Part of me hopes the next guy is a lifer OC...with no HC aspirations. If he proves quickly to be a total stud...pay him a million $ a year and keep him.
I honestly think OSU has more team speed on D than what the Bama offense will handle. As long as they come up with a way to limit Cooper (disguising bracket, showing it and rolling away from it, showing single coverage and ending up in a bracketed look, etc.) and stop the run (getting more to the point of attack than can be blocked and penetration)...OSU will have more than just a chance.
I just hope this doesn't turn into a cause for laying an egg in New Orleans. If it does, I'll no longer be a Tom Herman fan.
As an assistant in the GWOC who has game planned for both Bennett and Landers, I've been wondering why OSU hadn't offered him. The kid is a DUDE! I've been thinking WV was getting an OHIO STEAL. Maybe not now. Bennett looked bigger while at Centerville but Landers is every bit as disruptive and maybe even more difficult to account for. Just watch what he did to the kids from St. Ed in the State Championship game. He's a monster.
If given the choice to coach the players OSU has and continues to recruit/sign, live in Columbus, win championships, and be the OC at an elite program or go to a place like Houston (and make about the same money...does it change your life to make 850K instead of 600K?? I wouldn't know but I wouldn't think it be enough to make a fair trade off) and struggle in the hopes for an eventual power 5 gig...no brainer. Stay at OSU.
He should be a coordinator with the opportunity to make a million dollars. Give him a raise, Gene. Isn't the money for the wife anyway? Heck, the coaches work too many hours to be able to enjoy the money. It changes what neighborhood they drive into after a 16 hour day or the vacation destination but what else do they realize? I guess the retirement situation would be the biggest consideration as far as how much money they can put away.
There is an endless list of great reasons to beat Bama...not the least of which is the chance to knock of Winston and Jimbo.
That's about the best break down of a team all year. I like it. I also like all of these match ups...in favor of the Buckeyes. Cardale taking care of the ball and not turning it over is the key to the game.
A lot is being juggled this week by staff and players...tasks, responsibilities, emotions, etc. If they are able to overcome all of this adversity...well, they'll transcend what it even means to be a team.
Obviously I'd prefer for the injury to not have happened. However, I think this can further galvanize the team and force the other guys to step up on O and D. If Cardale has been paying attention all year in meetings and has been working hard in practice, he's knows how to prepare for a game. It'll be a challenge but there's more than enough motivation for him to step up and get it done.
On the flip side, Wisconsin was celebrating last night like they won the National Championship. They were in a war with Minny, wore championship hats, "chopped down" the goal posts with the ax, and ran all around the stadium posing for pics and patting themselves on the back.
The Buckeyes sang Carmen Ohio, went to the locker room, let it sink in that they won The Game and started focusing in on how they'll overcome the loss of Barrett to win the Championship Game. Our team has an advantage...FOCUS and PURPOSE.
Saturday is just like New Year's Day. All the games I've waited and waited to see are on at the same damn time. The 3:30 time slot is way over loaded.
I hope the Bucks are practicing outdoors this week to get ready for handling, throwing, catching and securely carrying a hard, nearly frozen football. That's going to potentially be a neutralizer in favor of MN...if JT can't get a feel for the cold ball and be accurate on the deep ball.
Also, run blitzes on early downs to create 2nd and long and 3rd long situations will help the OSU D in a big way and force MN out of their comfort zone.
If QB's are like cars, I'll pick the car with a little less horse power, doesn't accelerate quite as fast or corner quite as sharply and doesn't have a 'dope' paint job but shows up, competes and runs EFFICIENTLY all the time over the street rod that often sputters when races should be easy and ends up in the garage being repaired every few races.
In other words, I'm no car guy but I'll take the loaded Honda Accord over the __________________ (enter sweet street rod name on the blank).
