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Comment 19 hours ago

Feder's body is ideal for a pass-blocking tackle, but in run-blocking, he's going to need to be extremely disciplined with his technique, to get his pads lower than the defensive lineman he's blocking. We shall see...

Comment 26 Jan 2015

Regarding Elliott's improved performance with Cardale at QB: continued improvement by the offensive line, and Cardale's arm strength stretching the field, we definitely factors. I'm pretty sure that it reflects some improvement from Elliott, also, as he gained experience. I think I also read where he wasn't able to use his injured left hand, to stiff arm a defender, until the Wisconsin game. 

It seems to me (although I don't have the numbers to back this up) that OSU ran fewer zone read option plays, and more designed hand-offs, with Jones at QB; certainly Barrett seems to be "smoother" running the zone read. It may be that Elliott is more comfortable taking the straight hand-off; he can watch the play develop, and choose his hole, without worrying about when or if the QB is going to pull the ball back out of his hands.

If Barrett is the QB, it will be interesting to see if they re-emphasize the zone read option, or if they stick with the counter trap that they used against Oregon.

Comment 25 Jan 2015

Not throwing shade on Buick, but... 

What I don't get, about this commercial or many like it, is why they show the same commercial 10 times per game, for 2 years.

If seeing the commercial 10,000 times didn't convince me to buy a Buick, why would another 20,000 times?

Comment 24 Jan 2015

Next year they will be a top 5-10 team.

We all hope that you are correct.

It appears that you are not a "glass half-full" guy, but rather a "glass is overflowing and flooding the basement" guy; which is cool.

Comment 24 Jan 2015

Maybe it's just coincidence, but it seems like Kam Williams' minutes dried up when they went man-to-man.

Maybe Matta felt like the only way to keep Kam, and his shooting, on the floor, was to play zone.

I think he probably considered the zone as a work-in-progress, and might have stuck with it, expecting performance to improve; but eventually he concluded that the zone was contributing to an overall sense of lethargy.

Comment 18 Jan 2015

LJ was a terrific hire; we were fortunate that he was available when Vrable left.

Comment 18 Jan 2015

The buck stops with the coach.

Agreed.

we are where we are,and have been for several years.

Question: how many years is "several"? I ask because I sense that you're unhappy with the coach, and you feel that there has been a problem for several years; but we were in the Elite 8 in 2013, with the same coach. The last 2 teams haven't played at the level to which we have become accustomed, but even elite programs have "off" years.

Let's see how the young guys progress as they work their way through the B1G schedule.

Comment 17 Jan 2015

Agree.

IMO, this should have been a criminal investigation, conducted by agencies that exist to investigate criminal conduct.

The NCAA exists to squeeze as much money as it can from intercollegiate sports. Its investigations typically involve cheating to gain competitive advantage, because cheating is bad for the business. Its response to any sort of incident is to protect the brand, and the sanctions represented an attempt to smother the controversy as quickly as possible, and to give the appearance that the NCAA had acted forcefully to resolve the problem. IMO, that response is harmful because it gives some people the impression that justice has been served; but justice is served (if at all) by the justice system, not the NCAA.

Comment 17 Jan 2015

Amen, brother.

Comment 17 Jan 2015

Can't cite a reference, but I recall having read, more than once, that fumble recoveries are pretty much a 50-50 proposition. If you could coach "fumble recovery", then some teams should consistently recover a higher percentage than other teams; that doesn't seem to happen.

The expected chance of recovering a fumble might vary somewhat, based on where the fumble occurs; intuitively, I'd guess that teams recover <50% of QB fumbles in the pocket (where most of the nearby OL have their backs to the ball) or WR fumbles 25+ yards downfield (where the WR is outnumbered by the CB and S). But losing 14 of 24 fumbles doesn't necessarily indicate a lack of discipline that requires punishment.

IMO, Urban's approach is the correct one. You want your playmakers to be aggressive.

Comment 17 Jan 2015

With three guys, you have the potential for three factions - and that ain't good for a football team.

