I am not in the mind of Mike Mitchell nor was I a coach of Ohio States linebackers, but I remember specifically that M Mitchell stated prior to committing that he had no intention of red shirting. I am conjecturing that MM did not appreciate OSU using the preseason light injury as a pretext for keeping out for the entire season. If Fickell actually communicated with the few linebackers under his tutelage, then the team would have been appraised of this grave concern. I think MM would have stayed with the team in spite of his father's health concerns. I am curious to see what his brother decides to do. If he stays with OSU, it will lend credence to my argument.
The defense performed about as expected...still can't cover and opposing quarterbacks and receivers always have career best games against us. The offense however was a bit of a disappointment. I expected more from Meyer and mensa Herman. I'm just a couch potato fan but it seems to me that everyone knew going into this game that Clemson was going to focus on stopping the run and dare BM to be a quarterback. I don't recall BM ever throwing for more than 250 yards in any game. I really thought they would have been practicing more on the vertical game than revert back to the 3 yars/cloud of dust philosophy and not utilize other offensive weapons that are available. No imagination and no back up plan or ability to adapt. Just don't feel optimistic about our chances for improvement unless there is an overhaul in our coaching philosophy. We should be doing much better with the recruiting talent that is brought in every year. It makes you really appreciate Dantonio for producing such a dominant TEAM with 2/3/4 star level talent.
exposed?! that defense has been exposed for a long time coach, get fickell, combs, and withers to fix the system...the athletes are 4/5 stars. Go Bucks, beat sparty!
Our defense gave up over 600 yards to UM, while MSU and UW shuts them down like a ranked team is supposed to do to a bad team with back coaching and morale issues? Gotta step on their throat while they are down. I think OSU just gave their fan base a big sense of optimism and saved the coaching careers of Hoke and Bollman. Not to mention, will prevent the transfer of key players and recruits. Their offense was superior in design and preparation. They mixed up their repertoire of plays and added new wrinkles to negate the pass rush. Gardner had bad wheels today, even when healthy makes Bernie Kosar look like Johnny Football, and yet, I recall only one sack and remember, UM leads the conference in sacks allowed. Not sure about the play calling of Herman today either. Too many drive killing low % long passes called. Rather see sustained drives with a better mixture of other weapons while of course, relying on a steady diet of Hyde and Miller for continuity. While there is no denying that Miller is an outstanding athlete, his decision making ability is still questionable. A win is a win but this victory left a particularly bad taste in my mouth.
I agree with Mark May in one regard....OSU defense is not elite (yet). We have a few games til the NCG to get it all together.
and the best part is: the dude never coughs up the rock (hope not to jinx) but does any one have any stats on this for the last 2 years?
hope the staff prepares for next week's game where we know they will utilize their TEs. would like to see one of our freshmen move up on the depth chart behind roby, reeves is not the answer
looked like brax had a wide open field to run rather than jitterbugging in the back field eventually throwing it away...settling for a FG
OSU has not stopped an Iowa drive yet. Makes you wonder if the coaching staff did any scouting and come up with a strategy to stop their bread and butter plays. This is against an offense without a passing attack except for their TE. Very very disappointed on both sides of the ball thus far. Hope there are adjustments duringnhalf time
I remember reading good things about big Carlos when he was a freshman. I'm a bit surprised that he hasn't broken a few long runs with his 4.5 speed. Imagine how those would translate to his already impressive average per carry (many of those yards coming after the initial contact). Imagine how more effective he would be if the play calling was not predictable, that is, if we truly used a more mixed plays utilizing all out skilled players to keep the defense off balance.
Agree...I have been complaining about the same issues for the 2nd season now. The coaching calls on both sides of the ball leaves much to be desired. We have the superior athletes, all it takes is decent coaching to win. The secondary is horrendous! Why do the Cals, Ind, NW, etc. always have 500 yard games against our defense. We are not a dominant team. Last year we were lucky to escape Ind, Pur, and Cal games. On offense, what ever to giving the ball to our skill players in space, at least miz them in and El Guapo would even more effective. Love what Urban has done in terms of recruiting and coaching but there is room for improvement.
BM, CH, JH, and DW in the same backfield.....with a comfortable lead by the 4th quarter, put in KG, RS, WBall, and EZ. Get the tight ends involved too. Don't forget to get the future OL in there too. Go Buckeyes!!
Contrats Buckeyes and graduating seniors. It was a most gratifying season although I found myself yelling at the TV in frustration. The defense finally came around but the offense seemed to sputter as Braxton struggled. On that topic, maybe after his concussion, adopted a more tentative style with excessive juking/jitterbugging and running more akin to a back the size of Taivon Jacobs rather than someone almost the same size as Carlos Hyde. He seems to be taking too long to make reads insteading of exploding through the openings.Just my thoughts.
It really did not appear as though we had an extra week to prepare for this game. Wisconsin really outcoached OSU and obviously aimed at shutting down Miller as he is the key to their offense. Rather than allowing Hyde to to take up the slack, Urb and Herman continued to call Miller's number for no gain. I figured there would have been an adjustment at the half but they never took advantage of the spies lock on Miller with passes to the tight end and running backs. Thank god the defense kept us in the game.