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.
Or Samuel moving to backup RB AND backup H.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We didn't use the basic inside zone-read play in the playoff last year. Do you dislike those results?
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.
You take what the defense gives you basically...
We aren't really running read option plays when JT or even Braxton are under center. It is a lot more (jet) sweeps, power, outside zone, inverted veer power read type runs. JT's big run against VT was on speed option.
We didn't run nearly as much read-option in the playoff games. It's not just Cardale, it is Urban's newfound preference for gap/power-blocking instead of zone blocking. Has more to do with facing defenses like VT's over and over that punish inside zone by packing the middle.
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.
He has to duck a lot lower to get a ground ball than those guys. The disadvantage of being 6'5".
Guessing the graphic had them at 7-3 before the game on Saturday, or 70% WP.
Burrow and Lorenzen are similar sounding names though.
Lower because Zeke is chilling on the bench in the 4th quarter and because I think he gets some receiving yards out of the backfield to soften up the Bear front.
Barrett carved up a pattern matching defense in East Lansing about 10-11 months ago.
Tommy Schutt is really replacing Washington (nose) who is replacing Bennett (3 technique). Let's hope Tommy can do what Washington did last year, which is all the dirty work on the D-line.
All 3 guys will play a lot but Lewis locked down his spot per Urban.
I am thinking back to the public urination case a couple years ago where some otherwise solid Buckeye veterans lost their summer scholarships but taking money away for being late to meetings is petty/controlling behavior. You either have a scholarship or you don't. The coaches should have no control over the value of the scholarship.
Seems like you could easily see Vannett split out wide on the boundary side for instance or in the slot with the H on the boundary side. Might limit the playbook somewhat but obviously the blocking out wide would be fine. Depends on if Baugh at TE is too much of a drop off compared to the outside WR position.
I think the staff has said Tyquan Lewis is the end (Viper) starting opposite Bosa and Hubbard/Holmes are fighting for the Bosa spot (strong side end) for week 1. Then after that I would think they are the backups in the rotation.