We saw last year in The Game that TTUN wasn’t the same defense without Bush, Winovich and Gary all healthy. We gutted them like a fish partly because they don’t have the depth on defense that great teams should have. Until I see it on field, I am not at all onvinced that they have a great defense in 2019.
For years, run blocking has been in a zone read system where a guy coming unblocked happens by design and that guy’s decision determines who keeps the ball. Last year, we needed hat-on-a-hat run blocking. Didn’t always happen. Gotta think that years of an offensive scheme where we didn’t have to knock people ten yards downfield played a part.
Maybe it’s just me, but I sort of love that we aren’t believed to have any freak athletes, that many think TTUN after losing the foundation and staff from last year’s defense and their only consistent running back is going to win the conference, that we don’t have “national watch-list” guys. Let them think less of us. I love that people are doubting us. I think it’s a good thing for this team’s mental toughness. I think with a first year head coach, it’s easier to lead a team with a chip on its shoulder and feeling disrespected than a team that everyone has penciled into their playoff predictions.
Appreciate especially the prediction about offensive line. With all our experience last year we didn’t get it done at all for run blocking. Maybe all the years of blocking for the zone read led to a technique that didn’t emphasize sustaining blocks as a moment or two was all JT and his companions needed. But I think there will be a bit of an upgrade, even with new faces.
I think given he was behind two 1,000-yard backs and alongside another frosh runner in Snead, Teague’s carries were significant enough to say the staff sees a lot in him. He looked great in his limited action. I can see how, playing behind Weber and Dobbins, he might not have pressed as much last year.
McCall’s size and talent screams “H-back” to me. There is no one, not even Hill, that excites me more than the thought of Demario at that spot.
Hartline did show us how he handles it, with Mack. If he was to bench guys who drop some passes What might have become of Campbell for part of the year?
As for the "SEC/B1G perception," it's based on false premises and sometimes false pretenses, so no amount of Rutgers or Maryland success is going to remedy that. Both programs are capable of being a lot more competitive and consistent than they are now. It wasn't that long ago that Friedgen and Schiano had their programs in the top 20. They're in areas that have some good talent. This article could have been written about Northwestern for all of the '80s and most of the '90s, but not recently. So, it's possible.
Nebraska will likely come in undefeated, and looking for an upset. But I'm still not convinced that their defense is fixed. Martinez is a tremendous quarterback and they'll move the ball, but I don't have reason to believe their defense can make enough stops.
I am a little confused at the "top 5" sort of attention for TTUN. They lost Higdon, the one really impressive running back they've had under Harbaugh. Patterson showed himself to be good but not great. In the blowout wins they had last year, it was a matter of their defense setting the table for the offense, and the defense this year is absent most of it's starters and coaches. Just do not understand the Heisman talk for Patterson and so many thinking they beat us this year. I mean, they'll be motivated no doubt. But motivation hasn't been enough for the last 7 years.
Love his vision and fearlessness on returns. A little surprised he didn’t pursue recruitment as a receiver. Then again, looks like he loves to hit people.
Martell struggled about as much as Haskins in the red zone. I don't fault him much, as coming in "cold" just for a handful of plays near the goal line is not easy. But it was more than just a matter of Haskins not fitting the mold of dual-threat. Even when we went with the guy who did, results weren't all that different.
Frustrating that there was so much that could have been done to mitigate this. Line up extra tight end or two, on line or in backfield. Get an extra blocker out in front when the whole world knows that Haskins is going to hand it off. We did do some of this by end of year (and also seemed to be a point where Haskins was given the green light to improvise), but it took way too long, given the offensive braintrust that we had assembled.
The attitude about OSU doesn’t surprise me. A lot of my OSU friends and classmates while being big Buckeye fans were pretty obnoxious about all things Cincinnati. Especially Kings Island. For the love of God, it’s a fun place to spend a day, but it’s not even the best park in Ohio. And speaking of Ohio, the identity crisis of the city not really knowing which state it wants to identify as being a part of is possibly part of their temper tantrums directed at OSU. Surprised David didn’t emphasize that more.
I have long been annoyed with the Cincy mindset towards OSU, especially in respect to their high school programs. Whereas schools in Toledo area, Cleveland area, Youngstown, Dayton, etc., seem to be proud of their relationships with OSU, Cincy schools always seem to have this “what can you do for ME?” kind of attitude.
My therapy following a loss is going on 11W and venting. That, and bourbon.
One of my all-time favorite effort plays was by Sanzenbacher. It was 2010 game against TTUN. He was blocking for Herron on what should have been a record-long rushing TD. He engaged a DB and blocked him for most of the final 50 yards alongside Herron. He took the guy to the ground near the goal line and picked up a bullshit holding call.
