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Comment 16 Nov 2019

Fields hasn't had a history of injuries and isn't coming off a pretty serious injury that he clearly hadn't fully recovered from. It's not comparable at all. Freak injuries happen and no one can be blamed when you're just playing out the half and getting reps for the starters. But if they're already injured and you're up that much, it's common sense. 

The truth is, Saban knows this team is only above average defensively and Tua was needed to get style points for another playoff berth. He played with fire, ended his QB's college career, and has probably endangered his NFL career.

Comment 07 Nov 2019

The biggest thing I struggle with during these historical comparisons is difference in player size over the course of the last 75 years, especially on the OL & DL.

LT: Orlando Pace - Taylor Decker

LG: Jim Parker - Chris Ward

C: Nick Mangold - LeCharles Bentley

RG: Billy Price - Jim Lachey

RT: John Hicks - Korey Stringer

Comment 09 Oct 2019
This is a really tough year to even get an invite. You have Tua, Hurts, Taylor, probably Fields. For Chase to through I think he'd have to put up crazy stats. 20+ sacks, 5FF, INT, highlight TD, 1-2 more blocked FG. Young is amazing, but with teams doubling him, it'll be hard to hit those numbers. He'll have to have multiple huge games like he did against Miami.
Comment 30 Sep 2019

I'd be fine with him being a consultant while he finds another DC or position job somewhere. Doubt he'll be hired as part of the staff.

Comment 25 Sep 2019

Well, they'll still matter if you don't win your conference, but currently most already are exhibitions. Teams change so much throughout a season that it's hard to put overwhelming weight in losses in early September. 2014 OSU: Lose to a 6-6 VaTech team, but at the end of the year they are completely different and mowing down other elite teams.

I want the OOC games to matter so much as a coach uses them to gauge their team honestly and work to make improvements, like in college basketball.

Comment 25 Sep 2019

8 teams. No conference championship games. Take the top 8 in CFP polls.

Skimmed your post, apologies if I missed this, but if you do this and use the current 'CFP poll' (which is a baby of ESPN) there will be 2-4 SEC teams in every year and everyone else loses.

I think expansion is absolutely necessary. But discard the use of a poll, give auto bids to the power 5 conference winners, and then have 3 at large bids for a team like Boise/UCF/ND, and maybe a second team from P5 conferences. My last rule, which might be controversial, is that there cannot be more than 2 teams from each conference in this new format.

As far as playing too many games, you address this by keeping the CCGs, which I think are important, and drop a non-conference cream puff. That way, you have 11 regular season games, and can have good OOC opponents because as long as you win the conference, losing these won't hurt nearly as much.

Comment 19 Sep 2019

There is nothing concrete that you can provide right now that will show clear differences between the two teams. But, I'd argue that the offensive staff, system, and depth is far superior to 2016 and that makes a huge difference.

1. Offensive Coaching: Day, Wilson, and Yurcich are leagues above Warriner and Beck at putting together a game plan and adjusting for future opponents. More importantly, Day is committed to an offense that provides a variety of looks to a defense, compared to Meyer who struggled to successfully graft new parts to his old concepts.

2. Fields: Obviously not as experienced as JT, but I don't think you can stress the importance of having a QB that can make all the throws while still stressing a defense with his legs. He'll make some mistakes and his nerves are still showing at the start of games, but he will make up for it as time goes on with the enormous growth potential he gives the team.

3. WR/RB Quality & Depth: Curtis Samuel was a phenomenal player, and Weber was really good for a RSFr. But I'd argue that offense didn't have much beyond them. 2019 has 3 senior WRs, a better pure WR than anyone on the '16 squad in Olave, and a great veteran RB in Dobbins. And then you still have Teague, McCall, and Wilson who are still coming along and are already contributing to every game, and not just in garbage time.

I totally understand why people are skeptical, but we'll probably just have to wait for Nebraska and Wisconsin to have a good understanding of how far along this team really is and what their ceiling might be.

