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Gametime

Dublin, OH (via Steubenville, OH)

Member since 12 December 2012 | Blog

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I'm a moderately cool guy born in Columbus, OH. Moved around to Steubenville, Pittsburgh, & Atlanta while growing up before coming home. Graduated from The Art Institutes via Cincinnati. Man of God, Family, & Friends and of course, a passionate Buckeye.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: Anytime the Patriots & Michigan lose...
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Bradley Roby (recently) Antoine Winfield (All-Time)
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Kemba Walker (recently)
  • NFL TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers
  • NHL TEAM: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • NBA TEAM: All in for LeBron - (I'm more a fan of players)
  • MLB TEAM: New York Yankees
  • SOCCER TEAM: FC Barcelona

Recent Activity

Comment 17 Sep 2014

Most beloved since 2000? It's gotta be Maurice Clarett for me. 

He's story off the field is the epitome of redemption - but on the field, he was a marvel, battling through being nagging injuries and made the play of his life in the national championship game. 

That was the year I graduated from high school, and the peak of the Tressel/Dantonio era. 

Comment 17 Sep 2014

It's not just about running the rock, but it's also about pass catching and the most underrated aspect - blocking assignments.

Zeke is the starter because he does all of that well, has great speed, good power, and he's 225 lbs being able to withstand and deliver punishment blocking incoming 240lb LBs or 260lb DEs.

I don't think I've seen the guy blow a single blocking assignment since he started getting reps last year.

EzE has already stated that Curtis & Braxton are the most explosive guys on the team and I think people are falling in love with that too soon. The more I watch EzE, the more he reminds me of Carlos Hyde, quick feet, sure cuts, gets up-field early, doesn't go down easy, great balance, etc, etc. 

Let's not forget what things he did last season when he got more opportunities.

Comment 16 Sep 2014

 I was just wondering if anyone was gonna call out DJ on that, lol.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

Thanks man I appreciate that!

Comment 08 Sep 2014

Great post Earle.

This just a major breakup from the expectations & optimism. It all takes time, but now we just have to rebound and by rebound I mean hope our team responds and makes an effort to win the B1G, go to a BCS bowl game, and beat the good team that shows up there.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

Pure class Hokie! You guys are a helluva fan base and we'll always give respect where it's due. You were underrated this year for sure and we'll definitely be pulling for you guys to win the ACC.

We owe you one, but we appreciate the kind words & hospitality!

Comment 08 Sep 2014

I feel you Hove.

I'm not gonna blame Devin Smith for Tom Herman's lack of creativity. 

When I look at what Oregon did to beat MSU, that's what a great OC should be doing. Even Oregon knew they couldn't go at the outside DBs in MSU's scheme, so to adjust in the 2nd half, they started running bunch tree combinations along with effective PA plays.

It worked because they already had MSU's respect running, but with Mariotta being a threat also, they MUST pause to react, then at the same time, with picks and rub routes, WRs get open coming across the formation.

Another thing I want to point out is people seem to think separation means burning a DB, when getting separation is between 1-3 yards. I saw Dontre, Jalin, Devin, Corey, & Mike doing that. I saw Heurmann open a LOT. I'm also upset we didn't use any twin TE, late release routes to stymie the delayed blitzes we were seeing as well.

As large as the playbook should be, it seems like we only pick 10 plays and do nothing else for any given gameplan.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

Great points of emphasis. I'd go another step further to say that this same defensive scheme probably would've given us fits last year too. Not because the OL (last year) would have issues blocking, but when you put 8 guys in the box & rush 7, guys have to win on the outside, but getting inside on the passing game is the easiest way to exploit that, but for whatever reason we couldn't or didn't keep it up.

I don't think having a healthy Braxton would've changed the outcome completely, but he definitely could've done more damage with the opportunities J.T. had to scramble, then again, we've seen Braxton get harassed before.

The lack of creativity in the play calling has been driving me nuts. No misdirections, no reverses, no slip screens, no jail break screens, no levels, not enough slant-follows (the play Mike Thomas scored on), etc. 

I don't want to give VT too much credit because while they made plays, our defense played well enough to beat them, but our offense & special teams could never capitalize and it seemed more like ineptitude on part of the gameplan more than it was us getting flat out beat.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

Unky, Ironically, I have most of those done...a few I've gotta update (due to icon changes and all). ;)

Comment 08 Sep 2014

Thanks AndyV, as always I humbly take that compliment in stride coming from a pensmith of your caliber. 

Comment 08 Sep 2014

Excellent point about the lack of OL depth. At this point, I'd be really interested in seeing some of the young guys get a shot, but who knows if it's an issue of strength & conditioning or just learning the blocking scheme. 

I wouldn't be so fast to give the skill guys that much leeway. We can't necessarily say that who we lost on offense skill wise outside of Carlos Hyde & MAYBE Philly Brown were too much to right home about. These guys are supposed to be much better athletes & it seems that way when they are put into schematic positions to compete.

Other teams seemingly don't have too much of an issue breaking in inexperienced players. When we witness what happens at programs who are contenders, they seem to plug in 4* & 5* guys like clockwork.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

Thanks a bunch Hove!

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Bro you REALLY need to get over Rod Smith. He made plenty of mistakes tonight and he's far from the best ball carrier on the team. Rod Smith is NOT a power rusher. That's not his style, he's a slasher, despite being tall and 230lbs.

Elliott constantly was great in pass protection, usually falls forward, & displayed excellent balance and broke arm tackles on a regular basis when he had room to get going. 

It's not even close.

Let it go.