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Comment 21 Jul 2017

Right.

Sure, sometimes players regress. Usually due to circumstances they can't control (team injuries, change of offensive scheme / coach, team around them gets worse) but more often then not players simply get better each consecutive year they play, and that's what I would expect.

Comment 21 Jul 2017

Yeah, I see it over and over. I personally like that trait in a QB... I want my QB to have a pair of balls and want to take shots downfield, and he's got faith in his guys that they'll make plays for him and they did a majority of the time last season. I think everyone pretending like McSorley will take some huge step back this year because all he does is throw up 50/50 prayers are trying to convince themselves of that more than anything. He's a good QB.  

Comment 21 Jul 2017

I've always sort of felt underwhelmed by Price too. I think he's just been sort of inconsistent, and his pass pro seems suspect at best.

Comment 07 Jul 2017

I'm in agreement with those that are saying Jones needed to be the guy out there to beat Alabama. Hindsight is 20/20, and would I have said that at the beginning of the season? Of course not. But after watching every snap of those 3 QBs career, at the end of the day I'm most confident that Jones was the guy you wanted out there. It would have been interesting to see what kind of progress Miller could have made from 2013 > 2014, as he made a decent jump from 2012 > 2013, but he was never a great passer. Just had no touch whatsoever. 2014 Barrett (mainly just the offense itself) was a totally different animal than 2015-2016 Barrett, so he possibly could have gotten the job done, but Jones made throws in that game that Miller and Barrett aren't making, period. And it wasn't just the 50/50 deep ball throws to Smith either.

Comment 29 Jun 2017

Agree totally on Sheffield. I think had he transferred in from Georgia or something people wouldn't be nearly as excited, and Bama plays true freshmen all of the time if they're good enough. That's not saying he hasn't improved in the past year, but he's been crowned as a one and done first round NFL draft pick pretty much since the day he signed by a lot of fans, and I think a lot of that is because that's what Sheffield himself said was his plan and I guess people are trusting that he'll just speak that into existence. I'm not about to hype up anyone that has yet to play a down for Ohio State, but Coombs has praised him a good bit so I've raised my expectations a nudge.

Comment 28 Jun 2017

I'm not sure I can name a first round lock at the moment, but then again... who saw Hooker and Lattimore going in the top 15 before the season?

I think there are some fringe guys like Jamarco Jones, Denzel Ward, and Jerome Baker, but all of them could be 2nd rounders and I wouldn't question it. Then you have a guy like Dre'Mont Jones that could absolutely blow up and be a top 10 pick.

Comment 27 Jun 2017

Ahhhhh... the ol' Urban Meyer hand timed 40's.

Rainey 4.24 = 4.48
Murphy 4.25 = 4.43
Harvin 4.28 = 4.41
Haden 4.33 = 4.62

Roby 4.26 = 4.39
Miller 4.32 = 4.50
Grant 4.32 = 4.44
Smith 4.33 = 4.42
Shazier 4.35 = 4.38 (probably a mid 4.4 had he run in Indy)

At least everyone is taking these numbers with a huge grain of salt. If Weber cracked into the 4.4's in Indy I'd be shocked.

Their real times are probably something like:
Sheffield 4.39
Campbell 4.39
Dobbins 4.43
Weber 4.53
McLaurin 4.49
Baker 4.52
Dixon 4.40
Booker / Webb 4.50

Comment 10 May 2017

Saying he was just "learning the small little things" away from being A.J. Green is... well, I mean, it's those small little things that separate the athletes from the actual good wide receivers that are dominant at the position. The WR bust rate is so huge because the position is pretty much based off of those intricacies and a lot of guys can't master them.

You're betting on his natural talent and I get that. You could be 100% right for all we know. Look at a guy like Malik Hooker... didn't know what the hell he was doing when he got here because he was as raw as could be, but he figured things out and fairly quickly, and boom... top 15 pick after one year starting. So I know it's possible, but...


http://theozone.net/ohio-state/football/2016/News/What-Impact-Will-Torrance-Gibsons-Suspension-Have-on-the-Buckeyes

If you look at the projected rotation as it stood during camp, you would have a hard time finding exactly where Gibson eventually would have fit in. As of a week ago, the top six receivers were some combination of Noah Brown, Parris Campbell, Corey Smith, Curtis Samuel, Dontre Wilson and Austin Mack. You could add Terry McLaurin into that mix, and Johnnie Dixon had a very good camp as well. Then there's K.J. Hill, who nearly played last season as a true freshman. You also have James Clark, Alex Stump, and Binjimen Victor.

