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Comment 28 Aug 2014

Interesting, Squirrel.  I had the same thought about 2 "H" backs on the field at the same time. If it's Brown and Wilson/Marshall at the same time plus a back in the backfield, I believe that personnel grouping would be to accomplish some of the options that we see in the diamond formation or with Auburn's running game.  

Meyer & Co. have a lot of shiny new toys to play with. I cannot wait until Saturday.

Comment 28 Aug 2014

True. In 2009 our O-Line was coached by the Walrus. I remember him being taken to task by Jim Lachey because the Walrus didn't think the O-line ever needed the blocking sled.  A characteristic of all of his lines seemed to be the inability to fire off the line together with anger and purpose. They often looked flat-footed and slow.  They made the DAVE play seem excruciating because we would often have our back run into a mess of bodies in A-gap, and get little yardage, if any.  Contrast that with Carlos Hyde making a living in A-gap. On bad plays, Hyde would still get a couple yards.  I love Ed Wariner. I think he's the best O-line coach in the nation. I hope I feel that way Saturday after the first game with this young/inexperienced line! :)  No matter what, they'll be better than that 2009 Walrus coached line. 

Comment 28 Aug 2014

The depth chart (and some other places) has mentioned how Brown is pretty big now.  Out of HS I think he was about 220ish - but enrolling early, with his frame and Coach Mick's program - he's become pretty solid - so the 6'1" 240 is probably pretty accurate based on prior reports. 

I am not sure we will see him play early, either.  Just his inclusion there had me thinking about our Offensive scheme. AS Buckskin noted - Meyer used Hernandez at H (possibly).  It's just that the inclusion of such a big guy, versatile athlete at H is so obviously different than Wilson/Marshall that it makes me think the coaches have some new ideas to add to our offense. 

Just wondering what those might be (eventually) when Noah sees the field. 

Comment 28 Aug 2014

Great article, Kyle.  

One thing I noticed in the depth chart yesterday was the inclusion of the 6'1" 240 lb. Noah Brown at H (along with Wilson & Marshall).  

Obviously, speed & lateral movement are what Wilson & Marshall bring).  

How might the offense change with Noah Brown in at H?  I've asked before about the possibility of the diamond - so I'm thinking that the movement of the H creates some of that, rather than the formation itself.  

But the inclusion of Brown - must signal that there are some other ways we'll use the H this year that aren't strictly to get the ball in space to smaller, quick receivers.  

Comment 27 Aug 2014

DiNardo hates the spread - even though he shows he doesn't fully understand our power-spread.  He won't critique teams like Iowa or Wisconsin because they're a traditional ground and pound offense with a QB who is a statue or at best can scramble out of a bad play and get a couple yards.

He's old school in his football mentality, the kind that doesn't want to admit (or like) theat the game has evolved. Every time Braxton got hurt or was off...Gerry would say "see, this is why the spread doesn't work."  While his point has some validity, Tim Tebow & Cam Newton thrived in this offense.  I think Gerry just doesn't want the spread to succeed because it offends his football sensibilities. 

Comment 26 Aug 2014

This was me many times last fall:

"Hermann!!! Run the slant. Please run a slant. This would be a good time to throw a slant. What's up with all these difficult deep outs? Do you know there's a middle of the field we can throw to? Throw the darn slant pass and let these guys run!"

When I watched the Spring game, it seemed like Mike Thomas caught more slant passes there than we did as a team all fall.

Obviously, I like the slant pattern...but that's mostly  because it seemed like most of the time we ran deep outs and fly patterns for Braxton.  Glad to hear we will see more intermediate routes and a quick screen game. 

Comment 21 Aug 2014

Good thoughts, Mustard.  I agree with you that our TE in motion likely accomplishes more in terms of the pressure it puts the defense under.  

Maybe I'm longing for a little bit more option and misdirection.  Braxton didn't do that much with the offense (probably didn't need to). Kenny G did it more, especially against Cal. Combined with some run/pass concepts and a quicker passing game...the ball gets to more playmakers.  That's really my hope this year, in light if the injury to Brax. There are serious weapons on this time. I hope we are about to see some creative use of them!

Comment 21 Aug 2014

Our offense motions the H-back to the backfield a lot, giving us some two back sets and we have the TE as a blocker. Maybe we accomplish some of the best of the diamond/pistol already.

However, can you imagine JT with EZE, Rod Smith, and Curtis Samuel in the backfield? Or JT with/Bri'onte, Wilson, & Marshall (or Ball)? I'm thinking that the motions and distribution (runs and short passes) to the playmakers would be sick ...not to mention the play action passing run off of it to get the ball to some of those bigger wideouts over the middle  or speedsters on a fly pattern. 

Comment 19 Aug 2014

I think that you're right...speed will be more utilized in the outside zone.  Which I think  opens up the TE in intermediate routes. 

I would love to see the diamond, though. Maybe get a little triple option worked in to keep those aggressive D's guessing.  

Comment 27 Jul 2014

These are good.  It's going to be hard to come up with a list that doesn't leave something out.

My own criteria is that the comeback had to be in a high-stakes game.  

For this reason alone I would put these games ahead of the Minnesota game:

1) Holy Buckeye: I can't think of a more clutch, gutsy play than a bomb in OT on 4th down. That was insane...kept us on the NC path. That play defined that 14-0 season & team.

