They're not comin to mah citttaaaayyyyyy?! Meh. That's alright.
I think Noah Brown can be the deep threat as he was in one of his touchdowns.
If he continues to be un-guardable like this going forward, I'd look for defenses to stop trying to beat him one-on-one, thus opening up other opportunities for a few un-proven receivers waiting for their chance. One other thing too, is I will admit to saying I was unimpressed with the play of Brown prior to this last game partly due to all of the hype, and it's just a testament to what a difference one game can make. I think we aren't done seeing breakout performances from zone 6.
Urban's x factors that make him so effective in college ball are things that I don't see translating well to the pros. It's just my opinion, but I really think what sets him apart from his peers is not scheme (even though it is proven, he's not the only one using it with success) or emphasis on fundamentals (he's a master of this as well, but there are other very disciplined teams out there that still don't enjoy the success that Urban does) so much as it is his ability to obtain full buy-in from his athletes and full philosophical alignment from his staff. The college game has the right environmental factors for this. This is the stage in life where athletes need a mentor more than any other and Urban thrives in that role. There is also the element of school pride and tradition which all college coaches use for motivation, but Urban takes that to another level both in recruiting and setting the tone to prepare his staff and players for big games.
In the NFL, what are players motivated by more than money and self interest? Pride in the city they represent? Unless you have a Drew Brees/New Orleans kind of relationship (which developed more out of circumstance than tradition and upbringing), that sentiment is absent in the league where trades and contracts rule the day. Tradition? Not really. There are a few tradition rich franchises in the NFL, but odds favor that you end up coaching a team that is in a stadium less than 20 years old and your bosses are threatening the taxpayers of the city to foot the bill for a new stadium (while still paying the bill for the one they're now going to pay to tear down) or they're moving. Recruiting? Meyer wins because he wins in on the field and in the living room. Take this arrow out of his quiver in the pros.
If there is ever a person who could defy my expectations and find a way to make it work, it would be Urban Meyer; I just think he would have to reinvent his entire mojo on the road to success in the NFL.
I'm an old with two #teens who along with the other #kidsthesedays that they run with use the word "basic" to mean anything along the lines of boring/vanilla/unexceptional/not special.
Whatever he meant, its out there now and it's not a compliment, especially when pared with a prediction of their QB lighting OSUs defense up.
unless a voodoo lobster done gets to him first
It's all water under the bridge now, but even for a veteran team, I found the 2015 season opener to be meh. I re-watched the 2015 VT game yesterday and I have to say that it was not enjoyable to watch, with a few exceptions for the highlight reel plays that we all know. The rest of it was pretty flat, from special teams play, to not being able to put an offensive drive together with any sense of rhythm, to the defense not being able to get off the field on third down (over and over and over again). Luckily the defense shored up after that game to become the stubborn and stingy unit that it was for the rest of the season.
But it's a brand new season now!
Go Bucks, Beat BG!!!
He hits with bad intentions. Me likey!
I remember thinking the same thing in late August 2014 when all of the hype videos featured Braxton, Hyde, and Philly Brown. I'd watch those videos and think about how much we would miss those guys. Turned out ok though.
What happened to my "sports wagon?!"
Apparently, he wasn't aware people move to different states.
To many lifelong PA residents, it is very rare to meet someone who wasn't also born and raised there. You were his unicorn.
I'm not confident in Barrett's ability to get the ball downfield to any WR over 20 yards. #RunningbackplayingQB
I know right? http://youtu.be/Xt44OJ9mDaQ
Finkle is Einhorn
There are many in between the two extremes too. It's a big fanbase with a broad spectrum of passion. It is possible to love this team without it causing prolonged misery.
And perhaps there is the answer to our questions all season. One team tonight was a team playing for each other, and the other is a group of guys playing for their futures.
Edit: I don't believe this is true for these guys, but their response to this, the first sign of adversity this season is to make these kind of announcements before the season is over and at the beginning of hate week...I don't know how to feel about it but there is no positive spin to put on it.
Now we can hit the reset button on getting away with whatever the hell kind of offense was put on the field this year.
It's a debate over a read option offense vs a pro style offense. Quarterbacks get hurt in the pocket too. A lot.
I enjoyed seeing that very much about 10 months ago!
That was my take as well.
I thought he played well in coverage except in the end zone where he was behind the targeted receiver with no chance to disrupt the play for both Gopher touchdowns. He does a good job of getting his head turned at the right time in order to maintain his ability to make a play without getting flagged between the end zones though.
He has been suspect at times this season, but in the past, especially the post season last year, steps up when the pressure is on in big moments. Bama tried all night to match Amari Cooper against Apple instead of Grant and Apple was lights out when that happened.
The offense was more effective when Cardale got the ball out quickly. His under throws and bad reads where he doesn't target open receivers is becoming a chronic problem, however there were drives where this was beautifully absent in that he was a quick and decisive executor. When he isn't, they stall though and that happens more often than not. Many times receivers created separation and had to come back to the ball. This was most noticeable in Thomas' frustration in the end zone when he had the separation but jones didn't get the ball out fast enough and by the time it got to Thomas, he was out of space and covered.
False. Muffed punts was the reason the game was close. JT had an 80 yd touchdown run also.
I like the way the offense works so much better with JT right now, but I understand that the coaches are trying to develop a very prolific set of skills for certain positions which, if developed, will make the Buckeyes very tough to beat. They must be able to execute it in practice because the staff seems committed to it. The game execution is just not there so JT appears to be the backup plan when plan A fails.
With that said, I didn't hear the booing of Jones last night on TV, but if that's true, well then I think the folks that would do that need to have a sit down with Phil Esposito. I know the environment and dynamics at play aren't nearly the same as they were with the Summit Series, but the principles are the same. And when the team came home victorious, they didn't forget that some of their "fans' did this when the chips were down.
Jeesh, reading the responses to that tweet and just SMH.