Taver Johnson Officially Returning to Ohio State As Cornerbacks Coach

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BuckeyeSki's picture

Leave one wolf alive....and the sheep are never safe

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YoungBuck2019's picture

We can count this as a Boom right?

I spend the majority of my school day on 11W

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Nutty's picture

A BOOMerang as he is returning to the good guys. 

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Turfgrad's picture

Catchy!

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WC Buckeye's picture

Is anyone else looking at all the moves and short stays and wondering if there is some sort of personality issue behind it?

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

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t-dub's picture

not me

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WC Buckeye's picture

Should've clarified - "is anyone else beside me looking..."

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

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Wesleyburgess1's picture

I was wondering the reason for moving around so often and having coached one year with the Browns but I'm very happy with the hire. He's shown he has the ability to do this specific job before. He's a great fit being his specialty was Corners and Special teams.

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WC Buckeye's picture

I agree, and I hope he stays for a good long time. 

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

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bakerjon's picture

Congrats coach Johnson. Glad to have you. Now let's go recruit TSUN.

Boy, I got vision and the rest of the world wears bifocals! - Butch Cassidy

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mr.green's picture

Welcome, coach. This D staff is sick! 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Welcome back home Coach - you've got some big shoes to fill but we are all behind you.

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

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

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NHBuckeye's picture

We've got a 5* Defensive coaching staff for sure!   Boom!  

Fields of Dreams

 

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

How about it?  The coaches are just as impressive as the players on the roster for that side of the ball. 

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Welcome back to The Ohio State University, Coach Johnson.  This is a huge get for Urban's staff.

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FitzBuck's picture

That’s great!

Could he also help coach the LB’s?  Davis needs help.

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KlayDog's picture

Interested to see if he can recruit at the level he will need to under Urban. But on it's face, it's an uninspiring hire to me. 

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JDunc686's picture

Only time will tell; but it seems many were uninspired by the hirings of Coombs, Herman, Ash, and so on.

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PhillyNut's picture

The difference to me is that with those other hires it seemed like we were dealing with a much bigger unknown factor versus somebody who has been around for awhile as Taver has been.

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JDunc686's picture

You’re absolutely right about this being less of an unknown; however, there is still quite a bit of unknown here with regard to how Taver has grown as a coach and what he is like coaching such a loaded depth chart at CB.

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Etenim's picture

 it seems many were uninspired by the hirings of Coombs, Herman, Ash, and so on.

Agreed. It seems as uninspired as many were about Coombs' hiring, they're now using the turned tables of their having been greatly inspired by Coombs - against Taver Johnson.

It's a faulty proposition to think Johnson, or any coach, has to come and "replace" Coombs by perfectly aligning themselves to Coombs' unique footprint. I was as shocked and disappointed as anyone to see Coombs suddenly leave (still low-key mad, even), but I also understand it's not at all necessary to consider the mold of what Coombs was in choosing a replacement.

Though Coombs was uniquely awesome, the reality is that OSU had recruited and produced All-American DBs for decades before his arrival, and will continue to. It was done a different way before Coombs, and will be done a different way after his departure. What matters is that the DB recruiter and coach connects with recruits - that they trust him to deliver on the promise of what OSU has been for other DBs, and will be for them. Johnson is already far down that path given his record here under Tressel, and the names he can boast that flourished under his tutelage.

The fan base would be wise to take a step back from the cult of Coombs and simply honor it in the place it now belongs - a chapter in the astoundingly great history of DB development here at OSU - and simply welcome back Johnson in his own right to continue the very successful chapter he began earlier at OSU in coaching DBs to excellence and stardom.

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Johnson did well at Temple last year: his D was 11th nationally in both sacks & tackles for loss. Both of his safeties were 1st team AAC.

Of course Coombs is a legend here; I believe Coach Johnson will do a great job & we will all be satisfied with the results. 

