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Comment 18 Feb 2017
Agree with most of what you said, but how exactly you assess "unacceptable" as it's happening in real time is a very real conundrum, probably requiring supernatural powers that no head coach anywhere has ever had. Hindsight always brings problems into much sharper focus than "nowsight". And you have to consider whether, even if Meyer percieved THE problem, say weeks before the MSU disaster, was it really possible at that point to make changes that wouldn't actually have made things worse? And the same logic applies to the 2016 season. Perhaps Meyer's lack of "changes" optomized our win totals rather than causing unnecessary losses. Without having all the knowledge that Meyer possessed and being someone with similar coaching ability it's just about impossible to judge that in actuality.
Comment 18 Feb 2017
Have to agree here that the main problem was play calling, in addition to having some sets of plays/alignments that for some reason had "tells" that good defenses were able to pick up. So I have to agree that what is needed is more in line with tweaking rather than a complete overhaul. There should be very little about these changes that would cause any significant problems in execution for the players, for example. Which is something you could expect to get in the first year in the case of an offensive overhaul.
Comment 18 Feb 2017
Gotta agree with you here, as much as it pains me. ;) The idea that major college programs are going to hire unqualified people to very important positions in their program for a single player is rather ludicrous, I don't care how great that player is. On the the other hand, if the person is qualified, no one can validly complain about it. That said, the NCAA should be monitoring for things like hiring immediate relatives for newly created positions or existing positions at some remove from the football program at salaries well above some baseline average range that other schools pay. Both would tend to indicate improper benefits for the sole purpose of luring a recruit.
Comment 07 Feb 2017
I would love for Burrow to just plain be given a couple of drives per half, regardless of game situation. I think Weber was right, when he said the next Tom Brady was on our roster and nobody knew about it yet.
Comment 25 Jan 2017
Folks, this IS going to be an overhaul, not just some simple tweaks. Except it won't look like an overhaul due to similar type plays being used. The whole design and play sequencing needs to be re-done and re-thought by Wilson, because one or more "geniuses" on the offensive staff managed to tinker in enough "tells" that any defensive staff with a pulse and similarly talented players was able to shut down the offense almost completely by the end of year 2. Those "tinkerers" most likely cost us at least one championship.
Comment 25 Jan 2017
You just saved me a whole bunch of typing. LOL. Wish I could upvote this about 100 times. I also saw the Sanders comparisons with lateral vision and explosiveness, but dialed that rhetoric back early on because people tend to not take you seriously (usually for good reasons) when you start bringing up names like Sanders and Sayers. Better to just pique their interest and let them get blown away when they finally get around to seeing him. Gotta feel for all those Michigan fans who are going to eventually figure out that, just like with Elliott, Urban Meyer once again signed the REAL running back gold of the last couple of classes. They're sitting there looking at Kareem Walker's ratings after his sophomore/junior seasons and deluding themselves into thinking they finally got an elite talent. Actually, don't feel for them at all, ha ha. (The smarter ones know better anyways, and Walker still might emerge as an all conference type of catch for them.)
Comment 24 Jan 2017
Now everyone who has seen his video will understand why I never was really all that concerned about getting Cam Akers. Don't get me wrong, Akers looks like Fournette 2.0 with better speed so any team would kill to have him, but I was looking at Dobbins like here is Zeke 2.0, and if our pursuit of Akers causes us to lose Dobbins, I'm gonna march down to campus and slap someone silly.
Comment 24 Jan 2017
I would love to see him play a full season healthy with a competent passing game. Dude might have caught 70 to 80 passes somewhere. I'm predicting he catches on as a free agent somewhere and does just that in the NFL.
Comment 18 Jan 2017
Collier would be a fool not to go to a mid-major program where he'd have a chance to shine for two seasons. He's actually already graduated in 3 years, so he can transfer without sitting out a year and still has two years of eligibility. He was a decent prospect coming out of high school, and has improved greatly in his time here. It's just the likelihood of beating out Burrow or Haskins is very small. Those two may represent an unprecedented historic level of QB ability for the Scarlet and Gray. I love JT and am rooting hard for him to return to Heisman candidate form under Wilson, but I'm going to be really pissed if he continues to struggle and a change isn't made to give Burrow or Haskins a chance.
Comment 08 Jan 2017

Another possibility is that he just wasn't a "track" speed kind of guy.  All I know is that he looked pretty damn fast with the football pads on.  I don't remember ever noticing him being "slow" on a play, so a lack of top end speed definitely wasn't obvious to me.

Comment 07 Jan 2017

I was kind of looking forward to how Kevin Wilson would utilize Noah Brown.  In my opinion, the best thing for Noah Brown would have been staying at least one more year and moving into a hybrid TE/FB type position.  He may have put up some big time stats.  I'm positive that Kevin Wilson would have known how to use him very effectively.

Comment 07 Jan 2017

Before anyone counters with "Well, Jalin Marshall was only a 4.7 guy", because of a reported 4.7 40 he ran at a combine between his junior and senior years I just have this to say: "No... he... wasn't."

You can easily convince yourself that he was at least a 4.45 guy by re-watching Zeke's awesome 85 yard jaunt through Alabama's defense in the Sugar Bowl.  Jalin followed him all the way to the endzone stride for stride, and may have actually been gaining a bit.

