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Comment 26 Apr 2017

I hope the truth comes out soon.   NFL teams have seen enough of these sorts of situations happen that an allegation alone shouldn't keep someone from getting drafted.   Likely takes him out of the first round unless teams he's meeting with are able to see the evidence that he has said exonerates him.   

There's very little detail given about the situation in question.   Lots of talk about "putting himself in that situation," but not sure that's fair without knowing what the situation is.   Did he proposition women he didn't know?   Because that would be setting yourself up for trouble.  Was he drinking and celebrating socially with a group of people and this woman happened to be there and run with some fantasy?   Because it's harder to say how that could be avoided.   

Surely these kids are told when they're approaching being drafted and coming into a lot of money - surround yourself with people that you trust, that you've known for a long time, make sure that others can account for where you're at and what you're doing.   

Comment 26 Apr 2017

Webb struggled often last year, but was new to starting and it sounds like he's developing as we'd expect.   

We've been spoiled, really, in terms of our secondary.   Having guys like Lattimore and Hooker do so much, so soon at their positions.   It'd be nice for that to happen every year, but it's also nice to see the CBs and safeties develop.   I think Schiano and Coombs will instill the same "ball hawk" mentality in this group, though.  I think even without Hooker and Lattimore, there will be game-changers that emerge from the secondary.   

The groups also benefit from having an historically deep front 4 on the defense, along with a very solid LB unit in front of them, which really frees them up.   

Comment 25 Apr 2017

Out of curiosity, I went to YouTube looking for other Harbaugh videos.  Seen him throwing coins ina fountain, throwing a ball in a mall, taking selfies, trying to make change, eating fruit at a market, buying trinkets on the roadside, making change.  Apart from converting dollars to euros, seems like most of his adventure could have just as easily been accomplished taking a field trip to Saline or Ypsilanti.  

Comment 24 Apr 2017

Glad Conley's stock is rising.  He wasn't the playmaker that Lattimore and Hooker were last year partly because when a CB does a solid job consistently, he's not going to see the ball in his area so much.  I think he is going to do a lot for some lucky team.  

I hope Noah Brown gets an opportunity and makes the most of it, but I thought he was making a mistake in entering early and the projections seem to be playing that out.  

Comment 19 Apr 2017

Agree.   I don't think any Buckeye fan I know believes JT should start and keep starting no matter how he performs on the field.  And Haskins has done some nice things so far.   But to hand the QB position, the most important position on a team that is a half-billion dollar a year industry, to a gifted athlete because of what he did against 16-18 year old kids in high school at this point would be foolish.   

Comment 18 Apr 2017

I liked what I saw from Okudah.  He didn't set the world on fire the Dixon, Burrow, and Haskins did, but he really did a good job battling in coverage.   He didn't pick off any passes, but he had at least a couple of really nice break-ups in the red zone, and worked hard.   

Comment 18 Apr 2017

I don't think there's been a big shift.  Before Meyer said it was Burrow and then Haskins but that it was very close.  Now he is saying that it's still the two of them and however 2 and 3 works out, it's very close.  I think both showed improvement and Haskins showed a little more growth than Burrow.  

Looking forward to maybe a film study of their "greatest hits" from the spring game to see a comparison.  I like the look of both of them throwing the deep ball so far.  

Comment 17 Apr 2017

Watched for second time today and on further review, Victor really did not help himself.   He had a few great opportunities to haul in passes that were not perfect but very catchable, two in the end zone and another in the red zone, and failed to haul them in.   It's just spring and was only a scrimmage, but they were the sorts of plays are the difference between a ten win team and a title contender.   He's a great athlete.  His size and strength is really exciting to watch.   But he's got to finish plays.   

Comment 17 Apr 2017

Guys like Dilfer and Gruden really need to be told early and often, until they rein it in, how their over-inflated comparisons and descriptors are not helpful to anyone.  It's only getting worse.  Soon, we will see offers to 5th graders and QB camps televised with Peyton Manning putting 15 year olds through drills.  

Speaking of which, I really like what I've seen of Martell on film especially when he creates outside the pocket.  But folk that are on board to make him one unfortunate injury away from running the offense when the guy's been on campus for less than 4 months and doesn't even have garbage time or significant scout team experience to build on seems kind of nutty.  

Comment 15 Apr 2017

JT is still our #1 QB because QB is more than a passer, but is the leader of the offense.   So many intangibles where JT has proven himself but Burrow and Haskins have a ways to go.   That said, his deep balls (over 20 yards) continued to be off-target.   Haskins and Burrow had misses as well, though their misses were in some cases still hauled in.  

Didn't see the second half, but even with no tackling in effect, I was a little bothered by how clean the pocket was so much of the time.  I'm glad that our OL is doing well with protection, but the pressure and coverage both seemed lax.   

Loved McCall, and happy for Dixon having such a huge day.  I hope it translates beyond Spring.   

Comment 12 Apr 2017

I get that people are excited about this kid's talent and want to see more of him.  But even the best receiver is only going to have the ball in his hands or going his way, at most, 15-20% of the time.  Devin Smith, Mike Thomas, Evan Spencer - those guys worked to contribute and figured out how to be valuable when they didn't have the ball in their hands or thrown their way.  Hill, Victor, Mack and others need to figure out what that means.  They need to have the humility to remember that this is a game and a sport, but also a half-billion dollar industry that they are vying to represent out there.  It takes a lot more than impressive raw talent and potential.  

Comment 11 Apr 2017

I agree with Smith that it was a combination of things, not one thing.   That said, given deep threat disappeared not only with departure of Devin Smith but with departure of Tom Herman, I think the biggest factor has been the offensive game plan and coaching.  Because it wasn't just no deep threat.  It was regression of two very good, proven QBs in 2015, who a year after winning a natty seemed to struggle trusting their offense or themselves.  It was a line that lacked rhythm on account of a game plan that lacked identity and was admittedly out of sync.  It was play-calling that gave us the inexcusable MSU loss where we seemed to have no idea how to move the ball even with a loaded roster of athletes and a PSU loss where we couldn't finish and were again at a loss in key moments about how to move the ball.  

I think Wilson being in charge of the offense and a QB coach that has worked for Meyer and Meyer's former assistants and so knows Meyer's way of doing things will help a lot.  

Comment 10 Apr 2017

High and tight, young man.  That ball handling was an accident waiting to happen.  

Saw a few good clips of him in the pocket in those highlights.  Hope he's as comfortable and poised there with making reads as he is out of the pocket and on the move.   With his height, will need some clean lanes.  

Comment 29 Mar 2017

I'm hopeful.  Was expecting to see more of McCall as he I like how he played last year when he got his chances.  Would love to see them slide Demario some reps at both positions.  The difference with Campbell and Samuel is that Samuel's play seemed to demand that he get more opportunities.  With Campbell, it's more like he's the best fit for what the position demands.   I hope he delivers in the fall up to the potential they see in him, but when Samuel took over the "H," we already knew he was special.  With Campbell, it's more speculative.  That said, in Urb we trust.  Go Bucks.  

Comment 24 Mar 2017

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.