Upon a repeat, "Urban's Buckeye Way".
Dude was a high school coach ten years ago making probably 50k. I doubt he's feeling under valued at over 500k.
I'm not understanding the premise of a 3 QB race. Miller has a shoulder injury that is supposedly not going to be ready for throwing until at minimum 12 months post surgery. How's he going to get reps and compete for the job when he isn't going to be cleared to practice in the spring or, in all likelihood fall? JT is still on his roller cart and has screws and a plate holding his ankle together. How many weeks of rehab will he need to get to the point where he can run and change direction in a controlled therapy setting before before being turned loose taking snaps in a meaningful/live practice setting?
It seems to me JT and Braxton are in a race more against their own bodies than they are against Cardale and that race is gonna stretch out over the next few to several months.
I gotta think Cardale feels really confident in his chances to win the job. I mean, Braxton won't be ready to take any real reps in the spring or summer. JT won't be able to take real reps in the spring, I wouldn't think. So, he's probably going to take almost 100% of the reps except the ones that go to Collier in the spring and then JT will have to over take him in the fall. I think Cardale wins out.
What's Dolodale mean? I've wondered for weeks...
Funny how time changes the game day environments.
In '02 I was at a house party in Hyde Park with a bunch of friends. We were decked out in our scarlet and gray, drinking beers and tequila, wearing sombreros and beads, and eating Tostitos. We all yelled and cussed at the TV as if the world was going to end with every missed holding call! We erupted in celebration in and out of the house when Dorsey got flung to the turf on the final play!
Monday night I sat quietly in my living room with the lights out wearing my script Ohio t-shirt with a Coke and some Skyline dip, holding my 6 day old daughter, while my wife and other 3 kids slept upstairs. I felt confident all night the Bucks would win but I was shocked I was able to hold my emotions in with every fumble!! I gently stood up and simply smiled the biggest smile when Marriota's last pass was intercepted!! Neighbors were outside shooting fireworks and I only hoped it wouldn't wake up the rest of the family!
Funny how time changes our situation.
If I'm Urban, I have a small group of support staffers and/or a guys like Jim Heacock working all season on keeping up with Harbaugh's UM in an effort to avoid a repeat of 1969. That way, when the week of The Game rolls around we know EVERYTHING there is to know about those bastards.
Urban has said in interviews that he doesn't hire OC's who are some kind of guru. He hires guys for staff chemistry and staff alignment who will learn the OSU offense and then enhance it. He must believe Beck brings those attributes to the party.
I'll take the increase in rushing yards per game as long as the big play, both pass and rush, continues to be squelched. With the high efficiency of the Buckeye offense and their ability to score quickly, when a team grounds out an extra 80 yards it just kills the clock and eliminates the possessions needed by opponents to score enough points to win. Not to mention the field position advantage our punt and KO game sets up. I love where this TEAM is operating...defense, offense, and special teams. They all work in an effort to set up each other for winning.
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.