Ohio State's Defense Enters Spring Practice Eager To Rebound From Disappointing 2018 Season

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MOBUCKK91's picture

That's a defense getting after it, playing like the Bullets."

You don't know what you have until it's gone .... for example, toilet paper.

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Yoda888's picture

At least the defense can't get any worse than last year....That's a positive.  It has a chance to be dominant, given all the returning starters and what's on the cupboard.

GO BUCKS.

Yoda888

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Brutus_Bully's picture

I'd give up summer to wake up day of first game 2019, tomorrow.

I do not at all have the mind of a bully... in my mind bullies are intolerant of contrary opinion, domineering and rather cowardly.

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Hovenaut's picture

The first step to wrecktifying the problem is acknowledging it. 

Seek and destroy, boys.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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Archerm's picture

Then R. Day should have hired Wreck-it-Ralph for D-cor.

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BuckeyeGoneNuts's picture

Ah, spring football practices.  It's exciting but also an awful tease because there won't be any actual football for another 6 months.

The defense can't possibly be as inconsistent and lousy as it was last year.  I just don't see that happening with the level of talent the Buckeyes bring in every year.  Some of those 4 / 5 star guys pan out, others don't.... but I find it hard to believe that collectively all that talent couldn't be as good as teams like Temple, Buffalo, Toledo, Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue , Texas State, etc.  I mean, seriously, Louisiana Lafayette had a better D than the Buckeyes?  So heck yes, I expect with new scheme and new coaches the players will have a chip on their shoulders and come out fired up.

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Steel City Buckeye's picture

I contribute last year's performance to the combination of Grinch clashing with Schiano and Urban being suspended so he could not manage the situation until it was too late. It sounds like Day hopefully learned a lesson and is forcing himself to get involved or at least engaged with the defence. Talent has never been the issue.

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Ohbucksclan20's picture

Excited about this defense. I think the silver bullets will be back this year!!! Go bucks!!

Go Bucks!

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Seattle Linga's picture

I think Madison and Washington are going to be in for a real treat this season. They will have more talent to work with and a much brighter future in Columbus and they did up north.

The off season bites !!

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

Seattle Sounders 2019 MLS Champions

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navybucknut's picture

Just remembering the Maryland game, second play from scrimage for the pins, 78 (ish) yd td run... We CANNOT be any worse than that.

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Buckeye06's picture

Yea that was simply a matter of Arnette coming in too close to the LOS and getting lost in the wash as opposed to keeping outside leverage.  

Also, sometimes early in a game you want to have more guys flying to a football than leaving Arnette out on an island anyway to tackle a very talented back.  

So you had a player error by Arnette hindered by a scheme that was putting him into an already tough position

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Trebor40's picture

Agreed we MUST win battles at the line of scrimmage, someone when needed has to overcome the guy across from and NOT allow the play to happen! 

I would rather be on hand with 10 men then elsewhere with 10,000 - Timur Lenk

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semperfibuck's picture

Much as we appreciate Jonathon Cooper, last year’s D was NOT the Silver Bullets... or even the hollow shell of the Silver Bullets!

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ShawneeBuck74's picture

They were the gray blanks last year...

You win with people. 

And so forth...

9 Units Strong!

 

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saluki2007's picture

That was soaked in gasoline.

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chirobuck's picture

Maybe paintballs at best

 

^ best post ever ^

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Buxki84's picture

Silver BBs

I'd rather be a minute early than an hour early, 'cause I like to procrastinate.

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Steel City Buckeye's picture

I took his comments as saying last year wasn't good enough and this year we will see a return of the Silver Bullets. Was excited to hear him state that a National Championship is the goal!

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

Gotta get the defense charged up and pissed off and ready to prove all the doubters wrong

You need both sides of the ball competing at a high level to get that natty.

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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Dillon G's picture

The defense was not bad because of the 2 players in the header photo.

Wouldnt it be something if Zach Harrison was ready as a freshmen like both the Bosas? Whom are they going to try and block?

#walkaway

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OH-IO's picture

Talk's cheap in March.

OH-IO living BACK IN COLUMBUS after 32 years in the ATL. 

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Coaches giveth (2012 & 2014) and coaches taketh away (2015 & 2018).

Be a giver Coach Day.

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BuckeyeatTSUN's picture

It all sounds good.  I hope we see some tenacity from the D this year.  I still worry about the LBs though.  Borland takes slow to a whole new level.  Werner seemed to improve late but was an unmitigated disaster most of the year.  I hope Davis was, in fact, the big problem with LB play, but I fear the personnel was an equally large part.

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Netbuck's picture

We have to remember that Borland was coming off an Achilles injury. He may look completely different this season. The previous year, before his injury, the defense was clearly better with him on the field.

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mmp15f's picture

I think I'd credit that to the fact that we had guys like Holmes, Hubbard, Lewis, Bosa, and Sprinkle up front and then we had Jerome Baker and Worley on the outside; the drop-off from Baker to Werner was enormous.

