Not that I wouldn't want Zeke, but the Browns were not in the position that they needed a RB. A great OL can make your RB and QB play a lot better. The Cowboys were not going years w/out a 1,000yd rusher, I believe they have been leading the league in rushing for 2 or 3yrs prior to Zeke. That's not taking anything away from Zeke, because he's amazing for other things that he does. If the Browns had the consistency with their OL that Dallas has, I'm pretty sure Crowell could be around the 1400yd 10td mark. The Browns could have won 5 or 6 more games if they had a good defense, IMO always playing catch on offense tends to have teams abandon the run game. Browns need to work on DL, OL and Secondary on the offseason.
The only change I see, is the committee will be reluctant to pick another non conference winner for the playoffs.
Why does an offense with Zeke give him the ball only 11 times against MSU? I think the answer is the staff has no clue what they are doing. This is not the first time this has happened, we abandoned what's worked and go with QB runs over handing the ball off to our RBs. Let's make no mistake about it, we are a rushing team and that's what the stats say. It makes zero sense to abandon what works in favor of your weakness. We had over a month to game plan for Clemson and this was the best we came up with. More than enough time to find a suitable replacement for Webber if there was seriously an issue of trust with him. At the end of the day your best RB's had 11 carries.... You took the ball out of your most reliable offensive production, and forced a passing game that has underperformed and was inconsistent at best.
He didn't fumble until the second half, so the no trust in his ability is a bit of a stretch because he only had one carry in the 1st half. He's been in the system and if he's not: big, strong or fast enough he wouldn't be a starting RB at a MAC school. You don't gain over 1000yds because you lack those qualities. Clemson has a good D, but not great any competent D can recognize that a Jet Sweep is coming or we are going to run JT up the middle and as the passing in the 3 previous games suggested, we are not going to go down field.
Poor pass protection can also be a result of the QB not making quick decisions or reading the defense correctly which should fall under the QB coach for preparing them. A lot off passes were to the wrong shoulder, under thrown or over thrown. You can say the WRs need to run better routes etc... The biggest highlight was Noah Brown catching a horribly underthrown ball against OU. The facts are the QB was not making the easy throws, rarely made connections on the passes over 15yds and I can't remember a well thrown deep ball. All this QB development falls on the QB coach.
If he's the QB Coach and didn't call plays, why are we associating the #1 rush offense with him? What I do see, pass efficiency getting worse each season. I'm sure he's capable of calling the plays Herman gives him.
The assumption is that people leaving, handle themselves as professionals. Some leave before bowls begin others stay. Day was still with SF so he was not coming early.
We get it, bad things happen in piles, but this wasn't a pile and was clearly intentional. People are still pretty outraged about Robert Reynolds choking Jim Sorgi. What Wilkins did was over the top dirty like Reynolds, I don't think any OSU fan was ok with what Reynolds did.
As far a Deja Vu, hopefully this is like the last time we lost to Clemson. Addressing the weakness with hiring new coordinators and winning the championship the next season. It appears step 1 is taking place.
Maybe having a good QB coach and OC will improve the WR corps. We didn't seem to have WR problems until Herman left. QBs should just get back to throwing WRs open and stop waiting for it to happen
No, I never thought this team was unbeatable like the 2006 team was. I knew that if we had the same game plan we did against PSU, MSU and Michigan we would get beaten.
Weren't Lattimore and Hooker 1st year starters? Although they set the bar high, one would think the backups should be ready to step up. The bigger loss will be Kwon due to his 3 years of leadership in the middle.
I must say I always liked watching his offense's at IU, Solid run game with good passing.
As was Fickle with Ash and Schiano.
Beck is the QB coach as well, so there is no denying that the QB play has been terrible the last two years despite whether or not he is calling the plays.
If Warriner is the true play caller, who is looking at him for the same position elsewhere?
This^^ keep in mind PSU was a fluke play from losing to us and still had bad losses on top of it. PSU is a case of what coordinators should do, call a game to your strengths not to your weaknesses
If my competition is our current coordinators, I like my odds to call a better game than what I witnessed Saturday night.
The biggest complaint is the lack of development from the QB position and the play calling that makes us predictable and easy to defend. You can say they lost 52-7, but people can also say since making a switch to a freshman QB they've been a lot better. Everyone thought Herman was a bad hire at first, you give good coaches great players and look what opens up for them
I don't believe OSU has to, if you're a top young coordinator you're given the keys to a team with the knowledge that you can be a HC in a few years. No coordinator has left for a lateral move, they've all become coaches at schools.
No amount of money would keep Herman as an OC, he's always wanted to be a HC with Texas as the destination. He most likely doesn't get that chance without coaching Houston first.
Didn't he kick Withers to the curb before the orange bowl? Sarkisian has been with Alabama for over a month. Saban is not getting rid of a coordinator without a replacement. He's not exactly being ruthless, Kiffen just really sucks
Bama, I still want to be the only team to beat them on the way to a title. Until we do it again next year. For throwing two picks Watson was way too cocky to think that will fly next week
He's being unfairly compared to Zeke who probably could go down as the Best RB in history for all of the things he has done with and without the ball in his hands. I'd say Webber is more of a Carlos Hyde who can get 5yds and bust a few big runs.
Those teams didn't come in with a game plan to not run the ball. We had 11 carries between Webber and Samuel for 90yds. Pretty easy to stop a team that is not going to run