I think this is an important point as to why Cardale needs to be the QB for the upcoming season. With Cardale, the offense was much less dependent on the QB run and leaned more on Zeke. Relying upon Zeke was one of the reasons for OSU's success in the playoffs last year. Put Cardale in at QB, hand the ball off to Zeke A LOT, and take some shots deep off of the play action.
Wow, this is fun. My starting five would be: Conley, Russell, Diebler, Sullinger and Oden.
My bench would be: Craft, Lighty, JJ Sullinger, Buford, Ross, Thomas, and Mullens.
I agree with whoever said the team was better without Turner even though he had one great year. I'll take Lighty, Q Ross, or the older Sullinger over ET.
Nice list. The most important play in the National Champ game, in my opinion, was the push pass sweep to Jalin on 4th and 3 in the first quarter. It wasn't a flashy play, but not picking up that first down changes that game considerably. I think it is a top ten pass play due to its importance.
Meg really helped in Dodson's commitment too!
I thought the "Coach in Waiting" title was already given to Fickell.
Dontre had two fumbles on special teams. One we were fortunate to keep and the other we lost. I really think Marshall is more explosive.
I don't know enough about Minnesota's defensive tackles to know if this game will be close. The way to slow OSU's offense down at this point in the season is to have tremendous defensive tackles like Penn State. Our interior offensive lineman can be dominated by great defensive tackles. Without great defensive tackles, I think OSU will win and probably handily.
Minnesota does have a good downhill running game. MSU showed a downhill running game can work against OSU's defense, but this only works if a team can slow down OSU's offense.
Devin changes what aggressive defenses can do against OSU. His over the top ability opens up the running game. Bottom line, Devin Smith and Michael Thomas need to be on the field at the same time. I know they play the same position, but those two on the field together can stretch any defense in the country.
I think Jalin Marshall is the better player. Period. Marshall has better hands catching the ball as a receiver, he is the better returner (both punt and KO), better at running the wildcat, and quite frankly, more explosive in the open field. I am not sure about blocking since I don't really watch the game for blocking, but my guess would be Marshall is better at blocking. I also don't watch route running, but DW doesn't seem to outshine Marshall in that category, nor does it matter if DW continues to drop balls.
I would like to see OSU play with their 3 most explosive WRs at the same time: Thomas, Smith, and Marshall. With all due respect to Spencer and Wilson, the other three are extremely explosive and REALLY stretch a defense.
Bringing pressure leaves holes. Hello Jeff Heuerman down the seam!! I don't think the MSU D-line has enough to win the game for them on their own.
When is Jalin Marshall going to be the top punt and kick returner? Dontre Wilson is serviceable, but Marshall is going to be special as a returner.
The Braxton led offense made the big play seem easy. They aren't. Braxton is just that electric of a player. With that said, I think OSU is going to be a better offense by the end of this year compared to the past two years. JT Barrett is becoming more consistent and efficient as a passer each week. The offensive line is learning pass pro better which gives JT more time to throw each week. The progression in the passing game is leading to more holes for our RBs to run through.
JT reminds me of Troy Smith, but JT has a chance to be better than Troy given the offensive scheme.
You might be right. However, EZE is always available for those carries.
I think it should be noted that Kenny Guiton didn't have the strongest arm in the world and he had the longest touchdown pass of the season to Devin Smith. J.T. doesn't need to have a cannon. Accuracy and timing are more important even on the long throws. If J.T. (or Cardale, for that matter) can make the proper reads in the running game and then throw accurate passes on time, this offense could put up similar numbers to last year.
I feel terrible for Braxton. I hope he gets better soon. With that said, next man up! If JT Barrett can be as effective as Kenny Guiton running the offense, it WILL be a fun season. JT did come from a school that ran a similar offense. I hope he has the reads down in the running and passing game.
I'm excited to see what Michael Hill can do. He seems to fit the mold of a dominant interior lineman.
Good write up, Kyle. However, the Midline is almost always run to the 3 technique. If it is run to the 1 technique or nose guard it is almost always a "pull" for the QB. The Midline is a great compliment to the Veer because typically the Veer is run toward the 1 technique. Since these two plays compliment each other, a check call can easily be made at the line of scrimmage. For instance, if the call is Veer right and the Defense is playing a 3 technique to that side of the ball, the play can either be flipped to the other side (assuming there is a 1 technique on the left side) or simply changed to the Midline. The call in the huddle would be, Veer Right Check Midline or Veer Right Check Railroad (or Ohio if you play EA football games). These easy checks make the flexbone hard to stop when executed properly even with 8 or 9 in the box.
This list plus Mack would make me even happier. Maybe the Browns make some moves and use a pick next year to get your crop listed above and Mack. I would be dancing circles, but it probably won't happen. The #4 pick is probably going to be Manziel or Bortles, unfortunately.
If you changed Allen Robinson to Kelvin Benjamin, I might jump off a bridge. I have a sneaking suspicion that Robinson is going to be good. He reminds me of Keenan Allen. Maybe it is because they share a name, I don't know. Actually, if Bert is ever associated with the Browns or Buckeyes, I will jump off a bridge. But your likely scenario isn't too far fetched, unfortunately.
Dream wise, if Skov falls into the 3rd of 4th round that would be awesome. I'd love to have him, but I think he will probably go late in the second round.
I think you are probably right about trading up to get Johnny Football. If that happens, it probably kills the Browns ability to move back up into the second round by trading a 3,4, and 6. Maybe Carr or Garappolo would still be sitting at #26.
It is sad that this is my favorite time of the year to be a Browns fan. This is the only time the Browns are ever up at the top of the standings.
If Yankey falls to the 4th round, it would be a coup. I like your list too. Too bad the Browns will screw this up.
I'm glad you mentioned Dion Lewis. I think he is going to be a really good 3rd down back and maybe even more. This is one of the reasons I think it would be smart for the Browns to wait until very late to take another RB. Other than McCarron, I like what you did.
I'm concerned that Watkins isn't that much better than the other receivers, i.e., Mike Evans, Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks and Allen Robinson. With that said, I wouldn't be upset with Watkins going at #4 though. I'd like it a whole lot more than Bortles/Bridgewater/Carr/Manziel. When all is said and done, I think the Browns do take Manziel with #4 and break my heart.
I like taking a CB with the 26th pick. My personal favorite in that range is the kid from TCU, Jason Verrett. I think he will be Antoine Winfield 2.0.
I love the 1B pick. Although you might be right, I would vomit with the 1A pick...