Can't stop watching Darron Lee blow up the block attempt by the Oregon TE, THEN make the tackle.
All in a day's work.
Appreciate the analysis, as always, Ross.
Hindsight is, and in, 2020
There are times where the worst thing that can be spread is misinformation
This^. The Oregon TE thought they would just high 5 each other and Lee blew him up then made the tackle. Awesome play
The Oregon RB didn't do anyone favors cutting inside either.
MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS
Dude seriously. Lee broke that man's will to live. Looked like a high schooler picking on a 6th grader. MOVE CHUMP!
I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.
I Believe In Ohio State.
And then to add insult to injury, the heat-seeking missile we know as Darron Lee tackles the ball carrier and lands on top of the poor, average, Oregon football player. "Thanks for cushioning my landing bro!"
You Got Barbecue Back There!?!?!?!
Someday, Urban will be gone. But I hope Coach Mick is a lifer.
If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.
At least I hope he isn't like my Grandma. She took all her great recipes to the grave with her.
No sense in hoarding all that knowledge. Pass it on
It also helps that the ball carrier decided to try to run over the TE and right into Lee's waiting, bone crushing arms.
Dude saw what Lee did to the Tight End, and became blinded by the sheer awesomeness of it.
That or Lee took control of his soul, after eating the Tight End's.
I think that's a top 5 fav from the entire postseason for me. When the play happened live I thought maybe the TE was caught off guard, but clearly that's not the case. Lee ate his lunch and threw the garbage on top of him!!
"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM
And this is why I come to this website over all others. Can't find this stuff anywhere else! Thank you Ross. And thank you elevenwarriors for being so bad ass, and doing such a great job of distracting me from my job.
"Nothing cleanses the soul like getting the (Mark May) kicked out of you"
You are welcome
Spring football is like non-alcoholic beer. It looks like what you want, but only intensifies your desire for the real thing--Earle
Btw The box score in the last image warms my Heart. Up by 15 in the 4th. 8 min left. Ore ball, 2&22 on their own 10 yd line. Lol.
Yeah it was that point, I think, when I first thought "game over... NATIONAL CHAMPS!!!" and the joy began to swell up, tempered now and then by thoughts of bizarre scenarios that could give Oregon a chance. But those thoughts quickly vanished. You could tell by body language (and the way the offensive line and Zeke had gashed them up the middle) that they were a defeated team, and would be getting thoroughly blown out if we hadn't given them four easy turnovers (3 of them completely unforced).
Felt the exact same way. Could have won by 45 points sans turnovers. What a glorious evening.
Good job Ross
I saw Ryan Day hang 62 on Michigan...His hair was perfect.
Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan
I was under the impression that we also often employed the '4-3 under' (with the '3 technique' tackle lined up away from the tight end side). The theory being that this frees up the '3' a little more to wreak havoc. Was that (admittedly, somewhat dated) information incorrect - or have we shifted our philosophy a bit - due to personnel concerns (especially, with the '1').
I was also under the impression that Coach Ash likes to call - what we used to call the SAM - the 'walk-out' linebacker (for reasons clearly illustrated by your graphics)
Not to be a pest - but I read recently that Coach Ash has virtually eliminated the 'Strong and Free" designations from his safeties - and that they are now typically lining up on a 'field and boundary' basis - much like the corners.
Or am I crazy?
Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers
Ran the Under under Fickell, mostly. Primarily Over under Ash's oversight.
Thought I saw it after Ash's arrival too, Earle.
Thanks, though -
OSU was primarily an 'under' defense for a long time under Heacock and Fickell. Once Ash came he installed the 4-3 over.
SAM or walkout linebacker its the same position -- the field linebacker.
Same thing re Strong and Free safety. As I state in the article, one plays to the field and one plays to the boundary. Whether you call them strong or free or boundary or field, in practice its the same.
Thanks for the clarification, Ross -
Great article, by the way -
Similar to the team's improvement from a simple scheme from Ash, so too has my football IQ risen since Ross has come to 11W. Continuous thanks.
