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Comment 16 Sep 2014

Hold on there, cowboy .... There's a reason why JJ is not in the starting rotation - he may be a big-body, but he's still running with HS strength ... Keep an eye on him during a jet sweep and he gets driven back 5 yards deep into the backfield by a Kent State LB (he almost took out the ball carrier .... He needs time to develop that college-level strength (and he's got the right guy to help him do just that) .... Love his long arms, but needs to work on his feet and overall strength ....  He'll be a player, for sure, but not just yet ....

Comment 13 Sep 2014

Was unable to listen to or watch the game last week, but when you have two missed field goals (a 27 yarder ??), have Corey Smith drop a sure TD (and maybe another) and discount the pick 6 at the end of the game, the score is very close.  Literally sounds like they made all the plays, but OSU didn't catch a break on anything.  I know the O-Line played poorly (defensively out-schemed actually), but I'm not surprised to see that VT is getting humped right now (they drank the Kool-Aid) against a very good QB from EC .....  We'll get better and it's the top 4 teams at the end of the season, not in September, that make the cut for the playoff .....

Comment 13 Sep 2014

You're kidding, right ??  Braxton isn't going to take an NFL snap if he leaves before another season of college ball.  Braxton isn't close to being as good as Troy Smith, who won a Heisman and hardly got a sniff at the NFL.  While Braxton may be able to run like a deer, his passing game is that of an average college QB.  Don't get me wrong, I love Braxton and everything he's done for OSU, but an NFL QB he is not (at least not yet) .... Sorry - JMHO

Comment 01 Sep 2014

Well stated, Silver Bullet 10 - probably the most accurate statement on these boards in a long while ..... Guiton could manage a game, was cool under pressure (Purdue game), threw a decent deep ball and great at spreading the ball around.  Guiton's legs were great (with Braxton's being exceptional) and he knew exactly when to run.  Most importantly, both Guiton and J.T. played the same read option offense in HS, so they were well prepared to run this offense before even setting foot on the OSU campus.  Neither Guiton or Barrett will ever have the "X-Factor" athletic skill set of Braxton, but I prefer a QB who can properly read the defense on an option call and also have the proper "touch" on a pass (which, sadly, Braxton lacks - still throwing the 5 yard curl like it's a 20 yard seam).  The comparison to Troy Smith is bang on (loved that little spin move inside the red zone to avoid a sure sack by J.T. (unfortunately, he ended up throwing the interception with a wide open TE in the middle of the end zone waving).  He's only going to get better ....

Comment 01 Sep 2014

There has to BE a hole to hit it hard and early on, our O-Line was hit and miss with their holes.  More importantly, Rod will get his touches once he learns the door swings both ways (i.e. he blocks as well as he runs the ball - whiffed on a block during a sweep and his man made the tackle for loss) .... When you don't carry the ball, you're usually blocking ....

Comment 31 Aug 2014

For those of you being worried about our defense, let's go to the stats for our past two games against Navy:

  • In 2009, our defense game up 342 yards on our home field to the Midshipmen (only 48 yards less than at yesterdays game). 
  •  Dobbs, in 2009, rushed for 83 yards, compared to just 42 yards for Keenan (who is supposed to be the best QB ever to play at the Naval Academy).
  •  At home, the final score of 31 - 27 was settled when we intercepted a 2 pt. convert and returned it for the safety.  On the road, our offense and defense continued to improve during the course of the game (unlike the collapse in 2009) and covered the 14 point spread.
  •  Pryor was 14 / 21 for 174 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.   J.T. went 12 / 15 for 226 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT.  Have to say that J.T. played very well with a struggling O-Line in front of him (although they played a strong final 20 minutes of football).

