Ohio State's Offense Starts Strong, Finishes with Room to Improve in Season-Opening Win over Florida Atlantic

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Ronnie's picture

Don’t want to peak in week one. Plenty of good things to build on. 

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tcm1968's picture

I'm not worried about the offense. Looked like we got up 28-0 and then they sort of "panicked" and tried to force touches because they thought the starters were heading to the bench. Same thing for the run game. Started forcing it..  They do need to clean up whatever the problem was on the left side of the line... Don't know if it was lineman, tight end on that side or running backs or combinations but Fields got hit WAY TOO OFTEN from that side.. Would have liked to see them get JK at 100 but that's nitpicking.. 

Defense though.. We worried about how the linebackers and the bullet guys would cover tight ends... and we should still be worried. FAU had nothing but tight ends and we still couldn't cover them. Close to 180 yards and like 16 catches... that's just not good. 

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PhillyNut's picture

Keep in mind it was the second team defense on the field for their last scoring drive. And it was zone all day so I would think there is some learning of how to overlap zone coverages.

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tcm1968's picture

14 points against most of the first team and they only had one thing they could do.. throw to the tight end.. We knew it was coming and still struggled to cover it..

It's early and one game and if it wasn't a problem the past 2 years I wouldn't even mention it... but it has been a problem and was again today. Breaking down tape will help, but again this problem area isn't new.. 

My biggest gripe was effort. Wint had a ROUGH day... like this play.. What is he doing. Let's the TE blow right past him. He gets bailed out by a bad throw and great INT by Proctor... but if Proctor doesn't rotate and they throw a good pass that could have been 6..

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BuckeyeBlitz22's picture

Wint has been awful his entrie career

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SilverHaven's picture

Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd were great assassins.

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tcm1968's picture

+1 for the 007 reference.

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TigerSweat's picture

I was hoping that Werner had taken a magical leap forward but that doesn't seem to be the case. He appears to be lost or confused at least 50% of the time and always a step behind his receiver.

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BuckeyeatTSUN's picture

Don’t want to be negative on a solid win, there was a lot of good, particularly early.  However, the offensive line was mediocre to poor for three quarters.  It is unfortunate, but not surprising, that Dudrawa was unable to counter FAU’s adjustments.

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kmp10's picture

However, the offensive line was mediocre to poor for three quarters.  It is unfortunate, but not surprising, that Dudrawa was unable to counter FAU’s adjustments.

Spot on, BTSUN... but your analysis will get the rainbows, sunshine, and cotton candy crowd's dander up. The o-line, minus the first four possessions, was not good, and Studrawa's inability to counter FAU's scheme adjustments is reminiscent of past problems. People can try to explain it away until they pass out... but the OSU o-line should have owned the LOS today, and they didn't. That was the most disappointing thing about today's game, imo. On the other hand, the defense looks to be improved, Fields has a good shot to be outstanding by the time the meat of the season arrives, and the running back depth might not be the concern many thought it would be. 

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TigerSweat's picture

I actually agree but I also saw Alabama's, Clemson's and Michigan's o-lines get chewed up at times today too. I saw enough out of them in the first quarter to go ahead and assume that they'll be just fine.

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fritziebuck's picture

Let's be honest, take away the first quarter this is a highly competitive game in which we barely win.   This offense did not look good today.   We are still having difficulty running between the tackles.  The OL is just not playing well. Fields didn't look great in the passing game either.  He holds onto the ball way too long, is indecisive, and gets happy feet in the pocket.   He has difficulty throwing into tight spaces.   We need to get McCall off the field at RB.  He's not a RB.  Teague needs to be #2.   

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Belliott's picture

That’s not how shit works. You don’t get to take away  the 6 mins where you score 28 pts. That affects everything you do. The offense runs better when fields runs. You don’t need to do that or show anything when you’re not in danger of losing. Day let off the gas and they couldn’t just turn it on when they wanted. It happens. They’ll learn. You don’t go up 28-0 by not being good. Look at everyone around the country right now. Bama struggled against duke at first. UM had issues with MTSU. Purdue lost for gods sake. 