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CTownBucknut's picture

Klay, a few things.  First, we really don't know enough to say if this is a big time hire or not, so anything positive or negative said by us is pure conjecture.  Second, it's not like they are hiring a DC or co-DC.  We are talking about a defensive coach who will be 3rd or 4th on the totem pole.  In other words, it was unlikely they were going to attract the biggest names for this particular position, especially with Grinch in the fold now.  They were looking  for somebody to handle very specific duties, coach DB's and recruit the local area, and it seems they found that.   

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BuckeyeBen7.7's picture

We had some pretty good corners when he was here. Plus he has those Ohio roots that was missing on the staff for recruiting. You might be uninspired, the rest of us are elated.

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Brutus865's picture

If this is that good of a hire, why'd he leave in 2011 for a lateral move to Arkansas?

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hetuck's picture

Don't know, but I'd guess Paul Haynes being hired as DC may have had something to do with it. 

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JDunc686's picture

I am wondering if he was upset that Fickell didn’t get the head coaching position.

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O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

The SEC was the thing at that time. Maybe he wanted to become known in southern circles to bolster his future career options.

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stxbuck's picture

Welcome back Coach Johnson!

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rkylet83's picture

Hopefully he can backfill Coombs ability to recruit.  Our corners were certainly solid during his time at Ohio State under Coach Tressel.  It’s not a home run hire like Schiano or LJ, but I hope he can keep the momentum of churning out 1st round level guys at the position.  He basically got handed the keys to a Rolls-Royce.  

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PhillyNut's picture

Not sure why but this hire does not excite me.  Have to trust Meyer but the resume just does not impress me.  Chekwa was one of the most frustrating cornerbacks to watch during his time at Ohio State despite getting All American honors.  This almost feels more like a Bill Davis type hire.  Hope I am wrong.

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buckeye92's picture

Agree. Ehh. On paper there appears to be more impressive candidates out there. Does this hire excite the DBs or potential DBs?

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buckslan's picture

Coach Coombs had a much less impressive resume before being our DBs coach. Johnson has previously coached 3 all Americans here, one being a Thorpe winner. And as you can see above, he was partially responsible for some great pass defenses. Buckeye nation certainly has become pretty spoiled.

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BuckeyeBulleit's picture

He seems to have the pedigree that I'd expect from an Urban hire but not exactly the "sexy" hire I was expecting. Hope he can bring the same results on the recruiting side as Coombs did, especially with alot of the guys coming up through Ohio and TSUN for '19.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Johnson, 45, and his wife, Sharday, have two children: a son, Tyree, and a daughter, Brooklynn.

And there’s the third and final piece of the Ty-fecta of new Buckeye recruits to go along with Tyreke Johnson and Tyreke Smith.

Welcome back home, Johnson family!

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

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TMac's picture

Welcome Home Coach Johnson! 

ONE Not Done!

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

I think people forget how good of a DB coach he was here. Secondary was not an issue under him. He will be fine. 

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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Dstacify's picture

Considering this guy was responsible for developing Malcolm Jenkins, one of the best corners ever to play at OSU, I'll definitely count this as a win.

11 Strong.

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Seattleosufan's picture

Yes, indeed, and he will use that perfectly on the recruiting trail. 

Deserves got nothin' to do with it

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Turfgrad's picture

Welcome back, now kick some ass!

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gobucks1966's picture

Was going to ask that question of why he left too. Asst. head coach maybe more money with the Hogs? Another question is after leaving here and the Hogs it's been down hill Purdue and Temple but I trust Urban knows what he is doing.

Denny

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MN Buckeye's picture

Welcome back, Coach Taver Johnson!

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gobucks1966's picture

Buckeye Bulleit it has been brought up about Urban needing to bring in a black coach. For anyone who thinks that doesn't come into play your kidding yourself. Not only that Franklin is our biggest problem now in getting talent and that guy will use anything or way he can to catch a break on a recruit. Remember he came from the SEC and the crap that goes on down there probably would blow our minds. Besides all that he is a fine coach and can help keep the Queen City in play.

