(It won't happen, but...) OSU could lose to Kent State and UC and still go to a big bowl game if it wins the B1G. That's why the conference games matter so much more.
But if you win the conference, you go to a good bowl game no matter what other people in the country think. It might not be the new playoff, but it's still going to be a good game.
Ross, do we have the right players to make press coverage work? I thought I had read last season that part of the problem was personnel.
One upvote for you sir!
So is Hall blocking the OLB just because there's no one else to block?
And how does he know which direction to block him? If Hyde had gotten the ball, wouldn't he want to block him in the other direction or something? (Maybe I'm overestimating how hard it would be for Hall to know who had the ball.)
I have wondered before if gifs are used sometimes because it is less likely ABC/ESPN will ask them to be removed.
Ross, who is being read in that play against IU?
I always hear people saying this, but who in last year's/this year's secondary do you feel comfortable putting on an island consistently?
For those who are interested in learning more, read this: http://grantland.com/features/gus-malzahn-offensive-evolution/
About 2/3 of the way down, Brown explains the packaged play NuttyBuckeye is talking about.
I'm curious if we'll see more power read plays with Hyde gone since we'll have more speed at the running back position. (Maybe not this year though since Braxton being prone to injury.) I loved him, too, but we have to look for a silver lining, right?
You make it sound like these packaged plays aren't "straight up" football. It's just another way for the offense to win the numbers game by keeping additional defenders out of the box. Teams used to rely on the threat of a pass but are now finding ways (like those described here) to package the pass threat into the run play, making it easier for the offense to run the right play more often. Instead of hoping that a safety (for example) bites on play action, you can just run the ball if he didn't.
Ross: I know Malzahn (and I'm sure other coaches) combine zone read plays with a packaged route, giving the QB the option to hand off, pass, or keep.
Does OSU do this? (I think they do, but just double checking.) Also, what is the order of reads in a situation where something like a IZ is packaged with route?
11W, can you clarify the comment about the tunnel. Will there be an actual tunnel now, or are they just replacing the current awning?
People whining about this post don't understand the bigger context: It's not really about just Manziel. It's about the evolution of the air raid and mobile QBs as we see more of both in the highest level of football.
OSU ran the zone read while blocking inside zone for the QB last year. One time I specifically remember was vs Cal, I think with a man in motion being the RB read.
At some point I read a Chris Brown article where he mentioned that Meyer sees the DE as the most disruptive player on the defense, so a lot of playcalling is built around making the DEs more hesitant and easier to block.
This seems to fit right into that strategy. If you're being read as a DE on the opposite side as the RB, you don't know if you're the backside or playside DE.
"A-gap tight zone vertical power run team with play action pass off of it"
I thought that comment was really interesting. I had figured we would see more outside zone read/power read this year since the backs might have more top-end speed than Hyde.
We only see a sliver of the time these kids put into their sport, so we can't say that for a fact.
But, either way: evaluating how well a kid takes coaching is part of the "talent evaluation" portion of the coaches' job. Again, I'm not calling for Matta's firing by any stretch of the imagination. I'm just saying that I hate to see people making fun of kids who put a ton of time into a sport while not being compensated fairly. What these kids do -- work a full time job (and then some) as an athlete while keeping up grades -- is tough, and we don't know what else is going on in these kids' lives. Don't be so quick to pass judgment, especially on the players.
I think people are misdirecting their frustration here. I love Matta and don't want him going anywhere, but it is the coaches' job to evaluate, attract, and develop talent.
Thanks Kyle. I have a quick question for you: The way Ross has been explaining the cover-4 Ash runs is that both safeties will come hard at run action. How does explanation mesh with what you said about one coming into the box faster on run action? (Not saying you or Ross missed anything. I'm probably just missing a nuance here.)
Also from what I understand, there was supposed to be a rail system linking all the towers, and there were to be more mini-unions like the Drake between the towers.
I'm excited to see how the situation at WR shakes out, but let's not downplay the contributions of Posey and Sanzenbacher. That duo obviously doesn't match the 05 or 06 receivers, but they were very productive.
Side note: This article mentions the 05 receives, but how about those 2006 receivers? Ginn, Gonzo, Hartline, Robo, and Roy Hall. Every one of them ended up being drafted.
What platform did you guys build the site with?
Am I missing something here? They finished #2 in the coaches poll and #5 in the AP. They finished #1 in the National Football Foundation poll -- which I can't imagine was accepted as one of the "official" polls of college football.