I agree, there is the potential for that problem, especially if the guy who is playing is struggling. In 2014, Barrett played very well, and it wouldn't have been easy to make a case that Jones would be a significant upgrade. All 3 QB's have demonstrated that they can play at a high level, so there shouldn't be much "what do the coaches see in this guy?" sentiment. 

The 2014 team seemed to be a very close-knit group; guys accepted their role, and subjugated their own interests to those of the team. All good coaches stress that approach, and Meyer seems to be among the best at getting his teams to buy in. I expect that Miller, Barrett, and Jones will all go about their business with a "team-first" attitude, and I'm optimistic that the team will support whoever is taking the snaps.

Comment 16 Jan 2015

Don't forget he also had a nice throw on the run that Stanford dropped, or it's a bigger game. Overall he played well.

That play would have gone for 40 yards, at least. Buckeyes definitely caught a break there.

My biggest issue with his performance was inaccuracy near the goal line.

One of his red-zone misses was a timing play where his TE got bumped off the route at the line of scrimmage.

Most QB's are less than impressive when their offensive line is overwhelmed, and their receivers are struggling to get separation. (Refer to JT Barrett vs. Virginia Tech, for instance.)

Comment 14 Jan 2015

A good source for stats is College Football Reference.

Martinez' QB ratings, in his 4 years, were: 138.8, 126.5, 141.6, and (in 4 games) 140.0.

A wise man once said that a QB's performance is a product of the players around him. It's also influenced by the quality of the opponent's defense. So, take them for what they're worth, but the numbers don't suggest a dramatic improvement by Martinez.

EDIT: It also occurs to me that, for a college QB, the QB rating doesn't capture any info about how well the QB runs the zone read run game; but that's part of the QB's development, too.

Comment 14 Jan 2015

The rest is basically soap operas for dudes.

Upvote for that.

Comment 14 Jan 2015

I believe that, at that time, the final Coaches' Poll (UPI) and National Football Foundation Poll were conducted before the bowl games. The Media poll (AP) was conducted after the bowl games.

Thus, Texas won the UPI poll despite losing the Cotton Bowl to Notre Dame, and Ohio State won the NFF poll despite losing the Rose Bowl to Stanford. Nebraska won the AP on the basis of going 11-0-1; the tie was to then #3 USC in Week 2.

IMO:

  • Declaring a national champion, prior to the bowl games, is like declaring a beauty contest winner prior to the swimsuit competition.
  • In 1970, the only polls that mattered, to at least 95% (and probably 99.9%) of college football fans, were the AP and UPI polls. Bragging about winning the NFF poll is kind of like bragging about winning Miss Hubbard County.
Comment 10 Jan 2015

Matta called a timeout with 40 seconds to go, down by 3. OSU needed a bucket, preferably a 3-pointer. Russell and Loving were having off games, and Shannon Scott and Sam Thompson aren't good 3-point shooters. Would have been nice to have Kam Williams in at that point.

The Buckeyes probably aren't going to have many blowout wins on the road; they're going to have more games where they're losing and running out of possessions, and in that scenario, you need someone who can make shots. They need to find a way to get Kam into the rotation at the end of those games.

Comment 07 Jan 2015

I thought that Diop played well while he was in.

I would have liked to see more minutes from Kam. We had the ball at the end of regulation, and 2 timeouts, but didn't use a TO. I would have liked to see a TO and a play with options for Russell, Loving, or K. Williams to shoot; you figure they'll try to deny Russell the ball, so you should be able to get either Loving or Kam open for a good look. But you need to play Kam at least a little bit in the 2nd half, to expect him to hit a shot on the last possession.

Lee has some offensive skill, but has looked shaky defensively. 

Comment 30 Dec 2014

Amir isn't great, but I think people's frustration (we were promised a McDonald's All-American, we got a Rally's honorable mention) clouds their objectivity.

In today's game, there were occasions when Iowa got dribble penetration, and Amir came out to stop the ball. Nobody rotated to help on the weak side, and the ball handler bounce-passed to a teammate on the block for an easy bucket. The guy on my left was cursing Amir, but I think Amir made the right play.

Obviously, the zone is a work in progress. We can bitch all we want, but if Thad wants to play zone, they're gonna play zone.