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Member since 30 August 2010 | Blog


  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: I don't like basketball
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns(suspended)
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: I don't like basketball
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: Liverpool

Recent Activity

Comment 05 Nov 2015

Their secondary is actually pretty darn good, now that they're healthy. I expect to see Minnesota load the box against Zeke, bring pressure from a ton of different angles to try to confuse Jones, and play a lot of Cover 0 or Cover 1 with the corners on islands.

Comment 05 Nov 2015

Great article, I think you did really well explaining what Minnesota wants to do. I particularly like how you hammer on eye discipline - it's something we really harp to our guys, too, but is difficult to get with the reps we can throw at them at a small high school.

One small thing - your "12 personnel" description has "2 back," when you need "1 back"

Comment 26 Oct 2015

Teams were keeping two high safeties when Jones was in. With Barrett's running ability, they needed to add another player to the box to keep from getting gashed(which Rutgers didn't do initially, which was why Barrett was averaging like 9 yards a carry in the first half). That means they're more vulnerable to the deep ball.

Comment 20 Oct 2015

I felt like they were difficult to see on TV, as were the red numbers.

But, then again, I am in general not a fan of the black jersey trend or OSU wearing them, so I'm likely a bit biased.

Comment 24 Sep 2015

Fully agreed GB, especially when "the backup" is a guy who set all manner of records for QBs for the OSU offense last year and was a top 5 Heisman Trophy finisher.

Comment 24 Sep 2015

"Cardale has JT beat on accuracy. He just does."

Is that why Barrett has a better completion percentage than Jones this year despite throwing fewer of those touch passes, or why he had a better completion percentage than Jones last year?

Look, I love Cardale Jones' enthusiasm, energy, and love for Ohio State. I think he's a great kid doing his best for the Buckeyes, and that's all I will ever ask of him. But I think JT Barrett is a better fit for the team and scheme that the Bucks have been running, and should be the starting QB.

I get that I am not privy to the QB meetings or practices or any of those things, but your last sentence is the absolute definition of the logical fallacy of an appeal to authority, and it makes many intelligent people dismiss your arguments out of hand.

Comment 22 Sep 2015

I think you're somewhat missing the point - they aren't looking JUST for big bodies/freak athletes. They need to find guys who have the physical ability(obviously), but also the mental and fit.

Perhaps the headline could be a little clearer with "They are looking for both fit and flash."

Comment 10 Aug 2015

It is a great problem to have, to have two guys who are that good at the QB position battling for a spot.

Every time I think about Cardale Jones back there, though, and I hear "his arm strength opened up the deep ball" (which, admittedly, you did not write here, though I think you implied it), I wonder how much of that was Devin Smith being a FANTASTIC deep threat.

Many of those throws were Devin Smith winning a jump ball, rather than Cardale putting it where only his guy could get it.

Comment 03 Aug 2015

Wonderful! A small adjustment/addition to the "3-tech" part - a "1-tech" or "shade" usually lines up on the shoulder of the center, a 3 is on the outside shoulder of the guard, a 5 on the outside shoulder of the tackle, a 7 on the outside shoulder of the TE, and a 9(or ghost 9) on the outside shoulder of a wingback(or where one would be).

To be on the inside shoulder of a guard/tackle/TE, those guys are often said to be in a 2i, 4i, or 6i.

Comment 13 Jul 2015

I really, really hope CBS doesn't get it - I don't want to have to listen to Verne and Gary screw up names, compare everything to Alabama, and be absolute football luddites any more than I have to.

Comment 04 May 2015

"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there."

Not to lull you to sleep with basketball catch phrases, but learning from the guy who won 10 national titles and seven in a row seems appropriate considering what the Ohio State football team has it sights set on this fall.

 Don't forget the whole "turning a blind eye to crazy amounts of cheating by Sam Gilbert," either.