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Columbus, Ohio (via Sanford, NC)

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Comment 19 Feb 2017

It's like Bruce Lee said: "Be like water, formless, shapeless."

No strategy will ever work if you're unwilling to adapt to a situation. Give a look, anticipate a response, attack the opponents compensatory measures. I don't want to see tempo for the sake of tempo, aka "just to get the fans excited." I want to see tempo with a purpose. After a long pass, hurry to the line and try another one. After a first-down-run, line up quick and dump a screen. After a 3-yard loss, slow it down and recollect - do what needs to be done to get back on schedule.

After having watched Roy Williams coach UNC firsthand in Chapel Hill for the last 10 years (don't kid yourselves. elements of sport are certainly transposable), it's easy to pick up on some of his most effective psychological tactics. First and foremost, if the opposing team made a big shot, hit a 3, had a momentum shifting dunk - the same play was called every time. Quick inbound to the PG who is curling, quick pass to the Wing just across half court up the sideline, quick pass to one of the forwards on the block for a quick drop-step dunk or layup. Take advantage of the opponent congratulating themselves, keep them on their heels, make them understand that they can't take their hands off the wheels for a split second - this adds pressure.

When you have the momentum, keep it. When you lose it, do whatever you can to get it back. Sometimes that means you just have to stop the bleeding first.

This previous offensive staff had no idea how to run with the "Mo" (as one of my favorite coaches called it), and feed the hot hand in unpredictable ways, show the defense what it wants to see, but do what it isn't expecting.

I think Wilson fits what Urban wants to do - and that's keeping pressure on the defense. Warriner and Beck ran a ball control offense overseen by an aggressive HC. Their visions just weren't aligned. Unfortunately, with the way the defense was playing last year we might have been able to double down on the option game and rush our way to an NC appearance. Urban put his hands on an offense that was built by an OL coach, the identity was lost and we ran an unpredictable scheme with ball control personnel. 

Comment 11 Feb 2017

As a young man born in North Carolina that has recently moved to Ohio, I can speak to this.

A person may be perfectly aware of how distance from the equator affects climate, but feeling it firsthand is just different. Relatively speaking, going from Florida to Ohio would be the same as going from Ohio to Anchorage.

I'll never forget the one week this past December where the temperature didn't escape 10 degrees. I had felt single-digit temperatures less than 10 times in my life. Trust me, the climate you are born and raised in has an immeasurable impact on how you handle hot/cold. These southern boys are used to 2 a days in 103 degree heat and 99% humidity, northern boys can take being slammed onto frozen ground - each is tough in a different way.

Comment 08 Feb 2017

This is awesome.

I don't think necessarily that that's something they don't do, but it's definitely something we as fans don't think about the coaches doing. The coaches have to hold themselves to the same standard as they do the players - and that means practicing the exact actions you plan to perform on gameday. How can you be confident things will run smoothly on Saturday if you assume that any single part of a performance is so easy that it isn't worth practicing? Make practice harder than games, but make coordination as close to game-like as possible in role-play scenarios.

Your comment struck me because it reminded me of how many times we saw Urban screaming into a headset, pacing the sideline during a team timeout. He spent more time doing that this past season than he spent in the middle of the huddle inspiring the players he worked so hard to recruit and have play for him.

The timeouts then, in a sense, seemed to serve more of a purpose for the coaches to get on the same page than to gameplan with player personnel. And that, is a retroactively-driven waste of a timeout.

Comment 01 Feb 2017

Rashan Gary - 23 Tackles, 12 Solo, 5 TFL and 1/2 a Sack

Nick Bosa - 29 Tackles, 17 Solo, 7 TFL and 5 Sacks


Comment 25 Jan 2017

But Nick Saban is overrated and the Cowboys are (still) going to win the Super Bowl!!

You gotta pay the troll toll.

Comment 25 Jan 2017

You're only posting this because if he does commit to OSU, you can just disappear.

When he doesn't commit, you'll be the first to say "I told you so."

You're like, the Skip Bayless of commenting.

Comment 22 Jan 2017

Might have to wait until NSD which I am not a fan of Urban doing this.

Urban sends his condolences.

I don't think this is terribly difficult to understand. There are 2-3 spots to fill, we don't have glaring needs but would like to add a DT, WR, and RB (in that order). We keep our cards in play for two DTs, 2-3 WRs and 1-2 RBs - whoever says yes is in.

The best player that we're still in on - Marvin Wilson - is waiting until NSD, so the staff has to wait until then to accept any offer at any position.

As shitty as it sounds, the staff is obviously willing to take a risk on a new, unknown commodity than continue to stick with a known, bad commodity. This isn't dynamical systems math - the numbers crunch and offers list implies that there are more kids that will be asked to transfer.

Comment 17 Jan 2017

Key words: 

our staff

Kevin Wilson hasn't had our staff, or our personnel. The top dual-threat QBs out of high school simply aren't going to go to an Indiana. I'm very excited to see what he can do with one of the 3 or 4 QBs around the country that can throw accurately and run effectively, and I honestly believe JT is in that small group.

I pick up what you're putting down, 68.

