Skull Session: Partnership Excites Weber and Dobbins, Bosa Advises Jones, and Warinner May Spurn Blue

By D.J. Byrnes on January 22, 2018 at 4:59 am
Johnnie Dixon admires the January 22nd 2017 Skull Session

Jim Harbaugh moved to 0-4 against Ohio State this weekend when J.T. Barrett impaled him at an autograph session.

Glad Ohio's tax dollars go to paying off the Big Ten referees. Their services are worth every penny.


Word of the Day: Bête noire.

 HAMMER AND SICKLE. J.K. Dobbins smashed all expectations in 2017. Mike Weber showed flashes of his powers while battling injuries all season. 

I figured Weber would test the NFL waters. He didn't, though, and now both running backs are looking forward to next season.


Unsurprisingly, neither player provided specifics on exactly how they might be used together, although Weber gave some intriguing hints.

“We’ve even got sets where we go out to wideout, just that we’re both on the field at the same time,” he said. “Coaches really came up with good ideas to get us both on the field at the same time.”

“It’s exciting because it’s going to take a lot of pressure off of just me because they’re going to have to worry about two of us,” said Dobbins. “I’m sure Coach Meyer will put in something to have both of us on the field, and that will be deadly.”

"A package featuring J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber" is quickly becoming the new, "Is this the week Braxton Miller throws a pass out of the Wildcat?"

The only question I have about the running backs is what will the offensive line look like. We've seen in the past, it can take a month or two to build cohesiveness after losing two pillars like Jamarco Jones and Billy Price.

 BEAR ADVICE. I have a better year of finishing my senior year than Nick Bosa, who will undoubtedly declare next season like his brother did.

Bosa, however, was more cautious when it came to the future of his teammate, Dre'Mont Jones. Though Jones pondered the jump, Bosa was resolute in his belief Jones should return.

It paid off.


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Nick Bosa wanted Dre'Mont Jones to stay at Ohio State for the 2018 season, and he made his point early. Bosa had a plan.

"He's been telling me since before this year started," Jones said Friday. "He expected a lot out of me, and I know he always wanted me to stay."

"I've definitely been telling him since the beginning of last year," Bosa said, "so he knew."

The defensive line could be better in 2018 than it was in 2017. At some point, government officials may need to step in with a manslaughter indictment. 

 IT SWITCHED? Ed Warinner, in a clear shot across the bow at his old boss, accepted a yet-to-be-defined job with Michigan over the weekend.

But then Tennessee hired Mike Vrabel. And now, that move to Michigan could be in jeopardy.


Tennessee Titans: Minnesota offensive line coach Ed Warinner, who just accepted a position on Michigan’s staff, is a candidate to join Mike Vrabel’s staff as offensive line coach sources tell FootballScoop. Warinner was selected by prior winners as the 2014 & the 2012 FootballScoop Offensive Line Coach of the Year.

I hope this happens. It would mean Harbaugh can't even successfully hire disgruntled former employees of Meyer's, let alone beat him on the football field. I hope this era of The Rivalry never ends.

 URBAN PUTS ON. Here are two guys who could tell you a lot about winning:

That was cool of Meyer to take time off the recruiting circuit... unless of course he was there to recruit Snyder, which would be even cooler.

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