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Comment 24 Jun 2016

Glad to hear that Jalin Marshall is making the most of his opportunity.   Like many others, I was of the belief that he would have benefited greatly from one more season at tOSU, a season where he would be the sole remaining full-fledged receiver with major starting experience, another year to showcase his talents, probably lead the team in receptions and show his versatility in the team's first season without EzE.   I thought he had room to grow after a 2015 where he seemed to take a small step back from his performance in 2014.   But I also undervalued his return skills, how important a guy who is fearless and smart back there returning kicks is to a team; a guy that can consistently flip field position and momentum for his team.   What's more, being in a situation where no one is expecting him to take over but just be a solid #4 or #5 receiver probably allows him to really play without fear, which is when he's at his best.   Personally, given the NY fanbase especially, I can see where sometimes it would be a positive to come in as an undrafted FA that people leave alone, rather than a high draft pick with a target on your back.   

Comment 24 Jun 2016

Thanks for the link to NYT article.  As a pastor, I see and am brought into so many lives that are battling depression, and sadly even as prevalent as it is there are still so many who understand so little about it and respond in ways that are toxic.   It is a terribly complex illness.  Reaching out, being present, speaking up, so much that is important to remember.  But even with all of this, there is a limit to how much a person outside of the illness can do.   There are few feelings as helpless as watching loved ones spiral downward, suffering with depression, in spite of doing everything in their power and getting so much help from others to reverse it.   There is no magic bullet, no sure answers, only "best practices" and diligence and hope.   But there are still too many settings, churches included, where depression is allowed to stay in the shadows where it tends to be strengthened.   Any action that shines more light, even if it doesn't bring answers, is a good thing to me.  

Comment 12 May 2016

Agree completely, especially on the notion of seeing some fire and spark and joy out of the team.  I also think the weight of expectations was heavy on the shoulders of too many last year.  They just didn't have the intensity and urgency of 2014.  And also, On MSU.  The passage of time and our rebounding vs. TTUN and ND has not made that stupid game make any more sense.  Sure, Zeke was in the hospital earlier that week, but if he's clear to play, our lack of using him was pathetic.  If he really was putting his health in jeopardy, find someone else who can step up.  

And thank you for asking what needs to keep being asked about the Big Bang Theory.  I have a pretty good sense of humor but I just get nothing from that show.  Over-rated, predictable, it's a mess of a show.  

Comment 09 May 2016

Wish I'd had the sense to see them at Stache's before they became so massive.  Was not in C-bus in 1990, and likely didn't miss much.  Raw as their sound was, even though they were rock gods within the 24 months that followed, I would guess that the first Stache's show was not as memorable as we would make it out to be in hindsight.   They were a great band, but I think much of their enduring legacy is more to do with Cobain's death.  Had he not died, I don't see Nirvana continuing to be a force the way Pearl Jam has been.  I think they'd have faded (partly as they had nowhere else to go but down) or dissolved within a few more years, had he lived.  

In my opinion, and God help me for voicing this and invoking the wrath of Covain fans, the best of Nirvana is still with us in Dave Grohl.  

Comment 06 May 2016

I think it's true that Meyer's offense leaves a QB exposed more often than most.   Barrett's injury happened on a running play.  Sort of a busted play, but still was a run where he got buried.    As for Miller's labrum, if I remember correctly, the damaging hit came on a pass play, in the pocket, against Clemson.  And then the re-injury, a simple non-contact toss.  But still, it's fair to say that there was some tremendous "wear and tear" prior to the actual injury, as a result of all the running.   

Comment 06 May 2016

The operative word being "Meyer said he expects....."   He expects every 18 year old to come in and compete - at every position.   He said the same thing of Mike Weber last year with the RB spot.  I think Haskins could be something special.  But to go in three months, really only fall camp for major development, from HS standout to #2 QB for the Buckeyes is a pretty bold forecast.    Anything's possible.  Certainly didn't see JT coming on as he did to take over in 2014.  But I think it's VERY likely that Burrow is on deck come September.   

Comment 05 May 2016

I can relate to how difficult it must be for Urban.  I serve on staff at a church with a few hundred in worship every week.  Some I see several times a week, but lots I see maybe once a year.  No way I can recall them all by name, all the time.  Not to mention the folk who met me once after so and so's wedding or funeral, and expect me to remember them.  It's maddening.  I wish the kid well wherever he goes.  He joined the fold, what 16 months ago?   At the time, Meyer's still getting together the 2015 class and since then the 2016 class.  Then again, as a teenager, pride is a powerful thing.  

Comment 03 May 2016

Don't really care about how many deep throws he had.  Until he gets more familiar and in rhythm with new group of receivers, not expecting much deep, and as long as he's solid on short and medium throws, we will be fine.  

What did catch my eye was was markedly different his stats were going to the left.  Hope they keep working on that.  Defenses will feast on us if it becomes apparent that we struggle throwing to one side of the field.  

Comment 03 May 2016

Agree that Conley is far from NFL ready at this point.  But he is the key leader in terms of experience and consistent play in our secondary.  The spotlight will be on him this year and if our pass defense does well he will be a big part of that.  That, and I think Coombs' has something of a track record going on in terms of coaching guys up.  