With all of those names, Gibson would likely factor in somewhere around position eight or nine in the receiver rotation, especially early. There is little doubt that they would have tried to find reps for him, but reps are going to be very difficult to come by for the receivers who aren't in the top seven or eight.

So how do they replace what he could have given them? By simply moving forward. This receiver group is full of fast players like Gibson. They might not all have the same physical characteristics, but the basics are the same — run fast, run smart, catch the ball. Surely, there is a receiver in the tenth or eleventh position who can move up a spot and provide that.

Knowing what we know now, McLaurin would basically become almost a starter in that rotation, and so would K.J. Hill. Victor was sort of in the same boat as Gibson; too raw to play many minutes, but the potential was there. The difference being Victor had played the position his whole life, so who knows who would have won that battle for PT. I guess I could see it more as being a huge loss if Gibson had really lit it up in the spring and established himself as a top 3 WR on what most would consider an underwhelming unit instead of being the 8th or 9th man in the rotation.

I really wish Gibson would just play WR at Cincinnati... he's doing nothing but hurting himself if he stays at QB for the next 3 seasons and then tries to transition to WR in a few months before the NFL draft. 

Comment 09 May 2017

Took the words out of my mouth. There was no "savior" for the 2016 Ohio State passing offense. I see this all the time that Gibson would have made a huge difference... I think 2018 was the year you'd see flashes, and maybe by 2019 he'd have figured things out. Being a good receiver isn't just about being tall and fast. Hell, everyone's least favorite WR's Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin actually tested out to be faster than Gibson was, and we saw how much of a deep threat they were (granted, I think they were limited by things such as scheme, QB play, etc). 

Comment 09 May 2017

It wasn't hard to read between the lines on this one. The only time I ever remember him being mentioned was after his true freshman year in 2015 when Coombs I think said that he "had a ways to go". Looked to be 8th in the pecking order at CB after spring... smart decision on his part and I hope he does well wherever he goes.

Comment 05 May 2017

Haven't been to Cedar Point since 2009, but just a tip... park in the back of the park near Magnum XL-200 and the waterpark in that lot and hit Maverick first thing in the morning. That line is always painfully long, but usually everyone is hitting the big stuff up front in the morning (Raptor, Gatekeeper, Valravn) and those lines will dwindle a bit as the day goes on.

Comment 05 May 2017

Are they big into roller coasters and want to ride everything? Is this likely a one time deal for them? The park will be absolutely slammed that weekend.

If it's just a one day stop, I'd get the passes. Gonna cost you quite a good bit, but it'll cut down lines anywhere from 1-2 hours to 20-30 minutes tops. If you're going multiple days I'd maybe just buy them for the first day and see what all you can do...

Comment 05 May 2017

Tim Tebow just seems like one of those guys that, if you knew them personally, you'd REALLY want to hate them, but you actually end up liking them and realizing that he's a pretty good dude. He's corny as all hell and back in the day I used to think a lot of it was for show, but I think it's just genuinely how the guy is, and I've got respect for him as an athlete. He should still be in the NFL right now as a Jordan Reed-esque H-back / move TE, and I think he'd be a really good player there. Physically, the guy's always been a beast.

I don't ever see him hitting well enough to pass AA, though. I'm sure they'll see if he can hack it at A+ eventually.

Comment 05 May 2017

Yeah, I was actually kind of bummed that he was out all last season. Dude is fun to watch; a 6-3 safety that plays all over the place; at corner, deep safety, in the box, off the edge rushing the passer on 3rd down... and I've heard he's returning kicks this season.  

Comment 04 May 2017

Yeah, I've been doing hang cleans weekly, and mostly heavy (265 lbs+) cleans for about 9 years now and I haven't been injured once. It's all about good form. I've had to take them and barbell squats out of my workouts though recently with this SI joint / lower back pain that's flared up on me... don't think I'm going to get back to squatting, so I've supplemented them with hack squats and Bulgarian split squats. Squats are probably the absolute best total body exercise there is, but I've had two PTs tell me not to do them, and at 26 and already with some back stuff going on... it's just not worth it in the long run. Maybe I'll get into some light front squats eventually (gets the spine a bit more straight). I'm going to miss them quite a bit. 

I've never tried power-cleans though. Seems like a great lift, but that initial deadlift-style lift off the ground just scares me a bit, especially where I slipped my disc deadlifting. I totally see the concern with the rapid-fire reps of these heavy Olympic style lifts being a bit dangerous in Crossfit.