Comment 07 Jan 2017

WOW.  We can certainly use the scholarship, but I seriously can't see Noah Brown getting drafted at this point in time. IMHO, he's too slow to be an NFL wide receiver.  He's probably about a 4.65 40 guy at best.  He also dropped a fair number of well-thrown balls this year, a lot more than you'd expect for a guy that supposedly has suction cups for hands.

I do believe he can make it in the NFL, but at tight end, not wide receiver.  He's going to need to be picked up by a team that sees his long range potential, and looks at aspects of a player's game that don't produce great stats but are essential for producing a winning team, like being a great blocker.

Best of luck to Noah Brown.

Comment 07 Jan 2017

This is not an accurate take on "who" Urban Meyer was when we hired him.  He did NOT over-sign players while at Florida.

Also, I have to believe that the coaches have had a pretty good idea overall about who would be staying and who would be leaving way before this season even began, and adjusted their recruiting strategy accordingly.  So it's probably misguided to think that it's going to be a situation where at the end of the summer the coaches are going to say, "Oh shit. We're still over 85. Time to ruthlessly kick some kids to the curb!"

I don't have a problem with "over-signing", unless it means we kick a player off the team who genuinely wants to stay with his teammates and get his degree from Ohio State.  Most kids, though, want to have a chance to play before their career is over, even if it means going to a notoriously bad FBS program or going down to an FCS school.

Comment 06 Jan 2017

I don't know.  I think Barrett can be great again, better even than he was in the middle of the 2014 season.  I think it highly depends on an offensive coordinator who is able to streamline the game plan and distill it down into a form that Barrett has confidence in executing.  I think that is what Herman was able to do for Barrett and later Cardale Jones.  They didn't have to do a lot of thinking on the field.  That is what really messes up offensive players, when they aren't certain of what they should do.  And I believe that is exactly what we were seeing in 2015 and this year.

Comment 04 Jan 2017

I'm assuming you meant "...anyone who DOESN'T see a star in Joe Burrow..."

I see the same thing in Joe Burrow.  I think people have it backwards, expecting that Haskins is the favorite and Burrow will be awesome if he beats out Haskins.  I think the true story is if Haskins beats out Burrow, he is one helluva MONSTER at QB.

Burrow has the accuracy and timing we haven't seen since Joe Germaine.

Comment 01 Jan 2017

I get that everyone is upset about the offensive performance, but some of these "all-knowing" comments about which coaches should be fired are pretty hilarious.

Most of you are probably way overthinking what is "wrong".  Here are some things to remember:

1) The OL is very young and pass-blocking takes the longest time to perfect.  They were going up against a defensive line that may have up to 4 future NFL players.  Let's see how Clemson holds up against a very strong Bama team.  Personally, I think Clemson is going to take them down.

2) The WR group is still missing a lot of talent due to injuries and other issues.  Johnny Dixon, Torrance Gibson and Corey Smith are the ones that come immediately to mind.  Dontre Wilson and KJ Hill have also missed a lot of time from injuries.  Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and James Clark are good program players that play and practice hard, but they simply aren't good wide receivers.

3) Curtis Samuel, our best player, has dropped a number of very easy passes the last few games, including at least 2 last night, 1 resulting in an interception ending a good offensive drive.

Now, I do agree that there are definite issues with the way this offense has been designed.  Lack of identity sums it up pretty well.  All the pieces simply do not fit together.  And there are definite timing issues in execution, which seem like mostly JT Barrett's fault, but I would not presume to really understand who or what is really to blame. There's no doubt it is multi-factorial and not as simple as firing coach X.

Comment 28 Dec 2016

"Seems pretty black & white to me."

What you unintentionally did there, I see it. :)

But seriously, UFM frequently says they recruit the whole family, so after getting that response from the dad there was little chance he would continue to pursue the son.  I can even imagine UFM backing off even if the dad had a much more metered response and left the door open.  The dad was obviously highly prejudiced against Ohio State, and given the number of prospects OSU can recruit there's not much sense in fighting that battle.

Comment 15 Dec 2016

Yeah, it just seems like we don't have that "meta" thinker about the passing game, that can see things from a higher level and come up with a passing strategy based on a defense's weaknesses.  I believe Herman was excellent at that.  Beck and Warriner not so much.  I think they are doing an "okay" job, but that really isn't good enough based on the quality of players we are recruiting.  Maybe it's possible for Beck/Warriner to improve with intensive study of some other very successful passing offenses, but I have my doubts.

And the truth is, we don't really know where the main problem is.  What Beck/Warriner are coming up with for a passing scheme may actually be pretty awesome, but Barrett, the offensive line and the wide receivers just aren't good enough yet to execute it.  It could well be that Barrett simply isn't reading the defenses quick enough yet, combined with his accuracy issues, and that's what is keeping the passing game from humming.

I love JT Barrett, but I'd also like to see how Burrow would do in this offense.  He seems to make very quick decisions, and has a quick release combined with the best accuracy I've seen in an OSU QB since Joe Germaine.  Maybe even better than Germaine.

Comment 11 Dec 2016
The only thing that rattled him was the incompetence of the offensive coaches under Tressel, who was pefectly happy with a simple ball control offense that didn't turn the ball over. Those coaches were ill-equipped to design an offense to take maximum advantage of Boeckman's pocket passing abilities. So it was a no brainer to make the switch to Pryor very early in 2008, even though he was clearly not the best QB on the team that season. Boeckman's career got sacrificed for the good of future Buckeye teams. I've never felt that was fair to either Boeckman or the other seniors on that 2008 team.