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Trotwoodbuck's picture

I will never understand this line of thought.  Day wasn’t playing.  How does “Day taking his foot off the gas” explain the offensive  players on the field basically being unable to effectively execute plays for the last three quarters of the game. Play calling and executing plays are two different things.  

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Belliott's picture

What don’t you get? When you’re up 28 pts against a team that has no chance, you go vanilla. You’re not running anything you don’t have to. I’m rewatching the game in 40 right now and they ran the same 4 plays for basically the last 2 quarters. The OL still needs to play better, fields needs to make better reads/decisions in both the run and pass game, but I also think the players know when the other team had no chance and get lazy. They also get bored with spring game like play calling. 

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Red Shirt Ensign's picture

I agree about the OL, but fields will get comfortable i think with more game experience, He’s only been in the system 6 months!  

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buckeyenationlouisvillebranch's picture

I don't know the specifics, but there were many chances that in the zone read he would hand it off to Dobbins when the defense clearly was selling out on Dobbins. I counted three times Fields could have had long TD runs if he just held on to the ball. Don't know if Day was holding him back from running but if not Fields needs a lot of coaching on when keep the ball. It is clear that until he gets more comfortable in the pass game under Day, this offense will live and die through Fields being a playmaker.

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The Rill Dill's picture

Take away the first quarter, and we lost. We were outscored in the final three. Thankfully, that’s not how it works.

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stlbuckeye15's picture

On offense:

Positives-not many penalties, no interceptions, not many sacks allowed, decent balance of passing and running, Fields did not get injured, O line seemed to gel well for so many new starters

Negatives- stagnant for WAY too long/not adjusting to defensive adjustments quickly enough, not many explosive runs from the RB’s, some dropped passes, too many allowed pressures on Fields

Lots to work on but the essential parts and pieces are there. I love Dobbins and he has his moments but he’s not Zeke and I hope we see plenty of Teague in future games. 

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Great start, good game overall. Definitely improvements can and will be made. 1-0 with a chance to be 2-0.

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Major H's picture

A lot of snaps for NPF, which, I think, was good. Would have liked to see Harry Miller get some snaps, but that didn't happen. Was sorry to see JF make the bad throw to Wilson. I was hoping he would make a splash today.  Anxious to see the snap count forum to see how many frosh got snaps. Overall, I'm pleased, but realize there is a lot of room for improvement.

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PhillyNut's picture

I think this was the perfect first game. Lots of good and some fixable struggles. Fast start made them lose some intensity. Thought some of play calling was off but wondering how much of that was trying to still ease Fields into the plays.

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Dillon G's picture

There are teachable moments. But that is a great first game with a QB whose last snaps were only garbage time. He played mature. 

All you McCall and TE fans should be happy. 

I was pleased to see that many blockers on the line of scrimmage. 

#walkaway

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Buckloving's picture

Hey we finally got the TE involved. That's a start

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seyekcuB's picture

What is going on with Dobbins? He cant break a tackle to save his life. Everyone blocked several times and if he beats the safety hes got 20 yards. We need to see Master T more.

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Buck298's picture

#firedobbins

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BuckeyeGus's picture

I'll give you a UV to offset. Dobbins is not the same guy we saw his freshman year. He's just another dude. I like the way Teague runs better

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Red Shirt Ensign's picture

Me too, I thought Weber ran with more toughness, Ive been waiting on MT yo get the call!

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cledaybuck's picture

I was starting to call him Lydell Dobbins in my head.

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LB U's picture

Ill say it again, the offensive line played and looked horrible.. It's hard to gauge how much of it is Dobbins and how much of it is the OL.. Fields was getting destroyed on some of his dropbacks.

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Silver Sniper's picture

Whether the line stinks or not, we need a RB who is more productive than 4.3 yards per carry regardless. This narrative about the Oline sucking at run blocking was stated all last year while Weber, who is considered to be an average OSU RB, gained a whole yard more per carry over the course of the season behind the same line. That’s a huge difference! Today, every RB averaged at least a yard more per carry with Teague going 6.1, Crowley 6.8, and McCall going 5.5 per pop. Teague has looked bigger, stronger, faster, and even threw a wicked block on a blitz that gave Fields time to throw a TD to Ruckert. I couldn’t care less about the hype around Dobbins when we have more productive rushers waiting in the wings. And this applies to any position. Let’s get the best and most productive guys out there. 

