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Comment 16 hours ago

Harbaugh's antics and others like him seem to be trendy, but until it starts leading to titles I don't think it will be the norm.   Pete Carroll had a big personality and had success but I think it was largely a function of his location.  The Mad Hatter did win a title at our expense, but that was hardly a dynastic sort of win.   Honestly, glad as I was that we even had a snowball's chance at a title that year, it felt like we sort of lucked into it as 2007 was not a "team to remember" like 2006 or even 1998.  Dabo is, I guess, an example of it working.    

Leach is entertaining, and a hot commodity, but I don't think he's the guy that's going to get anyone a title.   Looking around the B1G, The leaders presently include Meyer, Dantonio, Chryst, Ferentz, Franklin, all of them passionate but far more stoic than guys like Harbaugh.   

Comment 18 Mar 2017

2014 we saw JT capable of everything we need to get back to the title game, and then some.   I don't know what is most at fault for his accuracy and decision-making struggles in 2015 and 2016, but I know that we saw in 2014 what he was capable of doing.   If Cardale was worthy of an NFL contract because of his 3 game run at the end of 2014, then we can have faith in JT to get back to 2014 form.  

Comment 16 Mar 2017

I'm sorry, but was that one tweet suggesting that if Twitter had been around years ago, Spielman wouldn't be thought of as being so clean and decent?   Are they high?   

And Spielman is 100% right about this.  I accept that Elliott is innocent until proven guilty.   I accept that no convictions have happened and that according to reports I've seen the woman whose shirt was pulled down wasn't offended and didn't press charges about it.   But that means nothing in terms of it being a despicable, childish, nasty thing to do to a person.   I don't care if someone is begging you to pull down their shirt in public, part of being a decent human being is saying no.   I know that there are circles (certainly campus bars and such) where such behavior is common.   God knows, I saw such things and worse in bars when I was at tOSU, and being young and stupid accepted it as normal.   But we should call out our friends and family to be better than that.   

A lot of people seem to see this as a matter of loyalty to fellow Buckeyes.   To me, as a Buckeye alum, standing by other Buckeyes means I want them to be told when they're being an idiot and embarrassing themselves so that they can stop.   It doesn't mean "boys will be boys" bs. 

Elliott is presently not proven guilty of anything.  But the accusations and decisions he's making suggest an alarming pattern of behavior from him.   

Comment 15 Mar 2017

Defense and conditioning.  Those are the two ways that the current team looks hugely different than years' past when 20 wins was a certainty.  "Energy" is mentioned at several places.   What that translates to, to me, is that these guys are not doing the sort of preparation in the off-season to be ready for the grind of the run to March.  I saw them as a team that struggled to maintain a strong level of play for both halves, even when winning.  They definitely need to play better defense, but recalling the suffocating defenses that Matta had in years past, I'm not sure these guys would have had it in them to sustain that level of intensity.  

If it helped and was possible, I'd also suggest bringing in someone just to work on free throws.  A lot of games, the points we left on the table by shooting so poorly from the line were the difference between winning and losing.   I'm not saying we have to be 90% or better.   But even improving to 70-75% as a team gets them a few more wins.   

Comment 15 Mar 2017

For two years we have been reactive on offense, out-thinking ourselves, checking out of our game plan because of movements in the defense and then re-checking until the final seconds of play-clock time.  Knowing from 2014 that tempo wears down defenses, we abandoned it and lost that part of our identity for two full seasons.  Tired of having a team full of 4-5 star talent and hearing the coaches say "well, the defense took this away from us.....took that away from us."  Not saying we have to put up 600 yards per game, but it's time for defenses to fear our offense again.  

Comment 13 Mar 2017

Very excited to see McCall at the H.  The flashes he showed last year looked a lot like Curtis Samuel.  Not sold yet that McCall could be what Weber can give us on bad weather days, a physical back that can grind out 30 carries. But the kid needs to be seeing the ball, so good to see him there.  

Hoping that Webb has a strong season at safety.  He struggled in coverage a bit last year, but he's young and most likely steps up this year.  

For those who thought Meyer would come into Spring with JT available and healthy and turn to Haskins and Martell, full of potential as they might be, and say, "or maybe I'll give one of you two the keys to the offense," sorry for the disappointment.  But come on.  Yes, JT has had some accuracy issues, but in terms of the whole package at QB, everything that means, it's just too soon for Haskins and Martell to be that close in terms of being ready to start.  

Comment 27 Feb 2017

Really hope they get this sorted with Wilson in charge of the offense.  I know that JT has not been as efficient the last couple of years, but 2014 showed that he is more than capable of utilizing a lot of different weapons in the pass game.  And to be perfectly honest, the line was a work in progress for a fair amount of that year, so I'm still of the mind that a lot of it had to do with our meandering, adrift offensive strategy.  JT is not probably the best passer on the roster, but he is the best leader and QB overall.  For three years, we had an OC that knew how to optimize the skills of our playmakers and set them up for success.  For the last two years, we haven't seen that so much.  I have faith in Wilson.  

Comment 22 Feb 2017

I've been pulling for McLaurin to really emerge, but I think Hill and Victor are easily the two most dynamic in the group.   It think Kevin Wilson will find a lot of creative ways to overcome the issues we've been experiencing.   Truth is, even where lack of separation, protection breakdowns, and deep ball accuracy are concerns, teams can still find ways to have a productive, dangerous pass attack.   I don't think that the cupboard was any more stocked for Tom Herman in 2014 than it is right now for Kevin Wilson.  If anything, I think the last 2 years offensively, we've done "less with more."   

