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Comment 23 May 2017

I've had enough of Clemson for now, I can't fathom Urban losing to a man named Dabo three times in a lifetime. The risk isn't worth the reward. I'd also agree on USC, but Pete Carroll is long gone and hard to hate.

There's enough hate in the B1G to go around. Give me MSU for 2015, Penn State for 2016, and TTUN because it's fun.

Comment 23 May 2017

Maybe not the sexiest picks, but given the circumstances they could be the most likely.

Kevin Wilson likes to use timely restraint plays and I think the TEs will benefit from that. Baugh is an absolute beast with the ball in his hands, and defenses won't have him high on the list of players to watch for. I think that by the middle of the season though Demario McCall will absolutely be a household name - he is special when he's pumped the ball behind the LOS and that's what JT does best.

I also really like Erick Smith as a pick for the defense. He has always stood out when he made it onto the field and was healthy. The only thing that may hurt his chances of seeing the field is his likeness to Damon Webb. They both excel at stopping the run, but neither of them have the range to allow Schiano to call the single high looks that he likes. Jordan Fuller may have to make it onto the field on 3rd and long looks.

Comment 17 May 2017


I think we are in a position to give our coaches such a low base salary because there aren't many bonuses they won't get. You almost have to include incentives such as making it to a bowl game and winning 10 games in the base salary because it's most likely going to happen. Not to mention that as far as the B1G is concerned, Ohio State and TTUN are alone in their arms race.

It's like Lebron playing for Cleveland, he knows he's probably worth $50 million. He also knows his real money will come through endorsements - so why take away his team's cap space and hurt his own chances of winning a title?

You say you want to see max payout, but I would rather see the actual payout at the end of this season. Any school can say "We'll pay you 10% of your base salary if we win the playoff," but at Ohio State it's more likely to actually happen.

Comment 16 May 2017

My thing is that I trust Urban will always find a way to take advantage of change. Some coaches like to gripe and moan about deviation from tradition, but the truly great ones know how to spin new circumstances in their favor. Urban may have opposed the early signing period to begin with - because I do think he really cares for the kids - but he's also not going to just recruit the same way and blame the NCAA when he doesn't sign a top-5 class. I think Urban will hold himself accountable to the standard that governs him. He seems to have very little ego, and he doesn't seem to be the type to hold fast to a way of thinking at the expense of results. Results are the end-all, be-all. Winning with integrity is important, but integrity has always been this floating, arbitrary standard under the NCAA as a governing body.

Moving forward this could be a very exciting aspect of recruiting, as it essentially creates two signing days. I trust that our staff will identify the kids wanting to end their recruitment early, target needs, and still sign fantastic classes all around. In the end, every program is playing by the same rules. It will always be about relationships and development, and that will never change.

Comment 09 May 2017

I wouldn't disagree with you about Speight being inured, he definitely wasn't 100% (but who is at that point in the season?). I think you could be underestimating the performance of the Ohio State defense on that day.

Your 4 points are basically that the four main components of your offense didn't play well in that particular game. That's not something you just chalk up to "these 4 units all coincidentally had a bad day against OSU at the same time." Our front seven was overwhelming and bottled up any of the athletes you had on offense up front. Our back 4 made a couple of big plays that ultimately decided the game. TTUN couldn't establish any kind of threat during that game, not vertical, horizontal, shallow or deep.

Do I think you have all-around better players in '17 moving forward? Probably - but they will be young. I think the true Harbaugh-Meyer era of the rivalry begins this year. Meyer has the head start, but we'll see what Harbaugh's recruits can do.

Game on, only thing is I don't know who anybody on the B1G Network is gonna talk about now that Peppers is gone.

Comment 25 Apr 2017

I definitely wouldn't mind revisiting these metrics in another 5 years.

There's a big difference between having a team loaded with NFL potential and having a team loaded with NFL starters - this team seems to be the latter. Real life Wednesdays and elite position coaches to thank for that.

Comment 25 Apr 2017

All talent with no culture.

We saw what can happen there when a decent coach (with little integrity) takes over.

Comment 24 Apr 2017

It is, for example, UFM who keeps reminding us of our 'identity' as a "power spread running team".  And i don't think we need to rehash our 'run the ball' traditions or coaching.  The 'QB profile' at tOSU is still not in alignment with the Pro QB as a pro offense

This is the exact and only argument to my entire proposition. USC, as a West-Coast traditional power, have the grass-roots that allow them to keep as many as 3-4 future NFL QBs on their roster at one time. Their style of play and tradition may make them the only school capable of doing this. So, touche 68.

