Under the circumstances (i.e. no Spence & no Roby), I would say our defense played better than I had expected. Coach Fickell may or may not need to be replaced, but as Maurice Clarett said last night:
Has Fickell made mistakes this game/season? Absolutely! But so has everyone else on this team AND coaching staff. I saw a lot of missed tackles last night, and throughout the season, especially behind the line of scrimmage. I don't understand why so many fans feel compelled to be so malicious and vile towards Fickell. Of course there are frustrations and this certainly isn't the level of defense we had recently been accustomed too during the Mike Doss to AJ Hawk through the James Laurinaitis years. But this is a man, first and foremost, and we call out classless/fake fans for threatening players but we don't hold ourselves to any high responsibility when it comes to calling out and threatening coaches? This guy was thrown into the fire, in the aftermath of the post-TP mess, a mere 3 months before camp began and managed 6 wins (including one of the best wins in Buckeye and E2B History over Berty & Co.)! Fickell just got us the #1 ILB of the 2014 class. Granted defensive changes need to happen, I'm not sure if that means letting Fickell go, or simply stripping him of his DC title, but lets lay off the death threats and vulgarities towards him and hold ourselves to a higher standard; none of us here in this community could have done any better with this team or last night against Clemson. Chad Morris was on Urban's radar for assistant coaches, so that alone should tell you the caliber level offense our young D was going to be up against. Sammy Watkins is a special talent, just like Tedd Ginn was here (especially at the Fiesta Bowl against ND). If you're honest with yourself, I doubt Roby would've fared much better against him, especially on a bum knee. I don't know what the exact best or the right solution is for fixing the defense, if anything it seems to be more than just replacing 1 assistant coach; but in any case, can we at least remember that at the end of the day Fickell is a man, husband, father, and a Buckeye, as well as a coach, and though he may warrant some blame for the latter, he ultimately deserves our respect for the former(s).