might even like to see Bosa, Bennett, and Washington down with Grant/Worley/Lee at viper. I like Frazier and Miller but they lack that explosive first step that Spence has...I think a quick LB there would tough to block for either tackle that Cinci has...bottom line IMO, a vanilla defense will get beat and cause me to have to buy a new TV. I can't afford a new TV...
I was being sarcastic and my inspiration for such a profound statement was, indeed, pilfered from the hokester's mastery of the english language-- hence the use of italics...
Even though they gave up 7 sacks against VT---6 were in the 4th quarter against tremendous pressure from Bud Foster bringing every type of blitz you can think of. Also, a few of those were on JT being a new QB and not making adjustments or accounting for the free man (ie: corner blitzing) as well as receivers not going "hot" and JT not looking to the "hot" receivers when/if they did actually run the appropriate hot routes. The play calling was atrocious as well as has been established. So, all of those sacks don't fall directly on the O-line.
My point is this...the O-line is NOT good (last year we had a good O-line). But, IMO, after watching every snap of every game this year, their pass blocking is better than their run blocking. I'd rather UFM and Herman bring us out in 4-5 WR sets and let JT quick pass it around the lot---which will help the O-line and open up the run. UC can't match up and cover Thomas, D. Smith, C. Smith, E. Spencer, Heureman, Dontre, Dixon et al. We need to spread them out and get those playmakers in space.
Its a theme on almost every team in the country..."take it one game at a time" type approach. Coaches try to keep their team focused on the current opponent until after the game and then focus on the next opponent. We all know this is to prevent players and coaches from overlooking their opponent on any given week. I have personally adopted this approach for myself this year. After all that has happened losing Braxton, losing to Va Tech, losing Spence etc...I really don't care about anything other than beating Cincinnati this weekend. And after that our focus will be beating Maryland.
I don't think any of us can predict where we will be at the end of the year and I think its wasted energy to worry about getting into the playoff. So, as far as this being a statement game, I think every game is a statement game for this team.
I just hope we aren't too focused on making statements about making a statement and we go out on the field and actually make a STATEMENT! Otherwise its just all a bunch of wasted statements...you dig?
LETS GATA!! GO BUCKS!!
~~"It's very special," Washington said of playing against Cincinnati. "... It's just that feeling of playing against my hometown, my home city."
In keeping with the family feelings for Washington...I would like to think of it as little brother coming into big brother's bedroom and mouthing off--not a good idea. Little brother needs to be put in his place. But when its all said and done, you still love your little bro...you just had to teach him where he fits in and what his role is in the family...Cincinnati is, after all, in the great state of Ohio...therefore they are football family...but they just need to remember where they belong. Its time to give them a fitting reminder! GO BUCKS!
I like this article because I don't think JTB gets enough credit for what he did do against VT.
JT wasn't put in a position to succeed against VT. He did make some rookie mistakes that should have been expected as a young QB making his second start in college and playing in only his second game in 2 years. His supporting cast let him down BIG time starting with the coaches, the receivers and the O-line. The "IFs" are endless but IF #84 doesn't drop the pass in the end zone things are different--not to mention the other drops. Also, IF the coaches made adjustments appropriately or had a game plan the protected the young man, things likely would have been different.
Remember, we were in that game until the end. The pick-six at the end was garbage points for them because by then JT was pressing and had NO confidence in his line. That was really a 7 point game with 10 points left on the field that JT put the team in position to get against tremendous pressure, horrible blocking and questionable play-calling...the supporting cast just didn't execute (see #84 and our kicker #96)---granted they are freshman too--but those missed opportunities don't fall on JTB.
Throughout all of that, the kid was as cool as a cucumber...that's a good sign for this team that cannot be overlooked.
Yet another classy move from the leader of the "Crimi-noles"
I agree that everyone is hungry for money and that, right now, most B1G schools seem to be content with mediocrity. That really sucks for us as we reside in what is felt to be the worst conference of the power 5 right now. I hate that the B1G sucks and I join everyone in their desire to find a way to motivate these schools to STEP-UP! But, my reality filter being very effective leads me to this conclusion...How, under the before mentioned "suck-tax" model, would these schools grow their programs and increase recruiting efforts, expand facilities etc while getting penalized by what would need to be substantial monetary sanctions? I just think that kind of penalty defeats the purpose of the revenue generated by the BTN etc. To say to these schools: " You-Suck!" "You need to do better!" "Now, give us the money you need to go recruit better and build better facilities and hire better coaches!" Just doesn't make sense to me IMO...
Now a proposal to put a certain amount of the BTN revenue aside for a yearly performance BONUS for schools that meet certain goals...I will buy that. But an arbitrary "you suck" tax will hand-cuff teams that need to get better--how do you expect that they improve if you take the money they need to make improvements? That would only make the disparity from top to bottom in this conference WORSE. The rich would get richer and the poor get poorer and that would not help anyone. Do you we really want make the bottom half or even two-thirds of this conference weaker?
Besides, these schools, presidents, boards etc will never institute a punishment (financial or otherwise) for failure to perform in athletics.
Remember, these are academic institutions first and foremost.