The only way Griffin can be called overrated is that he won more Heismans than other college players that are thought to be as talented or more so, which is a thin argument. I don’t think Pryor belongs in the top 25, but given the hype and drama around his arrival to OSU he really didn’t deliver at the level expected.
Where the heck is Ron Powlus? He was touted to win 2 Heismans before he took a snap. What a bust.
Clarett could not have possibly done more in his one year. He exceeded people’s wildest dreams, which is the polar opposite of overrated.
And Henne......had a healthy hate for him when he was a wolverine, but the guy won a LOT of games. Couldn’t get it done against us, but did most of the time.
Given the last decade, no one in Buckeye Nation should underestimate the importance of a solid backup QB. Excited that, if needed, we have a guy who has been immersed in scarlet and gray since birth.
I'm in the camp that wants to see Meyer stay out of coaching. And while nothing is ever certain, what excites me about this is that it's the biggest indicator I've seen that Meyer is truly done with his coaching career. Even if it requires almost no effort or attention from him, I don't think we'd have ever in a hundred years seen "Coach Meyer" open to something like this. To me, it's a signal that while he'll always be around the game in some capacity, he truly is letting go of and moving on from coaching.
A lot of guys could learn a lot from McLaurin. Lots of college players want to be the guy in the highlight reel, making the big plays on third down. The NFL has a place for those guys, but not always for long. They are popular and in demand and get shampoo commercials and such for a while, but it fades. But McLaurin is a guy who is valuable and good to have on the field even when not getting the ball. He’s an “every down” receiver. That’s how you get to stay and have a long career in the NFL.
Sounds like Winovich has learned quickly that he’s no longer the “BMOC,” but a little fish in a big pond. Reminds me a bit of those guys in college who wanted to keep talking about their high school exploits but came to realize that they mean less than nothing.
I think writer of article has been in east coast/NFL bubble or something. Talks as if Winovich invented the “little brother” expression, and as if Winovich really hurt us with his sour grapes nonsense after we hung 62 on them.
University did the right thing. They found evidence of assault/rape. Players know that there is a higher standard for them, whether they feel it “fair” or not, it just is. Also, it is past-due that we do more to protect victims of sexual assault who for too long were made to feel violated all over again in seeking justice.
I agree with Meyer about the portal. It’s tough enough coaching up young adults in resiliency, trust, establishing brotherhood, and being selfless with all the other hype machines out there to fill their heads. Makes it far worse to have this process for them to dangle their feet in the water about other schools when they are supposed to also be giving leadership and support to their teammates.
And yeah, it’s great that we got Fields. But before that, we had Martell and Baldwin. After portal, we have Fields and a couple of transfers from other schools that may or may not work out. It’s almost like a “waiver wire” except it’s not guys that have been cut loose but guys that are in important support and development roles on the roster.
Meyer is a big advocate of “growth mindset” thinking, the idea that if you fall short you keep learning and growing and don’t treat a closed door as closed forever. The transfer portal is all about “now or never,” “if you ain’t first, you’re last.” And I think Meyer’s concern is less to do with the power and control of coaches and more to do with student athletes getting what they impulsively want, instead of what they truly need.
Ichigan fans and players are a bit like a broken clock. A broken clock is accurate for a minute a day. And statistically speaking, if people keep proclaiming that they will be the team that has success against OSU, sooner or later one of them is going to be accurate. But until it happens, it’s just noise and desperation.
So basically, he came in with a hungry work ethic and had a great first year, got a little complacent and frustrated and had took a small step back in year two, and now is back to better habits and a better mindset for this fall. Sounds like great things ahead for 2019.
Clearly, we have had some legendary talent from out of state during the last two decades. JT, Zeke, Santonio, Haskins. All represented OSU incredibly well. But there is something really special about the intangibles of a talented Ohio native playing for the Buckeyes, what that means for them. We need to always go after the best talent, nationally. But the staff also needs to bear in mind that kids who dream of being a Buckeye their whole life are willing to run through a wall even in the fourth quarter, play through the pain.
There was a fascinating article many years ago that featured stories from guys that played in the 2002 title game. Ohio natives on that team like Doss and Fox and Kenny Peterson went above and beyond. I am sure non-Ohio players did as well, but to me a 4-star Ohio kid is often as good and valuable as a 5-star from elsewhere.
Keith Jackson was a legend as a commentator. He had so many epic moments.
But by the time of the Miami game, he was also the guy who was on the decline, for example calling our QB Craig Kretzel.