Denny

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

So you're saying that Urban should hire people off their skin color rather than their credentials?
Also, if other coaches tried to use that as negative recruiting, it obviously hasn't been working, because they keep getting top three classes every year.

Don Brown must've attended night school, because he got owned by Day.

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gobucks1966's picture

You didn't get it the first time so I won't go into it. Not only that there is nothing wrong with his credentials first off that's why he was welcomed  from the git but decided to move on.

Denny

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Dstacify's picture

Considering LJ is on staff I think we're fine there. Not to mention Tony Alford who coaches the RBs. Those are arguably our two best position coaches on staff and they're both black. Don't see why Urban would be taking heat for that unless TPTB don't like the fact that he has four coordinators on staff currently and none of them are black.

11 Strong.

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gobucks1966's picture

He is not taking heat.

Denny

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stpetebuck's picture

This guy’s resume reads like a DC candidate. But he’s just s position coach. With past work with the likes of Checkwa and Jenkins ,. He’s perfect. 

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GoDamnBucks's picture

Welcome coach Johnson!

My Blood runs Scarlett and Grey

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osu992's picture

With this career arc as an example, there's a future for Warinner in football yet!

New Day for OSU. Same noon for TTUN.

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bd2999's picture

Have to wait and see. Meyer is pretty good at getting positional coaches.

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buckeyeinWI's picture

Huge BOOM!

Welcome aboard (again) coach!

GO BUCKEYES!

16-2 is SWEET!

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Eph97's picture

Wanted the LSU db coach as LSU over the years has churned out a lot of db's to the league, but guess that was just a rumor created by Alabama to reel in Surtain jr.

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Buckeye0214's picture

A couple of thoughts about this hiring. First off, I'll never be one to question Urban Meyer but in some ways I do have reservations with the hiring of Taver Johnson. Johnson was a good cornerbacks coach in his first stint with the Buckeyes, he coached and improved several good corners in his time. If you go back and watch just a few games from 2007-11 you will notice one thing that jumps off the page. Ohio State implemented a soft man coverage much like it did in 2012 when teams passed on the Buckeyes seemingly at will. The 2010 game at Wisconsin is a great visual of this coverage as the Badgers simply threw bubbles and slants without much resistance due to a lack of tight man-to-man coverage. I'm not sure if the coverage was Johnson's choice or that of Jim Heacock but I find it concerning to say the least. I personally have enjoyed the in your face man coverage Ohio State has deployed more recently. What do you guys think? Go Bucks!

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buckslan's picture

Well it's obviously Schianos defense for one more year and Grinch's after that, so I don't think we have to worry about playing soft coverage. That won't happen under Urban.

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RBuck's picture

Home run hire.

Don't spook the horse.

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CowCat's picture

I think this is a great hire. Taver Johnson is already familiar with the culture and expectations at Ohio State. 

He'll have to adapt to Urban's way of doing things, but I think he'll be fine.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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jpfbucks01's picture

When he was here last he was part of a staff that developed not only several NFL caliber CBs including a Thorpe winner but also ranked as follows in terms of Pass Eff D

2007 - 4th

2008 - 13th

2009 - 5th

2010 - 4th

That is a very solid resume in my mind ie 3 of 4 ranked in the top 5 nationally

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ActionJackson1980's picture

I'm a fellow Wittenberg Tiger just like Taver Johnson and had the pleasure of meeting him and hearing him speak as a player. He may not have the dramatics or be as animated as Kerry Coombs, but believe me, he will light a fire in anyone's @$$ and will have those boys prepared. I think its a great hire for the Bucks. Glad to have him back. 

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Trebor40's picture

Having the light we pass it on.

Welcome home coach!

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I've Got Laurinaitis and Feel Great's picture

taking another dip from the cradle of coaches pool... LOVE AND HONOR!

Shit Happens Bum Juice

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