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Comment 4 hours ago

I agree. If the defense would have been better we should have won those games. We knew coming into the year though that we were going to have to replace 6 out of the starting front 7, and that the offense was going to have to carry the team. I know that that is a whole lot of pressure to put on a unit, but a few bad offensive calls, that could have been avoided, and we would have won those games. Herman really condensed the offense by the end of the year.

I also agree that I don't want to see them go away from the power run game. That is Ohio State football, and I don't want to see that change. We don't have to air the ball out 50 times a game. We just need a competent passing game to compliment the power run.

Comment 16 Apr 2014

No one said anything about having to pass for 300 yards to win. I believe it was just that we need an adequate passing game. Wasn't it Urban Meyer who said he wants 250 passing and 250 rushing a game, or something to that affect? What he is really saying is that he wants balance.

Comment 16 Apr 2014

If I had hair I would get an 80's perm. I would even rock some soul glow in it. It ain't eazy bein' greazy.

Comment 16 Apr 2014

Did Auburn win a title? No they didn't. They blew a gigantic lead because Florida State slowed them down enough to catch up.

Comment 15 Apr 2014

Yes, they were super awesome at running, but they were one dimensional. We won most of those games simply because we were more talented, but when you go up against teams that are equally as talented, they are smart enough to figure out how to limit or take away the one thing you do well.

All of those rushing yards were great against MSU and Clemson, but when we needed to pass to win, we couldn't get it done. That is the result of not being able to run a balanced offense. It sure makes the defenders job easier when they only have to worry about stopping two guys instead of 6. Until we get balance on the offense we will not win a championship. You have to have at least some consistency throwing the ball or the defense will totally disregard your passing game just like MSU and Clemson did.

Comment 15 Apr 2014

There is nothing wrong with the soft-zone if you play it right, and use it at the right times.

NFL teams play soft all of the time. They are quick enough to react and make the proper decisions. I believe the coverage concepts Withers was trying to implement were simply too difficult for some of these young guys to learn. They weren't quick enough mentally to react fast enough. That's why guys in the NFL can run the defense successfully, they are the best of the best. 

Someone on the defense mentioned that they dumbed down the play book this year to about 6 defensive calls, so they can just go out there and react instead of thinking too much. That should tell you all you need to know. 

Now as far as the three man rush, the defensive line is the strength of the team, so why on earth Fickell and Withers would take a D-lineman off of the field is just mind-boggling.

Comment 14 Apr 2014

Yes he did. He actually had a pretty good game. I honestly think he is better suited to play the slot. I would rather see Apple or Connely on the outside, because they are faster, although with this new scheme he may flourish. He has the size to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and if the safeties pick up the man when he is handed off to them it all may work out nicely. We will have to see.

Comment 12 Apr 2014

Either our wide receivers can't get any separation or the DB's have grown leaps and bounds. The DB's were right with their men all day long.

If Braxton goes down we are screwed. I am not too worried about the offensive line, they didn't look very good in the spring game last year but Ed Warriner had his boys ready to go when the season started.

Comment 02 Apr 2014

Saying M******* sucks never gets old. As a matter of fact I told a friend of mine from M******* on Facebook the other night at least a half a dozen times they suck. Actually every time I see him I tell him they suck a half a dozen times. ;-)

Comment 26 Mar 2014

That offense Clemson ran against us in the Orange Bowl consisted of about 7-10 plays. Their offense is nothing fancy. All they do is fake a jet sweep every other play, screens, and go routes. Their entire running game is basically the QB zone up the middle.

The sad part is after having a month to prepare, our defensive coaches couldn't figure out how to stop those 7-10 plays Clemson runs over and over again.

Comment 25 Mar 2014

I have been worried about that game as well, and I wouldn't be surprised if triple-option Navy comes out and throws the ball 40 times for the first time in school history. Considering how bad our secondary was last year, and all of the young guys starting, that is exactly what I would do if I were them. Plus, the guy they will have starting for them this year at quarterback is more comfortable running a passing offense than a triple-option attack. I would not be surprised at all if this was a close game like the last time we played them.

Comment 25 Mar 2014

It is typical in coaching circles to hang-out and talk shop. Mark Mangino, the old Kansas coach that got fired, was here to hang out with Urban, and observe for a few days a couple years ago.

Comment 25 Mar 2014

Honestly, I thought the defense played better in the base 4-3 (what little they used) than they did in the nickel.

The 4-3 over, cover-4 philosophy is probably my favorite 4-3 concept. I like cover-1 press man as well. I would like to see them switch to a 3-4, considering they already use 3-4 concepts, and the personnel they usually recruit (undersized defensive ends) would better suit the scheme.

I think they would be better served predominantly staying in base, although they should revisit the past success of the 4-2-5, and use it if needed (They had a pretty good stretch of shutting down the spread).

My only concern with the cover-4 is that it susceptible to exploitation in the flat (considering our history of being burned by screens). Perhaps that is why they have been working on passes into the flat this spring?