2) The NC Game vs. Miami - 3 amazing plays: 4 & 14 conversion, Mo Clarrett strips the ball, Cie Grant sack. 

3)  Purdue w/ Kenny G sealing the win...preserve the 12-0 season. Great team win/story. 

4)  Tie vs. Wisconsin in Camp Randall. Joey Galloway streaking down sideline late in game to make it 14-14. I believe it was 1991 & both teams entered the game undefeated. Night game with lots of hype. Not a win, but a high stakes game. 

Comment 21 Jul 2014

I'd hoped he would sign with the Celtics. They have a good young coach in Brad Stevens who I believe was a Thad Matta protege. If you follow Jeff Boals twitter...it's clear he (and likely Thad) thought the 76ers never used Turner the way they used  Turner...thus implying the 76ers were wasting his talents.  I think Evan can be a regular 20-8-5 guy playing 33-36 minutes. 

Comment 07 Jul 2014

Correct me if I'm wrong...but didn't Florida take 6 good LBs in the same class as Anzalone? And again last year, I thought they recruited well there.  Wouldn't Baker be facing numbers there too? I

Comment 07 Jul 2014

Look, I don't want to be Oregon - because that's a clown show. Half of their uni's are cool. The other half are ridiculous. 

However, let's not pretend that tOSU uniforms have always been the same.  I like some of the variations on throwbacks (I liked the white helmut, red-stripe, black number 50s throwback).  I wish we had grey on our jersey sleeves like we used to have in the 90s and early 2000s.  

Point being - (1) jerseys have always changed (2) college football has always changed and (3) recruiting matters & it has changed

We would do well to be proactive about the change in an "Ohio State way."  We don't need to pander (Oregon) and we don't need to look foolish to standout (Maryland or any adidas school).  This kind of change can still represent the great tradition that is Ohio State in a good way.  Change doesn't have to be abrupt or drastic. Adaptability is a good trait for survival.  

I feel confident that we have some designers who "get" Ohio State culture and could make these changes in a proactive and positive way. 

Comment 06 Jul 2014

All that stuff with Uzelac was a shame. Watching Smith run was amazing, he was so smooth it almost looked effortless at times. Had some of the drama not happened, Smith would have been a Heisman trophy contender.  You saw what he could do as a pro.  Too bad about the injuries, too.  He was also a sharp pre-med guy who approached everything in a very cerebral manner.  You can tell he just thinks about things on a different level even to this day. 

Comment 12 May 2014

Manziel has the edge on Troy in accuracy.

Manziel also had an offensive system built for his skill set and a REAL offensive line (well-coached one).  

Troy did gain some weight before the N.C. game. However, we lost because he never had more than 2 seconds to throw the ball. Our offensive line got abused. Later on we come to find out how easy it was for a good team to scout a Bollman offensive line.  When the new staff showed up, our entire offensive line was weak and out of shape. I blame Bollman, not Troy, for that loss.  

If Troy had a stable offensive system & a real coordinator and o-line, that game would have been competitive. We'd probably still have lost, though, IMO.

 

Comment 25 Apr 2014

I think the coaches want Thomas to be a better blocker and likely have an attitude adjustment to start.  In our case ... Against top talented teams,  I think that's the wrong approach.

Mike Thomas has the size, hands, and body awareness to compete as a receiver against good teams.

Moreover, Braxton Miller trust him & has chemistry with him.  

Braxton's worst quality as a QB is his mental game under duress.  He holds the ball too long, and runs when it's too late or tries to force a pass out of frustration.  He stops trusting his training and the coaches play calling.  His confidence noticeably falters.

He needs a true security blanket. Someone who can say "throw it anywhere in my area and I'm going up to get it."  Mike Thomas has that ability and swagger. In this case, I think that swagger is good.  

In the last two years, I haven't seen a receiver with that swagger.  In fact, the only other player on offense who has shown that kind of "feed me the ball" and I'll get what we need swagger is El Guapo.  

We need a receiver with El Guapo swagger.  What I don't understand is these coaches try to push these guys to have that confidence and model that swag all the time...but seem to punish Mike Thomas for having it.  

 

Comment 22 Apr 2014

David Boston would be in this discussion above Mike Jenkins if he stayed in the league longer.  Heck, he'd be past Santonio too if he had. 

I put Mike Jenkins ahead of David Boston for longevity sake. I think David Boston was the most physically talented receiver in Ohio State history, the one with the potential to pass Chris Carter.  

Here's their career numbers (which will just reinforce how sad it was that Boston didn't have the focus to live up to his potential):

Mike Jenkins 2004 - present:  130 GP, 354 receptions, 4427 rec yards, 25 TDs

David Boston 199-2005: 75 GP, 315 receptions, 4699 rec yards, 25 TDs (1 pro-bowl)

Comment 22 Apr 2014

Agreed. Totally forgot Ted Ginn! The last couple years of Teddy's game especially have really been good.  Seems like coaches finally figured out how to use his strengths in ways besides just the return game.

Comment 22 Apr 2014

Santonio could definitely end up higher on the list.  He was SB MVP but since then, he's had one really good season and several ok or injury plagues seasons.  Needs longevity to assess fully.