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Comment 12 Jan 2014

I don't understand the need to downplay rumors or mention that an elite football program like OSU isn't going to make any rash decisions...? Doesn't this go without saying?

Who in Gods name actually takes any rumors about any of this seriously. It's all speculation. Even when it's from direct sources or The Dean himself. For cripes sake, even The King (Meyer) doesn't know what's happening in the minds of these kids with all the ego and fanfare at such a young age. Why would anyone believe in rumors?

Speculate and enjoy the ride. :)

 

Comment 12 Jan 2014

Why isn't there more talk on Wimbush? This kid looks great on film! He seems to already be in the same size category as Miller.

Im also not overly impressed with Gibson. I can see why he's ranked so high, but there's a lot I saw from him as a QB that I was only ho hum about. Supposedly he doesn't want to play any other position than qb.

Comment 10 Jan 2014

This was brought to my attention by Kurt:

http://buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/stories/2012/08/31/coaches-blend-in-to-help-defense.html

Withers people read and weep. If you have trouble getting the link, email me and I'll send u screenshots.

This is just one bit of much info out there on Withers Zone Pass Defense. It's actually called something specific (I can't remember the terminology), but it's basically passive, until the ball is in the air - as I said above. This is exactly what the article points out! So please stop ridiculous comments without research.

There is tons more out there for those that take the time. Buddhabuck showed a tad in his post.

I'm too busy trying to run two sites, among other things, to gather all this research and share it. But trust me, I don't say stuff without at least a little bit of knowledge before hand. 

I'm in no way saying that Fickell has ever been an innovative or great DC, but he's a very smart man and he was good and improving under Tressel. Heacock is more of the bend dont break. Fickell added more aggression. Withers and Coombs are more Zone guys, but aggressive in Read+React. But the time for Read+React are OVER. O  V  E  R..

Offenses are too fast and too deceptive for this. Defense must be attacking assignment football with deception thru pre and post snap movement. Imho.

One last thing - I'm not saying that Withers way won't work - but it can't JUST be read+react. But more than anything - 3 defensive philosophies simply didn't mesh - it's hard enough to mesh 2 let alone 3. I really don't know how much Coombs contributed but it may be more than we think...?

 

Comment 09 Jan 2014

 

The plot thickens.

WITHERS HISTORY
Withers past has always used some sort of soft zone pass coverage sets with aggression only once the wr has entered the zone coverage. He will blitz, but he's not some sort of innovative DC. Do the research. There was a lot of backlash as well from the fans that he was too conservative. North Carolina and prior.

I can't believe Meyer would hire him just based on his people skills, and recruiting. But if you look at our safety play and schemes back there - not good. Pitt Brown was a good recruit. Barnett top notch. These guys looked so lost at times. That's coaching. Once Powell went back there for the Bowl game he looked confused as well.


FICK'S RECENT COMMENTS
Fickell recently stated the same thing - time now to be aggressive. 
"We have to be more physical," Fickell said. "We have to get it back to being more aggressive. That just means guys understand exactly what they're doing so they feel confident in what they do."

NO COHESION
Response to Fick's comments - Why was OSU D not aggressive enough in 2012,13? Withers? But Withers says he wants to be superaggressive. Who's lying here, coach? Or is it deeper than that?

For sure there wasn't cohesion between Withers / Fickell. 


OVERAGGRESSIVE = EASY TRANSPARENCY AND EXPLOITATION BY THE OFFENSE
BTW, Super Aggression is foolish. Especially on Defense. In today's Power Spread offenses you will continually get burned with all out aggression. Passive Aggressive is the way to go. Or if you will, Deceptive Aggression. Lure the Offense into entering Space they "think" they want to enter. Land Mines. Not easy. But for sure - All Passive, or All Aggressive is a mistake.

I think Fickell likes Deceptive Aggression - Zone Blitzing, Mixed Coverages, etc. He was more aggressive than Heacock - but never super aggressive.

And he's right about Turnovers - "Who cares if we turn it over" Get the damn ball back - that's the kind of aggression we need. Positive forward stuff but not crazy stupid stuff. 


SPECULATION
I don't know about Withers - maybe he never had enough autonomy to do what he wanted. So maybe preOSU he was forced to use zone stuff he didn't like. Maybe he was hoping to be Ultra Aggressive at OSU, but Meyer and Fickell wouldn't allow that. But in the process there was a constant battle of philosophy.

