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Comment 14 Jan 2016

Murray didn't "get" the read game and the subtlety with the mesh point.  Hyde has played in a similar offense.

Comment 14 Jan 2016

I think everyone in this thread is aware the draft is more than 1 round.  Also there are several guys coming out of OSU that are in that 1-2 range where they could go late 1st through early 3rd round.  Decker and Bosa are probably round 1 locks and the others could fluctuate depending on the process and team needs/trades.  The real answer is somewhere between 2-7 Buckeyes will be first rounders.  Apple, Zeke, Thomas, Lee, Bell could be first rounders but not very likely that all of them will.  But I'd be very surprised if any of those guys fell outside the top 100 or so picks.

Comment 05 Jan 2016

You should realize that some of the best poker players in the world are really good backgammon players.  My point being that because this guy is good at solving one system of constraints doesn't mean he would not be able to solve any other problem.  But Haslam has failed in practically every other decision so far.

Comment 14 Oct 2015

Seems way more likely he coaches at least 2 years at Houston.  It is pretty slimy to bolt after 1 year.  It also seems likely that he will have 1 more stop before jumping to a top 10 resource-wise program like USC (or Texas).

Comment 04 Oct 2015

Gotta wonder what this offense looks like with Noah Brown healthy.  Need to get away from the zone beater short passing game and horizontal runs and start attacking seams and force feeding Michael Thomas who is always getting open.

Comment 24 Sep 2015

After the Virginia Tech game Urban said Cardale was clearly ahead early in camp and JT only "narrowed the gap" but never was ahead.  Logic is hard but if A is not greater than B then equivalently, B is greater than or equal to A.  There is the underrated element of Cardale having the entire spring of first team reps.  If they were even prior to Spring, it shouldn't be surprising that having an entire Spring like that would give Jones a head start.

Comment 18 Sep 2015

As we have seen in the first 2 games when Braxton is in there, teams have learned to just blitz the mesh point relentlessly (slot corner blitzes, etc) and force you to throw the ball to the perimeter or adapt your play-calling.  That is why he's had some negative plays.  Of course Braxton can make 2 guys miss in the backfield and go the distance at times.

Gone are the days where you can just read a guy and get a numbers advantage automatically.  Defenses are making it tougher and riskier on the offense.

Other spread teams are adapting by doing more run/pass packaged plays and we are adapting by attacking in the run game differently and mixing in the jet sweep pop pass.

Comment 18 Sep 2015

It's the opposite of vanilla.  When we just pounded the same read-option play 20-30 times per game that was more vanilla.  Now we run a more varied running game.

Comment 18 Sep 2015

It's an evolving set of chess matches and Urban (along with Chip and several others and the defensive gurus) is one of the grandmasters playing a role in the overall strategy themes across football.  I have to wonder if Chip going to the NFL and the advent of read-option success in the NFL a few years ago has led to more advanced strategy responses as the NFL defensive hive-mind tried to 'solve' the problem.

Comment 18 Sep 2015


Scroll down halfway for Ross's breakdown of how we were able to grind the Duck defense to dust without using inside zone-read plays.

Comment 17 Sep 2015

It isn't semantics.  We didn't run inside zone-read (Urban's bread and butter for years) to beat Oregon.  We ran a counter play that was a lot closer to typical power-O concepts used in pro-style schemes.  Part of it is also Cardale's inability to execute it but as we saw in the playoff there are other ways to skin a cat (run the football) besides inside zone.

Comment 15 Sep 2015

What are the chances Urban actually sees that 'official' depth chart even before it goes out?  Corey Smith played some early on last week but is listed 3rd string.  I think Urban cares way more about photobombing than publicly released depth charts.