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Comment 13 Apr 2014

Yes and no.

Press at the line effectively takes away your ability to blitz your CBs, safeties, and (depending upon numbers) possibly even linebackers. Press reduces the pass defense to "we're gonna beat you straight up." Certainly you CAN still blitz those positions, but doing say is far, far more risky than in a zone or soft defense.

Think back over the years and you'll realize how often we've gotten pressure on QBs with non-DL players. You give up a lot of that in press.

Press also does one other thing- it gives the advantage to the offense in the run game. This is because the offense gets to dictate where your CBs (and sometimes safeties) are located on the field. They are, of necessity, right across from the WRs. In a soft or zone defense the defense chooses where to locate its players. The WRs also have much easier time blocking in the run game when the DB is already right there.

Certainly you can play zone principles with press, but not always.

I would expect that moving to press will greatly improve our pass defense in the short game, but I'd also expect to see two bad things: opposing offense will have more success running against us than we're used to seeing, and we'll give up some long TD passes over the top.

Personally I agree with moving to more use of press, but we need to be realistic about what that means. Every positive in football brings a new negative with it.

Comment 13 Apr 2014

"Prevent" and "soft coverage" are totally different things.

Prevent is completely selling out to stop long scores. Soft Coverage is utilizing zone defense and areas of responsibility to overcome perceived deficiencies in individual players or position groups (or, alternately, to allow for focus on a different area.

Withers last year played a soft defense that was effectively designed to give up short spaces in return for two things: domination in run defense and preventing the safeties/corners from being exposed deep. A prevent defense would not have been concerned with the run at all, but the run was the primary focus of last year's defense.

Footballis about trade offs. There is no "best" defense. 


Comment 20 Mar 2014

For any race between me and a Buckeye player to be fair, I should run it while being timed then the OSU player should wait 21 years and then run. And he should spend most those 21 years eating poorly.

Comment 18 Mar 2014

A few links:



And, to assuage your fears, here is the all time list of NFL production by school (although it is a few years old). OSU has the third most NFL'ers, and has put more in the Hall of Fame than any school but Notre Dame, USC, Alabama, and Pitt (yes, Pitt).



Comment 18 Mar 2014

The NFL is a different game. It really is. It's just that simple. College success just does not correlate to NFL success in the way the casual fan thinks it does. There are some skills that create success in college that are also well suited to creating success in the NFL, but the required NFL skillset is just far more narrow. Many of the greatest college players in history were not good pros.

Who would you say have been the dominant teams during the recent years of the BCS? Alabama and LSU, right? Maybe Florida. The SEC has been dominant. Now take a look at the 2013 pro bowl roster and go through name by name. You'll see that a large number of players come from small schools, schools that aren't particularly good at football, and schools you've never heard.

Dominant Alabama? Only two players- Eddie Lacy, Evan Mathis

Annual champ contender LSU? Only two players. Kyle Williams, Patrick Peterson

Florida? Only one player. Joe Haden

Florida has the same number of players as Coastal Carolina, Central Michigan, Iowa, and Washington, to name a few. 

If you get bored sometime, go through NFL starting rosters. You'll see vast numbers of players from lower level power conference teams, small conferences, and non-D1 schools. If college success really correlated to pro success, you'd expect to see large numbers of players from the "power" schools, but you just don't. Sure, those schools have more players than other schools- (in 2013, Miami- not a great current football school- had 58, along with LSU and USC. Ohio State had 51. Georgia had 50. Nobody else had more than 50. California had 49, btw, while Rutgers had 39 (as many as Texas A&M and South Carolina, only three less than Oregon).

To me it doesn't make sense that people start with the assumption that a good football program in college would produce good NFL players. That assumption is false. A good football program will produce more players with a chance to be good NFL players, but the chance is very, very small. The All Pro team is 1/32nd of the NFL. It is the top 3.1% of players. Three point one percent. That is miniscule!

I am completely unconcerned by the number of NFL all-pros that attended OSU. 

Comment 05 Mar 2014

Also, I should add, it is very easy to get to M&T Bank Stadium on gameday. I've been to many football (and nearby baseball) games there and never had a problem heading in on gameday.

Comment 05 Mar 2014

I'm a DC-area Buckeye, but I've been up to Baltimore a bunch. You really want to be as close to the inner harbor as possible. The inner harbor area is very nice, with lots to do, and fairly safe. Fell's Point is just east of Inner Harbor and is also nice.

The rest of Baltimore is a bit sketchy in that you can be fine, then walk around one street corner and be looking at a drug deal. Don't overplay that too much- Baltimore is like any other city and certainly isn't Mogadishu- but it does have its unsafe areas. I would not go much outside the Inner Harbor area on foot at night though if you're not familiar with the city.

Of course you could also stay outside the city and go in on gameday. It isn't very far from DC to Baltimore. Staying at any motel along 95 or the BW Parkway between the two would give you access to both cities. There are plenty of motels and hotels along those highways. 

Comment 02 Mar 2014

HS football kids- the ones we're trying to recruit- attend HS football games. That means they aren't watching any Friday night games.

Comment 28 Feb 2014

In the minds of the majority of college football fans, Saturday is the day for football. Due to time zones, the PAC-12 generally plays late. This means that the daytime has three major conferences (B1G, SEC, B12) and one semi-major (ACC). Taking a B1G game or two off the Saturday schedule cedes a game slot to the SEC or B12. Worse, with Florida State's resurgence, would be ceding a slot on game day to the rising ACC right as perception of the B1G is lowest. More games for other conferences on game day is an awful idea.

Add to that the fact that B1G perception is at an all-time low. Our response to that should not be to move games to nights traditionally filled with minor conference games. Weekday games simply reinforce the perception that the B1G is on its way down.

I'm not opposed to change, but this is a horrible idea.

Comment 27 Feb 2014


About the middle of last season I instituted a personal no-visit policy for 11W from the moment the game started on Saturday to Monday morning. I've found that time period is intolerable in terms of the comments and posts. Made me much happier. Of course I often slipped up and couldn't resist checking the site.

I do miss when the site was a little less known. Although excellent discussions are still possible and there is no better site on the web for Buckeye news (and no better group of writers), it seems to me like the group of friends I used to hang out with somehow became open to the public.

Not trying to insult anybody, just nostalgic.