What To Know: New Ohio State Special Teams Coordinator Matt Barnes Brings “Energy,” Youth

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I like this hire. At the very least least it takes Barnes away from Maryland's special teams. They've been a PITA in recent years.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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Seattle Linga's picture

I should nuke it but it's too good and must be left alone for now.

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

Meh. Was never a fan. 

"Three things can happen when you pass the ball, and two of them are bad." - Woody

 

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Seattle Linga's picture

I hear ya but Meg's on my short list. 

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

Well, Presidio Meg Ryan I’ll give ya. And I’m a sucker for blondes but I’m siding w the Georgia Satellites - I like em a little on the “trashy side”

"Three things can happen when you pass the ball, and two of them are bad." - Woody

 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Some like brunettes while others hang with the redheads

I am with you - blondes are my weakness. Funny thing is my wife isn't one.

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

“Redheads”. Please refer to Hot/Crazy Matrix. 

Blondes.  1st wife - blonde, Catholic girl. 2nd (and current) wife - blonde, Catholic girl. Billy Joel was wrong. 

"Three things can happen when you pass the ball, and two of them are bad." - Woody

 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Pre-2006 for sure - the internet is a beautiful thing. Waaaaaaaaaaay before all the work was done.

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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DRsilver's picture

Nice job Coach Day! Improvement in all areas!

Go Bucks!

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wyatt's picture

If Barnes has 50% of the energy, recruiting ability, motivation, and knowledge of Coombs, it is a great hire.

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buckslan's picture

I love this hire a lot. We won a national championship in 2014 with being fantastic on special teams. I believe that season we were #1 in difference in starting field position between us and the opponent. It may not be flashy, but it's what we need.

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mugbucket's picture

Sounds like a brainy motivator who understands football. Looking forward to improving the ST unit. As much as I appreciated UFM, his special teamers were downright baffling at times.

Welcome aboard Coach!

Despite the high cost of living, it still remains popular.

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SouthPacificBuck's picture

You mean Mike Weber wasn't your top choice to return punts?

Keep football fun

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Silver Sniper's picture

Haha, the epitome of what would frustrate the hell out of me about Meyer sometimes.

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

If Hafley is coaching the CBs then Barnes should have some time with the safeties. Maybe Day figures that having one guy in charge of the defensive backfield will help them play together better. My question: Aren't safeties and DBs two separate "rooms"? If so, who is really the safeties coach?

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buckslan's picture

They should be coached as one. Hafley is responsible for coaching all the secondary personnel I believe. As others have said, you want them all together.

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mmp15f's picture

I'd like a little more clarification on who is CB coach and who is the safeties coach as well. Maybe it's still TBD. Or maybe, like you said and based on the titles they've been given as of now, they'll both just be in charge of the entire secondary as a whole; that's the impression I'm getting. Interesting tactic but I kind of like it.

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Crimson's picture

Looks like one primary coach for all CBs and safeties.  When Whithers was here, he didn't even put them in the same room for meetings, and I thought that was the worst defense we'd ever have.

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mmp15f's picture

You're not wrong! The 2012 defense was okay (certainly not great) likely just due to experienced senior leaders like Simon, Hankins, and Sabino. The 2013 defense, on the other hand, was AWFUL. 

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chris's picture

I don't think they will be 2 separate rooms at Day's Ohio State, and I am fine with that. But does this mean we have to be 8 units strong now instead of 9?

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mittenst8buck's picture

Not a whole lot of emotion with this hire. However if we can return a KO for a TD I'll be happy.

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Spider1944's picture

Put me down for wanting to see a punt return for a TD. The last one I can recall is Marshall’s against Indiana in 2014. Under Urban we really had no interest in a return but more defensive. Just catch the ball. I was really hoping McCall would be the guy but he had trouble getting under the ball. 

So far I like Day’s changes. 

Go Bucks!! 

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

"Just catch the ball." I'm good with that. Give me 0 TDs but 0 muffs on the year and you won't hear much from me.

Pray for potatoes with a hoe in your hand.