As for Marshall, I hope the guy makes the most of this opportunity as a FA.  But I think his statement about why he left, that those he spoke with that stayed had regretted it and didn't want to put in the hard work academically and in other ways, hurt him with teams and had better be something he rises above.  While he didn't say that he personally felt that way about college, only that others did, it was still not a good impression to make.  Because Marshall will soon find out that college is not the only place that people have to work hard at things that they don't really like to spend time on.  The NFL is full of those things.  Life is full of those things.  

Comment 29 Apr 2016

I feel bad for Tunsil.   The kid dropped in the draft because of a picture of him breathing in a drug that will likely be legal in at least half of the country 10 years from now, and for soliciting money from a coach who in the big picture is the one who should be taking the heat for that exchange.    And he's got people close to him that seem to want to sabotage his future.   

Comment 29 Apr 2016

He's far from as good as Emmitt right now, but in time he could earn these comparisons.   If he works and plays with the same selfless intensity and dedication and confidence that he showed at tOSU, we'll be seeing him in Pro Bowls and possibly Super Bowls within 5 years.   

Comment 29 Apr 2016

Eli sort of getting to go home (New Jersey kid) makes me happy for him even though he's going to the Giants.  Zeke to the Cowboys is going to be a great thing.  

I think my favorite story though is Darron Lee.  Bosa and Zeke were penciled in as first rounders in the future from their days in high school.  But Lee?  Played QB in high school and goes to OSU where we are stocked with talent there.  Converts and transforms basically in two years time into one of the best outside linebackers in the country.  His size and strength seems to have raised some questions, but I think the Jets saw the resiliency and effort and football IQ that it had to take for him both on and off the field to be where he's at.  

Comment 29 Apr 2016

I felt pretty good about Apple.  Didn't see him as top 10, but good for him.  

Marshall and Powell, both of them I felt were not helping themselves, could have used another year.   I love Tyvis Powell - so much fun to watch and listen to and he's a playmaker.  But I didn't see him as ready for prime time just yet.  Marshall's best attribute is his return skills.  I think it should get him drafted but might not.  He's a bit of a project, still, as a receiver.  Very good raw skills, but still rough.  

Comment 25 Apr 2016

Not a Bengals fan, but would love to see him get drafted close to home, having seen over the years how important family is in his life.  Though, Green Bay and New Orleans are two other really fantastic NFL communities.  As for Jets, NYC is such a fickle and pressure-packed place to play - it's not for everyone.  I think wherever Perry goes he will be a great asset and succeed, but I don't envy anyone dealing with NY media and fans.  

Comment 13 Apr 2016

I've been hearing that the murderer could be looking to use "stand your ground" as a defense.   But with neither Smith not having a gun on his person at the time he was shot, and with him having his back turned and moving away, and even more so if it's true that he put two bullets into Smith's wife first and then turned it on him, makes it a lot harder to sell that he was in imminent danger and had to shoot.   Even if the guy thinks Smith is going to his car to retrieve his gun (I'm sure that's what he'll say), if we allow shootings at the mere possibility of the other person pulling a gun on us, we've lost as a society.   

Comment 13 Apr 2016

That's sort of where I'm at.  I get that running with the 1s is a new thing for these guys.  I get that some of this is new to them.  But the article is specific about sloppy routes, dropped passes, guys unprepared.   Your job is to build those skills from day one and no matter where you are on the depth chart you can be on top of those things.  What I read is that the staff is having to work on things that they haven't had to work on in a few years.   Whether that's because guys got complacent or because it's just time to refresh with a young unit or both, it sounds to me like a unit not quite where it should be.  

Comment 13 Apr 2016

"Bad" receivers.  Receivers who "don't know what they're doing".  What the heck were. Hill, and Campbell, and Clark, and McLaurin doing last year?   I know we had veteran starters getting reps, but how is the unit so poor in fundamentals.  And I wish we'd stop hearing about how young they are.  Austin Mack is new to the party.  Gibson is in year two and really first Spring at this new position.  But a few of these other guys, I'm sorry, they should have been there long enough to not have their hands held.  I believe Barrett when he says the unit is not complacent - now.   It feels though, that they had been.  

Comment 13 Apr 2016

Agree.  Gun was found only after search of vehicle.  It was not immediately spotted at scene, which if Smith had been holding or pointing it or even had it on his person it would certainly have been discovered that night, not well after the fact.  Are we to believe that Smith was shot to death and his wife severely wounded and as he lay dying and his wife seriously injured he took the time to put a gun out of sight that he was just about to fire.  

Also, very hard to claim your life is in danger when you are the one who pursues.  I don't care if Smitth had an arsenal in the vehicle.  If it's not pointed at anyone or being fired, the guy didn't have to kill anyone.  

Comment 11 Apr 2016

Very interested to see if Burrow does much in Spring game with the run game.   He is billed as a pro-style QB.  Given our game plan leans so much on Barrett as a run threat, how much do we have to switch things up if Burrow is forced into duty?  Heard nothing but good things about him as a passer but when our offense does best with up-tempo and read option stirring the drink, I want to see how he fits with that.  

Comment 11 Apr 2016

There was mention of Barrett's vulnerability given that he is called on to run a lot.  Keep in mind that Miller's most devastating injury came on a drop back pass play.  Barrett's did come on a run play, but it was more a function of how he was bent over by the tackle.  I don't recall how the knee injury at PSU in 2014 occurred, but I'm not as worried about Barrett's health as I was about Braxton,s.  He's no bigger as a player but he doesn't look as fragile.