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Shawnee, Kansas (Kansas City) (via Columbus, OHIO)

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Comment 16 hours ago

Bosa's camp wanted compromise on the money OR the offset. They said that from day 1. Looks like they took the money.

Way to waste Bosa's rookie camp, Cheap Chargers! In the end he got what he wanted.

The NFL needs to fix this little loophole in the next CBA so the Cheap Chargers don't keep trying to do this. 

Comment 16 Aug 2016

I can see that, and I am no fan of bureaucracy!  What I'm thinking about is objectivity and recognition.  Clear chain of command and formal recognition of achievement.  

Everyone knows who the leaders are, in some sense, by rank. 3 Captains. 9 LTs.  One thing it does is helps peers identify leaders earlier. It also puts leadership within reach of everyone who holds the values.

Being Captain of 120 people is much harder to get to, but being LT of your position group is an achievable and worthy goal. The BEST LTs will become Captains. 

There's a lot of analogies between the sports world and military chain of command. I think it could help. 

Comment 16 Aug 2016

Agreed. That's correct, which is what made me think of deepening the structure. But think about the human psychology standpoint - a more formal leadership structure gives our mind something to aspire to and becomes a source of personal pride when achieved.  

Promotions work this way.  It's the power of recognition - by your peers and by your coaches.  I should say that more responsibility and accountability are expected of leaders.  You take something that's more subjective (leadership culture) and create more objectivity (positions/responsibilities)...and this creates a clearer meritocracy. 

Comment 16 Aug 2016

It is possible, I suppose, if we have LT's to limit the team to 3 Captains - making Captaincy an earned, highest honor (I always thought more than 3, and certainly 6, seemed like too much).  

I would propose a Captaincy that based on criteria for LT's but people who were exceptional in these areas - elected by Coaches, Administrators, former Captains, and the Team.  Though, I'd say that Captains (unlike LT's) need to be Starters. 

(1) Offense Captain

(2) Defensie Captain

(3) At-Large Captain

Comment 16 Aug 2016

That's pretty good. I imagine they'd all benefit from being Lieutenants - the responsibility and accountability would be multiplied. 

I should add - if you're a Captain, you can't be a LT.  This means the QB room, the LB room, the OL room this year would need other leaders (so that Captains can spend more time coaching the LT's & whole team). 

So I would say the LT's in those rooms would be: Joe Burrow, Billy Price, and Chris Worley.  

NOTE: you don't have to be a starter to be an LT.  The leadership positions should be based on (1) Respect of your peers/coaches (2) Practice at a high level (3) take care of your business in the classroom and (4) no guns, no drugs, no violence.  

So theoretically, an upstanding, selfless walk-on like Kato Mitchell could be a LT. 

Comment 08 Aug 2016

I think TP admitted this was true, essentially. And Boone spoke about TP's immaturity in past tense.

I think we all know this to be true at the time.  TP was an 18 year old no.1 recruit in America. 

TP's response shows maturity and humility. 

Comment 05 Aug 2016

SERIOUSLY...The NCAA needs to drop the ban-hammer fast on Baylor. Culture of sexual assault and title IX violations. Time to yank some schollies like what happened at USC & PSU. 

Also - Art Briles covers up a ton of sexual assault - and as of now can still coach when/where something is available. WTF?  The Senator got a FIVE YEAR SHOW CAUSE penalty for "covering up" tattoo-gate. Briles needs at LEAST that - if not double. 

Finally, I feel really bad for all these young women and facing the culture of entitlement, harassment, violence, and shaming. I hope they get justice and peace.  

Comment 04 Aug 2016

Defensive backs.

Replacing Apple and both safeties (who have a lot of responsibility in this Cover 4, match up zone) is a tall order. Plus Ash is gone and they have new (but excellent) coach in Schiano. 

Teams are gonna test the secondary early and often.

Comment 04 Aug 2016

Good thoughts, Buck68.

I think this is where the "Land of the Wolves" mentality really kicks in. 

It may be the most competitive environment for a team Urban has ever had with 16 new starters needed plus quality rotation playing time. 

That's going to bring extreme focus. That's going to force the cream to rise to the top, and fast.  

We have solid leadership with JT, Pat, and Kwon. Plus some really good program guys like Price and T.Lewis.

