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buckeye phi

from Atlanta

Member since 21 August 2014 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Ohio State National Championships
  • NFL TEAM: Miami Dolphins

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Comment 09 Apr 2017

Spot on, IBSAG.  I would only add that I think Coach Schiano might  be thinking he could get just a little more exotic this year with some blitz packages, etc.  It's his second year with the program - and he isn't sharing the DC title now.  Plus, his front seven is very experienced. 

For that matter, Coach Coombs considers Ward to be the equivalent to a returning starter - and Arnette played a lot last year.  Along with an improved Webb at safety, the secondary may not be quite as raw as a lot of people might think. 

That might allow the coaches to feel more comfortable trying a few different things.  But I agree - the fundamentals we've seen the last three years in rushing lane responsibilities aren't going anywhere -

Comment 09 Apr 2017

That is correct, Koz.   About a year or two ago, Kyle (or it might have even been Ross) did an article on the differences between the modern 3/4 and the traditional 3/4.  The modern 3/4 is much more similar to our 4/3 Over than it is to the traditional 3/4.  The gap responsibilities are the same.  The biggest differences are really just semantics.  Which, I believe, is what you were getting at. 

I think a lot of fans have the modern 3/4 confused with the traditional 3/4 - even though the traditional 3/4 is only still being used by a couple of NFL teams these days.  I believe anyone motivated enough to learn more about it could probably still find the article here on the site if they looked hard enough.  I follow the sport pretty closely - but I found it to be informative at the time -

Comment 08 Apr 2017

Reminds me of a lyric from an old Jimmy Buffett song:  "And any manual labor I've done was purely by mistake". 

Seems like it might apply to Coach Herman.  Hey - as long as he knows what he's doing when it comes to being a coach - who cares?

Comment 08 Apr 2017

Good point, Buck68.  From what I've been able to glean so far, Day has had to start out with the most rudimentary passing fundamentals (almost incredibly, at this level). 

Once he gets their footwork and other basic mechanics established - then he can worry about where the ball is actually going, I suppose.  Although, UFM was saying recently that the accuracy was pretty good in drills. 

Fortunately, there is still plenty of time until any meaningful, live-action passes are attempted -

Comment 08 Apr 2017

While J.T. Barrett and Dwayne Haskins showcased throws that looked good in the air despite not finding their target.

Well, at least we're working on it.  That's a start, I suppose. 

That intermediate to deep passing game remains my greatest concern heading in to this season.  Same as last season. 

Can't think of another aspect of the team that is not almost certainly championship caliber -

Comment 07 Apr 2017

I'm confident about nearly everything - except the right side of our offensive line.  We're all painfully aware of Prince's struggles with pass protection - and Knox was beaten out by a true freshman last year.  I'll have to see major improvement there before I'll be able to get too jacked-up about undefeated seasons, national championships, etc. 

Comment 07 Apr 2017

I can kinda see where Harbaugh may have been coming from.  Michigan fans have to go pretty far back in time to remember their glory days, anyway -

Comment 07 Apr 2017

I think having to live the entire offseason with the bad taste of the Clemson debacle in their mouths will serve this team well.  Complacency certainly shouldn't be a factor. 

All the coaches need to say is 0-31 if anyone starts getting a big head -

Comment 07 Apr 2017

I would like to see us blitz a LB, CB or safety from time to time to confuse the OL

A key comment, AZ Buckeye.  Last year we had a new defensive coordinator (and safeties coach) - plus, he had two new starting safeties and a new corner.  Two new starting linebackers, for that matter, too.  So I understand why he may have been a little reluctant to blitz very often. 

That'll be different this year.  Obviously, it's Schiano's second year - plus, he has the DC title all to himself now.  Coach Coombs insists Ward is equivalent to a returning starter - so, according to their coach, we are returning half of last year's "starting" secondary.   Smith and Arnette are hardly new to the program, either.

We should also keep in mind that Fick and LJ were really big on the DL maintaining lane integrity.  Naturally, that's extremely important when you're only rushing four.  Not as much when you're rushing more -

Comment 06 Apr 2017

Every time we go with a zone blitz, one of our defensive linemen drops - by definition.  Not that we've been doing it all that often.  But all of our ends should be able to do it adequately.  You'd would have to think Hubbard would be the most skilled of the group, however. 

I'm just glad to see the coaches thinking outside of the box to this extent.  This season could be a lot of fun -