The 2006 season ended so strangely.... The Buckeyes played their first 11 games and gave up a total of 89 points. In their final 2 games, they gave up 80. They stood at #1 in the rankings the entire season until they lost in the title game. I still think the 1998 team was better despite the 2006 team having the bigger "stars" and a Heisman winner, but being #1 to start the season carries expectations... This season's team will start at #1 and most probably will stay there unless an upset happens...but this is the BEST Buckeye squad I have ever seen. I look for records to fall and this to be as much fun as a season can be. I also see a title coming...maybe even 2 more making 3 straight. Expectations like that don't make things any less fun for me though... It will just be less fun for the opponents. RUN IT UP!!!
Ultimately, this does make the Bucks have a stronger offense even though Miller at 100% is who I wanted to see win the starting QB job. One strange thing though about the Miller/Barrett comparisons that I never noticed before.... Miller is listed as 10 pounds LIGHTER that Barrett. I always thought that Miller was bigger, stronger, a more effective runner, and had a stronger arm as well. Had no idea that Barrett is 225 pounds and Miller is at 215. Both are listed at 6' 2"... Miller just looks bigger from head to toe, in my opinion...
We could work up a number 6 on them... if you have seen "Blazing Saddles", you might understand my meaning.
I still agree only because he is so good at making people miss. I also still think that Miller didn't have the advantage of having top notch receivers like the Bucks had last season. Those guys may have been on the team, but their receiving and blocking skills were much better in 2014 than 2013. In fact, I think that if Miller had played last season, he would have beaten Barrett's mark of 45 total TD's and would have been the Big Ten POY as well. Maybe Miller doesn't throw for 34 TD's with the offensive group the Buckeyes had in 2014...but he surely would have had much more than 11 TD's on the ground... Melvin Gordon would NOT have beaten out Miller for the Big Ten POY award and Miller would have made it 3 straight. The receiving corps made a huge difference in 2014. Not enough is made of how big the Buckeye receivers came up in 2014.
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Love the "signature". I'm in what seems to be SEC country....
In my opinion, that was Miller's best pass of his career, and is always the pass I bring up when defending Miller against his critics. A half step advantage is all it took to make that Miller to Smith TD possible because the ball could have been thrown no better. 39 yards on that pass with just enough touch to put it in the bread basket.
EXCELLENT COMMENT! You get a + 1 plus my Heisman vote.
That was in 1996, right? Does a loss like that still sting almost 20 years later? If it does, I hope Mark May still feels it.
Agreed. I was actually impressed with Narduzzi's coverage in that game. It seemed as all of the coaches were on top of things, but Narduzzi, to me, stuck out as the best.
He holds the ball high, which is the most important part of having a quick release. I really don't see Barrett's release as any issue for the Buckeyes to fool with his mechanics. The kid was the focal point of possibly Ohio State's best offensive attack in their history. Besides, if Tebow won a Heisman with Meyer and may have the worst mechanics of any QB in history, I see no reason to even make a suggestion to quicken Barrett's release.
Let the boos fly, Buckeye Nation... In 2030, my hope is that Luke Fickell is entering his 8th season as our Head Coach. You absolutely can't base 2011 and make any case that the 6-7 record was due to Fickell's coaching except for the obvious.... The obvious is that Fick wasn't ready and was put there to do only one thing, which was to weather the storm. Within 10 seasons, if the team stays strong and continues to be as stingy as they are on defense or better, Fickell will end up taking a position somewhere else instead. Besides 3 years away from Columbus, he has been right there his entire life. I know a lot of you are still throwing blame at Fick, but he has done a lot for the program and is one of the more important pieces of the staff. We lost Tom Herman and no one seems to think it will effect much. Losing Fickell should be something we would NOT want to happen, but it will, and many of us will be thrilled. My guess is that Urban Meyer would be the opposite of thrilled if Fick found a head coaching spot somewhere. You have to think that our staff will get taken away piece by piece if the winning keeps happening. And I see very little losing in the immediate future for our Buckeyes. This, ultimately will make us lose coach Fick. As long as the talent keeps coming, Fick has shown that he can coach them to be heartbreakers and life-takers (I had to use a Clint Eastwood line from the movie "Heartbreak Ridge"). He now has a pipeline of top recruits...