This may be the most talented roster, top to bottom, that tOSU has ever had in my lifetime. 

Yes, they need experience. But the Urban Meyer culture, good changes in the coaching, with all of that talent makes me think of what Urban did in his first year with far less talent. 

Comment 04 Aug 2016

I always believed Jalin had the talent to make it in the league. Dude just has something electric about him - something that pure speed lovers don't always see. I think he has more natural talent than some QBs turned receiver. Couldn't believe N.E. didn't try to get him. 

If he stayed at OSU I believe he would have been drafted in round 5, at best round 3. 

Thing is, for him, he wanted a shot at the league and he believed in himself.

He wanted to focus on football without having to worry about school.  

Did he make the right choice? Time will tell. He made a man's choice and bet on himself. Good for Jalin. 

Comment 04 Aug 2016


We go undefeated with one unexpectedly close game - but not from the teams we think we'd have a close game.  

Curtis Samuel goes for 1000 yards rushing, receiving, and returns. 

Weber goes for 1000 yards rushing.

Noah Brown has 1000 yards receiving. 

Malik Hooker gets 7 INTs. 

Tracy Sprinkle becomes a force at DT. 

We beat MSU by 20. 

We beat Michigan by 14.

JTB wins the Heisman trophy w/ stats 3800 yards passing, 750 yards rushing, 47 TDs (32 passing, 15 rushing), 5 INTs.

We destroy Nebraska in the B1G championship (Iowa regresses this year). 49-17.

We beat Stanford in the first round of the playoffs (Alabama doesn't make it in this year): 42-28.

We beat Clemson to win the Natty. 37-27.

Comment 03 Aug 2016

And also... The Chargers are the ones who forced him to go to their restaurant, assuming he'd be different in his diet than every other high draft pick had ever been. 

Chargers organization has a long history of poor business dealings.  

Comment 03 Aug 2016

The analogy breaks down for me in this. Joey Bosa didn't walk into a restaurant.  He was told it's the restaurant he had to go to. 

He eats meat. Like every other 3rd rounder before him, he's asking for the same thing.  

He's not asking them to become a meat restaurant. He's asking for them to throw a burger on the grill for him.

The new system has eliminated a lot of this mess. But not with the Chargers. 

Joey has offered a compromise. They won't relent on either.  That's on the Chargers.

Comment 02 Aug 2016

I should say, I think the shoes look pretty good...some better than others. Not tied to black shoes either. Didn't hate the alternates. 

Just struck me as odd that again, we have gray as a primary iconic Buckeye color and it is often left out. Seems like we are missing an opportunities.

I wish we had more gray in our end zones again too.

Comment 02 Aug 2016

What does Nike have against the color gray?

All gray jerseys would have been better than all black last year and better than the all whites from years prior.

They crush the 1968 replica with gray sleeves and then we go back to "meh."

We've had alternate chrome helmets, black helmets, white helemts, which are okay, but none of the variations of gray available (matte gray, charcoal, even more silver) save for our regular helmets of course.

Wisky and Nebraska are red and white.

We are Scarlet and Gray. 

Having said all that, I'm glad we don't have adidas or UA as our gear suppliers.

Comment 02 Aug 2016

A couple of thoughts:

1) Coaches, like Urban, know that there's a problem and are finding ways to limit contact during the week.  It's the 1000 reps idea.  As FBS moves ever closer to an NFL style playoff system, the wear and tear on student athletes is becoming a bigger issue.  As noted above, NFL teams tackle far less in practice than ever before. It hasn't changed the game.  Tackling technique can be taught in other ways. Aggression won't go away in young men, that's just biological testosterone and a "warrior culture" mentality. 

2) I think that equipment has a big part to play in the problem.  The early days of football were more like rugby. Rugby itself is a violent sport like football and yet, injuries and concessions are less.  Equipment essentially weapon idea the player, makes them feel invincible and in some ways this leads to poor technique and careless attitudes.  I think for football to survive long term, we'll see new "softer" materials (as hard plastic goes away), and I think we will see increasing tackling rule changes (more rugby style), and I think there will be laws about how much tackling can occur through the week before a game.

I want the sport to survive and think it will have to adapt to do so. Dartmouth gives a real option...backed by data...that other methods can work.