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SI Article - Autopsy on Coach Day's Tenure

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kiddbuckeye's picture
December 6, 2022 at 9:27am

Interesting article from an outside perspective. 

  • The Ohio State offense is poorly managed and it has been all season long. Day seems to have built a Ferrari and yet he doesn’t seem to know how to drive and get the most out of the supercar he created. Every reader who watched the UM game will have their frustrating offensive moments, but for me, there were a few which come to mind:
  • Day seems to tighten up in the biggest moments. His play-calling becomes erratic and predictable when he needs to open the throttle. If Urban became addicted to the RPO, Day seems stubbornly focused on running bubble screens that rarely seem to work. He wastes valuable downs and consistently shows little faith in his team by not going for it on gettable 4th downs. He’s sending messages about his fears about his team to the fans, opposing coaches, and the OSU players themselves.
  • Being a head coach is a hard job. You have to oversee everything. You’re the CEO of a billion-dollar corporation and in a post-NIL world, the role has never been harder or more complex. For comparison's sake, Urban Meyer held on to coaching OSU’s special teams for far too long. That group never got the attention, or production on the field until he gave up their reigns and hired a special teams coach. In that vein, it is time for Day to give up play-calling responsibilities. 
  • Any talk of Ryan Day being fired should be squashed. It’s not appropriate and it’s not based on reality. Day needs to open his second letter, make changes and show progress on the field. He’s on the hot seat, but if he has another top-10 finish next year (even with a loss to Michigan, so long as it’s not a blowout) he probably gets to coach again in 2024. 


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