I also got a chuckle out of the Will, Mike, and Lee (Sam) linebacker names.
Someday that position will be thought of as "The Lee Position" kinda like the "The Percy Position" on offense.
They're all chickens. The rooster has sex with all of them.
This Buckeye front you describe, Ross, is not too dissimilar from the old "split" defense I used to coach with my feeder school back in the day. Playside 3Tech (B gap) and 7Tech (D gap to sideline) ; backside 2i Tech (A gap) and 5Tech (C gap); So-called "75" front. Second level: Mike- A gap; Will- B gap; Sam- C gap; Rocket (Rover)- D gap to sideline.
I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes
Lee literally blew this block the hell up. That's what speed and power does Oregon... Give a shot sometime.
Earle for MOD in 16', it'll be the last best thing to ever happen to him.
What I really like about this play, other than Lee just destroying that blocker, is that it looks to me like the whole defense is doing their job. Even if Lee just stands up the blocker he has outside leverage, Curtis Grant is filling nicely inside-out, Apple loses the receiver blocking him and has outside leverage and Bell also beats the same receivers block and is in good position. I don't know if this was a straight hand-off or some kind of read by Mariota, but if Mariota did keep it looks like Bennet and Bosa are in good position to stop him. Just a great overall defensive play.
Yes! Grant and Lee read the guards perfectly seeing they all down blocked which hints run right of the bat so they went from buzzing their feet to coming down hill and filling the whole while maintaining control of the outside. It was a all around great play by everyone involved.
It just looks like there are 13 Buckeyes on the field in that play! It was a busted blocking assignment up front. Someone from the O-line has got to get into the second level to disrupt Curtis Grant. The push that we got at the snap made it look like a pass or screen blocking scheme. By the time the running back got outside of the tackles, he was dead meat. Lee didn't need to make that tackle and that is a testament to everyone else on the defense. I'm glad that he did make the play because it was just so awesome and it was really a microcosm of how the Bullets handled Oregon all night. It looks like the tight end expected to be blocking a little cornerback, but he was quite mistaken and paid the price.
DBU? LBU? You can keep those. The Ohio State University is 9unitsU.
It's plays like that that will raise Mr. Lee's draft stock exponentially!
No doubt about it! I'm sure there will be plenty of great film on this young man by the time he's finished in Columbus. I wish he would stay 5 more years! lol
Completely agree my friend
And the final result of K.I.S.S. ???
Saban on a cart eating cold pizza
What Lee did to that TE block was the story of that game-
Montana Silver Bullet
I wouldn't call that a block. I'd call it "marginally getting in the way" and then regretting it, kind of like a pedestrian getting in the way of a speeding bus.
And when Cardale ran over their DT...both sides of the ball were bigger, stronger and faster!
You got to have a lot of balls, to play golf the way I do!
Thanks, Ross. Much appreciated.
Great article, Ross, looking forward to part deux. I have to remind myself I'm not the simpleton you and Kyle make me feel like when you lay things out so clearly. Or, am I...
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I always enjoy the technical info. While different styles of defense can be effective, I particularly like the aggressive approach the Buckeyes are employing now. And at the end of the year they were playing like eleven guys on a mission, and all of them knew what the mission was. It was not the case in the two previous seasons. That can only happen if both defensive coordinators are on the same page, and coaches Fickell and Ash certainly are. Before coach Ash arrived, the units appeared disjointed, and too often there were one or two players out of position and it would allow for big plays. While coach Fickell played on, and coached for, dominant aggressive defenses in the past, it didn't appear everyone bought into that aggressive style. Bring in coach Ash and his in your face style of play in the secondary, and it seems like the perfect marriage. With the number of defensive players returning and the talented players that have yet to see the field, is it too early to ask; Have the S_____ B______ returned. I hope they are, I'm afraid to say it just yet.
By end of the year, I assume you mean: Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon. There was a dramatic change between the M game and Wisc. I read reports of a "Come to Jesus" meeting of the defensive players and coaches after the M game. I have never seen it mentioned by the coaches or players, but "something" certainly happened.