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Huskerbuck's picture

Solid first game including a great first quarter, but still a number of things to work on to become the team we want to and can be.   Hoping the O-line continues to improve and the second team will pick up the pace as they get more playing time.   

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Ortonhallalumni's picture

Our qb hot hit too many times on players coming free...that was bad..before protection maybe RB pick up blitz etc.
Need better run game period. This is ohio state...we run the damn ball. Wear down defenses and gash em..that's where we need to get to.

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buckeye phi's picture

What has me the most concerned was our apparent inability to adjust to the defensive adjustments made by the FAU coaches.  If we fail to do that against Cincy, it could be trouble.  I watched them manhandle UCLA the other night.  I'm not saying the Bruins are very good, mind you.  But I think it's safe to say, the Bearcats are dramatically better than the Owls. 

Also - I see what Coach Day was saying about coming out "to such a quick lead and maybe we took a breath there"...   But isn't that up to the coaches to realize such a thing and react accordingly?  After all, we could sub in nearly our entire second team o-line and receivers without skipping much of a beat (I know, I know, not so much at QB).  That kind of thing on occasion might help keep the starters focused. 

Sure - there are things the players need to work on.  But I'd say that applies to the coaches, too.  Perhaps more so.

By the way, I don't want to come across as overly negative following an opening day victory - but things start getting real next week.  Let's hope the old adage applies to us this year:  " you improve more between week one and two than at any other point in the season" -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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awlinBrutus's picture

Indeed, if we truly knew that UCLA was better than Owls. Which you can’t.

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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Turban Meyer's picture

"What has me the most concerned was our apparent inability to adjust to the defensive adjustments made by the FAU coaches."

I think part of that was on purpose. I think the goal was to not switch it up too much in Fields's first real game. 

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LB U's picture

The OL is the only thing im a little concerned about heading into next week. They had a rough day and clearly need some work, but they're talented so I expect improvments.

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Osusam77's picture

Disappointed in run game after 1 Q. Line was not opening holes and Dobbins didn’t look explosive after 1Q. D started to revert to last year in second half. A lot of positives also, but some things to work on.

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Red Shirt Ensign's picture

Defense wasnt first team for at least 1-1.5 quarters in the second half, first half D was great

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cledaybuck's picture

Fields looked pretty bad making the read on the zro a lot of the time.

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BigBuckeye1976's picture

The last three games are concerning to me.
2018 vs. Northwestern, we jumped out to a lead and coasted. Basically the exact same thing in the Rose Bowl vs. Washington, big lead and coast on in. Now first game 2019, we seem to take the foot off the gas pedal. Is it an on the field leadership issue, a coaching issue or simply a coincidence? I personally think it's an on the field player leadership problem.

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ibuck's picture

we jumped out to a lead and coasted

This has been an issue at OSU for years.

The Buckeyes often don't have to play hard and smart for 4 quarters in order to win. So they start to coast in a lot of games.

Don't know what coaches have done to stop it, but I hope they find some way to nip it in the bud this year.

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BigBuckeye1976's picture

I want to see a ruthless team that smells blood in the water and pulverizes teams even over matched teams. Back's ups come in and play like their hairs on fire. We better find that killer instinct. The best teams have it and we desperately need it

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OhioT's picture

Outstanding start, amazing first quarter! Defense started strong as well, great first quarter, good first half.

However, we take away that opening quarter and we lost that game 21-17... Defense seemed to be unable to cover the tight ends and our o line looked a little suspect. Turnover bug bit us a little before halftime which skewed the score, but there seems to be plenty we can work on.

Overall, good win, good start! Go Bucks!

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Turban Meyer's picture

"However, we take away that opening quarter"

Again, not how it works. Going up 28-0 changes how a coach will manage the game from that point on. They play all 4 quarters for a reason. 

