As much as I hate to say it (and unfortunately I say it more often than I would like to) I'm not as big of an Ohio State fan as I used to be, and the reason is that there are too many out of state players on the roster. I love Ohio, and I love Ohio State as our flagship university. But Ohio State football isn't as "Ohio" as it used to be. And win or lose that affects my interest in the program. I'll always support them over other universities, but I'm not the fan I was years ago when the players were mostly Ohio kids.
One of my biggest complaints over the past few years is that our DBs (due to scheme and coaching) do not play the ball. Tons of missed interceptions. And many catches allowed when they were right there to easily break up the catch, but they weren't looking for the ball so they couldn't knock it away.
I can't lie. The number of Ohio kids playing for "THE" Ohio State University keeps dropping and I don't like it. I understand that we feel that to win we need to go south and west and wherever to get talent. But for me there will come a time when Ohio State winning without Ohio kids will stop being of interest to me. I mean, Ohio State without Ohio kids really doesn't appeal to me. I'm a fan of "Ohio" State because of the "Ohio" part. Winning isn't everything.
It's hard to stop the run against a good team when you only put six guys in the box and you play a super conservative 2-deep coverage most of the time. But that's the Luke/Ash scheme so we might as well shut up and accept it.
So now your approach to the QB situation is to try and bring JT and his "myth" down, in an effort to build Cardale up? I'm not sure why I keep coming to this site.
Even though I prefer JT, this sounds like a bad, bad idea.
I just don't like it when people think fans shouldn't be allowed to question coaching. Fans make the game go. Fans have made Ohio State what it is today. I know that plenty of fans can't tell their a$$ from a hole in the ground, but as fans, they have the right to speak their mind. That's why I seldom visit the Ozone anymore. Too many fans there who attack anyone who doesn't toe-the-line. This is the USA, not North Korea for heaven's sake. Freedom to disagree.
I don't think so. I just like our offense better when he's running it.
While I agree that many fans are clueless, I find it just as offensive when people (or websites) unceremoniously lump those who disagree together and say that fans are ignorant fools for not loyally agreeing with Urban Meyer. This is the USA. This is sports. We are fans. We are absolutely allowed to disagree with anyone and anything we want to disagree with. I think we're a better team with JT at quarterback. I quantify my "ignorance" with "I hope I'm wrong." But I can say whatever I want, and disagree with Urban as much as I'd like. I can't believe that makes me (or the majority of us who disagree) "haters" or that I/we are "coming from a place of ignorance" simply for disagreeing. Yes, some commenters are certainly ignorant and definitely should shut up. But when I stop questioning our coach's decisions, I might as well stop watching and supporting Ohio State. And when I'm chastised for not jumping on the bandwagon, I will stop visiting the website that feels compelled to question my loyalty.
I hope I'm wrong but I disagree 100% with this decision. I'm afraid we're going to regret this decision. I really do hope I'm wrong.
I think JT is the answer, not Jones. We're a power run team first, right? If so, the QB who brings the most to the run game is JT. Without a doubt. And Zeke hasn't been Zeke this year (except for one carry in game one). He seems to be running with his head down, rather than his eyes up, seeing the field. The offensive line has been very, very average, which is a problem for both the running game and the passing game. But we are a run first offense, right? So we need to get the running game going, then play action and throw off of it. But, I'm just a Saturday afternoon coach, getting paid $0 a year to coach, so my opinion isn't relevant and doesn't matter.
Braxton is a great runner and an average passer. But to me his biggest weakness (or drawback as 11W puts it) are his reads on running plays. Far too often he gave it when he should've kept it, and kept it when he should've handed it off.
I disagree 100%. I love my Buckeyes, and maybe it's a sign that I'm just getting old, but I don't love football today as much as I did when teams actually played defense and didn't simply try to out-score the other guy. And that's OK I guess, because I am old. I watch only the Buckeyes now-a-days, and my interest in the game is waning severely. Don't get me wrong, I love shootouts when they took place in the old west or on the battlefields of WWII, but I stopped watching basketball many years ago, and I'm afraid that soon, football too will lose its appeal to me.
The defense got better when the coach calling the defense decided he would be brave enough to let them be aggressive and play moving forward instead of falling back. Kudos to that coach. It's amazing how much better those 11 guys are when they're not playing to bend, but they're allowed to be aggressive and to break the offense.