I think of Washington as the leader of the group, not Bosa. Washington simply has to be double teamed which gives Bosa one on ones and he normally wins those battles. You can't double them both and win against the rest of the Buckeye D-line. It is funny that people thought of Washington early on as a possible bust. The fact is that Washington arrived as a DE and quickly got too big to play outside. Now he wreaks havoc inside and still has that DE type quickness that makes him eat up extra would be blockers. Add Fick's new breed of LB's and OL's will be overwhelmed, period. It did and is paying off. More on the way, too... The front 7 should be the best in the country and among the best for a while.
He has the size and speed that usually comes from a senior. He had this coming out of high school. All that is left now is the mental aspect, which I think he will acquire very quickly. Without McMillan, Curtis Grant may have never had the season he had in 2014. Raekwon is something special.
Imagine how loud Ohio Stadium will be when he makes his first play. We hear "Zeke!" on every run from Elliott. What do you think we will hear when Miller makes a play? Make no doubts about it. without Miller, the Buckeyes probably don't make the playoffs during last season....and Brax was on the bench! Look out opposing defenses!
I just opened up a new plumbing company and have been working 24/7 since the start as I am the only plumber. The powers that be got me the day off today (unless someone in the Daytona Beach area starts flooding out), and your comment makes me want to start drinking at 2:30 pm. I never looked at Braxton's move to H-back forcing opposing defensive coordinators to wear Depends. As hard as he is to tackle and now we don't have to yell "SLIDE!" whenever he is about to take a hit. Miller isn't small, either, contrary to popular belief...The last measurements I have on Miller put him at 6'2" and 215 pounds. That makes him bigger than Curtis Samuel. I've also heard that, because of Miller's upper body restrictions, that he has been doing more than usual lower body workouts. I really wanted Miller's arm to be at 100% and for him to be the starting QB. The truth is though, that he even has the size to make it as a RB. Poor Big Ten....
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Why does no one mention the 1998 squad? That squad was so good that they started the season at #1 and even after their upset loss at home to Nick Saban's Spartans, before the selections for the bowls came out, Vegas announced that Ohio State would be favored against ANY OPPONENT. The Bucks started at #1 that season, had the nation's best team, and without that hiccup against Little Brother, would have won the national title. Unfortunately, the #1 vs. #2 thing had to be honored and the title game ended up being between an unbeaten Tennessee squad and a one loss Florida State squad that ended up being #2 only because their loss came earlier in the season than Ohio State's. If Ohio State had dropped their first game instead of their ninth, Ohio State most probably would have won the 1st BCS championship that season. Since neither the 1995 squad or the 1998 squad were coming off of national titles, I think I draw more comparisons from the 1998 squad than the 1995 squad. The 1998 squad opened up at #1, just like the 2015 Buckeyes will. The 1995 Buckeyes were not even close to being the odds on favorite to winning the title like both the 1998 and 2015 squads are.
Don't get me wrong...I get it...The Buckeyes seemed to be headed to a national title before their loss against TTUN and Eddie George had locked up the Heisman, but the 1995 squad started the season ranked #12. They were not the team that the pollsters and bettors were thinking was going to win the title. Both the 1998 squad and the 2015 squad were/are who everyone thinks was/is the "odds-on favorite" to win it all. I just would rather have this year's Buckeyes look at what happened to the 1998 Buckeyes as they finished at #2 even though they had the nation's best team from beginning to end.
Being a little on the old side (and a goofy "stat guy"), I should know if that s a record or not. My guess is that there are a couple of Miami and Florida State teams that could challenge that but.... The Buckeyes in 2005 had a great draft year (maybe not when referring to pro bowls), as they sent 5 to the NFL in the 1st round alone, sent 9 to the NFL total (all in the 4th round or earlier), and sent all 3 starting LB's to the NFL as Hawk and Carpenter went as picks #5 and #18 respectively and Schlegel got taken at pick #76 in the 3rd round. That team had what seemed to be some serious NFL power coming out of school. 3 of the first 18 picks were Bullets and 5 of the first 76 picks were Bullets as well.
