I took the "checkers" comment as going through a check-list of offensive guys and to be careful about that. Like JT purposely spreading the ball around via a "checklist".. Same could apply to play calling. Meaning don't get lost in making sure every guy on the depth gets a touch if it's not the right play, right call or right situation to take advantage of.
Loved seeing Johnson in Steve Miller's face telling him to just do his job and stay home.. seems to be a great hire.
I'm sure the coaches will find a fix for it but Darron Lee continues to struggle in the red zone. On both touchdown runs by Rutgers they ran right at him and he was completely blown up and pushed out of the play. And struggles probably isn't the right word. He's undersized at 225 pounds. Your just not going to win too many battles against lineman, tight-ends and big h-backs at 225 in the red zone. We need to find a fix for that before Michigan State.
Urban called his kick coverage team "heroes within the program." He said their kick return team is No. 1 in the country, and "that's the most important stat" to him.
Curious about this comment above. Did he mention what stat he was referring to with coverage? We're 18th in the country with avg starting position ( 3rd in the big 10 behind Iowa and Minnesota).. avg start position is the 18 yard line.
I didn't say he was horrible. He's a long way from horrible just never was a true PG ( on the offensive end) Stats are stats. A billion assists doesn't mean you know how to run an offense. Craft rarely passed the ball on fast breaks and if you look at all the assists he piled up ( even when Sully and Thomas were scoring inside) Craft almost never fed the post. There's a stat out there somewhere that he's WAY near the bottom of OSU PGs with assists in the paint. That's just not in his DNA. He got in the paint and he wanted to finish the play. Coaches and gifted offensive PGs will tell you more often than not one extra pass in the paint takes a good shot to a great shot..
He never had a position. Wasn't a true 2 guard and wasn't a PG with an offensive skill set. But he was our guy. Loved his heart and competitive spirit.
Going to take some getting use to watching this team imo ( looking forward to it). Last year we had Craft and Scott on the court most of the time and before that just Craft and before Craft PJ Hill. Been a long time since we have had someone like Scott to run the show ( Probably have to go back to the Butler days). Craft was all heart, all guts, all defense but never a true PG on the offensive end of things. Fast breaks should look more natural again. Ball movement should be back. I'm not expecting Scott to be Conley or Scoonie but if he can split the difference at the offensive end with what we got from Craft and what Conley and Scoonie brought to the court I'll be happy. No reason this squad can't be sweet 16 or better. GO BUCKS!
Apologize if I missed this... but do we know what Spence's "official" status is? I know he's still in school and suspended indefinitely but has the B10 or NCAA weighed in at all? Like if Urban wanted to play him this year could he? I think the assumption has been do the right things and play next year but anything concrete on that anywhere? Thanks for the 411!
At what point do we move on from the word "struggles". I don't think of Purdue or Indiana struggling. They just are what they are. We're at the point now where teenagers don't even remember Michigan being relevant. They've won the B10 outright once in the last 17 years. 2 wins in their last nine bowl appearances. Ohio State has owned them and will continue to own them for the better part of two decades ( and it's not the same as the Cooper years. Cooper had GREAT teams but couldn't beat them). There just seems to be some hazy retelling that this all started with Rich Rod and carried over to Hoke. Carr was a perennial 3&4 loss a year Coach. Carr's last five years they were 43-16 and 1-4 in bowl games. Heck, Carr coached 13 years and 10 of those he had 3 or more losses. The Michigan derailment has been happening for a LOT longer than Rich Rod/Hoke.
Both Arkansas and Alabama have the same problem. Their QB play isn't very good. I fully expect the 2nd best team in the SEC ( whoever that ends up being) to have 2 losses and we only end up with one SEC in the four team mix. FSU/ND winner, SEC, ( Baylor/OKla winner) and one other team.
At this point three teams "worry" me at being that fourth team in the mix. The Notre Dame/FSU loser and Oregon. If one teams destroy the other in the ND/FSU game it's a non factor but if it's game for the ages doubt the loser will fall below Michigan State. And then there's Oregon sitting there. If we both run the table plenty of people will say the Buckeyes "signature" win is against a team Oregon clobbered. Both would have one loss at home but you'd think the common opponent thing would tilt to Oregon.
Everyone plays everyone the rest of the way. We're going to end up with 12 one loss teams who think they should be in the four team playoff. Still think B10 is getting no love and we need to root for lopsided losses the rest of the way. If ND and FSU for example have a slugfest the loser won't drop below Michigan State. Here's hoping FSU drops 50 on ND and knocks ND out of the top 10.
Be curious to see the 4/5 star kids from Ohio who didn't go to Ohio State over the same time frame. Seems like at the time when we lose a 4/5 star kid the sky is falling but the "misses" most always seem like 2/3 kids who go somewhere and develop their game. Could be wrong.
I think I am now more confused about what our DBs/WRs are doing after Coach said this "I've coached receivers for a long time, and a cornerback that plays the same technique every time is a dream."
Our DBs play 4-7 yards off EVERY time. Rotating three styles we should see the bump in your face more than a few times like we've seen this season. And the WRS pray for in your face coverage? I just don't buy it. The WR group is making great strides but still struggle with aggressive corners and getting off the line and then separating during their routes. That's just not a physical bunch of receivers.
