Came here to say the same thing. Northwestern put everything into that game. Much like Va Tech put everything into it this year. Northwestern fell apart in every way after that game. The Buckeyes have had that target attached to their backs since ths streak. Started. You are going to get every teams best shot every week. Unfortunately, this years team had a very small margin of error going into that VT game. And just didnt execute at a high enough level to win the game.
Because of the coaching. Dantonio is a hell of a coach. We all know that. Narduzzi is a top level DC. They win with defense because of the mindset of those two men. Now...you gotta wonder how much longer Dino can keep Narduzzi under lock and key in East Lansing. Schools will come calling soon...with a sizable pay raise and the keys to the corvette for him. Thats the big difference between them and the rest of the teams recruiting middle of the road talent. Coaching. Coaching coaching coaching.
On the converse...TSUN has continued to land elite level talent. And have yet to develop it. Their O Line has been a mess. Their D is no better than it has been. And Gardner seems to regress with each snap. The only bright spots have bee Funchess and Green. But thats mosyly based on God given abilities. Just recruiting well doesnt equal success. It takes an equally concerted effort to develop kids and coach them up.
Obviously if the foot issue continues and he cant play or be effective when he does, youd figure he would entertain the option of shutting it down, getting healthy and coming back next year primed for a run. But if hes healthy enough to play, you play him. Vannett is a solid player, Baugh will be if he stays right and you have josh moore coming in next year. Plus, the option is there to move Hubbard to the TE spot if need arises. I just dont see Meyer redshirting a healthy Jeff Heuerman for the sake of doing it. Unless its an injury that surgery alone can fix, which would effectively end his season. But youd figure if that was the case it would have already been decided on and taken care of.
What are the chances his shoulder will be uealed and rehabbed in time for a pro day? They are usually in April...which will be about 7 months outs from surgery. He reinjured his shoulder 7 months out from minor surgery. A torn labrum is a whole different ball of wax.
This is blasphemous...Skyline chili is an Ohio treasure.
Youre combining games. Michael Thomas had the INT bounce off his hands against Kent.
Didnt he come to OSU to be a safety in the first place?
How awful was his performance against VaTech in all honesty? Up until the middle of the 4th, he was the one offensive player keeping them in the game. Dont let the stat line fool you...he was putting balls on the receivers hands and numbers. And they were dropping them. He was getting planted, flushed from the pocket or forced to run on about every drop back. And until Bud Foster let loose the hounds of hell in the 4th, he was making a game of it. Even with the drops. Even with no run game. Even with suspect pass pro. The final score and line do not indicate what he showed on the field. He showed heart, toughness and an iron will. He made some mistakes...forcing throws into coverage late. But Id rather have a guy step up and make those mistakes in an effort to win than be afraid to roll the dice when sh*t gets real and you need them.
Wouldnt be a fair comparison...if you are talking about Braxtons freshman year. Seeing as Braxton was inserted as the starter a few gamez in. And was pulled in at least one game. Also, his top RB was supended 5 games. And only had his best receiver for the last two. For the mess he was thrown into, he performed admirably. But the numbers certainly would favor Barrett if he can maintain the pace hes on.
First thing first...we have no idea how Braxtons shoulder will respond to surgery. It may not heal fully or well enough for him to throw a football. In which case a position change ensues, and you have a well seasoned starter in Barrett, and a guy who will be the most dynamic athlete in CFB in Miller. Theres a lot of time between now and then for these things to be sorted out. Its week 4 of this season...lets just enjoy watching Barrett develop, let Braxtons shoulder heal and worry about this in spring.
They dont call him the Fireman for no reason...
But seriously...why is it a big deal? Ive met pornstars before. Pretty interesting people once you get past the whole stigma of their profession. And as far as Heuerman needing to take this down? Why? Not like shes butt naked straddling him. Its a picture of him and another person who happens to be paid to entertain...fully clothed. Heuerman is the last guy anyone has to worry about as far as getting in trouble or being a negative spokesman for this team. He chose to unwind the way a lot of guys his age and older do. Its not earth shattering news. Guys like strip clubs.
And its not like there is a group of recruits with him throwing dollar bills. Hes of age and well within his rights.
Believe what he means is that the OLB shoukd have been left ublocked and been the one Barrett reads on the play. DEs are usually the read man in any option play because hes responsible for outside contain. With a blitzer coming from outside, he assumes contain. Thus becoming the read man on whether to pitch it to the RB or flip it inside on the shovel.
9 months to prepare? Umm...sounds good and all. But there was that whole pesky preparing for Navy thing. And losing your starting qb and arguably best player in CFB thing too. Guessing the staff put all tge preparation eggs over them winter and spring into identify replacements for departed studs. And the better part of camp preparing for Navys goofy ass offense. As a coach, you prepare for one at a time.
