I could not agree with you more. I believe that the coaching staff saw what they wanted to see and where the work needs to be done. The spring (game) practice is not for fault finding which should be saved for game day. I think that the lack of contact is something we will see more of as to avoid injuries. We need to look at this practice in today's climate and try not to compare it to yesteryear. Enjoy it while you can. As you get older you realize you don't have that many games left.
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I don't think conclusions should be drawn from the practice either just like anointing Fields as the starter since he transferred. I seen a lot of Heisman talk on boards in buckeye land and I think some were shocked he didn't lite it up so they vented some. Things will change by game time.
Spring game showings mean nothing. It’s for fans/recruiting. The outcome Saturday has no determining factor on who is gonna start.The coaches know that Fields is gonna start. They can say whatever they want. They can say it’s tough, both played hard,both are talented, both have great and varying skill sets. It doesn’t matter it’s coach speak. Fields is the starter, regardless of what is presented to the media. It was the same last year. When Meyer put Haskins in for the Michigan game the competition ended right there(he should have remained the starter the rest of that year as well). There was no competition last year. It was Haskins job. People seen the talent the year before and could recognize it, besides the Burrow loyalists. We then seen how that played out. Haskins is a first round NFL QB and Burrow is statistically one of the worst QB according to our fan base over rated conference. It’s the same this year. There will be Baldwin apologist and will hang on to every word while talking about his grasp of offense, leadership, and making great throws while being under rated as a passer.They will then say Fields hasn’t proved anything, has too much hype / didn’t think he was that good coming out of high school, he was afraid of competition at Georgia, and makes bad decisions with ball without the ability to read a defense, and displays no touch on ball.
Fields is the starter
See, saw, seen. Third grade.
Not sure I follow. Did I improperly use a word?
Good on you for having a rational voice on this matter. These young men literally grind every morning, day, and night to get better. Not counting anybody out four months before fall camp.
I just watched a football game. Enjoyed it. Decided nothing. I’ll let the coaches pick the quarterback and I won’t bother trying to figure out who it should be. I will see exactly zero practices between now and the first game.
I think Hafley has come through on his promise of getting the secondary going after the ball. That was the biggest takeaway I had from the game. I don't even blame Baldwin for interceptions. They are toying with things in these cases, for all we know the coaches could have told him to throw at someone specific to see how they attack the ball in traffic. Jahsen Wint, once the butt of many jokes due to his safety play, made some plays on the ball. Maybe he was just thrown in too early in his career?
Coach Day won't name a starter and is smart in not doing so. The competition between now and 8/31 should make both of them better. The spring game/scrimmage/practice should never determine who the starter should be. The passing stats that came out of Saturday just don't really mean that much at all. Lots of time left to make that big decision by the coaching staff.
One thing was easy to see.......Fields has much more mobility than Baldwin. What no one knows is how much value Coach Day puts on that when it comes to the 2019 Buckeye offense.
Also agree here - the performances are much more than stats, especially when the action is controlled like it was Saturday.
Long way to go yet.
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In the 2014 spring game JT Barrett looked awful. Then had an offseason to develop under Tom Herman and we saw what he did. The knee-jerkers need to chill the F out. You are all nuts if you think Fields is a bad QB. Still learning yes but this time last year Haskins was still learning. He was still learning DURING the freaking season.
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There is going to be a learning curve no matter who starts the season. The TCU home and home being canceled may have been a huge help (although they are currently running with about 50% of their scholarship athletes being majorly injured). Cincinnati is the big test in the first month, much better breaking in someone that is pretty much brand new to running a college offense against them than someone like Oklahoma.