If we rock Wisconsin, we will be in the playoff. End of story. That has been said all day on ESPN...Cardale pretty much has a one game audition next Saturday against Wisconsin to see if he can take the team to the playoff or not.
I work with a former player (believe it or don't, it is no matter to me) who was teammates with Fickell. Although he personally is not still in touch with Fickell, the story he has been told by his other former teammates who are still quite connected with Fickell and OSU in general, is that Fickell would've taken the HC job in Florida had his wife not been pregnant with their child at the time. On top of that, Vrabel and some other friends had just moved back to Columbus and "life was good" here in Ohio. Now, Vrabel is gone, the child is born, and from what my co-worker is told...Urban doesn't treat Fickell all that well anymore. For lack of a better phrase, Urban is tired of him and wants him to go. This will be Fickell's last season at OSU and I hope that he can find a good home elsewhere....I think YSU makes sense and would be a good fit for him.
Again, take that as you may. I'm just passing along what I've been told (I was actually told all of this at the beginning of the season, just never bothered to post it here because I didn't feel like dealing with the doubters).
Fickell is the one I worry about the least, followed by Herman (although he got some points back against MSU, I'm still not convinced he can make in game adjustments when his initial plan doesn't work out. His plan worked from the start against MSU). I've heard some things about Fickell's fate after this year from the inside (a former player, one who actually played with Fickell) and how he is treated by Meyer, so I'm not concerned with him being around next year.
Yeah that was the series (or a few consecutive plays, at least) Michael Thomas was out...it had me very nervous at the time bc I thought he was hurt, then he was right back in next series and order was restored.
Mike and Mike were speaking positively about tOSU this morning, too. WTF is going on?
God I fucking hate Mark May.
I like putting Spencer back on kicks, he is a great blocker in space...and we all know 100% of the returns will be taken by Jalin. I hope to see Jalin really break out in Dontre's absence during his surgery rehab, it will help to motivate Dontre and having friendly competition is always a good thing.
lol, it was even called out by the broadcasters on the replay. It was a great block.
Urban was waiting on the call to come through too, obviously Herman couldn't make his damn mind up. Absolutely unacceptable.
Because Herman has a hard on for failing on a play then running it a second time in a row only to fail again when he gets inside the 10.
I expect him to know how to adjust, which he clearly doesn't.
Some people have contracted a permanent hard on for Jalin since he committed. Some people have done the same thing with Dontre. Pretty much any thread discussing one of the two turns into a "who I personally like more, I won't use stats to support my argument" fest.
The 49'ers Front Office is also ran by dumbfucks who are equally as difficult to work with, yet much less successful.
Braxton is a better playmaker, JT is a better QB.
I said the exact same thing this past Saturday when Herman repeatedly tried to force it up the middle inside the 10 (and repeatedly failed). So, yes I agree 100% with what you're saying...but I have no idea what the cause for Herman "clamming up" is, I just hope he figures it out soon.
You all do realize the revamping of the pizza was started when Brandon was there, right? It was his idea, it just went live with the public after his departure.
Alex Smith, the list goes on and on. It happens quite often.
Unnecessary? Yes. Valid? Yes.
When he begins catching well thrown balls, I will gladly retract my statement. Until then, I stand by my comment.
If Corey Smith never took another meaningful snap, I can't say I would be sad at all.
JT Barrett and Vonn Bell
Chip Kelly is/was an "offensive genius", Tom Herman is not. He is not even in the same stratosphere as other "offensive geniuses", IMO. Herman lost my confidence against Northwestern last year when I watched him (and it wasn't the first time by any means), as he calls it, "Fall into old bad habits." From there I kept quiet and gave him the benefit of the doubt because he was winning games. Now it seems that Braxton and Carlos helped to hide many of his inadequacies. He has shown no real ability to make necessary in game adjustments and I think a team with this much speed and talent deserves better. He seems to show up with a game plan (in most cases not a great one) and he runs it into the ground regardless of it's rate of success or failure. The few adjustment he does make are generally overdone and make us predictable.
I don't hate the guy, but I'm def not on the side of things where I am fearful he will take a job elsewhere. I actually hope he does so that things organically take care of themself.
Are you familiar with Bear Cover 0 defense? There isn't an O-line in the world that is holding that back type of pressure back for very long at all; especially not one that isn't very experienced and lacks chemistry. Sure the offensive line struggled greatly and should have given JT an extra couple of seconds, but the dogshit play calling by Herman (his standard inability to adapt or design/call quick hitting passing routes) and the inability of our receivers to get separation off the line did us in...the times that they did, they dropped wide open catches on well thrown balls. Those things are a recipe to crumbling under heavy blitz pressure, which is exactly what we did. They brought extra guys and ran 1-on-1 press with no safety help; very high risk but our receivers and play callers couldn't make them pay.
Herman, Smith, Fickell...that's my wish list to be free agents before next year.
Having Braxton out for the season has taken some of the cover off the severely flawed areas we have on the staff and in the offensive scheme. In the long run, I hope this will lead to some positive changes. Until then, we can just watch and hope that the team and staff continue to improve as the season goes on.
Take a lap.
Stopped reading when I saw you were taking things you saw against William & Mary as relevant bases for projecting against tOSU.