This is a matter of Love over reality Braxton although better than he was a an underclassman still does not progress through his reads and does not utilize weapons like Guiton or JT does. There are reasons TE rarely recieved throws and WR looked bad. I think Braxton is a better player than JT but not a better QB. I also think Braxton because of his explosiveness is better for this team because its based of a QB running the ball. Which I personally hate. So I agreeJT is a better passer when given time but Braxton is better for this team especially when the QB is not given time to go through several progression as shown when Ohio State plays teams that can pressure you regularly with or without Blitzing as seen when we play teams close to or equal in talent on the defensive lines.
I don't understand why Rod Smith does not even get the opprotunity to see what he can do. Being in the program 4 years his body is definitely up to the challenge where is these freshman and sophmores may not be. He is a big powerful back and shows in few opprotunities the ability to bust one at any point. You hear how these things happen in practice and they never come to fuition on the feild on game days. I feel Herman is so caught up in his vision of how he wants his offense to look he ignores what is really happening on the feild at times. I think Smith will still be a pro back when its all said and done and will be yet another under utilized player while playing under Urban Meyer.
lol what Saluki2007 said...I am still a lil bitter about that myself...Furthermore if Tavis would stop missing so many tackles and playing so soft when it comes to laying wood to recievers I would take his comments with more than a grain. He is an ok player but he does not play like his size would suggest. If that makes any sense to you guys.
One last thing we will not contend for a championship of any kind with JT Barrett at the helm of this offense that requires you to either be a gifted runner or be able to get that rock to recievers in a hurry. Not to blow down on the kid but he is neither..I would have rather went with Jones who's cannon for an arm and size could possibly give you a Ben Rothlesberger type presence in there. I don't understand what Barrett could have possibly shown in practice that had him surpassing the kid who URBAN said was far ahead and solidly the #2 guy. I'm of the mind set that this was strictly a Herman call cause he recruited the kid and in his mind he envisions it looking better but real life results are totally different. We saw real life last sat.
I don't think it's an arguement about Tressel losing to inferior teams as to why the uproar about Meyer and CO. its the way we are losing Most of the time in the Tressell era , for example when we lost to Purdue, We didn't leave the game feeling like we were outcoached. We usually had the feeling that the other team played the perfect game. Minus the Florida drubbing in the National Championship game. Frankly these last games I have felt like there were adjustment and counter measures that we could have done against our opponents that would have given us a better chance to win. Herman's lack of knowledge of what to do when teams are attacking you the same way over and over again is disturbing. The fact that we only ran one slant, (went for a touchdown), and one screen, (incomplete pass to Wilson), against the furious rush we were getting left a bad taste in everyones mouth and most people who understand that football is not brain surgery would have felt like we got beat by a better team had we at least attempted to do more of these things.
I often wonder are some of you guys just blinded by fandom or just drinking the coffee of what other people and coaches have stated. Yes I agree Lee was in position for several plays and made a few big ones but what I saw most of the day was him missing plays and getting ran over or drug by the Navy running back especially the fullback between the tackles. When that was not happening I have no clue whos responsibility it was to get the far pitch guy. I did not see a change until Cam Williams was inserted into what I think was Lee's position and he simply destroyed the fullback or any lead blocker only after this move at the end of the third quarter, i think, was Ohio States Defense able to stop that option and get off the field regularly. Just my honest input
I Think he stays put at least one year unless he loses his rivalry game and has another bad loss on top og those like what should have happened in the Akron game last year. A bad year and more recruits bailing for other schools especially The Ohio State University in the case of the Weber Kid will be his demise. But all in all i think he has one more good year to make excuses.
I love the Fresh Start attitude lets try to forget about last years defense.....PLEASEEEEE LETS GET IT STARTED SO THE THERAPY CAN BEGIN. UNFORTUNATELY THAT WOULD MEAN THE END OF SUMMER SO I WILL WAIT A LIL LONGER LOL.
I agree also that some of our problems last year was scheme but if every dude losses you in the open field regularly some burden has to be put on the players. There were several moments where Buckeyes players had opprtunities to make plays but they simply wiffed. I pray that the scheme was so bad that it put people on Islands without help and we got burned repeatedly due to it. But I also pray that its just not our talent is simply over hyped due to our fandom. Just a realistic opinion. GO BUCKEYES!!
Let me see he put on more weight and muscle and got faster? Was he faster or stronger before this gain? Because I seem to remember a big tight end from Iowa leaving him in the dust like the Road Runner IJS some of this stuff just makes no sense i know its off season but sheeezzz?????
Words can desribe How much I love this and how much attention this will grab. Bout time Matta got on board with this. Losing all these games will not hut this schools chances of making the dance unless they are truly garbage which they have proven not to be under his reighn. Should definitely help with recruiting exposure.
lOVE THE PICK UP AND THE GAME GET THAT KID WORKING ON HIS LEFT HAND EXCLUSIVELY IS THE NEXT STEP
My problem is I never know who is actually going to play. Don't get me wrong I love the Job matta has done overall with the program and I am not saying i could do better but I don't think certain huys lack of playing time prepares them for tough games later on. Mich st and even teams like Fentucky play their guys and they get valuable experience and adjust to the speed of the game faster than the Buckeye players to me. the Buckeyes seem to level off and do not increasingly get better like I see with other elite programs. not saying it happens with every program but the Buckeyes are the only one I care about
I totally agree blind hope is all good but i need results
Let me preface I did not read all this article. I saw Tavis Powell and instantly said to myself huh this is a story about bad angles and looking not to have a clue. One play does not a career make
May i ask the question? Why is this tossing the ball around speed so enamored? Last I checked the Alamaba Crimson Tide did not run a spread and they definitely don't throw the ball all willie nillie. They have a power running game eliment and speed at overall positions. So sure it may be exciting to watch Oregon play but last I checked they have not won Jack and can't even seem to consistantly beat a slow foot Stanford team IJS
Some of you guys are so die hard. Dontre did not let him win he got smoked. Just admit it the rumors of his speed have been greatly exxxxxxagerated!! VIVA LA OHIO BORN SPEED!!
Hopefully we can land Turner and lesson the blow of me having to watch Amir any more than I have to. Maybe even the kid from Va Tech as a transfer. Anything but Amir again you cannot win with that kid against real talent that you will face tournament time.
I have to wonder and worry that I am not hearing more about the young guys in the trenches where games are won. We can have all the weapons we want if you don't win the battle up front these guys will be nothing more than wasted talent on both sides.
We can assume nothing due to defiencies in this years team that no doubt will caryy over. You can never assume freshman wi ll do anything until they prove it and as we have seen MATTA has a recent history of not letting them play. Add to that the lack of simple physical strength on the unti as a whole. I am very diappointed at the strenght and conditioning of this team. Far too many frail young men on this team and we are talking guys that are about to be seniors and have been in the program for extended periods of time.
Why are we blaming Amir when somebody on the OSU staff recruited this soory excuse for a center kid
Amir needs to compose himself to explode everytime how is that not fixed three years in. Can't wait til that era is over
what is the score