2017... stakes are very hi... potential is very hi... 3rd time around in Watershed years after we narrated the first two down the drain.  That is, if we ought to compare coach & player performance to a 'challenging but realistic' standard of merit... rather than opinions & feelings.

Very much so this, as well. 2016 was never going to be an "end-all, be-all" season though - there was too much youth to expect that much (albeit look where we ended up). If we do not maintain momentum in 2017 as one of the 2-3 best programs in college football, Urban may never again experience the same recruiting success we saw in '16 and '17. The negative exposure we received last year at the hands of a man named Dabo could prove more detrimental than having simply been less successful throughout the season.

Time will tell.

But if I'm Urban, I want to keep all of these QBs - if for no other reason than not allowing my enemy to have them.

Comment 24 Apr 2017

When the 4th man in your DE rotation has the last name "Bosa," you're gonna be pretty good.

IMO the DTs still aren't getting the love they deserve. Tracy Sprinkle was a monster before his injury and Dre'mont is the future. Add in Big Mike, BB and Davon to that - could be one of those years where no opposing back breaks 100 yards against us.

Barkley better come into Columbus fresh, because he's going to leave in worse shape than he arrived.

Comment 22 Apr 2017

Too true.

Never seen a kid understand how to "climb the ladder" in the pocket at such a young age. He's getting the ball to his first read when it's open at the exact moment he ends his drop. If it's not there, he's bouncing forward making his second read, third bounce - third read, etc. The kid is special and moves in the pocket with confidence. And what a release, zero windup and the ball has drive.

Can't wait to see what he does in '19 after Burrow is drafted.

Comment 22 Apr 2017

I just don't buy into the "we need to get our QBs playing time or they will leave."

Two reasons I say this:

1) We've seen that a QB needs less than a full season as the starter to be considered a big time prospect in the league - Trubinsky is one of the top QBs coming out after starting one season and our very own King Dolodale was a first round lock after 3 games.

2) Look at what Pete Carroll did at USC in the early to mid 2000s. By no means is that the norm, but Urban is recruiting as well as Carroll was then. Palmer was drafted #1 overall in '03, Cassel late in '05, Leinart #10 overall in '06, David Booty late in '08, and Mark Sanchez #5 overall in '09. That's 5 QBs drafted in 6 years.

There's no reason why - to me - Burrow can't start next year and head to the league after one season. Haskins can be drafted after starting one or two seasons after Joe and then Martell after starting one or two seasons after Haskins. I'm in love with Haskins as a player, but is it worth disrupting the depth to start the younger guy? If Haskins were to start in 2018 and Burrow transfers as a grad student, then Haskins goes down - we're one injury away from starting a true freshman in Emory Jones.

Let each QB take their turn, when it is their turn. If/When injuries happen - we'll be prepared.

TL;DR - Nobody needs to transfer.

Comment 03 Apr 2017

Not denying that the kid has talent, but barring injuries there's no way he sees the field in meaningful time this year. Webb, Fuller and Smith are each extremely talented options that have more experience.

I have a feeling that Smith and Webb will get the first snaps, but if Fuller comes in and makes some plays when he gets his chance - who knows? I think Webb could even find himself on the outside looking in if he doesn't really develop before the season. Smith and Webb are very similar players that favor run-support, and I think Smith does it better. Fuller might have to see the field on passing downs because of his length and range. So maybe Fuller becomes the nickel or dime on passing downs? There are so many options in the secondary you could really have some fun with the combinations.

Bring in 6 DBs - 3 CBs and 3 Safeties, then go either 3-2 or 4-1 in front of that. Get the speed on the field in obvious passing situations.

Comment 28 Mar 2017

Ok, yeah while I get what you are saying - I don't believe that 'vision' is some innate ability that you either have or don't have. There are dozens of variables that contribute to whether or not a LB is meeting ball-carriers at the LOS and padding them up - it's ambiguous and nearly impossible to summate that ability as just 'vision'. It's also absurd, to me, to suggest that a light bulb can't come on for a LB that allows him to develop into something special post-high-school career. But I'm not trying to have a semantics battle either, my only original point was that we haven't seen enough out of Booker to know if he has anything at all. He was injured in the first half of the season opener! Did you expect 3 TFLs and a pick-six in that amount of play?

