That's what I was thinking. First of all, I think Meyer should be able to keep this team focused easier now because no one on the national side expects big things from them. They will be hungry and play with a chip on their shoulder. Before Miller went down, we were still going to be favorite in every game with maybe a push or slight Spartan favorite at east lansing.....now they will def be a favorite over us unless they have a complete meltdown.....penn state might be a favorite over us as well in some peoples eyes. We will be able to play the underdog role in some games which has been a long time since that has happened
first of all, I suggest if you are not following tornadomanatwork on youtube....you should be. He has tons of full ohio state games on his page. Just the other day even before millers injury happened, I was watching Guitons game against Cal. I love Miller, but that game shows how much better Guiton was at reading defenses in the passing game. If you don't want to watch the whole game that's fine, you don't need to go far, just through ohio states first touchdown to see my point of this response. They were pinned with in their 5 yard line and the first play was a receiver screen for like 5-6 yards. It was a good call, but what it set up was even better. On the next play they ran the same call, with the inside slot receiver running the screen route, the corner jumped the route to try and stay in front of the outside receiver from blocking him, but the outside receiver never tried to block him, devin smith just ran right by him and guiton hit the 90 yard touchdown.
The point is, I am not concerned as of now about arm strength going down the field. If this kid can successfully establish the read zone running game with the short/intermediate passing game then we will be fine with deep throws. Once the secondary has to pay too much attention what is going on underneath them with the shorter passing and the running game, that is when we use our receivers speed to kill them deep. Who knows maybe we can run a little more of the complex running plays like the triple option that meyer used at florida that we really have not seen much as, and this might even be a better offense then anything he has yet in columbus
On what grounds......the man never really called the defensive plays when he was co coord under tress. So, last year was basically his first year calling plays. He also needed to time to gel with withers. His defense looked ugly earlier in the season through the mid point, but as with little experienced players it takes little experienced coaches time to hit their groove. When he started hitting that groove towards the end of the season, there was not a better defense in the conference and they were to the point that they could probably of contended against most of the good teams in college football, minus a select few. I liked what i saw out of Fick at the end of the year. If Grant can finally solidify himself as a starter and the younger backers continue to grow and start to contribute then this has the makings to be a damn good defense to go along probably one of the best offenses in the country
I think Urban learned from a couple short comings that he had at Florida. First of all was obviously the lack of a true power back at Florida that was not named Tim Tebow. He came into last year with a open mind of how Hyde was going to fit into the system and I think Hyde blew him out of the water. Even Smith and Dunn showed in their limited carries that its just not Hyde but a power back works great in this system. The next shortcoming is not really having a true split end at FL. He had great slot guys and good flankers in his passing game with a great hybrid TE in the mix. He never really had that athletic split end though that was not a hybrid te/hback. A good, tall, athletic split end further puts strains on a defense in this offense because he adds another threat in both the possession reception game as well as in the red zone. He is a complete mismatch for the corner back because of his height. When you look at guys like Harris, Kief, the kid from AZ and Kitt......it looks like he wants to address these issues. These are kids that will play split end and he won't lose what he wants out of speed with them. Ever Meyer offense has changed some from team to team because he has gotten better athletes at every level. I think his offense at ohio state will be the most dynamic and balanced that he has ever had once he adds in these next level of receivers next year. He will be able to attack and beat defenses equally in vertical passing game as he can in the horizontal passing game. He will also be able to attack and beat defenses equally with edge running as he can with in between the tackle running. This will be the most complete offense he has ever had in my opinion