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

If we attempt a return 45% of the time instead of 10% I will be happy. We should return punts and/or kickoffs for a touchdown at least twice a year.

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Barfolomew's picture

Good mix on the staff, makes sense to take a chance on a young guy with a lot of upside.

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MN Buckeye's picture

Welcome, Matt Barnes! What a great addition to the staff and a valuable learning opportunity for him.

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Tyvis'sGrandpa's picture

Last I heard Matt Barnes, he was playing for the Clippers

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NoFancyUserName's picture

This is the "snark" that I was waiting for, LOL!! Nice!

You're either at the table, or on the menu!!

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BrutusB's picture

He was just the closer for the Red Sox last year and won a World Series. He’s a busy man. 

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Zone's picture

You better bring energy. Energy is the least you can do given the opportunity.

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nomatta's picture

It's going to be pretty simple who is to blame if the secondary is lackluster next season and beyond: Hafley. Day is putting a ton of faith in his boy Hafley. Barnes hasn't even coached DBs and he has one recruit to his name, so I can only assume Day thinks Barnes is worth an assistant position (and worth giving the boot to Taver) to coach the special teams and be Hafley's well-paid lackey.

Anyways, I guess Hafley's getting the total control he wanted over the secondary. I still have big question marks with recruiting of the DBs and can only assume Washington might be a guy that helps out a lot there.

It's pretty funny, Greene and Kurelic on Bucknuts were saying that Day for his last hire was either going to hire a high-level secondary coach to go with Hafley or he'd hire a special teams coach with recruiting acumen. Turns out, Day did half of both: a special teams coach with no recruiting acumen and who is going to assist in the secondary but has no experience with that. Yay?

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Zone's picture

Day is definitely putting a focus on the defensive staff which is a relief. I believe Day is very confident in the offense he wants run, but brings in multiple minds to shore of the defense in a different way than Urban. Under Urbans leadership he had different coaches for safeties and corners which this last season felt like a disconnect.

Day is taking the approach with Hafley overseeing the entire secondary, and now with the background of Barnes, assisting Hafley will have the ability to truely evaluate and put his stamp on who is to play that fits what they plan on doing next season. Complete clean slate and evaluation for all players.

Let's see how it pans out, but I am fan of positional coaches having complete control while fitting in with the vision of a DC. If one of these coaches do not pan out, most have resume to fill if needed, or get mentored for sustainability.

Day is showing he's no dummy.

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Gametime's picture

Did you take the time to read up on Hafley? Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman, Logan Ryan - all have cosigned his preparation and ability to coach DBs.

When he was the secondary coach in Cleveland with Haden, Skrine, Gipson, and Whitner, they ALL went to the Pro Bowl and Cleveland had one of the better pass defenses and overall defenses in the league that year.

I'm confident that this secondary will return to their BIA status under his guidance.

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

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BucksLover0214's picture

As we may have seen with Bill Davis though, some guys are better at coaching pros than they are relating to or coaching unpolished, raw football players.

I'm excited about the Hafley hire, but I hope he can recruit at the level we're accustomed to here.  Or at least develop guys to play to their max potential if they're not 5 or high 4 star athletes.

They hate us cuz they aint us!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Gametime's picture

Well that's an understandable take, but Hafley cut his teeth in college first and is a solid recruiter by all means... and fwiw, he coached up Revis and Ryan in college too and was responsible for recruiting some of Pitt's better players to their cause ala Dion Lewis and few others!

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

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Hovenaut's picture

I think the varied experience Barnes brings in should mesh well with the new staff...good mix of perspective and energy. 

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

Not worried about him recruiting. Will be fine. Young, hungry and ready

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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SouthPacificBuck's picture

I just thought Meyer was going to sneak over to coach special teams.

Keep football fun

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northwest_buckeye's picture

Can’t say I hate this hire. Seems like a guy on the rise.

I've never said I 'hate' anyone because that would imply I had any emotion for them whatsoever.

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BuckeyeBulldog's picture

Long time lurker her, finally pulling the trigger on getting an account.

I like the youthful energy Day has been putting into the defense, combined with anchoring it with the two most experienced coaches up on the line. 