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Tresselball4life's picture

Joe Burrow looks solid at LSU.  Wonder how he would compare to Chugonov as the backup.

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Schizo's picture

Infinitely better. That's why he's not a backup QB. He's a starter. 

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DaiTheFlu's picture

Some good, some not so good, some pretty bad. Pretty typical for a week one noon game against an outmatched opponent. I don't think the sky is falling, but we saw a lot of the same issues that we saw last year and the year before, particularly with the offensive line. I think having 4 new starters is always a tough thing to deal with, but I'm honestly not convinced that Coach Stud is the right guy for the job. Our OL has been pretty mediocre since he took over immediately after Warriner, quite honestly. 

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FROMTHE18's picture

Based on the recruiting the last couple of years, I believe it is time to really evaluate personnel on the field and determine whether or not they play with the right amount of hunger to develop consistency. The laziness and lack of effort, especially on the OL needs to be addressed this week. UC is going to bring all kinds of pressure on Fields and the OL and he are going to have to adapt and ball out. Next Saturday is going to be a dogfight and the Bucks better be ready for it. 

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Silver Sniper's picture

I don’t think it’s laziness so much as trying to gel and maybe Stud isn’t the best coach in the world. I think he’s ok, but not sure if he’s best for the job. 

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buckeye phi's picture

I share your concern about Stud.  However, Coach Day had the perfect opportunity to replace him as he was making changes at other assistant jobs coming in to his first season as the non-interim head coach.  So, I'm guessing Coach Day must have more faith in him than we do. 

In any case, if at any time the offensive coordinator notices the o-line coach is not making the changes he requires, it should be incumbent upon him to take that bull by the horns, shouldn't it?  -

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earthpig's picture

From what I saw the O-line play got sloppy.  Obviously FAU made an adjustment and the guys didn't respond very well.  We'll see more next week when they go up against a better D.  I expect there will be improvements- how many 1st time starters were out there?  As far as the D- I was actually pleased with the LBs today, sure there were some mistakes-but overall they were solid.  They didn't get eaten up by blocks, and actually filled gaps.  There were w few gaffs in the secondary that need to get cleaned up quickly-a few plays reminded me of last year..  Overall, take the W and get ready for Cinci-because they are a much better team than FAU..  Go Bucks!

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CincyBuck87's picture

The run game was less than spectacular. However, there was very little read option after Justin Fields' TD. I expect the read option will be a staple of this offense and will loosen things up for JK and others. Perhaps the coaches did not want to show too much given that the upcoming opponent is much better. Not worried.....yet.

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GOOMBAY's picture

I was lucky enough to go to the Rose Bowl with my son last year. 

It was a perfect day/game. 

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The Rill Dill's picture

The read option has been figured out by every defensive coordinator in the game. I think it’s unwise to make it your bread and butter. It’s old and very tired. 

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Dgeneral's picture

FAU's 2 LBs- Smith and Leroy had like 18 tackles between them and looked better than any of OSUs LBs.

For fans hoping for better LB play this year are going to be disappointed again.

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DP71's picture

LB play is still a problem. Cincinnati is and excellent team. But, for a first game, we were pretty damn good!

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Crumb's picture

We're back and undefeated! 

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Drackett84's picture

Haskins got rid of the ball so quickly that defenses had few opportunities to hit him. The OL was bailed out by Haskins.

Fields does not get rid of it.fast.  Our OL is exposed.

buckle up.

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collards's picture

Penn State kept it up today. Franklin is getting them ready for 4 quarters. Day had better learn quickly how to keep his team going for 4 quarters. 

Collards

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

while he did not have any turnovers nor any other glaring mistakes

Not nitpicking, legit question: Wasn't the lateral that Ruckert stood by watching FAU recover a fumble by Fields? 

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I'm sorry - I cannot stop laughing at some of the coaching/ game analyst/talent scout/NFL player agent/position coach/game film analyst/ 'experts' on the site... reminds me of the the awful HGTV shows where people buying houses watched a couple of DYI episodes and now they're all real estate agent and contractor savants. 

Let the down votes rain down!!!

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