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Comment 24 Mar 2017

Great article, Johnny.  I'm going to share this with Mer as her co-workers always think I'm too serious. What you've outlined here is true in coaching and business.  People are always being evaluated by 2 things:  the results they get, and how they interact with people.  In most cases, the results you get are dependent on how well you interact with people.  The results the Michigan Milk Man get are reflective of his ability to work with people:  pretty good, but never quite good enough to be great.  

Comment 09 Mar 2017

"If you don't like what's being said, change the conversation." -Don Draper.  I think Urban and especially the 11W team has done a great job of making the conversation more detailed and intelligent.  Fans know you can't pin everything on one person, win or lose, the coaching staff is fairly forthcoming with information to support that, and 11W does a great job interpreting and explaining the details.  Fanatics don't care about details.  By doubting JT, they are doubting Urban too.  Urban has shown the willingness to make a change when necessary and always puts the best players on the field.  Look at what happened in '15 with Cardale.  Guy wins a national championship and still gets beat out halfway through the following season because he wasn't the best quarterback.  

Comment 27 Jan 2017

I don't really have a problem with this.  I've heard Urban talk about coaching Cam Newton.  I would be fine putting him on a similar Ohio State graphic.  I can see it now:  1 Laptop Stolen.  1 Transfer from Florida initiating the ultimate demise of a program contributing to Urban Meyer's resignation and eventual hiring at THE Ohio State.  

Comment 05 Jan 2017

Regardless, Urban knows what he wants to do on offense.  Beck and Warinner help put the game plan together.  They're all involved in calling what plays and when.  JT is involved in making decisions at the line of scrimmage.  But I have to believe Urban has the final say on game plan and play calling.  I don't know much about football scheme, but it seems like we thought "they're expecting run first, so let's play pass first" and thought JT, Oline, and skill players were good enough to execute - and they weren't.  It played right into what Clemson wanted to do by making JT beat them - and he couldn't.  Change coaches, change players, they're ultimately going to do what Urban wants to do and sometimes even he's going to swing and miss badly.  

Comment 04 Jan 2017

From my armchair, I put Warinner back on the field coaching the line, bring Hinton back to coach TEs again and actually use that position in the offensive scheme, put Day and Wilson in the box, and make Stud a consultant.  If Warinner doesn't want to do that, then we'll be ok without him.  My concern is that we'll focus so much on improving offense, that our D will suffer, especially with Fickell gone.  I look forward to having Schiano call the defense, but development of the LB position is still critical.  Have we not hired anyone else on the defensive staff or did I miss something amidst everything else going on?

Comment 27 Dec 2016

I respect Larry Johnson for being a good football coach, and even more for not needing to cuss. But something about the way UFM cusses reminds me of my grandpa.  My generation cusses so much that it loses its power.  I'm really nervous about the game but hearing this makes me feel much better about it.  Not just the cussing but the focus and intensity. 

Comment 22 Dec 2016

I really enjoyed reading through the conversation with the TUN troll.  It always brings a smile to my face to see them in such despair.

An interesting thing that some Buckeyes talked about was that The Game has turned into hatred.  It used to be about respecting your opponent, and even wanting them to be good.  harbaugh is a better coach than brady hoke, but I cannot for the life of me respect him or that team because of how they act.  He makes it so easy to hate them.  Their players and fans follow suit.  UFM once said on the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer that he wants them to be "off the map."  Couldn't agree more.

Comment 14 Dec 2016

I'm excited to see if/when Urban gets him involved with the program again in some capacity (i.e. leadership consultant, real life wednesdays, etc.).  If former players can be on the scout team, are former head coaches allowed to coach the scout team?  

Comment 01 Dec 2016

Difference of opinion, friend.  What you're saying about TUN, PSU can say about us.  PSU played us and beat us which resulted in us finishing 2nd in the division.  What I'm saying is besides beating us, PSU has an average resume and went 10-2, and we had control of the game for 3.5 quarters.  So the gap between OSU/PSU, to me, is much greater than the gap between OSU/TUN.  The only thing a B1G championship for PSU means in terms of resume, is a victory against Wisconsin which both OSU and TUN already have.  We beat TUN, but they had control of the game for 3 quarters.  And their resume against top 10 teams is just as good as ours.  

What we agree on, I totally think we can beat Clemson and Alabama.  Bama has been told how good they are for a year and they have 0 wins (and 0 games played) against current top 10 teams.  

Comment 01 Dec 2016

I definitely do not want a rematch.  They made some very correctable mistakes against us (passing 36 times with an injured qb, not stopping the clock late in the 4th, throwing temper tantrums....), and give Speight's injury a month to thanks.  We missed 2 field goals that would have won Saturday's game more easily for us, but our issues on offense are chronic and I don't think they are correctable enough to beat TTUN again this season.  That being said, I think a rematch of The Game would be more fair than a rematch with PSU because of game control and resume.  TUN has beaten 3 top 10 teams, as has tOSU.  In the head-to-head, TUN won game control for 3 quarters, but we have victory.  So it would make sense for us to play again.  PSU has victory over us, but we won game control for 3.5 quarters and have a significantly better resume.  So it does not make sense for us to play them again.  

Comment 04 Nov 2016

I know I'm really late for a comment, but I just had to give a shout out to Burritos Noches, Catfish Biff's, and Adriaticos.  Also, I worked at the Steak Escape in the old union.  Then one summer I called in to give my availability and they told me that Steak Escape was no longer there, so I took my talents to Subway on 13th.

Comment 17 Oct 2016

I re-watched the sugar bowl from 2014 last night (recorded on BTN over the weekend), and we were throwing it all over the field.  Short, middle, edge, sideline, deep.  But we had a wr corps with defined roles in the offense.  I think the loss of Devin Smith has been greatly underestimated.  He was the one guy who was going to go deep.  Everyone knew it.  Defenses knew it and stretched out because of it, allowing the other wrs to work in space.  Yet he still found a way to get open.  In both 2015 and so far this season, we have yet to find a guy that can do that.  

Comment 20 Sep 2016

As a Buckeye born and raised in Columbus, now living in SEC country, I had an interesting conversation about this yesterday.  Conference pride runs deep in the south, much more so than in the north.  I never cared how good the Big Ten was compared to other conferences until the SEC started ramming it down our throats.  I still don't really care.  There's no competition for who wins the best conference.  The value I think it adds is in recruiting.  Kids want to play in big games and win.  Now we're starting to see more Big Ten teams play and win big games.  The SEC "dominance" was really only the Urban Meyer and Nick Saban dominance.  And that domination hasn't changed at all, except for the fact that Urban is now in the Big Ten.  

Comment 19 Sep 2016

I think I've heard Urban Meyer talk of his friendship with Mike Leach.  Leach tried to get him to go bear hunting or something like that.  He's a strange guy for sure, probably with some undiagnosed behavioral...something.  But he's done this kind of thing before.  I think he would make an outstanding offensive coordinator somewhere but will always be an average HC.