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Comment 18 Apr 2017

Pretty hard not to agree with alot of what you said, however the big elephant in the room is that OSU did lose 31-0 against top competition with JT Barrett leading the team "as the master in the run game" as you describe him.   It's a team game so not all his fault, but he was a big part of that because he is the only one that makes decisions on what happens with the ball on every play.  Don't get me wrong, he seems to be a great kid, leader and OSU is fortunate to have him on the team, but IMHO there are 2 areas he is lacking which may make the difference between the team being good or being great, having a good season or winning a championship.

 1) JT makes great decisions as a runner but JT holds the ball way too long as a passer. Go back and re-watch the game, when Burrow and Haskins take a 3 step or 5 step drop they plant their back foot and the ball comes out.  JT rarely does so, most times he holds the ball too long or doesn't seem to have good footwork so the spacing between himself and the oline is not right and because of that he has balls batted down by the defense or the offensive line breaks down and everyone says the offensive line is the problem.  Alot of times its not only the offensive line that s the problem, its the fact he's holding the football too long. When he threw the int in the spring game, he was holding the ball too long and Burrell got blown up by the DE and backed into him and disrupted his throw. On a sidenote if you go back and re-watch the play, JT had a wide open receiver underneath 20 yards down the field on the same side. I find it interesting they pulled JT from game at that point, was that to protect him from looking any worse or did he achieve everything they wanted to see in him? Hopefully the latter was true.

2) JT doesn't throw the wr open, he generally waits until the wr is wide open and only then makes his decision to throw ball.  As a 5th year senior by now he should have developed some timing routes where he can throw the ball to a spot "on time" and he's "money" on those routes. Then any wr learns that he needs to do whatever he needs to do to be on time to that spot because the ball will be on time to that spot. Haskins and Burrow can throw the ball on time, I'm surprised that by now JT doesn't seem to have developed any "go to pass plays" where he has the confidence to throw the ball on time. 

He's obviously a great team leader and I'm sure they'll win alot of games with JT this year and grind out some close wins with his legs. I just don't see how OSU gets great in the passing game this year with JT at the helm. To win the CFP again, OSU is going to need to be great in the passing game.  I wish they would move JT to a rb or slot like Braxton because he is a shifty runner and has great vision as a runner.  To prove my point, consider that the only 2018 NFL draft board that I found that has JT listed, shows him as the 8th best QB out of 12 probable QB's selected, many don't even have him being drafted at all, of course that could change up or down. My point is I think your "grade" on Barrett is too high and the team would have a better chance of achieving greatness with a solid passing QB whether that is Haskins or Burrow. Just the fact that they throw the football on time puts them head and shoulders above Barrett.  Besides let's face it JT's future in the NFL is probably as rb not a QB and most experts in the football world seem to agree. For example, if you are the 8th best student in your class out of 12 students, you're probably not a "B" student, you're probably a "C" grade at best. Some will say its not Urban's job to put someone in the NFL and that's true, but coddling him and letting him think he's a quarterback when he's not that great only cripples him for life in the real world. The NFL defense's sure aren't going to coddle him nor will the NFL fans.  With all the talent we have on this team, I just want to see us be great not just good. Go Bucks!

Comment 17 Apr 2017

I may have missed it, who created this latest depth chart, was it Meyer or 11W.  I rewatched the game last night and focused on Pridgeon, he is #66 on the scarlet.  I didn't see even one instance of someone getting past him on  pass pro.  In the run game he clearly knocked his man backwards and out of the way.  I don't know about this supposed "he is still learning the playbook stuff".  He looks like he should clearly be the starter at right guard if not a tackle spot. 

Comment 12 Jan 2017

Even if Dobbins is worried doesn't matter.  OSU needs a big back. I 'm excited to get this guy!!! Dobbins better just get used to competition if he ever hopes to play on the next level. 

Comment 11 Jan 2017

Yeah I did see Renfrow, but he's not 5' 9". Don't kid yourself for a second, the reason Renfrow has a game is because the defense has to focus so much on Mike Williams who is 6 ' 3" or 6' 4".  I would like for us to have that same type receiver that puts so much pressure on a defense because he is big and physical. OSU will be fine without Tyjon. 

Comment 11 Jan 2017

I would much rather have Jaylen Harris, he is a much bigger target to throw to especially since we have this problem with throwing the ball, I'll take the 6' 5" 210 pounder.  Did you guys even watch what the big clemson receiver did to Alabama.  Use the extra scholly on getting a true DT or an athletic OT. We don't need anymore 5' 9" 160 lbers. I don't care how fast they are, there is always seems to be a problem keeping them healthy. Look at Dontre, great player but alot of the time he was injured or playing hurt. 

