Pewee Herman's play calling has always been suspect. A tremendous amount of OSU's success on offense has been attributed to Braxton's athleticism, deep balls, and Carlos Hyde. A good offensive game plan looks like poetry in motion. Making the defense guess what your doing. Not, lets just call the same three yards and a cloud of dust plays. How does Fickell and Herman keep their jobs, is beyond me. Go Bengals!
I don't think its a matter of finding that SEC style of defensive coach. The SEC didn't invent the aggressive style of defensive play. When you coach very aggressive on defense, you must recruit those type of players. What's also important is the development of those players as well. Well ultimately don't know if ball skills aren't being taught to our guys, however, being able to recongnize and locate the ball being thrown to your receiver is more important. Understanding ball flight and how to attack the ball, while preventing the receiver from catching it. I've been saying for years, basketball style training for DB's, should be taught, because of the explosive and drive, coming from their base, but also, it teaches you how to box out and catch the ball at the highest point.
When Mike Brown goes away or suddenly become competent, is when they'll succeed in the playoffs. Promote Lewis to GM because he is really good at evaluating talent. Then hire a head coach.
Braxton looks like someone who is trying to be manufactured into a qb. He just doesn't look right back there. Hopefully he'll improve in the offseason.
Don't forget, when you don't open up some run lanes with passes, the defense will continue to stack the box. Hmmm..... stop calling the same play, out of the same formation. Every time Braxton is in the backfield alone, he's doing a qb keeper. Dontre Wilson only gets the ball, in the same formation. We don't throw him any passes at all. I understand Braxton struggles reading defenses, but you only get better with game reps, not with a guru in the offseason. When you coach Braxton or put him in game scenarios to not make plays with his arm until it's obvious, your chances for success will be low. Every called screen play was obvious. I don't doubt what we're teaching him, but I just doesn't quite look right. Urban, didn't you use Chris Leak and Tebow? Why not do the same with Braxton and Guitton?
I just couldn't understand why we kept playing 8 yards off the LOS. Clemson kept throwing the same quick screen pass, and as usual, the defense just simply doesn't adjust. Just don't get it. I would love to hear from some of our pass players on defense and offense to critique the defensive scheme.
Clemson only ran a half dozen or so plays. I've never seen so many wr screens in my life. But yet, our defense didn't even adjust to stop it. Wow! Also, on offense, it seems like the routes we have our wr's running, doesn't makes any sense.. Everything is down the field. The middle of the field was open, the entire first half, but as usual, our coaching staff doesn't make in game adjustments. Finally, is it me or does it seem like Fickell calls a blitz at the wrong time.
BuckeyeJason, I'm right there with you. To think, we secured the talents of Sabino and Andrew Sweat, in that awesome 08 class. Meh. However, I'm all for getting the services of as many 5* recruits as possible. Don't forget, maybe Fickell can't develop the 5* lb's, like he can the 3*lbs.
Why are people talking about Christian Bryant like he's Mike Doss, Donte Whitner, or Malcolm Jenkins or something.
We have got to have the most dumbest offensive coordinator in the country. Every down down, he calls the same offensive set. Emtpy back field! Freaking really, Herman!
Cook completes the freaking pass off his back foot. I don't understand what our coaches teaching on zone coverages. What use does a zone coverage have, if no one is in your zone? Like, who are you checking, yourself?
Why is our offense always sending the receivers out on deep routes? Our play calling is very elementary. It's not a bad thing to utilize our TE's, every now and then. I just don't understand our offensive game plan. Why are we throwing quick passes out in the flat? Makes absolutely no sense!
What was he thinking! The qb lobbed the ball in the air and you can't time the pass? These db's have no clue how to play the ball. Then our genius of an offensive coordinator, calls a screen on the first play. They need to start dictating the play, instead of allowing spartans to dictate to them. Then when you run a offense that doesn't allow your qb to audible, when the d is showing blitz. Trouble.
You run for 8 yards on the first play, then you call two passes! He may be a member of Mensa, but he clearly lacks common sense.
Unless Coach Meyer makes an appearance into the defensive meetings, I have absolutely no confidence in Luke Fickell. I'm sorry, but he's not a good defensive coordinator. You make in game adjustments, not wait until halftime. It's not that freaking difficult. Get your head out your backside, and throw a wrinkle into the game plan. If we beat MSU, next week, great. However, if he thinks rushing only 3 or 4 will be effective against Winston and company, the BCS game will be even more lopsided than 41-14 in 2006.
I'll say this. Fickell, twice called the wrong defense, when Ichigan called a screen pass. That's all on coaching. The defense had the opportunity to end the game, up by two touchdowns, and Fickell decided to play a soft zone defense. Ichigan has been looking horrible, over the past five weeks. Your telling me, those other teams has better players than Ohio State? Their coaching, positions there players to be in the right spot.