This is what I keep coming back to. I don't want either guy to not play... but this is such an awesome "problem."
Kyle, Ross -- It would be great to see more breakdowns and explanations of the different checks made with OSU's C4 scheme.
Even if they wanted to use those uniforms, they couldn't. The away team wears white.
Seriously, does everyone think he was the offensive coordinator for one year? I don't think many OCs would pull together an offense when your options at QB are Joe Bauserman and a true freshman playing without a good offensive line and few offensive weapons.
I know Tressel had a much bigger role to play, but think of all the great offenses Bollman was involved with. Sheesh, it's like people forget that he was the OC for the 2006 offense.
Everyone who makes this joke realizes that "dave" is still a staple of OSU's offense, right?
That year was a disaster. He was only part of the problem. He was the offensive coordinator for some great OSU offenses. I know Tressel deserves more credit for those teams and championships, Bollman was the offensive coordinator. I can't believe how so many people don't give him any credit. Any offense that has to choose between Joe Bauserman and a true freshman playing QB with a bad offensive line and few weapons on offense isn't going to be good.
1. You think football has recently become "popular" at OSU? You're not a whole lot younger than I am, but gain a little perspective. As a program that has experienced a ton of success, OSU has always had lots of fair weather fans who don't know much about football. That's the nature of a winning sports team.
2. Students have not been randomly placed around the stadium since around 2006. The entire south stands are students, and specific sections in the north endzone -- in decks A and C -- are entirely students.
I'm not Ross, but I'll take a shot at this: Teams called those WR screens because the weak spot of cover 3 is the flats. Cover four with pressing corners covers the flats well.
Its weakness is play action passes because the safeties often bite hard on run action and corners getting beat deep by WRs because they often don't have safety help. (Ross, is that right?)
A-deck seats are nice of course, but from the first row of C you have a totally unobstructed view of the whole game and you're high enough up you have a good angle on everything. I really do think these are the best seats in the stadium.
Row 1 of 21C? Those are some of the best seats in the stadium if you ask me. I've always wanted to sit in the first row of C-deck anywhere -- but those are practically on the 50!
I'm already going to the game, but for anyone looking at these tickets: Those seats in C-deck are AWESOME.
Grammar talk on 11W! Hooray!
There's a fine (or non-existent) line between style and grammar "rules," but what you're talking about here would be called style by most people.
Also BTW, don't take this thread personally. Insulting a reader of your site who voices an opinion makes you seem petty. Every writer needs an editor, and you guys publish tons of awesome content a week.
(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?