Comment 03 Jul 2016

     We don t need a 4-2-5, this is exactly what I was afraid would  happen, as soon as Chris Ash left they would go back to the pre-Ash 4-2-5 bend but don't break bs.  Here is why you don't need to have a 4-2-5 to stop a spread offense.  Can you say Oregon and Mariotta. We didn't need a 4-2-5 to stop one of the most prolific spread offenses in history of the game. We need an in your face man coverage with a strong pass rush and tough to run against defense that Chris Ash brought and quit screwing around with this soft 4-2-5 which turns into drop 8 can't cover 5.  If Urban allows that defense to COME BACK AGAIN, because it isn't a new concept, then he needs his head examined. 

Comment 01 Dec 2015

I think you have the best assessment in this thread.  Speilman must have been talking "in a perfect world scenario" or else his comments don't make sense.  I was thinking the same about Elflein coming back to lead the team as center and then enter the draft as such the next year and make a ton more $$$. I think Elflein is the better center right now.  In the bama game when Elflein played center they blew bama off the line of scrimmage and scored the first TD.  

Comment 30 Nov 2015

How do you figure Iowa winning helps OSU?  No you need MSU to win and win big against Iowa so that they can be written off of consideration and NOT considered to be the second best team in the conference.  Then OSU needs Alabama to lose somehow to the punchless Florida Gators.  Probably not going to happen, but if Iowa wins there is no scenario for OSU to get into the playoff because MSU will be considered the 2nd best team in the conference.

Comment 21 Nov 2015

I ve wondered the same that Zeke expressed all year.  They quickly go away from what s working.  However your article basically lays the blame on Beck.  Warriner is the play caller not Beck, and I m sure you're not hoping for Warriner to get canned.

Comment 29 Aug 2015

Urban has always said that a great QB is the product of the great play of those around him.  Wait till Wallace gets to OSU.

Comment 21 Aug 2015

IMO Osu is simply more dangerous with Jones than with Barrett because the defense has to cover more of the field.  I would also think Urban is going to take into account:  1) Jones is most likely leaving for the NFL after this year.  Barrett probably not.  I m sure Urban wants to help these kids get to the next level. Its not his main focus, but if Jones has a great year and becomes a 1st round draft choice doesn't that help Urban and OSU in recruiting? Yes I think so.   2)  Is Barrett s leg really fully healed? I ve never had a broken leg so I don't know.  Barrett puts alot more pressure on the leg because he is more of a runner, going to get hit and tackled more.  Lets make sure there is no recurring injury, sit Barrett this year and then its his team next year.  Again IMO.    

Comment 21 Aug 2015

IMO Osu is simply more dangerous with Jones than with Barrett because the defense has to cover more of the field.  I would also think Urban is going to take into account:  1) Jones is most likely leaving for the NFL after this year.  Barrett probably not.  I m sure Urban wants to help these kids get to the next level. Its not his main focus, but if Jones has a great year and becomes a 1st round draft choice doesn't that help Urban and OSU in recruiting? Yes I think so.   2)  Is Barrett s leg really fully healed? I ve never had a broken leg so I don't know.  Barrett puts alot more pressure on the leg because he is more of a runner, going to get hit and tackled more.  Lets make sure there is no recurring injury, sit Barrett this year and then its his team next year.  Again IMO.    

Comment 17 Aug 2015

I m not sure if you have been paying much attention to the articles on this site and comments about the receivers from the coaches, they seem to have alot of confidence in.... Braxton, Johnnie Dixon, Torrance Gibson.  Those guys all have the speed, just haven't had their chance to play. No one predicted the season that Devin Smith had, don't even try and go there. At this time last season there was some lack of confidence regarding Smith too. 

Comment 17 Aug 2015

How he said it or why he said doesn't matter, his point was OSU stretched the field vertically more with Cardale Jones than they did with JT and that pulled the safety out of the box and opened up running lanes for OSU.  Then whenever Alabama tried to focus on the run they left their cover guys on a one on one island and the bucks took advantage.  With the speed at receiver with Braxton, Johnnie Dixon and Torrance Gibson you have to have someone that can throw deep.  Not an easy decision but its obvious to me which one will start this year.    

Comment 17 Aug 2015

How he said it or why he said doesn't matter, his point was OSU stretched the field vertically more with Cardale Jones than they did with JT and that pulled the safety out of the box and opened up running lanes for OSU.  Then whenever Alabama tried to focus on the run they left their cover guys on a one on one island and the bucks took advantage.  With the speed at receiver with Braxton, Johnnie Dixon and Torrance Gibson you have to have someone that can throw deep.  Not an easy decision but its obvious to me which one will start this year.    

Comment 16 Aug 2015

I agree Cardale Jones should get the nod as starter. When you have a coach like Nick Saban come out and admit that they were prepared for Barrett type qb play but OSU's ability to throw the deep ball was something his talented team wasnt ready for and couldn't adjust to then the answer becomes obvious who should start.  The guy that can throw the deep ball effectively should be the starter.  HELLO!  Let JT make sure he is healthy, learn to throw the deep like Cardale and then it's his team next year.  

Comment 08 Apr 2015

I wish they would get Wallace instead-- he looks like the next coming of 12 gauge.  Either way I'm sure we'll be good.