Praise should be realistically measured, but there's nothing wrong with building players' confidence when they do well, especially when it comes to the thinking part of the game, because when you reinforce that part you're likely to continue seeing it.
Well, I'd like to see a few special plays for a few special situations, with both JT Barrett and Cardale the Beast on the field. It would provide yet just another aspect for opponents to defend against. And I'd bet they're thinking of something.
Yeah, I agree--from my armchair, that's the way he looked all-the-way-around. He's going to be a very fine qb. Have to say too, that I really like the general character of these players Meyer is getting assembled.
The statagrams are great.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger, smarter, and meaner than hell.
Excellent point--probably the best assessment of the game I've seen.
He's a prodigy--I've been waiting forever to see him play.
Miller's injury totaled the off. staff. I really didn't see that until last week--I don't think they saw it either, until then. The "distributor" role really wasn't tested, so don't think they really knew what the role meant and what their personnel could even do. Play it safe, play better defense--and it almost was just worked until the drive after 21-21. I'm hoping with so much talent, the VT defense was just what they all needed to start things going.
B-, so B. This is an ongoing evaluation anyway, not granting a passkey to valhalla. The defense has been good enough to win its games. The VT drive after 21-21 lock up was plain awful, but there was plenty of game left to win and lots of other stuff to look at for blame and improvement besides simply defense.
The whole damn 2012 season was magic. It's going to happen again, but new people--and it takes time.
Yes, that was my one big take-away after reading all these guys. Well, that, and my vague impression of hoke's remarks having been utterly forgettable.
Very nice, excellent taste. Time to clear some room from the tee drawer.
And thanks, this was the easiest-to-make positive utterance since last Saturday night.
Now there's a blast from the past.
John Hicks--and then you have an ultimate pair.
Yes, he is. He's very good. In fact, that quality is one of the standout characteristics I'm seeing in Meyer's teams. Once we get that O-line correct, the Buckeyes can consistently control the whole field of play. When I've seen it happen during a play, even last Saturday, it's really impressive--scary if you're the opposing stafft.
Often the game itself is the factor--for example, NAVY certainly was fully charged and nearly flawless but for 3-5 errors the Buckeyes made them pay for. Playing Ohio State because it was Ohio State was a major shot of juice.
I'll add too, dropping us in the polls is total disrespect for the NAVY program--and that pssz me off.
No, this young guy isn't a bad person. "Stuff" is hardly evil inflicted on society and the world. After reading this article I'm not all that sure "stuff" is even new "stuff."
Whatever his situation, I really, really hope he learns to use the microscope student-athletes (especially at this level) must live under, even during the off-season. On the plus side for these student-athletes is that it's the same microscope that can propel them into stardom.
And that's self-interest side of things he's got to get into his head--now.
Barrett will be. all. that. He's going to have a stunning VT game.
Thanks for that. I was wondering where Dunn was in the mix. In my view, he is, or should be, the best for between tackles and was missed particularly in the short-yardage jam situations. I'm sure he'll have his day and he'll make the most of it.
No doubt they'll be improved, and I don't envy the attention they'll be getting during this week, hah.
All the P/K/FG teams are looking great so far--They need more attention!
I was surprised how quick all of our offense playmakers are--even though I expected it. Must've been because of my off-season lag. Once the O-line is coordinating among themselves and in sync with the rest more often than not, this offense will advance at warp speed, with big play potential from anywhere on the field.
And one more lag-related observation from me: I was was wrong/surpised about the O-line readiness for this first game. But, it was good to see the O-line respond and improve within the progress of the game. In terms of preparedness, they were probably about at least one qtr behind where they could've realistically been from the start, in which case we maybe could've seen Cardale in the mix occasionally, during mid-2nd half onward.
I'm a fan of both these QBs, but I'm really looking forward to seeing Cardale taking bodies with him down the field and into the end zone. I'm also glad having to beat NAVY is behind these guys. Go NAVY
my gawd, in hd his face looks like apoplexy
We've got untested, under-experienced talent at the qb position, but still the Buckeyes do have superior talent to develop and exploit. I'm sick for Miller and his injury of course is a headshot to the team, but at the qb position I can't think of another time without Miller that the Buckeyes have had this kind of depth in terms of raw talent unless I'm going back into the '90s. And since JT (coach), I haven't gone back there much, for the obvious reason.
"Mind you, Jones' small sample size could also be skewing the results."
Hah, there's nothing about that big gun that's small.
Terrible news, and terrible news for Miller. Really feel very disappointed for him. But, this is Ohio State. We play to rock the house everytime. 2012 happened, and it will again when there's heart.