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Comment 25 Apr 2015

Braxton has an uphill battle against his injury to win the tarting job.  his shoulder will have to:

1. Allow him to throw some this summer in 7 on 7.

2. Be 100% by the 1st day of camp.

3. Hold up to the number of reps required to compete equally with JT and Cardale without having to miss practices or large parts of practice to rest his arm.

4. Be more efficient in both the pass and run game than the other two by spreading the ball around.

5. Be tougher than the other two.

6. Lead better than the other two.

7. Most importantly (to me at least), not force the coaches - through his shortcomings - to rely only on Braxton to make plays as was the case when he was the starter.

Comment 22 Apr 2015

Braxton's current health won't allow him on the field at OSU where he is in his 5th year of comfort with his coaches, his teammates and his offense.  I don't understand how people can still think he could - amidst the biggest media circus in college sports - transfer, fit in with a new team, learn an offense, get reps and mesh with the skill players there, start, and win games in some other place...when HE IS NOT ALLOWED TO THROW A FOOTBALL WITH VELOCITY!!!!  

Is it just fun for people to think about?

Comment 22 Apr 2015

So much to juggle between the last game and the first.  It's a whole new challenge.  Coaches don't usually like looking back but in this case they have to...for good reason.  Fortunately, OSU has until November 2015 to figure it out.  That's the month.  As long as OSU can avoid injuries this summer, trouble off the field, and Va Tech, there should be plenty of time to figure out exactly who they are this time around.

Comment 08 Apr 2015

You know...the best thing about that is not the sack.  It's watching the right tackle get knocked ass over apple cart by Washington!  It's one thing to take a part a QB who's just standing there.  It's a whole different animal to destroy and embarrass a 300+ pound man who is fighting you like his life depends on it!  That's AWESOME!!

Comment 27 Mar 2015

The guy says he has dedicated his life to the game and nuances of every offensive position.  Striving for toughness and perfection is and will continue to be his deal.  Maybe he is where he wants to be as an OC at a school with the best players you can get and the best access to the resources to develop them.  Perhaps, he understands he would have to give that pursuit up as an HC at a lesser school.  Perhaps he doesn't define his career trajectory or success as a coach and professional by striving for the title and paycheck of a Head Coach.

Comment 24 Mar 2015

I'd have that video department making a play list of the top plays throughout the season that could have gone the other way and had season ending results.  The wins are the most important things when it's all over.  But the wins make you forget the bad plays, missed plays, missed assignments, etc.  Some of those could have cost the Buckeyes vs. Bama and Oregon.  I'd be showing them those so the kids remember those victories have a razor thin margin of error.  They have to keep getting better or they'll end up on the wrong side of the ledger.

You're either getting better or you're getting worse.  You NEVER stay the same.

Comment 13 Feb 2015

Here is what I like about the coaching turnover:

When Tress was HC, I spent a decent amount of time attending practices, working the summer camps, and visiting the staff in the off season. This was when I was an OC and before I had 4 kids under age 9.  Life was right!!  What I noticed, up close and personal, was that the longer the staff was there...the more and more relaxed things seemed to get.  I remember attending a bowl practice before they played Texas and left disgusted with how the practice was run.  NO INTENSITY AT ALL.  I just knew OSU wasn't going to be prepared to win and was surprised they came as close as they did.  The killer instinct seemed to have gone away.  Replaced by almost an arrogant attitude of "We're OSU, we're better...just because we are."

Well, Urban has clearly fixed that problem - among some others.  So my point, to get the program to be run the way it needs to so the players maintain that edge...that drive to be a killer...you need new blood hungry for taking that next step up the ladder that will lead to the million $$$ payday.  That's what's going on and I like it!  When you know you've reached the top, it's rare for a guy to be able go a million miles an hour...unless your name is Coombs!

(Oh...and I'm a HUGE Tressel fan.  I just think he hired his guys and not always the best guys.)