Contrary to what everyone thinks, Fickell is not conservative and won't be if he has any say. But he also won't be throwing 9 in the box and blitzing every down either. Thank god.

MAYBE NO BAD GUYS HERE, BUT NOT SURE WITHERS IS THE BEST DC
In the end, maybe no one is a bad coach here - just need to all be on the same page.

Will be curious to see how James Madison does under this "ULTRA AGGRESSVIE" approach. Sounds interesting. Especially the Frantic Tempo he wants to try on Offense. Few teams run it all game long. The best, Auburn, Baylor, Missouri - mix up Tempo, not just Hurry Up or Frantic all the time.

Plus Multiple offense usually means a lot of different sets and schemes. This can be a nightmare without the right guy running the offense.

This all makes me wonder if Withers really "gets it" scheme wise. Aggression is good. OVER is as bad as UNDER.

Withers is definitely a motivator and good people coach. Other than that there are a lot of questions.

Comment 04 Jan 2014

Kurt,

Nice post. Would you please contribute to powerspread.net! :)

 

My Comments:

1. You are on the right track. Let me add:

We can know something about Withers with a little research. He's a great recruiter -People Coach - and may make a great Head Coach, but he's always had problems scheme wise. Certainly, Withers wasn't a good match with Fickell in that respect.

I would also add that Fickell went beyond what Heacock was doing at the end of the Tressel reign. My research during that time led me to believe that more aggressive mix of coverages and zone blitzing was much more due to Fickell. Again, this isn't in Withers playbook. He would have fit better with Heacock's passive schemes. 

I don't like 2 DCs either, but this may work with the right guy. And Coaching Schemes are evolving so rapidly that Fickell may need some help. We all need some help. haha. BUT we have to get the Defensive Staff all on the same page in one unified direction with a simple scheme. This allows our players to flourish and fulfill their talent. All this falls on Meyer. I'm sure that's what he's looking for in the new coaching search. 

 

2. 100% TRUE. I thought the first half stunk! But the 2nd half we played smarter schemes and fundamentals. Just a bit better - but it made a differnce. Now, imagine if we really make improvements! We are not as far away as many may think. Again, I think Urban is well aware of all this.

 

3.Morris is a Brilliant PS Coordinator. Simple as that. He made some mistakes, I feel, but way more brilliant maneuvers. 

As for the Bubble Screens. They weren't as simple as they looked. DECEPTIVE simplicity. Watkins was all over the field. Even on the sideline for breathers. There were little TWEAKS in design everywhere. Some designs NO TEAM COULD HAVE STOPPED. Including the NFL. Morris is a master and Herman/Meyer struggled to keep up.

 

4. Power Spread is Aggression, Variety, Balance. "Go where they ain't". Very simple. Go back and watch what Morris does. For the most part. Then look at us. 

I really think Meyer is holding Herman back. I've seen better game plans/play calling earlier in the year and last year. AT times Brilliant. Even faking the jet sweep to Brown and using Hyde in pass pattersn flooding the sidelines late in the game were brilliant designs.

HERMAN HAS GOT IT! Meyer needs to let him use it.

 

5. Cam is amazing. But what happened to the innovation after the first part of the year? Swing Gate (Buffalo game) would have been perfect - without Miller - for the 2 pt conversion. And more innovation in the return games. For god's sake lets use our speedy guys to the max! Same as the Offense - too conservative once the Big 10 Schedule started. 

Meyer was King. Now students have passed the master.

 

6. Right on cue - true again. And again I say - Meyer has some work to do. On his own concepts and ideas. On all 3 phases of the game.

He was the Master during the 00s. But his aura was already starting to wane a bit at the end of his Florida run. Now his disciples are doing absolutely amazing stuff. Above and beyond what Urban, RRod and the NW team started. 

Urban is definitely smart enough. It's not just about schemes. But in all phases I hope he's reassessing his beliefs before he hires a new coach and starts dictating to the other coaches the direction we are going to go. Especially before they start teaching it to the players.

Possibly, Urban has already done all of this. We don't know, since one month is certainly not enough time to tweak the direction of the team.

 

7. WE ARE NOT THAT FAR AWAY

Urban is a legend. The staff is full of great coaches with experience. We have great talent and recruiting. Just some tweaks are all that's needed to beat these new age gurus. 