Also hoping to see an energized kick return game, I seem to remember Maryland being pretty good at that the past few seasons. Scored plenty on blocked kicks under Meyer but good returns were few and far between.

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mathandler1's picture

Who but Ohio State would need to overhaul an entire defense that went 13-1. It did need to be done though as it was one of our worse in a long time. I hope everyone can mesh and dominate as a whole.

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Kibbey's picture

I don't get the obsession. Our o-line has had issues with some penalties and wasn't great run blocking this year but kept a mobility limited qb upright and healthy all year long.
Remember zero depth in 2016? Remember a certain tackle that had at least one false start a game before Stud took charge?

No line is perfect, but last 2 years have been good enough to give us a did opportunity to win in every game we played including against better fronts like Michigan's.

Kibbey

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Seattle Linga's picture

I love how Day's mixing some old cagey veteran coaches with the new up-and-comers. They can learn a lot from each other if they have the right mindset. 

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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LeftCoastBuckeye's picture

In recruiting terms, he doesn't have much film.  Seems like the 3* that gets added to the class at signing day to fill a slot.  I hope that he turns out to be the Darren Lee or Thayer Munford that develops into a star but, on the surface, he doesn't do much to pump up the class ranking. 

My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.   - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)

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dvo45's picture

Hat guys...no visors on defense 

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

Never been a fan of the visor look, so I'm good with this. Hopefully these boys aren't all hat and no cattle.

Pray for potatoes with a hoe in your hand.

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CreekBuck's picture

How old is Barnes?

You win with people.

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nomatta's picture

I just read from a Maryland guy that Barnes was actually calling the Terps defense behind the scenes last year. They had the 42nd ranked pass defense. It blows my mind that an inexperienced special teams/LB coach who had only been with the program a couple years was the one who ended up calling the D, but they seem confident that that was the case. So I guess that's some points for Barnes' experience with coaching D/secondary?

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nomatta's picture

oh, haha, I see the mention of that now in the 11W article. missed that. seems like something you would emphasize more, but maybe everyone's just like, "What? Huh? Okay, well, we'll just throw it out there."

the empire never ended

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Akron Buck's picture

I don't like that we don't have a coach whose sole responsibility is the DB's

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Sdoles's picture

I hope we can get the excitement of big returns and maybe some special team TDs. I cant remember the last time we ran a Kick or Punt back...but unfortunately I do remember when it was done to us

Ohio born and bred- "Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn" - Woody

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SEQUOIA473's picture

Is it just me or does the main pic of Barnes look like AJ from the Soprano's left New Jersey and is coaching at Maryland?

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

I love the youth on this staff... hopefully Day cans the 'stay 2 years' bs and keeps them for awhile (so long as they perform). And of course the obligatory, THE DEATH STAR NEARLY COMPLETE.... MUHAHAHAH MUUUUHHAHAHAHAH MUUUUUUUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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old grizzled veteran's picture

Welcome to coach Barnes.  CAN HE RECRUIT ???  ALL THE COACHES NEED TO BE ELITE RECRUITERS TO RECRUIT THE ELITE STUDENT ATHLETES and their parents...

old griz veteran

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aabucks1996's picture

More a special teams blunder by Urban, but remember we had a fake punt snuffed out by terps this year, they were in safety, so punter should have punted the ball.  But special teams decisions. Looking for positives here...

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Trebor40's picture

Very interested in seeing this group grow through the next year as they coach their positions and side of the ball! I am truly happy that Day has raided teams within the division so thoroughly. Several times next season DIFFERENT coaches will be able to give the valuable input of "This is what we tried and this is how they attacked it." I am truly impressed with this! I also believe that is a strong portion of what has strengthened the Day/Wilson team! 

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stpetebuck's picture

Day almost can’t lose with these hires. 

1.  Coming off worst defense in history. 

2.  Returning punts has been a non issue for some years now. Just watched ‘06 Fiesta Bowl w Ginn and Holmes both dropping back. Smh  

Improvement in these two areas should be effortless. Optimistic 

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