This Maryland's offense would have bubble-screened the OSU's defense from last year to death.
There is no denying that talent reserves within the B1G's footprint are shrinking. In my opinion that was the primary motivation for Jim Delany to go east and add Rutgers and Maryland. When B1G was looking to add Rutgers and Maryland, I was so hoping for B1G to also add schools from talent rich states, e.g., NC or VA.
Of course B1G needs to invest more in hiring and recruiting, but that alone might not be enough to reverse the trend. To me, B1G desperately needs Jim Delany and the B1G's think tank to lobby for changes in recruiting rules, which currently favor the home schools. For example, if B1G schools are allowed to run football camps in the middle of SEC territory, it can be game changer. Earlier this year, James Franklin exploited a loophole in NCAA rules and ran a camp in Atlanta, GA under someone's name, and it did not sit well with SEC coaches. Changing NCAA rules won't be easy as SEC will do it's best to keep the status quo, but I think this is a battle worth fighting.
I am not big on calling out assistant coaches in public. Those things should be taken care of behind closed doors. I want to see assistant coaches leave OSU with their dignity intact, even if they were shown the door by Urban Meyer. Also, no one wants to work for a guy who throws you under the bus in public.
If amateurism is totally sucked out of college athletics, I will stop watching college football. I have no interest in watching or promoting minor leagues.
I believe in doing more for the players and giving them a stipend--like many graduate teaching or research assistants get--will be a reasonable thing to do, but treating them as employees would be the end of the college football, at least for me. Instead of making them employees, let's scale down college athletics a little and allow student athletes to be both student and athlete.
As a graduate research assistant at tOSU, I worked my butt off. I got free tuition and a monthly stipend of $1600 for working 20 hours a week, but I don't remember working for less than 40 hours, and it was not uncommon for me or for my fellow research/teaching assistants to spend 70+ hours per week to meet the demands of their advisers and/or departments. My academic advisers and mentors who put in lesser hours than I did got paid handsomely. For most research projects, it is the graduate students who do most of the heavy lifting, but they don't get paid in proportion to their efforts. Should all the graduate students who get paid for 20 hours but have to work for 40+ hours unionize and start demanding a bigger share from hundreds of millions of research dollar?
As students, we have to make many sacrifices; monetary rewards seemingly don't match the efforts students put in. Why student athletes should be any different?
If Kerry Coombs won't be involved with the defense, then we have only three coaches working with the defense. Is there any precedence of having such a low number? I checked Alabama, Auburn, and FSU; all these coaching staffs have four (or more, if you count head coach) coaches on the defensive side.
I don't know; it's a tough one. In this situation, usually coaches look the player in the eye and ask him "can you do it." Without knowing what conversation happened on the sideline, it is difficult to say if we were better off with Kenny G.
I am afraid Meyer won't fire Fickell now. At this time of the year, Fickell won't find another opportunity, any opportunity. If Meyer were to fire Fickell, he would have done it after the MSU game. Also, firing a position coach at this stage can lead to de-commitments.
What Meyer can do is hire a real defensive coordinator (read: play caller) and quietly demote Fickell to co-defensive coordinator/assistant head coach/LB coach.
In the last two years, nearly every offense we faced broke some sort of record. Why every QB plays way beyond his average?
I don't understand people complaining about the offense. It's all on the D. No offense can score consistently in 40s or 50s against good defenses. Urban Meyer's UF teams won many ugly defensive battles. Nick Saban's teams won many games where both teams would exchange field goals all day.
If D stinks, offense cannot make up for it. Scoring more points than the opponent does not always work. If you have an elite defense, scoring in 20s or 30s should be enough to win games.
I feel Meyer/Herman rely on Miller's legs only when they cannot rely on his arm. Against MSU, Miller had multiple opportunities to make throws down the field. In most cases, the receivers had a step, but Miller consistently under threw the long ones. Once his passing game became stagnant/ineffective, Meyer/Herman were left with few options. Yes, Meyer/Herman should try to further limit the "pounding," but Miller has to improve as a passer for that to happen.
My guess is it more than football we are talking here. Maybe Miller's introvert personality does not mesh well with the rah-rah personalities on our coaching staff. Herman has mentioned multiple times that how he has be trying to make Miller have more fun.
MSU consumed half a quarter on the first drive. This is not an OSU D. I hope Urban can fix it somehow.
It looks like our receiving game has taken the next step. In fact, every unit has made progress from 2011 except for the LB unit. This is what we have recruited in the last three years at the LB position.
Ryan Shazier, Curtis Grant, Jamal Marcus, Josh Perry, Camren Williams, Trey Johnson, Mike Mitchell, Christopher Worley, Luke Roberts*, David Perkins*, Conner Crowell*, Ejuan Price*.
These were some of the highly sought after recruits in the country, so what happened? I think Meyer is not publicly criticizing Luke Fickell, which is a wise move, but things have to change. If we don't fix what's ailing the LB corp, best of luck getting Raekwon McMillans of the world in future.
*no longer with the program
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The OL recruiting was solid for 2012 and below-par for 2013. I think you are reading too much into a small sample size (n=2). I would be worried if the trend holds after another 2 to 3 years.
I don't agree with the premise. First, OSU students are not forced to buy tickets, and a good fraction does not. Second, the students seldom lose money on tickets. They usually sell one or more tickets in the open market, which more than pays for the rest of the tickets that they actually use. A good fraction of the student body even makes money by selling their tickets. So the actual money that flows into the athletic depart through ticket sales comes from the general public.
I am talking about making changes to the staff AFTER the season IF we don't improve.
I would rather win 10 to 3.
Either our current D staff is not mashing well together or Jim Heacock was the real man behind our perennially great D of the past. Last year Jim Bollman got exposed in the absence of Tressell, and this year it might be Fickell's turn.
In the last ten years, we have never looked this bad on D, not even when we went against elite offenses like those of USC, Oregon, or Texas. If we keep on going like this, we may have a few new faces on the staff come next year.
Since coaches work as a team it is very hard to tell which coach is responsible for bad performance. But your point about Vrabel just being a position coach is well taken. I hope we are saving some creative blitz packages for big games.
Well, I thought I will be preaching to the choir by explaining the perils of blitzing with 5 or more players. I am sure, Fick knows how to blitz, but that was not my point. Blitzing with 6, 7 players is not the solution even if it results in an occasional sack. If we want to be a great D, we have to generate pressure with the front four, and that's on Vrabel.
I thought he played linebacker and tight end at New England. Tell me if I am wrong. It is not about blitzing; anyone can get to the quarterback by blitzing. The problem is that our front four is not winning the one-on-one battles.
Vrabel may "know" his stuff but he has not coached before 2011, so I have my doubts. By the way, he coached linebackers in 2011 and that group was horrible.
I don't blame the secondary. We have a new coaching staff for secondary and they are switching from man-to-man coverage to mostly zone coverage. So occasional break down/confusion in the secondary is not surprising this early in the season. What I am worried about is the DL and its all on Vrabel. Vrabel has no coaching credentials, and it has been long time he dealt with DL in any capacity.
Less than 200 lb DBs should stay clear of this giant, for their own safely.
Okay, I am freaking out a bit.
We don't have diverse expertise on our defensive coaching staff; all four defensive coahes are primarily LB coahes.