I apologize for this, CW823, but come on, this line of thinking is just plain absurd.
Joe Burrow has thrown 28 career passes, all of which have come at the tail end of blowout victories (BGSU, Rutgers, Nebraska, & Maryland) that OSU won by a combined score of 259-16, and only 12 of those 259 points can be credited to Burrow.
This is not a knock on Joe Burrow. He may well end up being the best QB in school history for all we know, but right now he's only received the same coaching as the existing starter at QB. Barrett certainly has some warts that will be tough to overcome this far into his career, but the backup QB argument here is tired. Barrett is CLEARLY going to be the starter, not because of loyalty from the staff, but because he's still the best option.
There is a reason Texas fans were hoping he'd transfer.
See you there, coach
You're correct, JT looked left first based on the number of defenders, which is what he's supposed to do. In fact, they're motioning Weber out of the backfield to create that discrepancy and make it easier to get Curtis the ball.
OSU already uses plenty of it, and I wouldn't call it controversial by any means. Almost every school in the country uses RPOs at this point.
Fair point re: Wilson, but I think the expectations of a nose tackle for fans is different than what coaches expect. Playing nose is the least glamorous position on the field, as your entire job is to occupy as many blockers as possible. Shooting a gap at that spot is almost a detriment at times since it virtually guarantees a blocker will be able to get his hands on an inside linebacker.
Even though someone like a Wilson might be athletic for his size, every defensive coach in America would rather the linebacker be the one left unblocked in the hole. That's why guys like Big Hank and Dexter Lawrence at Clemson play the 3-technique spot, despite being the desired size of a nose.
Yeah, the concept of zone blocking had been floating around in playbooks since the 50s, but no one made it an underlying philosophy, mastering it and finding ways to run it against any look the way Gibbs did in Denver.
It's also worth noting that he was Woody's final offensive coordinator ('75-'78), although he didn't commit to the zone scheme like this until he got to Denver in the mid '90s.
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Excellent point. I've never understood why Meyer shied away from reading the OT/TE double, given that his backs read C/G combos all the time. My only guess is the additional footwork that has to be repeatedly drilled. It will be interesting to see if this different style is included in the spring game, because if they aren't teaching it then, then it likely won't be taught at all.
True, so I'd expect OSU to use an unbalanced line with both tackles to the backside, creating that same cutback lane.
Was more a statement of scheme than results. Schiano made the unit far more dependent on man-schemes than Ash's quarters principles. Not a statement on results, though.
Shhhh, that's coming next week...
Both Cook and Conner gashed the Tigers with outside zone from alignments with the QB under center, thanks in part to the fact that the defense had to account for play-action roll-outs on the backside, allowing for cutbacks. That lateral run action is different from the straightforward tight zone and Power-O between the tackles that OSU generally likes to call for Mike Weber, as well as Zeke and Hyde before him.
So, my point was not that teams can't run on Clemson, but rather that they have to get out on the edges to do so.
There will definitely be some Cover 1, but I can't imagine Baker playing the Robber role, given his athleticism. McMillan lacks the pure foot speed to run with Gallman or Leggett in the open field, but is a heady player that can read and react to Watson's eyes, making him best suited for the role.
Yes, they ran this look early when Michigan was still trying to establish the run with 22 personnel, but then abandoned it for long stretches when Speight started throwing on first down consistently. The 4-4 then came back in OT when M had the ball between the 5 and 20-yard lines.