We knew that Navy was going to hold onto the ball with their offensive system.  Some missed tackles lead to big gains and I agree that Von Bell should be inserted as a started, as didn't miss tackles and was great at wrapping up the ball carrier.  All in all, I think an offense that was breaking in 8 new starters on offense, against a good, aggressive Navy defense, did a very credible job.  The overall positives of this ROAD win, far out-weigh the negative issues, all of which can be addressed and corrected during this week of practice for the Home opener.  VTU will bring a stiffer test for J.T. and company, but with this first game under their belt, I think we'll see a far more confident group on offense and the return of the Silver Bullets on defense .....

Comment 30 Aug 2014

Herman made one bonehead call - running option inside the 5 yard line, when two yards would have given us a first and goal.  What imbecile would run option against arguably the best option team in the country.  Flat out stupidity, period..... Other than that, I thought he called a pretty good game, considering breaking in a kid at QB and 4 new O-Linemen.  With those two TD passes, J.T. should have some more confidence and he'll just get better.  As advertised - very Guitonish .....

Comment 26 Aug 2014

Actually, I figure that every team that J.T. faces will be bringing heat on the first play, just to try and rattle "The Distributor", so I'd be dumping the ball either over the middle to the TE, or swing it to one of the backs on the perimeter (either way, it'll be at least a first down and with some YACs, could be a big gainer .....

Comment 26 Aug 2014

Run back and concede a safety (give Navy a false sense of security with the 2 point lead) .... Then open the flood gates and pump the Midshipmen by 28 points .... I'm sure that's how Urban has drawn it up on the big board .....

Comment 21 Aug 2014

Braxton has elusive qualities as a QB and could launch the deep ball.  Guiton ran the read option much better than Braxton (Braxton sometimes looked like he guessed which option to use and his athleticism would bail him out on many occasions) and also had the short passing game down better than Braxton (better "touch" on the ball).  There is never a substitute for experience, which is where Braxton has it over either Guiton or Barrett.  However, Guiton was not a cripple and neither is Barrett (both good Texas QB's).  I have no doubt that J.T. will surprise both fans and opposing teams with his ability to use his legs.  He also has a great deal of experience (like Guiton had) with the read option offense, so he'll be fine.  He also has a very good short passing game, as reported by the coaches.

All in all, I expect J.T. Barrett to show as much athletic ability as Kenny G. did when he came in, but KG had the advantage of sitting behind Braxton studying, while J.T. has only been around for one season.  I really believe that teams will come after Barrett and try to blitz the hell out of him .... that is, until he cuts them to shreds with screens, dumps to the backs, TE shots across the middle and short crossing routes behind the backers.  He'll be absolutely fine and each game will allow him to grow in confidence, plus his teammates will be putting in that extra effort since Braxton won't be around to bail them out when the game gets tight ....

Comment 14 Aug 2014

Johnny Cochrane isn't getting this guy off ..... The victim never took his hands out of his pockets the entire time, so at no time was he making any threatening gestures to York's buddy.  York cold-cocked the poor SOB while his hands were in his pockets - total punk-ass bitch move and for Hoke to even consider keeping this girlie-boy on the team speaks volumes .... What a gutless move by both York and Hoke (nice touch by York to work on his 40 once he delivered the punch) .... Wow !!!!!

Comment 14 Aug 2014

While we're only looking at snippets of practice, I'm not so concerned with the secondary, as they seemed all around the ball or right on top of the receivers.  I'm more concerned with the QB and WR play watching this short video.  Big Decker looks pretty comfortable settling in at LT, but there was one OL that got caught leaning on a pass rusher instead of sitting down and the defender pulled on him, then cut inside leaving him grabbing at air.

Can't wait for the 30th to see what we really have this season.  One thing I'll bet - our defense will be back to the Silver Bullet style and my hope is that the offense can keep pace with last season, but I'm of the opinion that by loosing 4 OL starters and El Guapo, we won't be as dynamic an offense as last season - hope I'm wrong .... 