You could have done it without saying anyone who didnt share it is football ignorant. Thats what I take issue with. Its unnecessary.
You had to say the word roast...word is, Hoke is on his way with two forks and a tanker truck full of gravy. He loves him a good, tender roast.
Ok...I played college football. And understand how much work goes into a game plan. You can throw Navy out...that game was planned to have a healthy Braxton Miller. And they started that game plan at the beginning of camp. Then Miller went down...hard to undo 2+ weeks of planning for a guy to be there. Even if the guy who fills the spot has been preparing with the first team as well. Hes inexperienced...and by the 3rd quarter he got it rolling.
Va Tech showed a look that the coaches hadnt seen. And I agree that Herman could have made adjustments...and also realize he hasnt been stellar in the adjustment department in game period. Add in failing protection, no discernible run game and a rash of crushing drops...its a 50/50 responsibility between players and coaches.
Why, in the wake of a coplete performance, are we arguing about this? Lets bask in what was a solid performance across the board. Not fight each other, thump our chests about past glory and act like what level of football we played makes us superior to others.
Maybe this was a suggestion from people around him. As a way for him to see what real addiction looks like and leads to. He may not be addicted...but I know frome experience how non addictive drugs can lead you into a black hole of addiction. Maybe those who love him want him to be surrounded by real addicts so he realizes what it can turn into. He has a bright future whethere he plays another down of football here or not. This isnt about that...its about his life. Todays actions affect his future more than he knows.
I wont pile on a kid for doing something Ive done in the past. And I know what experimenting can lead to. A lifelong fight to stay away from these things that can ruin lives. The first step is asking for help, which hes doing. If he can nip this thing before he progresses into the next steps of addicition, he will be better for it. Its not easy...no matter how addictive something is.
So, you know football better than all of us? Pretty damn arrogant statement to make that since all of us dont follow the hivemind mentality and would like to see some other people get a shot that it makes us unknoledgeable drones. I know football pretty well...played most of my life into college. And I think there is more to Smith than anyone realizes. Never taken anything away from Elliot or Samuel. Both are extremely talented, explosive players. But neither one has the ability to lower the pads, punish tacklers and earn the hard yards. Its a nice problem to have so many capable guys in one backfield. And thats without even mentioning brionte dunn and warren ball.
Having a differing opinion doesnt make anyone smarter or dumber by comparison. It just means we dont agree. Pretty unnecessary to call people out like that.
What more do you want from Curtis Grant? He has stepped up his game from last year to this year. Yeah...coverage is still an issue. But hes putting himself in much better position this year than last. Keep in mind that last week, he wasnt getting roasted off the snap in coverage. It was when Brewer went into scramble mode, he wasnt staying in contact with his man. Neither were the dbs for that matter. Grant has shown some serious inprovement overall. And has earned the right to play significant snaps. Kwon will get his. Hes on kickoff team and has been rotated in during games. Right now he will get some extended looks. Once B1G play starts..mits a different animal and Ill trust the guy whos been there before.
Whatever happened to hands? Guys trying to trap balls against their chest, get arms u der it and use the body...i love a good solid hands catch. Get both of them on the ball and pull it in. Barrett is putting it on the button. Gotta get the hands up and ready to get them on the pigskin.
These guys are fans like us. Just attention whores...but is what it is.
Miller and Frazier have been splitting time in his absence already. Dont see it changing. Having Washington inside has been a luxury when healthy. Has defensive end athleticism with tackle size. You might see more of schutt being rotated in on passing downs and washington shifted out to end. Gives you the 4 best available linemen out there. Washington has just been so disruptive in the run game I dont see them moving him out on early downs.
In terms of what? How can you honestly state that? Smith hasnt seen the field for numerous reasons. None of which are talent related. I agree that Elliot is extremely talented. So is Rod Smith. The difference between thewo is experience in pass protetction. With the way the offensive line has played, you need someone who can pick up free runners to your qb. Smith has both the size and experience to do that. None of our backs who lined up next to Barrett against Va Tech showed that. And Elliot was they guy who was in most when the wheels fell off.
Other than some self inflicted mental flubs and the emergence of Hyde, I havent seen any other evidence that shows he isnt capable or worthy of taking on a prominent role here. Why not kick the tires on it? He can pound, and is surprisingly agile for a guy his size. And has some solid top end speed as well. Hes shown some flashes in the past. Why not give him an extended game day look. This offense needs an identity. And a guy to step up...why noy a 5th year senior?
This was a point I heard Golic bring up on Mike and Mike. And its spot on. You cant hammer someone publicly and repeatedly, then turn around and use the same defense you labelled unsatisfactory. Im no expert...but I believe that makss you a hypocrite.