J.T. hits the receivers in stride. That's a welcome skill.
I didn't see a lot of power running up the middle. Most of them seemed to go to the outside. We've got some speed, though. Barrett throws a nice ball and hits his receivers in stride.
Just out of curiosity, what did East Carolina do to beat VT that we couldn't?!!
Last chance for the more senior starters to put up or shut up. If they don't produce against Kent State, then it's next man up and the young talent should get a chance to shine. They seem hungrier to me.
The moral of the story is this:
As badly as Ohio State played against VT, they still almost won. That speaks volumes about the potential of this team. They need to reach that potential. To do so, the coaches cannot make their game plans half-vast. Go full-vast this week and every week!
...and the dropped perfect passes, the shanked punt, the big returns, the missed blocks, the terrible play calling, the lack of any in-game adjustments, the wrong routes, the 7 sacks, the false start penalties, the block in the back, the late hit out of bounds, the interceptions, the fumble and the pass interference calls. Other than those mistakes, we were great and would have won the game!
Sorry, SocalBuck, it was a stinker of a game by our Buckeyes (and we still could have won). We deserved to lose that one to a team that played much better. Don't like it any, but that's the fact, Jack.
Better pass defense than last year. It still seemed like their secondary was more aggressive at the line of scrimmage than ours was. Our blitzes always seemed to be picked up and the ball or carrier went to where our players weren't. As has been said by the coaches, we got them in lots of third and long situations, which is great, but it appeared that we went into "prevent mode" and they converted due to softer coverage.
Dang it. Is it too much to ask for a complete game with a take-no-holds, hungry scheme on both offense and defense? That's what has been promised by the hiring of Meyer and his staff. We have yet to see it. Everything is "simplified" and scaled back.
By far the worst press briefing given by Meyer at OSU to date.
The honeymoon is definitely over and there are serious concerns with the coaching staff, not the talent of players recruited. That's the only thing Meyer has proven to be good at thus far. Still waiting to see the miracle offense on display. Many more stinkers like the VT game and he'll lose a few recruits to other schools doing a better job.
Maybe we have too many rocket surgeons on staff...
But we had E+R=O!
Doesn't mean much when (lack of) Emotion + (inadequate or desperate) Response = (predictable and losing) Outcome.
That was not a hungry team last night, unless you're talking about VT. That was a team that thought "our recruited talent is superior, so we should be able to squeak by". Sadly, they almost did.
You hear the coaches emphasize "4-6 seconds", but then the playbook is always simplified for whatever reason. It's like the coaches are more afraid to make mistakes than the players. How does that build trust and confidence?
Frustrating effort and disappointing loss.
Let's turn this around. We could still have a very good season and maybe a B1G Championship.
This quote concerns me:
Tom Herman said Ohio State couldn’t run the ball because of Virginia Tech’s Double Eagle, Cover Zero scheme.
“It’s damn near impossible.”
So pass the ball with bubble screens and quick slants, or get your tight ends involved. Third and long doesn't call for 20 yard throwing plays to Corey Smith every time.
Offensive genius, or just a genius?
I predict there will be several big plays by OSU today, both on offense and defense. OSU 42-16
Strangely, I feel compelled to say, "These aren't the droids we're looking for."
For a second, I thought the good Doc was channeling Kerry Coombs - not that there's much difference between the 2 faces...
This is the perfect level of detail. Jim Bollman can understand it, but it's just beyond Brady Hoke's reading comprehension level.
Neither one should pose too much of a risk should they accidentally navigate here. I've been told Brady is especially fond of the eleveninchwarriors web site.
Just a reminder that there were no guaranteed wins with Braxton healthy. Yes, he's a human highlight reel and one of the most explosive players in all of college football, but the team last year had most of the offense in 2 guys, Miller and Hyde.
This year, I think there will be much better balance, leading to even higher scoring - especially on big plays from our playmakers that J.T. will be getting the ball to in open space.
This year, we will not have a sorry excuse for a secondary and 10 yard gimmees on every passing play. We barely stopped ttun with a 1-legged QB.
I expect this team to win all 15.
I am fired up for this season!
Defense wins games. Sure you have to score at least some points to win, but I don't see scoring points as the problem this year or last. I get the feeling one-legged QBs from ttun won't pick us apart with 5-10 yard gimmees every play to keep it close.
This is the year the Silver Bullets release the Silver Kraken!
Yes. I was struck by how open lots of players were in the recent Spring Game footage of J.T. on this fine site.
As long as he doesn't make big mistakes, we will be better than fine. The offense was more balanced when Kenny Guiton was starting in place of Miller. I see more of the same, except with a lot more weapons and a much better defense.
Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nichts. Nie, Zip, etc.
- More weapons across the board on offense and JT Barrett to distribute the ball much like KennyG did.
- Top 10 defense this year means teams like Michigan State and Clemson don't score as much.
- This team is hungry
- The Braxton injury will bring this team together.
Let's get it on!
The tools at JT's disposal are much better than what Braxton started with. It's helpful that JT/Cardale have gotten a lot of reps with the first stringers in the spring and fall. This team will exceed expectations.
Next man up!
It's slightly puzzling, all of the doublespeak, but on the bright side, our backups are getting some priceless reps with the first string offense. I'm not worried.
Snark Week, Hoo Hah Hah!
I had no idea Kevin Kurgis was Purdue Pete!
Don is a great person. The first person baptized at Messiah Lutheran (the church he founded in Reynoldsburg) was the child of the very famous wrestler, Gorgeous George, who was traveling and staying in a nearby motel. Here's the Wiki on Gorgeous George:
Don also provided the local intro to the national Lone Ranger radio broadcast and was offered Jimmy Crum's job before Jimmy accepted it.
Thanks for sharing a great story!
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It all happened in the same game. It happened all season.
Strangely relieved the season is over. It's a winter sport, anyway.
Come on Spring and Spring Football!