Call me a hater if you want, but I wouldn't say that is was "how" the defense played against Wisconsin, but how the defense was "allowed" to play against Wisconsin that made the difference...
I don't care who calls it. Apparently they're all too embarrassed to take credit and admit it, so I'll keep blaming Luke. He's sucked at it for enough seasons. It doesn't take a college coach to see the problems with this defense, and certainly the players get to share the blame. But is it because we are recruiting bad/over rated players, or the position coaching isn't happening? It absolutely has to be one or the other. Either way (recruiting or developing) it's a coaching problem.
Please God, help Luke realize that he can put 7 or 8 men "in the box" in order to slow down the other team's running game, and that we don't always have to play a deep "cover 2" especially against a team that relies on the running game. Also Lord, help him understand that when he chooses to "blitz" that he should have the corners play a tight coverage (instead of giving his usual ten yard cushion) so that the other team's quarterback can't simply throw a quick 5 yarder to his outlet receiver. That's all God. Amen.
I didn't see one screen. Not one. Zero. As for the interceptions being off of slants, I don't think so. Take the pick-6 for instance: You're telling me that a 280 pound D-lineman was able to come out of his stance and drop into coverage so fast that he was able to intercept a quick 5-7 yard slant to one of our wide receivers? Really?
The players might not have played very well, but it's the job of the offensive coordinator to find the plays that will work. I don't think our OC is all he is cracked up to be (A genius? Really?). Much like in the B1G Championship Game against MSU, and this year's game against VT, when teams play an aggressive defense and bring pressure, it's like he has no idea what might work against that or how to react to it. He simply plays it conservatively and runs the same base plays over and over and over. No screens. No slants. No quick wide receiver screens (PSU ran a dozen of them). No, nothing. If our full vertical passing game doesn't work we seem to be at a loss as to what plays to call. On the flip side, I'm happy to say that the defense is looking better, but I still wish our DBs could figure out how to find the ball and play the ball, instead of simply face-guarding the receivers. That seems to be a coaching approach and I don't really like it. #GoBucks
Our DBs didn't do a bad job of actually "covering" receivers (staying with them while they ran their routes). But they sure the heck didn't make any plays on the ball (not only didn't they "break up" many passes, but most of the time they didn't even get their head around to see the ball coming and that is taught in Jr. High Football). However, another problem we've had the last 2-3 years is the defensive play-calling, especially when it came to matching coverage with what the D-line and LBs were doing (blitz, no blitz, LB drops, etc.). And that is 100% the fault of the Defensive Coordinator. Hopefully this year at least that will improve.
No gimmicks needed if our opponents had even a remote chance of winning (out of conference games mainly, but sadly many - if not most - B1G teams as well. B1G quality isn't what it used to be, and doesn't look to be making a drastic improvement top to bottom any time soon...). So the question is, who wants to drop all those dimes for what is essentially a WWE match, with the outcome already set in stone? IMO
I'm sure this will be unpopular and I'll be banned from Buckeye Nation, but this little piece is exactly why I find myself drifting away bit by bit from Ohio State football. Very happy to see an Ohio kid signed as a QB, but I don't care about the importance of national recruiting in this day and age. Offer the best kids in Ohio. At least the top 10-15 or so. Then go elsewhere to fill your remaining needs. If I wanted to root for Florida kids I'd be a Florida or FSU fan. If I wanted to cheer for kids from the south I'd follow one of the mighty SEC teams. Oh well, the good thing for everyone else is that OSU doesn't care what I think.
I'm sure my "fan" status will be questioned, but I find myself less and less happy with Buckeye recruiting. Sure it's fun to go after the big name recruits from the south, but in the long run I think this is going to hurt us in the Midwest and here at home. I like winning as much as the next guy, but I've been an Ohio State fan because for so long Ohio State was "Ohio" kids. Now, not so much. 60% or so on the roster from Ohio, the rest from elsewhere. I'm not an Ohio State fan simply because the university is in Ohio (so is UC, OU, UT, etc.) but I pull for the Buckeyes because I can remember the days when 10 of 11 starters were from Ohio, and we'd play Texas or USC, and their kids were from Texas or California. That was when it was really Ohio vs. Texas, or Ohio vs. California for football supremacy. Now, not so much. Recruit the Ohio kids. Win or lose, I'll be a bigger fan. As it is today, win or lose, my interest is waning...