Saving page 2 of the playbook for that school up north. I don't know, man. The staff assigned one of the best backs in the history of Ohio State football to be a lead blocker for the majority of the biggest game of the year up to date.
Didn't hear the interview, and normally I'd agree with your stance. But those kids put sooooo much effort to be champions, and today the coaches failed to do their jobs as the players were gutting it out as best as they could. It seemed like the players were sent in to lose today's game. It was like they were sold out or something. Glad Zeke spoke up on this one.
It just seemed like the coaches, the offensive staff specifically, didn't plan on winning a game today. It was so weird.
Thanks Birm, for the response and all the hard work you do. Appreciate it a lot.
A question for Birm or anyone else with the knowledge:
Are there any Ohio kids that have a good shot to sneak into this class? Thanks in advance.
Thanks for the update. It will be interesting to see how Russell develops with all of the young talent around him.
I read that Turner is expected to play more off the ball again this year. He seems way more effective when he has the ball in his hands, but he doesn't ever seem to lock down that role with any team.
Hoping for the best for all of our basketball Bucks.
Damn good post. Appreciate the insight.
Whatever, man. But I really wish that we wouldn't mess with the helmets.
All good, bro. Watched Joey when he played for Bellaire in high school. Easy to tell that he was gonna be a bad dude. By the way, I survived Coop too! That was a very painful time...
Joey Galloway was the first great Buckeye #7 that I remember watching play. I remember when he had 3 TDS against MSU and took off his helmet after scoring. You could read his lips as he talked to the camera. He simply said, "All day!" He might have been the reason why they made a penalty for taking off your helmet while on the field.
So we need DBs? Wonder if the staff is still in contact with Antoine Winfield Jr.? Hope he has a big senior season and earns an offer. Can't see that name being associated with any other university but ours.
From watching his video, it looks like the kid has the tools. It will be up to Matta and his boys to coach him up and develop the talent.
One of the first drills I remember learning in basketball camp...
I hope that from now on every future Buckeye basketball player brings an element of toughness to the team. If every Buckeye player could play with the heart of Jae'sean Tate! Let's get some blue-collar bruisers who can also make free throws, please! I mean, having Evan Ravenel would have done this year's team some good. So my message to Funderburk and all incoming Buckeye big men: HIT THE WEIGHTS, PRACTICE YOUR FREE THROWS, AND MASTER THE MIKAN DRILL.
Buckeye Basketball is bright if Thad and his gang can coach'em up.
Coach Thad needs to realize that he needs a consistent low post offensive threat EVERY YEAR. Oden, Sully, Thomas, even Evan Turner and Q. Ross could all post up and get us points around the bucket or at the line whenever the offense was stalling. With no low post presence, this team is only as good as its jumpshot.
And Coach Matta, please play McDonald or even Bates Diop at the 5 in addition to Lee. At least they bring some energy on defense, and it doesn't seem so much like we are playing 4 on 5.
This game, in particular, our boys got outworked. Slow to the loose balls, slow to rebound, lazy defense, you name it...
You folks who reached out to 618 did a really good and powerful thing. It really has me seeing life in a little brighter way. And 618, I'm glad you're still with us, bro. Keep fighting.
If it was, I missed it.
I do know what you mean. However, to me, it seemed like he was just one step away from making some really big plays.....like that fumble against Oregon. Hopefully next year, those plays will be made assuming that he solidifies himself on the depth chart.
Great article, 11W. A lot of guys who don't get headlines stepped up to make plays as the season went on. I was really pleased with Corey Smith, and felt really bad for him when he fumbled in the Oregon game. I felt that as the season went on, he stepped his game up, and he was out to make plays - catches, blocks, and special teams tackles.
Thanks for putting this together and posting it. This is frickin awesome, man. Peace!!
There are weak spots in every zone defense, and a good team will get used to attacking a zone over time. In the Buckeyes' case, we play the same zone all game long, all season long, and well-coached teams like UNC and Louisville consistently find ways to beat it. If we'd change it up once in awhile, maybe good teams wouldn't be so comfortable attacking us offensively. Other than press, we pretty much do the same thing all game long it seems. We have the athletes and depth to man up, but we just don't.
It's okay to play zone for some of the game. But man, why don't we ever change it up a little bit? Man up, or maybe even try another kind of zone? Our basketball team is so easy to prepare for defensively. Well-coached teams with good athletes will continue to beat us this year if we remain stubborn in the way we play defense.