The fact that we can debate wether Marshall or Wilson is better suited for certain roles is music to my ears. I'm loving the talent depth for our offensive skill positions this season. Not to mention the guys who are injured or redshirting. It's also encouraging that the coaches are finding ways to consistently get production from so many different guys. Our future is very bright.
Only Built For Buckeye Linx
I watch for the D Line specifically when I watch games. Adolphus hasn't registered a bunch of stats lately but like one of the guys mentioned, he's eating up blocks for others. Here is a quote from the article that was posted previously on 11W from SB Nation about how UC prepared and played against us:
"The Bearcats' offensive staff spent a week adjusting concepts specifically to address Ohio State's pass rush. To a man, everyone felt the strongest unit for the Buckeyes is the defensive front, specifically Joey Bosa and Cincinnati native Adolphus Washington. UC's offensive staff keyed its protections around those two"
Although Bennett wasn't specifically mentioned in that article, he and Adolphus spend a lot of time being doubled. Usually, Bosa is the only one who takes advantage of the one on one opportunities (not that he isn't doubled but he isn't doubled as much as the DT's.). But against Maryland, Miller really stepped up and played well on the other side. If this continues, we will start seeing consistently good to great production from the D Line.
The move he used to get that sack against Cincy was ridiculously quick!
I am interested in seeing how the defense does when covering the screen passes. We can't afford a bunch of missed tackles and a lack of discipline. I believe that we are improved to the point that it won't totally destroy us like before. We will see for sure tomorrow.
Thank you sir!
There were two things I noticed about the pass rush. One, if you look at the highlights that Ross posted, the guy got rid of the ball in about 2.5 seconds and he's in shotgun. It's not like he was doing a 3 or 5 step drop and sitting back there forever. Also, they are protecting the QB with six players: 2 for each DT and the DE's are left to go one-on-one. Bosa will win most of his one-on-ones but the other DE has to do better. However, if the QB is getting the ball out quick there isn't a whole lot the Line can do. There really was more pressure than people may realize. The opposing teams have game plans that will try to limit what our line can do. That is the result of them being as good as they are. Yeah there is a lack of sacks but it's more about what the other team is doing to prevent it than it is about our guys not getting there. Better coverage and blitzing helps. I noticed the blitzing was not that effective but after reading this I believe it will be in due time. Overall I was impressed with the improvement of our coverage too. The defense is improving. Give it time guys!
I can envision him making a play passing the ball like Sanu does for the Bengals every now and then.
Dunn's body language said that while he was on the sideline. It's like he could tell he blew it.
I was sitting right behind the bench at the Kent State game. When he was coming off of the field after he fumbled, he walked to the sideline (right by Coach Meyer) and not 1 coach or player said anything to him. He was obviously upset with himself and looked pretty dejected. Usually, somebody will come up and make you feel better about yourself. I'm not saying that to say they dislike him or anything like that. It could be that maybe they knew that it was not the time to say anything or maybe it wasn't that big of a deal that he fumbled. Who knows? But it struck me as kind of odd. I wish the best for the guy and hopefully he can be productive in a Buckeye uniform one day.
I agree. Jalin is much more decisive with his running. Dontre kinda dances instead of getting up field. He might be thinking too much. It would be nice to consistently get good to great field position because of the return game. Eventually I think it will happen and one of those two will be the reason why.
The only steady rotation so far has been Schutt coming in for Bennett and Miller/Frazier. Bosa and Washington barely leave the field.
In fairness, he redshirted because of injury last year. He played in every game (and not just on special teams) as a freshman the year before that and he is starting now. They use him as a blocker a bit much in the system they run.
For the most part, you aren't getting s**t going up the middle against our line in the run game and they also apply good pressure in the passing game. Now we have 2 explosive guys coming off the edge in the pass rush and they can keep the contain. I'm excited to see how this is going to turnout! I will say though that Miller and Frazier played admirably during the suspension.
What a good problem to have! I am interested to see how it plays out with touches for all of the playmakers.
Frazier rotated in at end and Schutt was in at tackle at times during the game. Remember that big run Navy had? Munger, Schutt, Frazier and Miller were in at that time. I think that made the coaches say "Let's wait til we got a good handle on this one".
His comments and those videos that are posted showing him doing ridiculously good stuff is what sold me!
I went with Doran Grant because he is the only proven DB and the secondary is what hurt us the most last season. All of the things being stated now about the aggression of the DB's and the scheme changes sound great. But we haven't seen it in a game against others yet. I believe that there will be improvements but Grant is the known product out of a very important position group.
I don't have score predictions but how's this:
This is probably an understatement but the value of playing with LeBron will help every single player on that roster immensely. Waiters and Irving need to get some tape on how D Wade played off of LeBron and study it until they have it memorized!! What helps them is that they are better long range shooters than D Wade so they will get a lot of open looks. Love will be super efficient with his scoring now and he will eat up the boards on both ends. Andy will play to his strengths and Miller will bomb out from the 3 while playing solid D and hustling. The main thing in play here is the coach. He needs to construct a system that will utilize everybody's skills while letting LeBron be the focal point. Once they get the kinks worked out, that team is going to be really good. Which is probably another understatement!
Assuming he has his off field issues together, I just think the staff is going to give Rod Smith some sort of chance to make good on all of that potential.
Great points. For what it's worth, I've heard that Saban personally coaches the DB's on his team.
I completely agree. He's been playing well and the depth just isn't there for the LB position just yet.
Bosa is definitely a beast! That lineup with Washington and Spence on the edges and Bennett and Bosa on the interior is our best 4 man front in my opinion. They are the 4 best linemen that we have. Bosa and Washington are pretty versatile so you could switch them around along the line. It all starts up front so our best 4 guys have to be in.
He made plays while he was in. 3 tackles one of which for a loss in 1 half is pretty good.