Of course, Malzahn going to Clevland would help. haha. 

I wonder, did he ever copy Urban or RRod's stuff directy back in the day?

 

Comment 03 Jan 2014

Great write up, Kyle.

I too believe this is coming down to the Turnover Battle.

http://powerspread.net/2014/01/03/orange-bowl-clemson-vs-osu/

These are 2 very good teams. Clemson's D and SpTeams are underrated. And both their Lines. This is a NC caliber team as is OSU. Great matchup. 

We will be improved. I have no doubt. Great stuff in pass and run on Offense

Defense won't be a miracle improvement - but enough to win IF we win the TO Battle.

SpTeams will be something to watch from both teams! We need to win the big play battle there as well.

I figured 48-31 but who knows. Pull away with Turnovers in the 2nd Half. We need at least 4-2 TO win.

Could be a classic!

OFFENSE
1.More passing balance to set up huge running

DEFENSE
1. Withers leaving so hopefully Fickell defense - more unity/direction.
2. This leads to simplified more effective schemes that aren't so transparent and/or discombobulated.
3. A month to iron out the fundamentals in a more unified, simple philosophy (hopefully) so to be aggressive.
4. We need to hold on to the TURNOVERS. We are Due!

SPTEAMS
Should be big plays on both sides. We need to make more!

DEPTH
TIME TO SEE IT! I think we will.

This game is a Toss Up where anything can happen. Blowouts for either side or a Classic with last second heroics from either Boyd or Miller. Whoever wins needs to win the..

TURNOVER BATTLE (plus the Big Play Battle)
Either 9-4 or 3-1 it doesn't matter. Swinney's preponderance on this phase of the game could lead to continued mistakes by his team. Meyer's philosophy is better, imo. What do you do AFTER a TO. The Response is Everything!

We will turn it over , but create more. Clemson is a great team - better than MSU, imo. We are due for a big TO game.

Close 1st Half. We score late then under pressure Clemson turns it over in 2nd Half and we pull away on big plays.

I really have no idea though, haha. 

 

Comment 01 Jan 2014

Biggest recruiting "get" of 2014 is keeping Wariner!

It's not an accident that a player under Kerhres at Mt Union has become a top coach. Also no surprise that a former triple option line coach has had great success leading PS offenses for years.

The problems at ND were most likely more complicated than fans can understand. Similar situation with our D this yr when all the blame fell on a very smart and proven DC in Fickell. Who, btw, was the love of the town a very short time ago. How quickly we  forget.

Lastly, Wariner fits beautifully with Herman Drayton and Meyer. Very different than the Withers mess on the other side. Or, most likely, the situation at ND.

I have already blasted Miller with my tweets. Will others please join in and help this young man understand that, with the offensive staff back intact for the 3rd straight year in the Meyer regime, he must place greater importance on the System continuity rather than the experience that's graduating. We win next year regardless, but Miller would help himself greatly by returning. With Miller, we have another NC team. Possibly, even without him. And Meyer won't run him into the ground next year as I believe he will let Herman have more reign to do his thing! Even once the Big 10 schedule starts.

Meyer has learned from his mistake. Aggression doesn't stop once the Big 10 schedule begins. It must be ramped up even more. It's not ALL about mistakes and execution. 

 

Comment 01 Jan 2014

 Biggest recruiting "get" of 2014 is keeping Wariner! 

It's not an accident that a player under Kerhres at Mt Union has become a top coach. Also no surprise that a former triple option line coach has had great success leading PS offenses for years.

The problems at ND were most likely more complicated than fans can understand. Similar situation with our D this yr when all the blame fell on a very smart and proven DC in Fickell. Who, btw, was the love of the town a very short time ago. How quickly we  forget.

Lastly, Wariner fits beautifully with Herman Drayton and Meyer. Very different than the Withers mess on the other side. Or, most likely, the situation at ND. 

I have already blasted Miller with my tweets. Will others please join in and help the his young man understand that the offensive staff intact entering their 3rd yr in the Meyer regime is of greater importance than all the experience that's graduating. We win next year regardless, but Miller would help himself greatly by returning. We will have another NC team and Meyer won't run him into the ground this time because he will let Herman have more reign to do his thing! Even once the Big 10 schedule starts.

Meyer has learned from his mistake. Aggression doesn't stop once the Big 10 schedule begins. It must be ramped up even more. It's not ALL about mistakes and execution.