Looking forward to part two. Helpful write-up as always.
You've got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight.
Oh yeah, everyone knew what was at stake against Wisconscin, they had to dominate. Then, the practices before the Alabama allowed them to clean up some things. Just think what the improvement could be before Va. Tech.
not sure which one i like better ? the film or the DLEE destruction of that poor TE trying to block him DLEE has another year puting that kinda juice on film and we'll see him drafted in the first or 2nd round playing on sundays
A touch of greatness how cool would that be ..
What's even more beautiful about this defense is when we go up against Sparty and TTUN and Wisconsin with those power games we're still going to be stronger and faster than they are with the same defense and essentially the same personnel. We showed that in the B1G title game.
"I find your lack of kalua disturbing" - Darth Lebowski
after Lee blows up that TE, on the very next play he knocks down a pass going to the slot receiver.
1st round pick next year. He's going to make everyone forget about Troy Polammalommalama-loo
Thanks, as always, Ross.
I had so missed our Bullets!!!!!
"you can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning"
Just can't stop watching all of these made tackles!
Question for anyone: Does a player play one side all the time, or do they play the same technique (1,3 or 5) and flip sides based off of which side the TE lines up?
There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you. - Woody Hayes
Last year OSU did it both ways. They started out guys playing one side and sliding in and out. But about halfway through the year they decided that Bennett was being wasted sliding down to NG. So they kept him at the 3 technique all the time. But they kept Bosa on the offense's right side at all times.
great question northbay. I was wondering the same thing. Lucky for us Ross has the answer!
Great write up, thanks for helping to educate the OSU nation.
“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden
Can't wait for part 2 Ross. Great stuff. Thank you.
Ross, super excited about part 2.
Question: is call side (in your dline technique section) the same as strong side?
I assume it is the same as strong side or whatever "qb" of the defense or play caller up in the box deems call side and they might send in a signal. Much like when I was in high school and we had Roger and Leo for right and left depending on how we wanted to align.
The call side is the side where the "over" goes. In other words, the 3-technique is going to the call side. The 1-tech away from the call side.
Great work, as usual, Ross. I anxiously await Part 2! Thanks for putting in the hard work so lazy guys like me can sound smart during games.
"You don't win when you're too damned happy, and I like to win"--Woody Hayes
Yankee, I think the Silv__ Bulle__ are back! Well, just a little afraid myself I guess.
Sounds like the philosophy on both sides of the ball is simplicity and repetitions, so everyone knows exactly what to do all the time because they can practice the same thing over and over.
This defense could be very special this year in year #2 in the system (and probably Ash's last year here if they repeat, IMO).
You're too stupid to have a good time. -Dalton
Ross Fulton is the man!! I absolutely love these articles. Would like to see more of them!! Ross's analysis is the main reason I follow this site. The Seahawks and Sparty run very similar defense. Very basic defense but if you have the talent (which we do) the Defense can be very tough. Darron Lee did create a new "hybrid" type LB position with his success last season. It is great that we can stay in "base" defense against a 4 WR spread thanks to Lee's versatility at SAM. Seems to me like they did away with the "Star/Nickel CB" position or that Lee just assumes that role based upon offensive formation. In other words, the SAM in base defense (vs traditional offensive formation) becomes the old "Star/Nickel CB" against the spread formation with no need to substitute. Great concept b/c Lee can stuff run vs spread and still has athleticism to cover or blitz vs pass. I wonder who our back up SAM will be in case Lee gets hurt? Anyone know?
Chris Worley was Lee's backup last season. Was a close battle between he and Lee last spring, and was called out by Meyer as being great in practices but just never could take much playing time from Lee.
Also had a good Spring Game this year.
Ross-great job with the analysis.
1. Setting the front-how are they handling a pistol back with no te? Where are they setting the front?
2. Just to be clear-when 2 is aligned in the backfield away from an olb such as an HB - the olb is aligning outside of the box away from #2? I think I see why - but just wanted to make sure.
Thanks again - great stuff.