...And for all of the Coach Fick haters out there....2004 was Fick's 1st season as the LB coach and 2005 was his 1st season as LB coach/co-DC. The guy isn't so bad, and look the hell out when his LB corps has some talent as his LB's hurt their opponents on every tackle. KEEP FICKELL AROUND!!! Here soon, we will probably lose him to a team that views his young age as a plus. He is just 41 after all and he still holds the Buckeye record for consecutive starts and has been part of nne top 5 Buckeye squads (as a member of the coaching staff) and a bunch of top 5 defenses. We all think that UFM is so very smart, right? Well, I do too, and I think he chose to keep Fick around for a reason.
I'll get with you to see what team holds the records for pro bowlers on a certain squad. Being a "stat douche", I won't be able to sleep without knowing.
I think the pressure to win is always there, defending champs or not. After all, all players know when they sign that they are going to a place where losing is not an option. Besides the year after/during the "Tatgate" scandal, we are looking at a team that has finished in the AP top 20 twelve times, the AP top 10 ten times and the AP top 5 an astounding NINE TIMES...in 12 seasons. The pressure to win is there. Sure, repeating is incredibly hard...but I think a lot of that pressure will be there anyway. Anyway, almost every Big Ten game is considered a "rivalry" game. Being a Buckeye means being pressured every week. I just can't see "expectations being higher". I have yet to watch a Buckeye game where I truly thought the Bucks would lose and it is like that every week.
I really don't see the DL being any less impressive this year. Schutt is ready to fill in. Losing the DE's opposite Bosa are big shoes to fill, but I truly believe that the Buckeye LB's will be such a force to where the DL will reap benefits. I think it would take a multitude of injuries to truly weaken this year's Bullets. Fickell will have them ready. This may be the best LB corps we have seen since the Buckeyes sent 3 LB's to the NFL (2 first rounders and a third rounder if I remember correctly...in 2005). Sure, Bosa and Washington both are irreplaceable, but the 2-deep roster should be strong enough, especially against the run.
I'm sad over the whole thing but think your outlook is the best thing I have heard so far.
I leave the NFL possibilities out of it and start the kid that fits the system. You really see BOTH getting a lot of PT? I don't know what to think. Regardless though....what may happen in a future NFL draft should have nothing to do with the decision. Start the player that best fits the system and gives the better chance at winning.
My gut says the same... I just don't like that one guy has to be on the sidelines with headphones on. There simply is not a fair way to do this without breaking someone's heart or using both QB's which makes the team weaker in my opinion. One guy was in the Heisman race and the other one led the Buckeyes through the playoffs... What happens after 2015? Same thing again? If Jones doesn't play, will a team take a chance on him anyway in the NFL? Too much to think about and no good answers.
Personally, I don't see any fun in how it all works out. Of course, Miller will be a dynamic force to contend with for opposing defenses, but both of the others think they deserve to be playing. That makes me feel that either Barrett or Jones is going to feel "ripped off" if the other one is named the starter. To me, it is unfortunate to have 3 QB's that all could be Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year/Heisman Trophy candidate just by being made the starter and I have never seen a true advantage in a 2 QB system. At least we all know that having Miller as a n H-back/WR will put even more pressure on opposing defenses. Miller is so hard to bring down and has been doing just lower body workouts for some time now. On top of it all, even though I think personally that Miller is the best QB of the 3 (if at 100%), this decision just made the Buckeyes even bigger favorites to repeat.
I love it all, I just don't feel very happy about it. Barrett and Jones both have earned the right to play and only Miller has the tools to really switch positions like he just did. Someone is going to get their heart ripped out of their chest...and both of them are why the Buckeyes won it all in 2014....
The other 2 QB's have the arm to make all of the throws Jones did. I don't think that the receivers got enough credit as they got better and better as the season went on and were average at best before last season. Marshall was jumping over the back of his defenders and making catches, Devin Smith was beating his defenders on "jump balls", and let's not forget that the Buckeye receivers had great hands last season in total. Their hands were below average before 2014. Notice that dropped passes were never really any issue in 2014. They were in 2011, 2012, and 2013, though. Beyond that, in 2014 the Buckeye receivers really caught most everything close. Their catches alone could have made their own pretty long highlight reel.