Comment 09 Aug 2014

Let's try to remember that Ash is only part of the defensive equation, so I'm not sure you can label him a Dantonio or Heacock .... He was brought in to shore up the back end of the defense, which is something that Withers wasn't able to do.  Luke Fickell is the other half of the defensive equation and obviously, the Fickell / Withers combination didn't work very well (again, we don't know if there was conflict between those two when dreaming up their game plans, but, Withers is gone and Luke is still here, so Urban must have drawn his own conclusions) .... I believe that Fickell / Ash will be the much better combination and certainly Ash's approach to a more aggressive secondary will suit Coach Coombs (who isn't exactly a sit-on-your-hands type of coach) .... One thing we should expect from the defense - big plays (some good and some not so good).  Anytime you play pressure defense from the secondary, you risk giving up the big play when there's a breakdown by an individual.  Should be exciting this season !!

Comment 07 Aug 2014

Withers is gone and Fickell is still Co-DC, so that should speak volumes (unless you believe that Meyer doesn't know what he's doing) ....  We'll never know the full story behind the relationship (or lack of) between Withers and Fickell, with regards to scheme or game planning, but I firmly believe that it was Withers responsibility for setting up the secondary system, which provided us with the biggest headaches.  Hopefully, if the defense returns to the Silver Bullets, Fickell will get as much credit from fans, as he did take the blame for the defense's shortcomings the past few seasons.  Fair is fair ....

Comment 31 Jul 2014

Absolutely agree that a 2 game suspension, a drop down to the scout team requiring him to earn his way back up the to actual playing time and an apology to the entire team and coaching staff should be the maximum he should get.  I would find it hard to believe that he would ever jeopardize his position on the team again.  Hyde was in the wrong place at the wrong time, put his hands on a girl, took his punishment with the team and came back with his best attitude and effort ever.  Meyer knows the best way to turn young men around and I firmly believe that this young man deserves another shot ..... after he's paid his dues to the team. 

Comment 10 Jul 2014

Interesting coincidence - Today is my 60th birthday, while my mother-in-law (who passed away two years ago), also has the same birth date as me.  July 10th - only the best of the best were born on that day (it was also the day the Allies invaded Sicily and my sister was born on June 6th (D-Day)) .... Happy Birthday, Urban !!


Comment 03 Jul 2014

I also noticed that his dad was pretty quiet.  Wasn't dad the big ND supporter in the family ??  Not picking Iowa was also a good move for Justin's brother, since I'm sure Justin didn't want to steal his brother's "thunder" in Iowa.  Besides, much easier for the family to get to Columbus to watch a game, than at Iowa or ND ....

Comment 28 Jun 2014

Braxton is certainly worthy of Heisman discussion, but at this point, I'm not convinced he's in the top 5.  To be a legitimate candidate, he'll need to vastly improve in two major areas - his passing skills and making the right reads move consistently on read/option runs.  Also, without the team winning at least the BIG championship, or (it would be nice) the NC, it'll be tough for him to crack into the Heisman club.

Hopefully, Navy's QB will be out of contention after his first game of the season (otherwise, we'll be opening 0 - 1) ....  Love Braxton and what he's brought to the Buckeyes, but still not convinced that he's got all the tools to carry home the statue - truly hope he proves me wrong .....

Comment 19 Jun 2014

Bingo, Rill Dill ..... The old expression, "Use it or loose it" seems appropriate here .... Michigan, Iowa, Penn State, Wisconsin, etc ... all use their TE's far more than OSU, so the kid made a good choice for his career.  The fact that he'll never win a game against OSU, or sniff a Big Ten title, or win a Bowl game is just a by-product of his decision.

Comment 02 Jun 2014

Much smaller base to draw from, but there are some good ones up here .... The number 8 QB "on the continent" in the 2014 class chose Penn State (Michael O'Connor).  The 4-star QB was from Ottawa, played a year of HS in Tennessee and then down to Florida to Chris Weinke's team.  Very good player ....  Gallimore would look very good in Scarlet and Grey ... Last great DE from Canada to play for the Buckeyes - Brent Johnson (came back home after graduation to enjoy a lengthy career in the CFL) ....