Yes, I probably gave his injury short shrift in the article. But I think his areas for improvement are generally applicable and ones he would probably agree with.
On youtube, someone posted a cut-up that has all the plays from the Orange Bowl with everything else removed. Check those out and you will see plenty of flash screens (and every other manner of horizontal edge play).
We know that, no matter what, the D coaching staff will not be the same next year. Meyer's hire to replace Withers will tell us a lot about the direction he wants to go.
Ppl also remember Smith as a senior. As a junior he was much closer to Braxton. Tressel relied on Troy's legs a lot more in '05.
It's easy to say that but think about it this way. For each touch you are giving to someone else you are taking the ball out of Miller, Hyde, and Brown's hands. When an opposing D Coordinator game plans, is he worried about Heurerman or Elliot? No he is glad those guys are taking touches away.
Wilson has potential but he also made a lot of mistakes and is raw. Easy to say he should catch x passes, but he dropped an easy one in the IU game. Plus he can't block on the edge.
I personally don't see Wilson as a full time receiver like Brown. He is too short/small. I think he is a guy that you move around a lot in and out of the backfield.
Marshall has the opportunity to be a slot.
The guy to watch for pushing Spencer is Corey Smith.
I agree that Brown's injury had a big impact. The intermediate passing game completely went away once he was dinged up.
This is a good question. I've seen this bandied about. I guess my issue with it is that a Sam's primary responsibility is also holding the edge at the point of attack. In theory this problem should actually be less at weak end, because he should be away from the tight end. The problem is that a lot of teams have run at OSU to the boundary.
I think you leave where he is and let him continue to develop.
Yes, on the long pass play in the 4th quarter, they are playing cover 3. Barnett is responsible for the underneath hook to curl zone. So it is not his responsibility to cover a route 20 yards down field.
As to the goal line play, I'm not certain. It's a complete cluster. It looks like something that happened to often this year, which is the defense being disorganized and not being set.
We did run a quick out at a critical time. It was 3d and 6 in the fourth quarter. We ran a smash combo. Evan Spencer was wide open and Braxton put the ball right on the money. And he dropped the football.
If Guiton plays that game OSU loses 34-3 IMO.
They ran it 5 times, give or take. Miller kept each time.
Michigan State had the play pretty well defended frankly.
To your first point re the slot receiver. I covered it in the article and you observed the same things in your post.
The truth is that OSU did throw quite a few quick throws to Brown, particularly early in the game.
As to your second point, in MSU's D the LB is not going to cover that seam route; the cover 4 safety is. I don't know about you, but I certainly don't think Heuerman against MSU's safeties is a huge mismatch. He didn't offer any evidence it was Saturday.
A) You have to take Miller as the total package. Look at the number of plays he makes. Without Miller OSU had zero shot.
B) Where were the open receivers?