Had a chance meeting tonight with another Buckeye who was in-town on business. Said he was on the same flight a day or two ago with Fickell and Larry Johnson who were in-route to attempt to flip a couple players in two particular states (shall remain nameless - don't want to get the guy in trouble when he returns to Columbus). He also said Braxton's shoulder surgery was far more serious than believed. There's a chance he may not ever be able to fully rotate his arm. Limitations won't be known until well into Spring camp. Braxton is apparently enrolled in Spring classes at OSU, however.
I re-watched Sugar Bowl and NC. After doing so I think the Sugar Bowl was the real NC game. It was tougher and more physical than I recall it being.
Also watched ESPNs NC Game replay of 'coaches corner' (the one moderated by Spielman) and also 'Off The Ball'. Highly recommend the latter. Commentators were former players representing all positions. Very informative and they recognized that the Buckeyes OL and DL were dominating WAY before I recognized it. Had that been my primary platform on game day then I would have been much less anxious about the outcome. In the 4th Qtr they had some very complimentary things to say about the Buckeyes.
Here's a link to ESPN's 'Off The Ball' replay:
Well ESPN has the Buckeyes starting off the 2015 campaign ranked #2. Wonder if that's just ESPN being ESPN or whether it was a favor to Meyer so that the Buckeyes can remain the disrespected UNDERDOG. Who sits at #1 you ask? TCU.
My concern is the defensive woes may be a coaching issue. Here's why I say this. The offensive line was dysfunctional the first game and yet Warinner 's coaching has resulted in a visible improvement game to game, and not just this year but previous years as well. Likewise JT seems to be improving game-to-game so kudos to Herman (bonus: even the play calling is improving!).On the defensive side the woes continue, particularly with regard to the DBs. Linebackers seem to be improving. Absence of Spence's pass rushing ability is felt, however, because now opposition can double-team Bosa if necessary. Consequently we're not getting quick enough consistent pressure on QBs (although was it Jalyn or Tyquan that came in late in the game and was exerting pressure? Can't recall, but maybe that'll resolve itself over the season). But the DBs? Man, this is a talented group so it can't be blamed on lack of athleticism. It seems to me they're not be prepared properly, some how, some way. And answer me this with regard to Cincy's score at the end of the first half. With 50 seconds remaining why are the DBs in man coverage instead of prevent? The players don't call coverages.
I'll say this. Soccer (Futbol) can be either the most boring or most thrilling sport. Played at the highest level it is a beautiful and exciting game. But I find it very uninteresting when played at a lower level because the sloppiness negates the sport's essential fluid play. It takes an incredible amount of time and dedication to develop the requisite soccer skills to play at a top level. It's not farfetched in American football for an athlete who's never played before to begin playing in high school and earn a D1 scholarship. That could NEVER happen in soccer. In soccer athletes must develop sufficient skill in their feet to do the same thing the hand does in other sports. Ever try to drop a ball that's rocketed toward you within a couple of feet of where you stand? Could you also do the same while on a full sprint? It's the combination of skill, speed and split second decisions and reactions that make soccer, when played at the highest level, the most thrilling sport.
Mickey may be asking a bit too much from Buckeye fans/students at the outset. After last season the first thing supporters need is a refresher on how to clap.