Comment 11 Feb 2015

There is one thing I haven't seen discussed.  That is, due to his lack of reps since prior to his injury...he has no on-field relationship/experience with the returning receivers.  Philly, Smith, Spencer, etc. are all gone.  He hasn't been able to develop a "feel" for Thomas, Marshall, Cory Smith, Zeke, Vannett, etc. and they haven't been able to get a feel for him.  With reps all going to Jones in the spring and then Jones and Barrett - AND Braxton - in the fall...when will Braxton get a chance to gel with the personnel on this offense???  There just won't be enough reps to go around to accommodate all of what will need to happen in those practices.

I keep coming back, in my mind, to how good the offense could be with Braxton in the slot...if he'd committ to it.  The personnel packages OSU could create would be unbelievable!

Comment 09 Feb 2015

I agree.  A corner and/or a safety running with Smith had very little to do with the OL establishing the run.  What did it was the 5 guys up front making the right calls at the LOS and the TE's getting involved in the power run game and the trap game (against Oregon).  Executing and getting a hat on a hat was what allowed the run game to become over-powering.  It wasn't that teams were playing OSU leaning back on their heels because they were afraid to get the ball thrown over their heads.

Comment 09 Feb 2015

I'd say that's about right.  But there are intangibles like toughness, leadership, and 'winner' as well.  There's also how quickly decisions get made, accuracy, and understanding of the playbook.  It seems like it's splitting hairs between JT and Cardale in those areas.  Cardale will have the chance to close the gap and/or pass JT while he recovers from his injury.  Braxton would be 3rd by a considerable amount, IMO, with all three of those areas.

Comment 09 Feb 2015

If that's the definition of "upside", I might agree. However, with the weapons on this offense I'd argue that you don't need the home run threat created by Braxton's legs.  Rather, it's better to distribute the ball to the play makers, keep the D spread out, and hand the ball to Zeke.  Let the QB be the wild card in the run game to move the chains with draws and scrambles like JT and Cardale can do.  Too much is placed on Braxton in the run game when he's the starter.  It prevented the ball from getting into the hands of others, which lead to defenses only having to stop him, thus...getting him hurt.  

I'm totally with you on the point you made about not being able to win with upside.  Playing someone because they have more talent or "upside" will eventually get you beat.  

Comment 09 Feb 2015

Speaking of stretching the field, it'll be interesting to see if anyone can step up and take over as the vertical threat in place of Smith.  That helped Cardale a lot, IMO.  Even if a guy doesn't become as lethal as Smith, balance in the offense can make it just as hard to defend as a deep threat...probably even more so.  

I agree...buckeye problems.  Who wouldn't sign up for 'em?  

Comment 09 Feb 2015

> All three have shown they can win.  (Braxton, JT, Cardale)

> All three have shown they can play great. (Braxton, JT, Cardale)

> All three have shown command of the offense to an extent. (JT 1st - distributor and runner, Cardale 2nd - distributor and a lesser runner, Braxton 3rd - not a distributor, QB designed runner but not a great option reader)

> All three are not healthy.  (Only Cardale is healthy)

> All three have not shown they can play a full season. (Cardale didn't get hurt but throws his body around.)  

> All three have not shown they can win a big game.  JT - MSU, PSU - big time, come from behind, OT win, & UM. Cardale - we all know his.  Braxton - None in his junior year unless you count a terrible UM team.

These guys have a lot of growth still possible.  Any of the three should be able to lead the team to 12 wins.  The competition between the three to master the finer points of being a QB will determine the starter...along with their HEALTH.  If none of them pucker up due to the competition, OSU could literally have 3 of the 5 best QB's in the nation on the '15 roster.

Comment 09 Feb 2015

In Barrett's 1st twelve starts, he broke just about every meaningful QB record there is at OSU, including Brees' total TD's in a season.  Therefore, I have to disagree with you about Miller having the most upside.  Barrett is SO EFFICIENT, he'll be tough to beat as the starter (unless his ankle holds him back).  Braxton was never efficient. Standing on the sideline an entire year isn't going to help that.