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Buckeye Chuck

MEMBER SINCE   March 26, 2011


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Cie Grant spinning Ken Dorsey into history. Also, my first Michigan game in 1982, though the aftermath had a little to do with me listing it among the best.

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Comment 24 hours ago

The bad news? In five of the seven years of the Urban Meyer tenure, quarterbacks missed substantial playing time. The good news? Those two season it didn't happen were in 2017 and 2018.

I'm pretty sure Barrett also played every meaningful snap in 2016. We haven't literally needed a backup quarterback to step in since JT's suspension.

Comment 19 Apr 2019

It's not really important. But I will say that Baldwin is kidding himself if he thinks he's going to be starting in 2019 on a good Power 5-level team. He simply isn't that good just yet. If he wants to go somewhere like Texas State or UTSA, then maybe. 

I still think the kid would have helped himself by staying at least one more year here, in a role where you're very likely to see at least a  little playing time. Baldwin wasn't in a Joe Burrow situation where his time to make a mark had just about run out.

Comment 19 Apr 2019

I guess I can see that, since it's not like starting as a redshirt freshman ever seemed likely going back to when he first signed, and both Haskins and Martell were still here. He always seemed like a multiyear development project.

What I don't get is that as recently as last week, he was tweeting about how great it was that he had revived his old connection with Garrett Wilson. Now he's gone and not explaining what the hell is up.

Comment 19 Apr 2019

The question this article raises for me is this: it's not like they're out there making additional college football teams. There's still the same number of quarterbacking jobs overall. So everything should still find a way to even out. For example, what happens to the player(s) Martell pushes aside at Miami (if he even wins that job) or the player Baldwin pushes out at whatever his new school is? 

Logically speaking, it's not possible for everybody to be short on quarterbacks.

Comment 18 Apr 2019

Yeah, there's absolutely no way that's happening, for multiple reasons.

I doubt Carter is good enough to start for a good program, but he's going to be looking for more of an opportunity than he would get here, I assume.

Fink and Malzone fit the general mold of the sort of player we could realistically be in on: someone realistic enough to know that football is not in their future, and who would be happy to just have another season in college football. 

Comment 18 Apr 2019

I agree we have a precarious quarterback situation, but it has actually been even more precarious in the past. Remember that we had TWO full seasons with Joe Bauserman as Terrelle Pryor's primary backup in 2009 and 2010. No one realized at the time just how scary that was, because people assumed Bauserman could play until he had to play and we found out we were wrong. 

So odds are we're going to be fine. And even in a worst case scenario ... it's just one season.

Comment 18 Apr 2019

That's what I said in my first comment: that "primary backup at a top program" is actually a really good situation for him as a redshirt freshman, and not any different than he could have anticipated when he first committed, so I don't know why he feels he needs to leave.

As for what it might suggest other than what Baldwin is himself saying, I don't really see the point in speculating. 

Comment 18 Apr 2019

Assuming we need to take a second QB now in the 2020 class, I think this is a good idea. It would have to be someone comfortable with the idea of Miller being the main man, or someone who could possibly change positions. An Ohio player like you describe might fit the bill.

Comment 18 Apr 2019

The chances the Buckeyes could get a grad transfer at this late date who could salvage the season if Fields were to get hurt, or even be better than Chugunov with very little prep time, are not very good. 

Comment 18 Apr 2019

I'm sorry, but the idea that anyone should have been able to foresee that a lightly-recruited redshirt freshman who figured to need multiple years of development would balk at spending a year or two as the backup QB at a consistent Top 5 program is a little zany.

Comment 18 Apr 2019

Wait: I thought the rap on Urban from some quarters these last few years was "too loyal" (to JT Barrett, Bill Davis, Zach Smith, etc).

Now Day is the bad guy because he didn't wave away the second-ranked QB in the 2018 class because some freshman who has never played might have his feelings hurt?

Comment 18 Apr 2019

Here's the other thing I don't get: going back to when Baldwin first signed, what did he suppose he would be doing in 2019, his redshirt freshman season? He had to assume he'd either be sitting behind Haskins or (presumably) sitting behind Martell. At least Martell could plausibly say he thought he would be starting by his third year, but was hit with the 1-2 punch of Fields coming in and Urban leaving. Baldwin was recruited as something of a project.

Being the second-stringer as a redshirt freshman would have put Baldwin higher on the depth chart than either Cardale Jones or Troy Smith were in their redshirt years. Still not good enough for the kid. 

Comment 18 Apr 2019

Big difference IMO between announcing you want to transfer prior to signing day (when a team can in theory do something about finding a replacement) and after spring practice (when a team is basically screwed).

Comment 18 Apr 2019

Don't really understand the thought process here. Absolute worst case scenario for him, he loses the quarterback job but ends up playing the equivalent of about a full game in the backup role. He gets some decent film and then transfers after the season.

We were his only bigtime offer two years ago. Does Baldwin think he can waltz onto a Power 5 roster in late spring and do anything but be a backup in 2019? And if not, why not just do that here?

Maybe stop recruiting so many ball-less wonders at the QB position.

Comment 18 Apr 2019

I think if the league was arranging things in that way, they would have backloaded the Browns schedule instead, since those are the games they will have Kareem Hunt for. 

I can see a scenario where the Browns will start something like 4-4 and need a late run against an easier schedule to make the playoffs, similar to what the Ravens did last season. But considering they have such a culture of losing, the important thing is that they start fast. The last time they had any expectations was 2008, and they went 0-2 at home to start the season, which killed off all hope right away.

Comment 18 Apr 2019

Jack had to beat Palmer, Watson, Player, Irwin, Trevino, Kite, Ballesteros.

But here's the thing: he didn't have to beat all of them at the same time. Palmer won his last major in 1964; Watson's career didn't really get going till the mid-70s; and Ballesteros emerged as a teenager at the 1976 British Open, not peaking until Jack was clearly on the downside.

I think very few people who follow golf don't believe the talent pool in the sport is getting deeper all the time.