Agree. We got our adjustments. The problem was, we got them about a half late and we saw them during the beginning of our next game against Kent State. On the positive, I do think that our defense has shown improvement from last year, and I think they will continue to get much better. Tackling has looked more solid because guys are in position. It sounds like UC will be good test for our D.
It was encouraging to see us work the middle of the field, throw to the TE, and throw to the backs on offense. Anxious to see how the offense will game plan and execute for a physical and athletic defense that will try to jam up our receivers and load the box. I miss the I-Formation and using big backs. It brought a nostalgic tear to my eye watching Cardale take a few snaps under center toward the end of the game. hahaha
Let's go out and do it against the big boys.
Even if it was Kent State, it was nice to see our defense diagnose plays properly and be there to deliver some big hits. Over the last three years, I have grown accustomed to watching our players over run plays, take bad angles, tackle poorly, and be out of position on defense. The defense does look somewhat better this year, and so I'm really hoping that the defensive coaching staff are on to something. From what I hear and read, UC's offense will be a test.
My vote for the best post today. Buckeye football is getting soft.
Rod Smith needs to teach the entire offensive line his secret "11 second block" technique. That's like, 4 to 6 seconds times 2! Point A to D!
Sorry guys, I'm just tired of all the hype and no delivery.
I know, right? Maybe that barber shop in the locker room isn't all that it is cut out to be? Seriously, man. These "grown ass men," or "dudes," played like a bunch of pampered kids last night. I hear you, Lakejames. We need to go back to the fundamentals.
I'll be over it when the Buckeyes achieve the same winning consistency that we had with Tress, or better. Fundamentalfootball.com
I miss Tress. We won a national title with him and were top dog in the Big 10 while he coached. And our defense rarely gave up big yards. His teams were solid and well-coached.
Tired of hearing our coaches and players talk everybody up and say how we have the best this and that in the country, and then we watch our team get bullied. I guess we didn't have enough "juice" tonight.
Maybe it represents his lack of a full commitment? His level of commitment is visible in how he forms the O. Once he snaps a shot forming an O proudly over his head, we'll know he's all in. That's just my theory....
I hope italics is the sarcasm font because in no way am I being serious about any of this.
Yeah. Folks just need to stop using forms of the word "commitment" if you are not fully committed, which simply means "all in." It used to be a very simple matter. Times have changed and it's making me realize that we're getting old.
Agree, bro. It's a frickin circus nowadays. It would be much more simple if folks would hold to their word and didn't try to get all sneaky with the language they use. Simple yesses and nos do wonders.
Thanks to Rainey's twitter report, I'll be looking forward to watching the replay of the Colts game. Glad to hear that Boom had a TD :)
I know that there are some folks out there that met TP and many have negative things to say about him. I've never met him, but I was there to see him play in the Rose Bowl against Oregon. He played injured, never looked as though he was complaining, and was the best player on the field that day. He's a tough and hard working winner. I believe that if a team is patient and commits to his development, he can be solid QB in the league. Great interview, by the way (he's come a long a way in this area too). Thanks for posting.
Watching a replay of the Chiefs and Bengals. The Great Dane Sanzenbacher gets in there and makes plays. Had a nice TD.
Just from watching his videos on youtube, you can see so much improvement and physical growth from this kid. Looks like he has very good court sense and is relentless around the rim. Still has lots of time to get better before playing his first college game - hopefully, for the Buckeyes.
I appreciated how Tress respected and valued what was done and said in the team locker room. He didn't give juicy answers for folks to go twitter crazy. He protected his players and let the actions of the team do the talking.
Coach Meyer uses lots of superlatives in his language, curses more often, and comes up with catch phrases, and I understand why fans get all giddy to hear him speak. I prefer Coach Tress's style. However, as long as our players represent our university with class and Meyer's teams continue to win games, I'll continue supporting our current head coach.
I have criticized Matta in the past regarding some of his coaching decisions and some of the recruits he has brought in to the program. However, the classes he has lined of for the future look to be incredible! Mitchell looks amazing. As I look at the guys Thad is bringing in for 2014 and 2015, I'm feeling really good about winning an NCAA basketball championship very soon - like within the next 3 years.
On a side note - I believe Kam Williams will surprise a lot of people. I'm sure the kid is hungry to play after sitting out an entire year. Just judging from his high school video, I like what his game brings to the table.
Congrats to Mr. Giddens and Coach Matta. Go Bucks! If the 2014 and 2015 classes stick together, there will be lots of great basketball for true Buckeye fans to enjoy. Happy 4th to everybody...
I definitely do not think Thomas can be a point guard. But he can back smaller defenders down and play off a high-low with a guy like Duncan. He did that beautifully at times with Sully at Ohio State. And your right, if Thomas follows the Spurs system, he'll get lots of open looks as a spot-up shooter.
Well, that's why I said "evolve." The 2 are about the same height, and as Deshaun gets older, he'll put more weight on. Deshaun already has very good ball skills, and I'm sure those skills have improved with his time spent in Europe. Like Diaw, Thomas can knock them down from mid-range and play with his back to the basket. We all know Thomas needs to improve defensively, but like Diaw, he can cause a lot of matchup problems for opposing teams. Hoping for the best for Deshaun as he tries to find his role in the league.
Nice and congrats to Mr. Ward! Not that it matters at all to them, but coach Meyer's staff is winning recruiting points with me. Go Bucks, and let's keep getting these Ohio kids.
I'm glad that Ohio kids are committing and I hope this trend continues. I really appreciate the recruitment stories of Conner, Burrow, and Green. These three were all very patient and were willing to work hard and prove themselves.
I'm sure there's way more to it than what I read (I don't follow recruiting as religiously as some others), but I get annoyed when I see a bunch of out of state offers to kids who have never camped at Ohio State while we have badass Ohio kids proving themselves every Friday night at local Ohio football fields during the season and are willing to attend camps. I know it's an extreme example, but offering an 8th grader just seems stupid. I'm glad the staff finally decided to stop hanging on Gibson's nuts as it became clear that he wasn't that anxious to visit. And the other thing that gets me (sorry if it has been explained before) is the idea of a "committable offer." Sounds like an oxymoron to me. Does anyone know if the staff actually uses this term? Seems shady.
Anyway, I hope more Ohio kids get committable offers and accept. And the bigtime national kids, if they step on campus and realize that they want to be what we're about (guys like Eddie George, Ryan Shazier), then I'm thrilled when they commit too.
Glad we didn't let this local kid get away. Congrats to Nick Conner!