Saw that as well somewhere? That "someone" was just asking to get caught with the amount of stuff he was selling.
Sounds crazy but frontrunners are dropping like flies the past few weeks and he should continue to put up monster stats. JTB is going to get a legit shot at a Heisman moment/game in East Lansing. GO BUCKS!
Ross, your quote makes sense to me " It is difficult for offenses to combat the Ohio State strength, which is their defensive line. So teams will continue to throw quickly and try to catch the Buckeye back seven out of position. "
But then why do we continue to see soft corner coverage? Quick throws seem a LOT easier when the DB is 7-8 yards off the WR... As Spiels said" Buckeyes are playing bump in run with no bump"
Alabama only drops 4 spots? They haven't been good all year. They are left at #7 and in striking range because no one on the planet wants to see a Mississippi team in the first ever BCS Championship final 4 and you "have" to have two SEC teams in the mix.
SEC/PAC will devour each other of the next three weeks and should put us on course for the Bucks Sparty game being two top 8 teams playing each other.
Goes a long way when your WRs/TEs make plays. The group had close to 20 drops coming into the game and caught EVERYTHING yesterday. Let's hope that continues. Great day for WRs/TEs yesterday.
Still not sure how much blame to put on Clinton. Seems like Urban is telling him to kick it into a very small window. Don't kick it into the end-zone. Has to go to the left side of the field where we have overloaded coverage. And needs to fall at about the 1 yard line just a yard or so away from the pylon. Having never kicked a football in a live game don't know how accurate you can be with the thing but can't imagine it's easy. World class soccer players fail to put the ball on frame from much less distance all the time.
Learning on the job :) Same reason next time we are down on the goal line on a 4th down JT won't eat the ball. He did yesterday and walked off the field and I'm sure a coach told him then and he'll be reminded in film session "throw the ball..force the ball.. no downside on 4th down to let it rip"..
Obviously forgot about that. Good call.
If for no other reason then to get it on tape for future opponents would love to see some more vanilla two RB or even better one RB and one FB on the goal line in the red zone for a play or two. Especially in these blowouts.
WRs/TEs played a great game. Might have been the best game by the group in the Urban era. They caught everything. Good job!
Two coaching nitpicks. Can we roll to the right in the red zone. We continue to roll left. That pass across the body is so much harder than rolling right. On defense. Don't know who is calling 3rd down plays but EVERY third in long we continue to rush 3 and make our DBs chase forever. Nothing wrong with being aggressive on 3rd and long.
More upset with Urban for continuing to call that kick coverage. We are overloading the left side of the field and Urban is asking him to kick it into a pretty small box just outside the goal line and towards the sideline. That's not an easy kick. I'd rather just bang it out of the back of the end zone but Urban seems to be willing to trade 1 a game at the 35 and others inside the 20 vs giving them the ball on the 20.
45 first downs is a bit half glass empty/full. Great to see the team picking them up but that many means we didn't have a lot of explosive plays ( which we didn't). I'll take the first downs would just be nice to see more 20+ yard plays with this offense and all these weapons. Believe we only had 4 plays over 20 yards.. Chucked it deep all day long against VaTech and only a couple of attempts against Cincy. This team could be scary good when/if Herman finds the right balance of dink and dunks and deep throws within the same gameplan.
Great write up Ross. Lots of good stuff. Four things that stuck out to me while watching the game.
1 : Man, we miss Spence. We're essentially asking 4 DTs to chase the QB for most of the game and haven't gotten much pressure unless we are blitzing or dropping DTs and bringing LBs to confuse the offense.
2: First time that I can remember we don't have a "track guy" on defense. You go back over the past decade plus and any time we got beat for a long play more often then not someone was able to come out of nowhere and track that guy down with speed. Most recently Roby comes to mind. You beat the DB on the defense and they guy is gone. ( that may change as some young kids get playing time )
3: When I watch our DBs ( they're young and learning on the job) man it sure would be nice to have WRs that pushed them in practice and vice versa. You go back over the years and name the best DBs in Ohio State history and there is almost always a counterpart at WR with each side of the ball pushing the other guy.
4: It ended up not mattering but that Samuel fumble at the time was a big deal. We were up 30-7 and moving the ball with what could have been the knock-out punch. Instead it gave them momentum and they rolled off 21 unanswered points. Meyer gave Samuel an earful and he didn't get a significant carry the rest of the game. Another kid learning on the job..
Didn't miss the point at all. A better B10 Championship Game and a better stronger B10 division makes the B10 better on the national stage. Fools gold to think we are going to kick teams out or that the perennial cellar dwellers are suddenly going to change things around or suddenly have excess cash to spend. Under my approach we would have played Wisconsin and Nebraska this year instead of Illinois and Indiana. Even if only slightly improved the national opinion would be better for OSU and the B10 if the upper half of the B10 played each other.
Take the two divisions and shuffle them each year. Top 7 teams stay in one division and bottom 7 stay in the other division. Then the B10 Championship game is played between the top 2 teams in the "top 7" division. More often then not you'd get the best two teams in the B10 Championship game and you'd help the top tier of the B10 by having them playing each other ( 6 games against other teams in the top division). For example this year both Mich St and OSU would play Wisconsin instead of Indiana.
My thinking is if we can't get rid of teams or bring new teams into the league then let's at least have our top B10 teams play each other every year.