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Comment 22 Nov 2015

And maybe this has already been pointed out and I missed it as I have not been able to keep up with all the comments, but there was also an example of Urban playing it safe.

On OSU's second possession it was 4th and 1 at the MSU 46.  Despite being at home and MSU being without Connor Cook, Meyer elected to punt.  It worked out as the MSU fumble that led to the score happened on their possession but it was not a typical aggressive Meyer move. 

Comment 22 Nov 2015

a number of us openly questions the Beck hire...not sure if he is at fault for this..

I went over to the Nebraska CornNation blog to see what they had to say about Beck during this game. 

Jon Johnston, a writer on the blog, had this to say:

Wouldn’t blame

Tim Beck for OSU’s offensive problems. Beck was more wing-zingie than this.
Buckeyes haven’t been aggressive at all

This is not a defense of Beck but it provides the perspective of someone who presumably is emotionally detached from this.

Comment 22 Nov 2015

Yet another topic that will get unnecessarily beat to death.  There are plenty with negative opinions.  But the only one I've seen from an NFL scout was not.

I asked an NFL scout if he thought teams would hold Elliott's comments taking issue with his coaches against him. "Not really. If anything, I agree with him. It’s just a young kid being frustrated. You’ve just got to tell him to hold his emotions. Teams will ask him about it but he’s the furthest thing from a malicious kid. He is a good, solid team guy. He’s too good of a kid and too good of a player.”

Comment 22 Nov 2015

The Buckeyes’ offense couldn’t stay on the field, putting the defense in a difficult position.

Both teams basically just tried to run the ball down each other's throat.  The D did not help itself.   If they stop them and get off the field the fatigue excuse goes away.  But MSU executed better,  OSU did not stack the box as MSU did (the Bucks had 2 deep safeties on one 3rd and 2) and the defense helped them with horribly-timed penalties.  Their position would have been far worse had Connor Cook been healthy.

Comment 21 Nov 2015

There's Harbaugh's consistency.  They are consistently getting flagged.

Comment 21 Nov 2015

PSU is getting no pressure whatsoever on Rudock.  He's just standing back there waiting for a receiver to come open.

Comment 15 Nov 2015

So you'd like him to tweet "wow chase farris and billy price really struggle" and call out individuals?

I neither said nor implied that.  I didn't even say Billy Price really struggles.  Just that his position is where I have seen the 2nd most breakdowns in pass pro.

First off, everyone gets beat.  Second, I also make allowances for the fact that they are ex-DL, something that apparently escaped your notice (that was actually a key point in my post).  Also, I have no issues with their run blocking overall.  Kirk's tweet simply trashes the entire OL w/o respect to the differences between run and pass blocking and where the majority of the issues have been.

What this season has proven is that 4 out of 5 back isn't necessarily going to provide the same results.

If you have a problem with Decker, fine.  But don't put words in my mouth so you can air your gripe.

Edit:  I also think Kirk could have made his observation in a manner that wasn't so sweeping and yet expressed that the line was not meeting expectations.  Had this been in response to a question on TV where there is little time to think about phrasing it would be understandable.  But this was a tweet that he could have thought about before putting them on blast.

Comment 15 Nov 2015

It's also harsh to indict the entire line when the breakdowns are occurring mostly at one position.  It only takes one and Kirk should know this.

Yes, the line returned 4 of 5.  The one that is new is an ex-DL learning to play OL.  The next most mistake-prone position in pass blocking is left guard, which is also manned by an ex-DL who is only in his second season of playing a new position.  Both of them are fine in the run game, which is the easier aspect to pick up.

I look forward to seasons where the OL consists of players recruited to play OL.  What is happening now is, imo, a result of Bollman's "small numbers, versatile linemen" recruiting philosophy and we are nearing the end of it.

Comment 04 Nov 2015

Wisconsin liked Williams as well and they seem to have a knack for finding good RBs.

At this point there is no telling which will be the better back, including pass pro, blitz recognition and receiving, or if either even makes a dent at their schools.  Bri'onte Dunn was a top notch back in Ohio D1 and quite frankly I am surprised he has made so little impact here.

Comment 02 Nov 2015

Like most fans at all sites I have found they can read.

But as is the case at every fan base they have their segment that cannot comprehend or who spend no time thinking before arriving at a homer-based conclusion.  They then proceed to make themselves look even stupider arguing with the more rational members of their own fan base that don't utilize ....

Comment 26 Oct 2015

LSU looks good but is still pretty one dimensional

LSU's passing attack has looked much improved recently.  They were successful throwing against the Gator secondary, regarded as one of the best, if not the best, in the country.

I think 'Bama beats them though.

Comment 21 Oct 2015

I don't know that I'd label it "immature" but his continually pointing at receivers after a missed throw doesn't look so hot.

Comment 11 Oct 2015

I can't agree with "less than half the talent."   The 2012 - 2013 recruiting classes for the BMs (my preferred shorthand for the Blue and Maize(s)), which should be this team's key players, were both top 10.    Harbaugh and the staff he has built certainly seemed to have made a big difference. The few years should reveal a lot more about his abilities as recruiting was much poorer in 2014 and 2015 and more and more film will be available on how they operate.

Comment 11 Oct 2015

"This is essentially the same team as last year."

That perception was embraced not just by the fan base, but by many people within the football community and I disagreed with it when it was making the rounds among "experts" this past summer.   Michael Bennett was a huge loss on D.  Kwon is a major talent but Curtis Grant had smarts that often only can be acquired through experience and was a great defensive leader.  The same goes on O for Evan Spencer (great blocker and  hands - I thought he should have been targeted as a possession receiver more) and Devin Smith (one of the best, if not the best, deep threats I have ever seen in the college game.  The OC is new.  Small changes in chemistry can have a big impact and I think we are seeing that they haven't totally adjusted to that.

Comment 11 Oct 2015

IMO, the offense can sustain a drive better with JT whereas with Cardale it lives more off big plays.  The former will be important late in a close game against a good team where moving the chains, winning field position battles and killing the clock are the minimum needed.

Nonetheless it was great to see CJ make good decisions and take care of the ball.  If he does this and the OL stops having "Shugarts moments" the differences in perceived O "smoothness" may decrease or even vanish.