Comment 25 Jan 2017

Yes!  Absolutely right.  For two years, too many post-games with our coaches talking about the things that the opponent's defense took away from us.  Time for games where the opposing coaches are staring damp-eyed at reporters like Harbaugh in 2015, shaking their head and saying, "we just couldn't stop them.  Nothing we tried could stop them."  

Comment 24 Jan 2017

What I'm looking for is not an overhaul but sharpening, and finding their identity.  I hope Wilson returns our offense to going out each week, knowing its strengths and executing those things impressively, and smoothly countering the defenses we face.  

2015 and 2016, it felt like we spent much of the season throwing things out there to see what worked, over-thinking, and being confounded by defensive moves that experienced, accomplished coaches should have seen coming or at least more quickly got a handle on.  

Comment 19 Jan 2017

Got to attend the game in Lincoln last night through the generosity of a parishioner.   Was happy for Loving.   He had a great first half but had gone ice cold until he came through in that moment.    Both teams were terrible from the line, and as mentioned above SO many turnoevers, but it was nice to see this group rally, no sense of panic, get back to playing forceful but clean defense, and gut out a close win.   Nebraska has had several close wins this year so I was not too optimistic in the final minute that we'd be the team that made the big play, but they responded.   

Thompson came up with some big points, but I was also impressed with Bell's work coming off the bench.   

Comment 19 Jan 2017

Thank you for not having to many "or" positions on the two-deep.   What's the point in guessing about the depth chart if we're too wishy-washy about it?   

McLaurin and Campbell based on experience makes sense, though I'd love to see Victor make a leap past McLaurin.   I like McLaurin, and I've been hoping for him to really emerge, but Victor just looks the part of a play-maker, the little bit I've gotten to see of him.   

McCall and KJ at the H-back excites me a lot.   

Comment 19 Jan 2017

I mean no disrespect to Haskins and Martell.   From all I've heard about them, they are exceptionally talented athletes and young men of excellent character and work ethic. I hope that both of them find ways to excel and do great things at OSU and beyond, and perhaps it will turn out that one of them this fall truly emerges as the back-up to JT Barrett or even his successor.   But I'm weary of hearing how much they are regarded as being far above Burrow in terms of "the future" for Ohio State, given that he's the only one that has taken any real snaps in college competition.   Yes, it was in situations where the game was out of reach, "garbage time," as it's often called.   But for one thing "garbage time" in the second half of an OSU blowout might mean 2nd unit for us, but that's not always the case for the other team.   And second, as competitive as OSU practices and scrimmages might be and as much as our talent level might lead some to boast that our practice squads are a tougher test than a Rutgers or Bowling Green, to me getting it done on the field on Saturday matters more.  

Besides that, I've seen enough of these premature anointings of elite recruits (Torrance Gibson and a few in the receiving corps being just the latest) to be skeptical of them.    

Comment 13 Jan 2017

One thing I wonder about with Zach Smith is what job offers he has gotten over the last 5 years.  To me, if you are on Meyer's staff and not getting offers to other places, something is wrong.  I would guess that at least after 2014, Smith got offers to interview from other schools.  Maybe he gets them every year because mostly these things happen quietly.  But sometimes, word leaks out, and I don't recall him ever having to deny or comment on rumors of him taking another job.  

Comment 13 Jan 2017

Maybe it is a lot on play-calling.  I don't know.  I don't think it's on the QB because I have watched games with teams where the QB isn't seeing things, isn't getting them the ball even though the play is there.  For sure, JT in 2016 failed to see some things and missed on some things, but it wasn't a common theme.  Where receivers are getting it done and getting separation and not getting the ball, it's very obvious and usually very roundly criticized by everyone, including and especially sites like this one full of people that watch things very closely both in the stadium and on TV.  So at the very least, this crew of very good to great recruits are not developing as hoped.  

In terms of play-calling, even without separation our offense needs the occasional deep shot to force the safeties to back up.  Not enough of that.  In terms of play-calling, whether it's slants or middle screens or double moves or what have you, even if these guys aren't striking fear in the defense with the speed and route-running (and they're not, and that's a pox on Smith), the OCs are there to find high percentage ways to get the ball in the hands of these athletes.  

Zach Smith has been an exceptional recruiter, and hopefully Kevin Wilson restores that rhythm and tempo and explosive, aggressive mindset that it seems like we've been lacking since Tom Herman went to Houston.

But it is no longer 2015.  Zach Smith does not have a roster of raw newbies that are still adapting along with a super freak talented former QB still learning the position.  He has at least a half dozen guys with experience and talent that are ripe to produce.  Campbell and McLaurin are not elite, but they are pretty good and should this year be producing.  Victor and Hill have shown flashes of the sort of play we hoped they would bring, and it's time for Smith to develop that into a consistent thing.  Dixon, Mack, and Clark are not chopped liver, and none of them are too new to make their mark.  

Comment 13 Jan 2017

I would be very surprised if Noah Brown becomes the next Michael Thomas, who left OSU looking more NFL-ready and more highly rated, went in the second round, and had a great rookie year.  Thomas wasn't exactly overlooked.  Maybe DJ was thinking of Jalin Marshall.  

At any rate, I hope for his sake that Noah Brown impresses and surprises a lot of people.  

Comment 13 Jan 2017

None of us knows what Gibson did.  We know that at the very least it was something that it surprised Meyer that he was removed from the university.  That said, the university likely has a list of offenses for which dismissal is pretty common, and the thing he did was one of them.  If he did something for which another student who isn't a promising student athlete would be dismissed from the school, then they need to dismiss him from the school.  

He lost a season to injury, and another to removal from school.  He sees his being moved to wide receiver as a setback, and he was not going to be playing QB here, but can at Cincy and that's kind of the whole of things.