Comment 21 Aug 2019

Sure, but they don't give 5 guys equal playing time, much less 3. Most of the game replays I've watched of them had Swift and Holyfield rotating 60/40. Not that different from a lot of teams. OSU just had Dobbins/Weber rotate equally in a down rushing year but still almost got both to over 1,000 yards. 

Comment 10 Aug 2019

It's all signaling to Fields that he's just not where he needs to be. Sure, he'd start if they had a game tomorrow, but he obviously hasn't earned it in Day's mind. The concern is how tough of a teacher is Day? Does he grade at a C- where others would grade at a B+? If so Fields probably won't be "ready" until midseason. On the other hand, if Fields is really struggling then there is reason to worry.

Comment 10 Aug 2019

I have a feeling that while he has struggles with ball security, he is similar to Brendon White in that he just doesn't practice well enough to "earn" playing time. But if he was forced into a starting role or significant playing time, he'd do a surprisingly good job. JMO based on him constantly flashing ability in limited playing time.

Really hope he can figure out the turnovers and little things because he could be a huge part of this offense.

Comment 07 Aug 2019

QB: Fields
RB: Dobbins
WR: Mack / Wilson
WR: Olave / Victor
WR: Hill / Gill
TE: Farrell
H-Back: Berry
LT: Munford
LG: Jackson
C: Myers
RG: Davis
RT: Bowen / NPF

DE: Young
NT: Togiai / Landers
DT: Hamilton
DE: Cooper
LB: Harrison
LB: Mitchell / Borland
LB: Werner
BU: White
CB: Okudah
CB: Arnette
NB: ​Wade
S: Fuller
S: Proctor

Comment 05 Aug 2019

The back seven of the defense and their ability to fill gaps and use correct angles to prevent huge plays. 

Offensive line. Not just pass blocking, but being able to consistently run block and run RPOs as well. Fields will take some of the pressure off them because of this threat in the option, but the offense will struggle early without a good ground game. 

Comment 04 Aug 2019

Possibly, although if Justin Fields still decides to come here you're looking at a 2013-esque offense with a much higher passing ceiling. But Day probably would've left.

I get your point though. Urban is a top 3 coach, but a silver lining from his retirement is that the offense gets the transformation is has needed since 2014. He really tried to make necessary changes, especially with Day, but it was always a step or two away from what needed to be done in the long term. I think after 2010 bit him in the ass at Florida, he never trusted getting away from the core QB run concepts. Not that I can blame him when it wins you 90% of your games.

Comment 28 Jul 2019

If OSU was still relying on a Meyer offense that relied heavily on QB runs, I think this would be easier to swallow, but when you're trying to transition to a pro-style system, it's a lot more important to get the RBs that Bama and Georgia are landing.

Antonio Pittman was a really good RB, but we'd all take Beanie or Jonathan Stewart over him, and they were capable of carrying the offense for periods of time.

OSU will recover just fine, but there's no reason they shouldn't land a top RB more than once every 14 years.

Comment 25 Jul 2019

I think Meyer's OL and DL are both better. Will Smith was a great player, and Gholston was a great pass rusher, but the Bosa's were better than both. Joey was Joey, and f Nick had remained healthy, he's getting 15-20 sacks and winning multiple national awards.

Anyway, they're both great teams and it'd be a fun game. Just think the technical ability and overall talent of Meyer's offense, plus the DL, would be too much for Tressel's team.

Comment 19 Jul 2019

I think he'll smash the career receptions record, and have a shot at the single season record. Not sure he'll have much over 1,000 yards and 8-10 TDs with how they rotate WRs.

Comment 17 Jul 2019

I'm optimistic about the defense as well. There will be struggles, but they have all the keys to success covered.

  • Budding first round talent (Young, Okudah, Wade) 
  • Depth at DL, and decent depth at DB
  • Talented seniors (Cooper, Hamilton, Landers, Arnette, Fuller, Harrison) offering experience and leadership

None of the returning seniors may be super stars, but I think all of them greatly solidify what would've otherwise been a green and thin defense. I think holding opponents to ~17ppg, ~330 ypg would be a great swing and make this a ready dangerous team.