He could very well end up with 12 TDS and 12 INTS. This is the easy part of the schedule. I dont see his numbers improving against better competition. As far as taking away some of that development if Urban benches him, who cares if it is in the best interest of the team. Urban's number one priority is what is best for the team, not any individual player.
After these first 5 games, what are Cardale's strengths?? A cannon for an arm? Great, but if you have no one to throw the ball to downfield and/or you are not accurate, it makes no difference if you can throw the ball 200 yards in the air. We are already starting to see the defenses stack the box to take away Zeke. It's what I would do if I were an opposing coach. Make Cardale try to beat you. We may get away with running into a 8 or 9 man box against inferior talent, but when we get to MSU or Michigan, they will stuff the run. Finally, I really hope Urban would not put Cardale's draft stock above what is best for the team. Even if that was his intention, if Cardale continues to play like this, he will be a late round "project" at the draft since his stock will fall anyway.
Even if you think Cardale has made some improvements the last couple of weeks (aganist Hawaii, NIU, Western Michigan, and Indiana), if he doesnt show significant improvement against Maryland, we are in serious trouble going forward. None of these games have been the "gimmees" everyone thought they would be and Illinois, Penn State, and Rutgers are not looking like pushovers for this team. We are almost half way through the regular season, time is running out for simple improvement. This team needs to start executing, now.
Why not utilize Braxton in that situation? He doesnt have to throw it far and he has more moves than anyone else on the field.
Please tell me you did not just question Urban Fucking Meyer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kannell agreed with him. When you lose Finebaum AND Kannell, you have lost the nation..............................
Horse shit!! Let's run those fake Buckeyes out of town!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Actually, it was both Paul Finebaum and Danny Kannell. I am watching it right now.
I guess I am confused then. If Urban is looking at what the roster has to offer and going in that direction, how do you explain sticking with a qb that can basically only throw deep. problem is there are no true deep threats on this roster. no devin smith's. so why, do you keep a qb in that does not have the accuracy that is required for short to intermediate routes? as far as cardales progression skills, I don't think he has them. in many cases, the oline gives him more than enough time to find someone open. he holds the ball for a very long time and then tries to force the pass into tight windows instead of hitting the checkdown or running with the ball until it is too late. he locks onto his primary reciever and tries to wait until they get separation. they need to go back to the gameplan they had last season. give him 2 reads and then tell him to tuck and run or throw it away if it is not open. the coaches do not trust him and he does not trust himself. make it as basic as possible and then, if he excels, start to open it back up. it also does not help when they get behind in the down and distance early in the process. try throwing on first down once in a while since the box is stacked with 8 or 9 guys trying to stop Zeke.
I find it hard to believe that Michael Thomas cannot get open on a consistent basis. Cardale holds the ball for a very long time, but he locks on to his reciever and just waits to see if they can get open. He has not mastered his progression reads and that is hurting the offense. we are almost half way through the season and we still do not have that "take the top off" recieiver. Cardale's short passing game is pretty bad. How long do you wait to go in a different direction? what if there are no deep threats on this team that can provide the type of play that devin smith did? Do you wait until the team loses? If you do, it will be too late since (unless Notre Dame and the other conference champs have 2 lossess) there is no way this team gets in the playoff with their schedule and the way they played. But, Urban gets paid a lot of money to make these decisions, so I guess we need to let him make it.
I wouldnt say the refs have nit picked us this season. The vast majority of those penalties are blatantly obvious ones. Penalties like facemasks and pass interference happen when the player is out of position or beaten in most cases. Tyvis Powell had a poor game yesterday especially on the qb run for a touchdown in the 4th qtr. he took a piss poor angle and looked to be running at half speed. they may turn the ship around in time, but we are almost half way through the season and we look worse now than we did to start the season. you can call me a "chicken little" all you want, but unless they fix these issues soon (turnovers, penalties, qb play, etc.) they will not make it out of conference play undefeated and if they lose a single game , they are out of the playoffs due to the weak schedule.
Even the coaching staff does not trust Cardale to throw the ball towards the end of a game which is a giant red flag. If I were an opposing coach, I would stack the box with 8 or 9 men and force Cardale to win the game.
Even when there were no penalties or turnovers, this team is pitiful in the red zone. teams stack the box to stop Zeke because they dont feel that Cardale can make the throws into tight windows in the end zone. And they have been right so far. CJ is not the same QB in the red zone. Once he gets in there he is very tentative and it's a toss up when he does decide to pass. Everyone time he throws the ball, I dont know of anyone who has a comfortable feeling in the pit of their stomach.
How dare you!! Your common sense offends me!!!
15 game season bro
not unless they fix their problems. only guaranteed 12 right now. wont survive MSU and TTUN let alone PSU, Minn, or IL if they play like this. bro...
we are almost half way thru the season. should be gelled by now.
I got the under. No matter what it is....................Can't lose.
Wow.....your scarlet colored glasses must be some real fucking coke bottles..................
I think you need to start following Purdue. they dont have or encourage high expectations....... Just because people are upset about the way the team plays doesnt make them bad fans. granted there are a few fans that are out there, but if it offends you, dont get on the game threads or read the forums after a poorly played game. you dont have to click on anything.
IU has played us lights out for the past 3 years, every opponent we meet is playing with house money, they have nothing to
lose, so why not throw the book at us ?
well, they didnt exactly "throw the book at us". they had one trick play. oh but lets not forget that trick where they played the second half with their back up qb and running back......................
we have not played a complete game so far this year. va tech is not a good team. hawaii is not a good team. NIU is not a good team. no excuses. this team is not a good team.
If you have misplaced your "scarlet colored glasses", we can send you a new pair and then you will see how glorious this team is truly playing...............
people saying to relax. its early. we will get it fixed. well, we are almost half way through the season and we looked like we regressed from VA Tech. i would say that luckily we have maryland next week, but there are no gimmees on the schedule with this team. if they dont fix it within the next week or two, we are going to make the season for some scrub team like penn state or illinois when they beat us let alone playing MSU or the fighting harbaughs' who would destroy us right now.
the refs were bad both ways. bosa should have probably been flagged for a late hit on the last play of the game. if you watch the replay, the ref was looking right at it when bosa pushed their qb out of bounds after he threw the pass.
and you see how "great" the redzone offense has been...........................