So, in all reality, all of this is just wasted commentary because a 'suck-tax" will NEVER happen.
I think the hokester ate a lot of paint chips as a kid...
Guys like girls with great skills too...
I know this "suck tax" thing sounds good from the surface but in all reality how does it help these schools to punish them financially and hurt their ability to fund their programs for needed upgrades, facilities, recruiting budgets etc?
I don't have the answer outside of (like I mentioned earlier) these schools have to WANT to be better and have complete BUY-IN from the top down. There needs to be a culture change in the B1G regarding our conference being competitive within the national landscape of CFB. It only makes good sense both athletically and academically. Every performance of students either on the field, on the court, in the community, and throughout the country reflects on your institution. RIght or wrong, that is a fact. Again, tell me what it would hurt to increase the focus on football for once? Its not like the academics are going to suffer. In contrast, enrollment will likely increase with greater success within the football program...what is so bad about that?
I Couldn't agree more. I love Ohio State and I bleed Scarlet and Grey but we have as much to do with the downfall of the conference as anyone...I hate to say it but it is true. On the biggest stages in January 2006 and 2007 we laid an egg against the SEC giving away national championships. BOTH of those teams we played were not better than Ohio State but beat us rather easily. If we just compete in those games and keep it close, or win 1 of 2, this isn't so bad. Also, our record against the SEC is what it is...poor. And, the one time we did beat them in a bowl game, we beat Arkansas with what every SEC fan and media critic thought were key players who should've been ineligible. We saw that come to fruition when the sanctions stripped us of our wins thus striking our W from the record books completely.
Let us also not forget that these recruits likely primarily watch ESPN whose anti-buckeye sentiment and anti-Big Ten sentiment is glaring. Then there is the Maurice Clarett incident, the tattoo-gate scandal, the Jerry Sandusky (sicko) that destroyed Penn State and literally killed a living legend in Joe Paterno... all in the last 8-10 years. The parents of these kids remember this stuff...this conference has IMPLODED and not one school in the B1G is saying anything about it. We just put our heads in the sand and say "We just want to win the B1G this year"...well good for you...that means dick on the national landscape of college FB and only means marginally more now with a playoff system.
Recently, we win 24 straight games and lose the last 2 which just so happen to be the ones anyone outside of OSU care about. The end result is that 24-0 in the B1G means nothing. The reality of it is that if you are Ohio State, or Meatchicken, or Penn State or Nebraska--you carry the banner for this conference. We need to take care of our business and hope the others get themselves squared away too. Otherwise, this trend will continue, the BTN will die costing these teams serious $$$ and we will basically be no better than the Big East was...and FBS conference that really doesn't matter in the national picture (we are almost there now).
My only solution is this...the presidents of these schools and their athletic directors need to get the picture...whether you like it or not, kids decide to enroll in schools who have success in athletics. It effects enrollment and therefore it is permanently tied to academics. This is a proven fact. The presidents, board members and athletic directors need to make a plan...a proactive (or somewhat reactive at this point) campaign for this conference and its return to the top. The money is there as was discussed above, now they need to USE IT! I understand the argument that these are academic institutions first so if you can show me how an aggressive campaign for athletic dominance HURTS academics, I will concede. Check the SEC school enrollment numbers and see if they are suffering...I think not.
Here's hoping they play 4-3 so our offense will work right...
Did he take any notes?
Let's open up the Trapper Keeper fellas and refer to our notes.
My comment was more guided towards the fact that our personnel is a good bit different than last year and it would be nice to see some new packages installed to get the most out of the speed we appear to have on offense. I think Oregon would be a good one to study. And lastly, start working on it now and an unleash it against an unsuspecting foe (aka MSU) at a critical time in the season . I'm happy with the results against KSU but they are light-years away from what we will face against MSU.
~~Gerry DiNardo I believe said that
It was Matt Millen, a former NFL coach turned CFB analyst for ESPN.
And, for almost the whole first quarter, he said what many of us said here on 11W regarding our thoughts on the VT game. Made me feel good that we weren't all delusional in some way...
I think we are just passionate, highly educated, football crazy NUTS and when you get that all mixed together you get BUCKEYES!
I wholeheartedly agree that we need an identity.
I would like to see Meyer and Herman have a look at Oregon's offense and develop a few packages like that for this team. They are predicated on speed. IMO, our teams offensively have very similar personnel...I know JT is not Mariota, but I believe he has the tools to be very productive in that kind of offense. If we install the packages soon they will be ready by late October and into November. We have some big games on the slate and the time is now to develop that "new wrinkle" that might give us an edge.
Worried is an understatement right now. Lets not forget Tuberville has won a few games in his career and he will not be intimidated by Ohio State
How about laws?? If its marijuana...it is like, uhhh, illegal...I think? It can't be tolerated period. In the real world, many employers have drug testing policies...you test positive for an illegal one...you lose your job. These kids are not above the law. Just a shame so many of these kids don't understand how blessed they are.
I would upvote this if I could. I think Vonn is by far our best player in the secondary...and I've said it before and not sure anyone agrees but he reminds me of Donte Whitner.