Comment 16 Jan 2017

Not sure that I agree entirely.

I remember when we played Oregon in the Rose Bowl in 2010, and Greg Masoli was their QB. THAT is the type of performance I would match with your comment on JT. I was literally not one bit scared when he dropped back to pass, instead relieved each time he did.

I realize that I am on the other side of the field as a fan of JT, but I still feel very confident when he drops back that HE is going to do the right thing. And I emphasize HE because I wasn't confident that the rest of the young offense was going to do the right thing. Furthermore, I had zero confidence that the routes we were running were effective, or that the blocking schemes were well installed.

Comment 16 Jan 2017

The wasted opportunity wasn't "not letting Braxton throw." it was giving the ball to Braxton whenever he went into motion. It was giving it to Zeke whenever he was the lone back. It was throwing the hitch to Mike Thomas whenever he was the lone split to the field side.

Over the last two years our offense was so predictable that it was embarrassing. You could watch one game on film and pick up every offensive tendency that could exist. To use a baseball metaphor, we've basically been telling the batter which pitch was coming - only our stuff was good enough to still win (most of the time).

Dontre Wilson was Tom Herman's MVP during the 2013 season, because he drew so much attention to the edge rush game that Carlos and Brax were able to shred the interior. Whenever Braxton went into motion in 2015, you knew he was getting the ball - period. This year whenever Curtis went into the swing motion - he was getting the ball.

Tendencies were too easy to pick up, plain and simple.

Comment 16 Jan 2017

Not sure about the DV, +1

To your point though, I think his offenses just rely more on the QB's ability to distribute - and it's tough to find a guy who is accurate inside of 10 yards and can run effectively. JT is masterful at operating the RO though, so while we may see less design runs from him, I highly doubt we see the option for him to keep entirely go away. 

Faster releases. Faster releases. Faster releases. This is what JT needs. Tom Herman installed an offense built around timing, instead of pro-style diagnosis of a coverage. Get JT back to counting 1-2-gone,1-2-gone. IMO he had no faith in the system that Warriner/Beck had installed because he knew deep down that they didn't play to his strengths of distributing on passes behind the LOS.

Comment 16 Jan 2017

I think Barrett is going to shut some people up and have a big year.


It's amazing how the same QB can be heralded for his accuracy as a Freshman and ridiculed for the same thing as a Junior. Even Mark May was talking about how "excellent a passer this young man is." Only one thing changed in that span of time, and it wasn't the arm that JT was using.

Comment 16 Jan 2017

The offense over the last two years tried to create confusion with pre-snap reads and motions, but once the ball was snapped the concepts made little to no sense. There was no spread-to-run aspect to Warri-Beck's plan, mainly because our splits were too tight. We've had a team full of horizontal threats over the last two years (Braxton, Marshall, Dontre, Samuel, Campbell), but with splits being so narrow it's impossible to gain leverage in the edge rushing game. Spread the field, let the defense spread with it. Attack the corners and get the LBs flowing to the sideline, and just when they're winded - smack them in the face with Zeke and Weber.

The personnel has been there for the last two years from a player standpoint, there's just been a very obvious lack of identity and direction from a coaching standpoint. Just when Weber is getting hot we try to force feed Samuel the ball on a speed option to the short side of the field. Just when Samuel is having some success in the intermediate passing game we try a QB keeper on 2nd and 3, get stuffed leaving 3rd and 5, then overthrow Baugh on a hitch. It's like the staff was in the press box playing plinko to determine the next call.

The old staff viewed each play as independent events - in a vacuum. What I loved about Tom Herman is that he gave you false clues with each formation and motion. He would pound the base look into the ground and make you wait for the restraint, and just when you thought it wasn't coming we score a TD on a 3 play drive.

The playcalling for the last 2 years stressed multiplicity for the sake of multiplicity. Each call was predictably random, or randomly predictable - if you will. I want to see a balanced attack with a purpose. Watching the Green Bay vs. Dallas game last night, you saw two offenses that understood exactly what they were. Neither team tried to force the ball into a player's hands just because he hadn't touched it in a while, they put their best players in his respective comfort zone and asked them simply to "ball out."

TL;DR Figure out what your players do best, build the system around that. You're only going to trick a defense 3-4 times a game, stop trying to do it every play.

Comment 06 Jan 2017
While I love JT and totally agree with what you're saying, he hasn't noticeably improved either. Is that hard to do after you set the world on fire as a freshman under the tutelage of Tom Herman? Of course it is. Does he stand a better chance of improving under a new QB Coach? I believe so. IMO Urban brought Beck in to be a catalyst in recruiting, knowing full well that if JT didn't show remarkable improvement it would be ok - he was already pretty damn good. Moving forward I do think JT's accuracy will get back closer to the 70% mark. Having a traditional running attack will help with that as well if Samuel stays and Weber improves. In no way am I saying that Urban was planning on ever losing to a man named Dabo again, but I do think having a proven commodity at QB in his pocket shifted the focus to recruiting over development. I am very excited for Kevin Wilson to join the staff, so the focus is shifted back to squeezing every last drop of production out of the talent we have.