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Comment 8 hours ago

Love JT but as I think back I do recall the team not performing up to their talent level more often in the last several years then in the earlier Tress years.  Imagine Cooper's teams.  Tremendous talent, but often never played up to their potential.  Tressel certainly got the team to play to a high level and up to and perhaps a little past their potential; however, I think it started to slip a little near the end.   With Meyer, I get the sense he is not going to put up with that and will make changes for underperforming players/coaches, e.g, A-B/4-6.  This is more of a gut feel than anything else I don't have any stats to back it up.

Quit edit:  And I don't think anyone can disagree that Meyer had the players perform WAY above their level in 2012.  If he fixes the Defense this year, we could be in the playoffs.

Bottom line:  to me the best coaches are the ones that get the most out of their talent ala Dantonio


Comment 07 Apr 2014

What I remember most about Bassdropper is that upon learning that I started watching Breaking Bad (because of this site's reviews) he promptly told me the ending even though I was only in Season 2.  (sad face).  But I never DV ya.  Appreciate your updates on Buckeyes in the NBA.

He will me missed

Comment 21 Mar 2014

Thinking about Gibson and what we currently have at QB I can't help but wonder if he would even sign with us.  If (big IF) Barrett is eventually the heir apparent to Braxton, Gibson would come in and sit for 3 years.  He would have one year of eligibility left or two if he redshirts.  Kid seems like he has a healthy sized ego which is probably a good thing for a QB, but does he have the personality to sit for 3 years?  If he finds another top 10-20 program where he feels he has a better chance to start within one year, he may take it.

Anyone else thinking the same thing?

Comment 12 Mar 2014

I tend to agree with your comment on "senior bias" to some extent and said so a few weeks back on another thread.  Something along the line that at times I don't feel we are playing the best player.  Many people disagreed with my comment at the time because it goes against basic logic but CAN be a part of human nature.  Fickel's comment about needing seniors to be the best is an example.  I don't say he is biased toward the senior necessarily, but I see it more as the safe choice for him to make.  Starting a true freshman would be a very bold move and subject to criticism if it did not work out.  Starting the senior is the expected choice and if it doesn't work out then you put in the freshman - no big deal.  You see this type of "fear bias" in all types of jobs.  This is the predominate reason most fund managers performance closely mirrors the S&P 500.  They don't want to look like a fool by underperforming, so they take less risks and don't achieve potential.

Comment 11 Mar 2014

Really appreciate the analysis Ross.  I don't mean to be a downer on our kids, but I just can't imagine why someone that is making an effort does not understand mentally how to play their role in the Cover 4.  I mean as you explain it (slot receiver blocks, you do this, slot does this, you do that, slot does something else, you do this) it sounds pretty simple.  But, even if there was another 100 or 200 things to know, how can that be so hard to pick up?  I get it if you just don't have the talent, the guys aren't fast enough, but that is not the case here.

Now we are hearing that they are simplifying the defense again in the Spring to make it easier for them.  As a serious question, is it that difficult, more so then say calculus or stats in college?  Ross makes it sound easy and I am sure it is much harder then that, but still.


Comment 24 Feb 2014

I think at times this year (maybe a lot of the year) he was not able to dominate like he did the year before.  It is at this point when a real test of character and drive come out for all to see.  He could of either busted his butt to figure ways to be more effective, or just went with the flow and complained.  I would say he did more of the later and that is a big red flag to me

Comment 19 Feb 2014

Just to be as clear as I can be.  I don't know.  Certainly not intentionally.  There are so many complexities to the WR position I am sure that I am not aware of.  It could be perfectly reasonable that Thomas just couldn't do it, or not as well as the people he is lambasting.  I don't know.  My comments were not meant to offend or to be THAT conspiracy guy.  Not my style.  But, if Thomas has a fantastic year this year, wouldn't surprise me at all.  leave it at that

Comment 19 Feb 2014

Not meant to be a conspiracy theory.  Your points are well made, especially regarding Bosa.  Again, I admit to not knowing the innerworkings of these decisions and whether it is up to the position coach to make that call.  If that was the case, there could be some differences in opinion within the position coaches.  Who knows.  We will find out this year about the receivers one way or the other.  Should be interesting.

Comment 19 Feb 2014

This is my point and quite frankly something i don't know the answer to.  If Mike started last year and peformed like Devin or Evan then I think you have a very valid point.  Great in Spring and totally disappeared for the season, particularly in the big games.  But that is not what happened to Mike.  The coaches chose to redshirt him.  Was it because of inferior skills?  If he was given a chance (a'la Bell) would he have performed?  I don't know.  We shall see when he gets in a game. 

Remember Hyde's frustration riding behind whoever during the 2011 season?  To me, he was the most talented RB that year.  He just wasn't given the opportunity.  When his talent was recognized he played nearly every down and produced.  He did not suddenly get better - it was always there.  Play these guys!


Comment 19 Feb 2014

Couldn't agree with May's assessment more.  Those games were a golden opportunity for highly ranked but young players to get exposure.  I hope this changes in the coming year.  I think there is also a bias towards playing the players that are upper classman despite their shortcomings.  So, even though the coaches may be faulted for not "coaching up" the younger players, I believe the younger player would have to be at least 20% better than the upper classman to start.  If it is even close to 50/50, the younger player will not play.

Comment 19 Feb 2014

Good article and I hope mike breaks out as well.  But when you stated that he was "beat out by the people he lambasted" I hope that is true, but I have a feeling it is not entirely correct.  I wish it was true that the best 11 start, but I find that very difficult to believe.  Was PItt Brown better then Bell? Wasn't there somebody better than Reeves?  There are countless cases where a player is held back and then gets his shot and does very well.  Did he all of a sudden "get it" or would he have done the same thing earlier?  I don't know.  But, if Mike does have a breakout year this year, I don't believe it will be because he all of a sudden got a lot better.