What you say about Baker "seeing it" also narrowly contradicts your own assertion that Booker doesn't "see it" - because the coaching staff had Booker starting over Baker following an entire spring and fall camp.

I would also attribute Grant's lack of development to a processing handicap - I think it was very obvious from day 1 that he was a physical specimen that couldn't handle the mental load of MLB. But I'm trying to avoid coming off as condescending, I totally get what you mean - Katzenmoyer had it, AJ had it, Lauranaitis had it, Shazier, Rolle, Lee, etc. That animalistic instinct and understanding of the game coupled with a creatine-phosphate dependent muscle system found in 2% of humans. It's rare, it's special - but the coaches had to see something in Booker to give him the first shot over Baker last year, when it was so obvious that Baker was/is a freak.

People tried to say the same things about Gareon Conley after the MSU game, and about Taylor Decker after Kahlil Mack stole his lunch money - that they didn't get it, they didn't see it, they didn't have the high ceiling. But as long as we have the best coaching staff in America, I trust that the guys going in have plenty of vision and will end up on an NFL roster.

Comment 27 Mar 2017

What would lead you to believe that he didn't have enough 'vision' to play on the inside (whatever that means)? The point of the article is that we haven't seen him in action - at all, whatsoever. We don't know what his strengths/weaknesses are, and citing high school tape is irrelevant when discussing an upperclassman in college.

Dante is the most intriguing unknown on the defense, right up there with the replacement corner and safety alongside Denzel and Damon - respectively. Especially considering that he was special enough to sideline Baker - a superstar in his own right - for the beginning of last season.

This LB trio could be special - like Hawk, Carpenter, Schlegel special.

Comment 26 Mar 2017

Shorter players have shorter legs, which hurts them as distance increases. Shorter legs are useful for quick changes of direction and start/stop speed, but can only stride so long. Taller athletes have better times for intermediate and longer straight-distance sprints, because of stride length.

Usain Bolt is 6'5.

The truly amazing athletes have the ability to manipulate stride length and become a "shifty" runner in tight spaces, then lengthen to a sprint stride for straight line stretches. Like the Devin Hester and Ted Ginn types, who are both 5'11 with short torsos/long legs.

I don't know about the track team at OSU being bad, but it wouldn't surprise me if Urban wanted to collaborate with sprint coaches to keep Dontre fast with his added weight. So he may not have been a contributor for the track team, but who knows?

Comment 22 Mar 2017

But while that passing defense didn't even crack the nation's top 100 - the rushing defense was actually rather good.

Well yeah, because why run when it was so easy to pass on that D? lol

But the point remains, LB might not have always been a unit of strength under Fick - although it often was - there was never a severe dip in production out of that group.

First - nobody could spot that "diamond in the rough" kind of recruit better than him. 

Why he is going to straight kill it at Cincy.

There wasn't even a ripple when Schiano came in and tweaked things a little more last year. 

So true, and this ability of Fickell's was seriously overlooked. He may not be the pure 'leader' that an Urban Meyer is, but his ability to work with others and adapt for the sake of production is unmatched. The same way that a player can be coachable, Luke was extremely manageable - he worked well within the confines of a structured system.

Davis is gonna be good, but he may need to cater his teaching style to a younger audience slightly. While most of our LBs will be in the NFL, they aren't yet. And at this level, there is still a considerable amount of teaching that a coach has to do - ala LJ Sr. Just another case of you and I agreeing more often than not though, Phi. I don't think this program is where it's at today if not for Luke Fickell, and I really hope Davis can maintain that level.

Comment 19 Mar 2017
That's the thing, it's impossible to disassociate the jersey with the game it was worn in. I believe that the Stormtrooper and Dark Knight jerseys are two of the best designs ever made - and that the NC reds are slightly tacky because of the black shoulder number. That being said, I'll vote 2015 vs Oregon over anything, just because of how special that year was. It's like Cardale's face belongs behind that mask.
Comment 18 Mar 2017

Not petty - merely an indication of reality.

With Franklin winning his first conference title, we need to stomp out the tiny flame that is their current momentum. Each victory they have on or off the field keeps their ball rolling. It's not inconsequential, a victory over PSU in recruiting a 5-star DE is a very tangible victory - and somewhat dire in ways.

Time to put them in their place. Perception is reality, let them win this 5-star and they will think they deserve more. I'm all for the B1G being perceived as strong - so long as TTUN and PSU don't win a natty all the while.