Relaxed practice for thi defense is....surprising, to say the least.
It has nothing to do with hating Fickell and everything to do with excellence, competing, championships, and loving OSU. He may be a great guy but he has been catastrophic as a coach. Grow up.
We had a punchers chance last year if our defense had performed any where close to the level of the talent it was "coaching". The failure to make the necessary changes after the 2012 season (Fickell), proved the difference. That is on Urban. I hope it will not deep six us this year as well. We will only get so many shots at the bullseye.
That is why the prefix "co" is so lamentable. It will give all the Fickell apologists wiggle room again to attempt to keep him. I guess we can go for three demotions in a row. What new titles can you guys come up with...or just another pay cut?
We can only hop that it is Ash running things.
Gawd! That was like the Unibombers manifesto. Is it any wonder Fickell is such a failure at coaching up players.
When the cop says nothing to see here.....move along, I guess you move along.
Bucknuts broke the story on 6 Feb. I just checked their boards and there is not one posting alluding to the Vrabel incident. No postings, no follow up, no retractions. Do any of you not find this strange? Do you think that, maybe, Urban or Gene Smith maybe called Dan Rubin and told him to black this out or lose access? And, nothing official, just wife tweets! Weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the tooth fairy, Easter bunny....
I truly hope the Vrabel jacks up Urban story is wrong. However, we all know that Urban has been critical of the D, of the linebackers, of the secondary and of the way the D units work together. It is not a stretch for me to believe the story. Of course it makes the program look bad, it makes the coaching staff look bad, it makes Fickell look bad, it makes Urban look bad, and it makes Vrabel look particularly bad.
Because Urban' s wife and Vrabels wife use tweets to disavow a horribly discrediting episode reflecting on their husbands and the program, does not mean it did not happen. If that is all we have to say that this incident never happened, think about it, it aint much. In the end, we do know that Vrabel went, and he went quickly and unexpectantly. This does not sound like a coaching staff that is entirely unified. I think that Urban handled this very well. We are lucky to get Larry Johnson, and Ash. I hope Ash can handle the situation.
What we do know is that Cam Williams was unready. We know that Joe Burger was unready. Why not use the high potential Mitchell, or Apple, or Conley, and let them learn under fire as opposed to players with lower ceilings. What no one is even touching on this thread, which, I initiated, is the extremely negative and divisive impact that Fickell quite obviously has had where Vrabel felt he should lay his hands on Meyer to defend Fickell's coaching performance. Can no one here conclude just how catastrophic that is to the smooth performance of the coaching staff? Duhhh!
They may be unrelated, but maybe they are not. Cam Williams and Joe Burger getting reps over Mike Mitchell... Do you think he was happy with the redshirt. Do you think he should have been redshirted. Do you think the other redshirts and the substitutions patterns were any where near optimal... or even logical? Come on, address what I am saying without resorting to tired old bromides like fanatic.
Devin Smith's dick disappeared..again. Zach Smith is worthless. Fickell...needs to find another job.
I agree. It was absolutely telling when Zach Boren could come in and perform better with 4 days of instruction and with more staff confidence then LBs who had been under Fickell's tutelage for months and years. The attrition of Luke Roberts and David Perkins at this pivotal and thin positional group also raises questions. You know Luke Roberts had no mental issues in learning a position. I grant Fickell's recruiting acumen, but I question his positional LB coaching ability, and also his ability to coordinate a defense. I hope he proves me wrong.
Kenny Guiton is THE CHAMPION for the Purdue game!!!
You left out Michael Thomas from your list of freshman who played. That makes 13! This could be one of the best classes of Baby Buckeyes ever!