I guess I just never felt like he looked too impressive to me in 2017 either. He still looked a little slow to be an every-down linebacker on a national contender. If he can improve his ability to read plays, he can definitely make up for his speed a little. Either way, I still don't see him as a full-time starter. I just can't imagine us beating teams like Clemson and Bama with him starting in the middle

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Trebor40's picture

I agree about line play - yet all that has been said was last years line was just as good as the one preceding it! I believe scheme was VERY ugly and in fact while becoming enamored of the line Schiano hurt his (to close to LOS) LB's and isolated his DB's to allow our D-Line to be the stars of the show! 

I would rather be on hand with 10 men then elsewhere with 10,000 - Timur Lenk

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mmp15f's picture

I don't think there was too big of a drop-off in the D-line from '17-'18, largely due to the way Jones played. Still, we lost 3 D-ends to the draft and then Bosa got hurt in week 3, so I definitely think the '17 D-line was better overall.

I just don't think that the defense being better in 2017 had really anything to do with Borland being healthy. Obviously Malik Harrison did a good job replacing Worley (and is honestly better), but the drop-off from Baker to Werner was huge, and the loss of 4 D-ends (including Bosa) didn't help.

Scheme definitely deserves some blame; there's no denying that. Either way, Borland has just never impressed me--even in 2017

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Trebor40's picture

I have never felt Borland was as violent at the LOS as a Middle LB should be, I believe he often catches the blocker or RB than driving through them! 

Yet I must acknowledge that he delivered several blows that led to fumbles the past season and so my desire to have him as a short yardage LB and mentor has grown. I just do not feel that he is a between the 20's MLB

Regarding Werner, this is where I am on both sides of the fence, he made a hell of an impression on special teams - his speed is uncommon and I am unaware of how he might play when I am certain between Davis poor teaching and the frustrating scheme which is all he has known in college is the only way I have seen him! 

Werner might of course flop yet be prepared for him to come out on top of the position battle that so many have dismissed him from! 

I would rather be on hand with 10 men then elsewhere with 10,000 - Timur Lenk

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Sanantonefan's picture

They NEED to play with a chip on their shoulder. Not all the players fault, but that was not the kind of defensive performance Buckeye fans are used to seeing. I certainly hope to never see it again.

Go Bucks!

You Got Barbecue Back There!?!?!?!

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Buck68's picture

[paraphrasing] "Leaders look backward, but only think Forward".   -MacArthur

"Balance"?  Picture a 'balanced' teeter-totter.  Question:  is it moving?  Observation:  what 'happens' to a static target in a dynamic game?  Suggestion:  don't confuse backward looking categories of stuff that is 'over', with forward looking tactical and human dynamics in the Arena of NOW, or preparing for 'next'.

Epilogue & Prologue:  General "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf, on searches for mobile Scud launchers during Desert Storm:  "if we can find them, we can kill them".

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

I look forward to the defense stepping up in a big way. I expect to see the Silver Bullets flying around.

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buckskin's picture

The linebackers are the one unit that really needs a clean slate. Open every position and let the new coaches put the best players on the field in their best positions.

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BuckIDave's picture

I really believe the defense will be the key to whether the Buckeyes challenge for another national championship. Coach Day's offense will put enough points on the board for sure.

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Palm beach Ohio's picture

Just my two cents.

The talent was there last year on defense, however it was grossly underutilized due to poor coaching. I think the crap at the start of the year had many coaches planning their future and in no way had their eye on the ball. UFM got hung out and you could see when he got back on the sidelines he wasn’t all there. To think assistants and coaches didn’t see that is just naive. Not blaming anyone, was just the way it played out. I think the assistants knew what was coming and simply was looking down the road and it cost us.

i see a different defense that is hungry and looking to revive silver bullets this year.

West Palm Buckeye

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Buck68's picture

What a Pandora's Box this common word,in the title of Colin's article:   "rebound".

In Diversity, 'rebound'...could...potentially... mean... whatever.

Yet, 'sadly', at the same time...it means totally exactly what I feel... and you are so wrong about?  

So... being imperfect, i'm a tad confused by  these Legions of Better [LOB] people telling me whatever by whatever 'LOCH-NESS' they feel.

>>>>But...

Thanks to our players!

Those 'kids' of now and yore - who 'go for us' and carry and 'stand for' that Ohio State flag and motto and symbol!  I can even 'get past' that 'appropriated to' obnoxious term 'culture'... to consider the attributes and values these kids espouse...and walk daily... and encourage each other to hold in common... come what may.

By our players' examples of all kinds, I do perceive there is deep and wide distinction between that boy-girl relationship slang of my ancient time - "on the rebound" - and Jerry Lucas 'going for a rebound'.

Same word... a world of relevant, character distinctions.  A wonderful basis for discussing honesty, dedication, perseverance, and helping others even unto personal sacrifices.

So, I do NOT wonder if the 'inexperienced' experience of a Dwayne Haskins, compared to some erudite Scooby-Doo ...could potentially fill that huge spectrum between human wisdom... and foolishness.  I DO marvel... that our kids' examples... suggest that any person can do a tad 'more'... than 'be' ...'a lifelong fan'.

Maybe the kids - or even 'kid-ness' - are all we adults have left... after "National Higher Educational Authorities" got rid of those 'inhibiting, unfair' proportion questions on the SAT in 2005.  The 'essays' [and assays] on our feelings since... defy proportion, and hence perspective.

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