Here's my dream for the SEC:
This Week - Miss St over Bama (2nd loss and out), Auburn over UGA (3rd loss and out), Mizzou over Texas A&M
Final Week - Ole Miss over Miss St (1st Loss but SEC West Champ), Auburn over Bama (just bc I HATE bama), Mizzou over Arkansas
SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - MIZZOU OVER MISS STATE
SEC LOCKED OUT because it's champ got beat by INDIANA at home and got blown out by 3 Loss UGA. Can't justify taking a two loss loser over the one loss champs of the remaining 3 power conferences.
Is my logic correct?
I saw Nick at the Dorothy Lane Market in Springboro this summer with a cart full of beverages....NO Pepsi!! ALL water!! This is false advertising!! Haha!!
Until these Buckeyes prove it can force good teams to make more mistakes than it makes themselves, I won't be confident in a win. My impression thus far is that the team will look faster, flashier, more athletic than MSU and it'll play really hard...but it will make more mistakes than MSU. MSU on the other hand is steady and true...just like the best Tress teams were.
It's strange...I feel like MSU is more OSU right now than OSU is OSU.
Danielson keeps me from watching an entire game. I can't stand him. He thinks be knows more than the coaches one second and tells what he'd have down and is salivating over their brilliance the next. Hate him doing games.
Anyone driving to the game and going across the state of MD will be pleasantly surprised by how rural it is and how beautiful it is. It will look just like the opening paragraphs of this article describe. Rolling hills, farms, changing colors on the trees, etc. It's a beautiful drive!
It's not damn near impossible to run against the bear front. Unless you refuse to us your TEs as TEs and you don't have a fullback on the roster. When Va Tech went to that front, the buckeyes needed to be able to get into a big personnel group and run of tackle. They can't do it because they only have smallish RBs and NO fullbacks. That's not a sound way to do business.
Braxton is the least important player for this season. I feel bad for him but I wish the writers and radio/tv peoplewould turn the page.
I don't think I can stomach reading anything else. So, no more reading for me this week. I'm just excited to get on the road to Baltimore Friday morning and see how it all unfolds in the stadium on Saturday. Go Bucks!
I hope all the talking points coming out of camp are accurate and not just talking points. If true, and the OL has become solidified, this Offense has a chance to be even tougher to slow down than last year.
If they are just talking points and/or the OL hasn't come together, VaTech and UC could get their biggest road wins n a long time. For UC, biggest ever.
I've been out mowing my grass, what have I missed?
The premise of this article is horse shit. To think that a guy, you don't even know, is a bust because he disappointed you in regard to not meet expectations you dreamed up for him is pathetic. The cycle is being repeated with RM. People are detached from reality. They expect these 18 year old kids to be like super heroes and they don't know all the things that go into being a great player. Not the least of which is dealing with your life and the lives of your family outside of football.
I love 11 Warriors but this article sucked.
That 100 yards they find that Braxton creates can more than be made up for by completing intermediate passes accurately and on rhythm. When the ball is thrown on time, with anticipation, and accurately that's when these guys can eat up YAC. A 10 yard completion to a WR/Slot running through a vacancy in a one can turn into 30 yards really fast if thrown on time and accurately. So many of Braxton's completion like that were to late preventing the receiver from having space to eat up after the catch.
IF JT is as accurate as they say, the 100 yards can be made up.
This whole thing is a mess. Especially from a PR standpoint. Urban had said the WR position was a 'clown show' when he got here. That's not the only clown show in town these days, it seems.
Was Urban and Braxton wishfully thinking when they insisted up until the re-injury that he was "100%" and "in the best shape of his life"? Was the info about the injury misleading in the 1st place? Was there a lack of communication between the medical staff and Urban? Or was it just a freak thing that has happened?
I have no idea. Regardless, the whole thing is a train wreck.
On the flip side, if Braxton wasn't here this year because he had graduated or left early...Cardale and JT would have been coached, prepped and repped just like they have been all off season. So, the Buckeyes have two guys that have the talent and the ability to lead the team. I'd say, while it's obviously not he preference of anyone, they Buckeyes still have a chance to win games. It just won't be because Braxton made the Sportscenter highlight real.