Well although Braxton was an ungodly athlete, he wasn’t exactly the toughest guy or built like Fields. I agree with what you’re saying though. I just think Fields running the ball makes this team a lot harder to defend. That doesn’t mean running him 20 times a game but it doesn’t mean running him to open up the rest of the offense and keeping the defenses honest.
In the beginning of the game the MSU Defense was crashing down on our RBs and for the first 4 series (2 inside their 50) the offense wasn’t moving. When Fields started running it completely opened up the offense and was the key to the Victor play. I agree with you, you have to be careful and not get Fields hurt but you can get hurt at any point of any game. Fields running is an undeniable weapon on this offense and you have to use it when needed.
It’s pretty simple, look back at the game tape and every big gain Michigan St had there is on guy trailing right behind the ball carrier, Tuf Borland. At some point he is going to become a liability to this defense and his lack of skill will start turning into points for the other team. The answer to your question though is he does nothing better than Browning at this point. Browning is leaps and bounds more athletic, a lot better in coverage, attacks the ball carrier and can actually stop them in the backfield and as he showed last night, he can get after the QB on pass rushing situations. It’s time to pull the trigger on who starts, Tuf can still be a captain and leader of this team without being the starter in his position. It’s happened before and if this team really wants to contend for a NC then you have to play your best players
While I mostly agree with you, Day did study and learn under Urban. Sometimes things like that are also passed along. Urban was blindly loyal to some players and in his mind he probably had his reasons. Hard to think he didn’t try to pass that reasoning onto the coaches that were closely around him.
You read my mind, rotating against lesser opponents is ok to keep guys healthy and get the younger guys some snaps. But when the game is on the line or we’re playing a tough opponent who’s going to be in there
Sorry maybe I should have been more descriptive with my definition of majority. I’m not talking 55/45 majority, I’m talking 80/20 majority where he only comes off the field when he needs a breather.
Borland is a stuff the hole between the tackles type LB and that’s about it. He is too slow to cover or make consistent plays to the sideline. He jumped off the map two years ago against Michigan State because our LB talent was so bad we had to move Worley to middle linebacker so it wasn’t hard for Borland to look better than any other option we had a MLB. However, Browning is just a better LB with better talent and at this point I believe he can even stuff the middle better than Borland now. We don’t need any more “Urban loyalty playing time” on this team, Browning is the better talent so he should be starting and playing the majority of snaps.
I don't understand any of this. Shouldn't White be the safety on the field opposite of Fuller unless they are in this new formation? Are they planning on this new formation being their primary formation? White was night and day better than anyone else they tried to line up in that safety position so unless someone else has improved leaps and bounds from last year or again this new formation will be the primary formation, why would you take playing time from one of your best players? Let's not over think this.
A few things that wouldn't surprise me in this draft;
1.) Haskins becomes high demand after the combine so teams will see this and trade up in the top 5 to get him.
2.) Dremont Jones who very much resembles an Aaron Donald prototype, teams will see this and he goes in 1st round.
3.) Parris is going to put up a stupid crazy 40 time so if he can impress in the catching drills, he could land 1st round consideration.
Hate to break it to you but if Miami makes it to the CFP, Tate won't be their QB. He is going to have to sit out a year.
I would simply ask your OU buddy how many NC he has been able to enjoy. And good luck with Hurts, any team with a heartbeat on Defense will shut him down.
But I would argue he hasn't quite had the chance either . Between being buried in the depth chart and injuries he hasn't been on the field much. But when he has we've seen explosive plays out of him, that is what I'm imagining. The key here is they use him as an actual running back in those scenarios instead of pushing them into the H-Back role. In passing downs and strategic plays I think he can be very dangerous (Like a James White).
The worse defense in the history of Ohio St in regards to giving up long touchdowns. In a program like Ohio St negative history shouldn't repeat itself. I'm confident with this new staff that they will make adjustments that the previous staff either couldn't figure out or was unwilling to change.
I don't see the offense struggling at all. Take out the Urban handcuffs and you have Day, Wilson and Yurcich driving the well oiled machine now. This will be a high tempo dynamic offense with tons of weapons. I don't think it matters if it's Field or Baldwin running the show, both have excellent arms and our WRs will be able to get separation. (I think it runs a lot better with Fields obviously) Just don't see anyway the offense isn't great again. I think the defense will be better because it simply can't get any worse than last year. I think with the great coaching minds in place right now, we will see a rejuvenated silver bullets. Fast, hard hitting and flying around the ball. Ohio St goes undefeated next year, wins the big10 title and makes a run for the NC.
I don't understand why McCall has been so hard to figure out by the staff especially since Urban is so close with Belichick. He is every bit of what James White is with the Patriots. A RB who will get 5 carries a game but is heavily involved in the passing game. He is a nightmare match up and very dangerous in space. I think Ohio St finally started to do some of this late last year. The staff just has to figure out how to balance that with a back like Dobbins and make sure you are not completely being obvious with the play calling when one is in over the other. The Patriots have great balance with Michel and White, I think Ohio St can mirror that same model with Dobbins and McCall.
I see Tyreke Smith getting even time in the rotation early and by the end of the year he takes Cooper’s starting spot. He is a star in the making
I think it’s safe to say that TM wasn’t exactly representing “Buckeye Nation” the best either. In my opinion, he was embarrassing the program with his shit talking to Fields. If he was a real competitor wouldn’t he try to help bring in the best talent to the program? He ran his mouth on social media and to the news and when shit got real and he realized it was actually happening, he takes the first bus out of town. I’m not attacking the kid personally or questioning his talent but I am attacking the the dialogue that he started and put out there. I’m not sure this is the type of player we want at Ohio St. seems to be all about himself.
I would bet they target a QB to try and flip next month. May not be a highly recruited guy but they will land someone.
it's cool with me, down vote away. I make comments on here based on my personal opinion, not based on which arrow people select for my comment.
First, it was never a question of Haskins vs Tate. Once Burrows transferred, anyone with eyes and a brain knew whose team it was. I for a second was wondering why you were so defensive about Tate until you made the Martell > Fields comment (dumb). Fields is an elite runner and passer and built like an NFL quarterback, Tate is 5'10 200 lbs and has a very questionable arm. Anyone that would think Tate could be better than Fields right now is just a homer.
To your first point though, I don't think anyone trashed Tate until he started running his mouth at Fields. As a fan of Ohio St why would I want some unproven player running his mouth in an effort to keep talented players away from the program? Now that he has announced a potential transfer I could tell his talk was probably just insecurity and he didn't want the competition.
Might as well get use to this. Anytime a major job comes open in the future Urban's name will be all over it. The media, as they typically do, will take the lazy approach and just report speculation instead of actually finding facts and reporting them. USC is just the first major program that will come available. Urban has no ties to the program and has never expressed a desire to coach there. So other than him being Urban Meyer and them being USC why would any reporter think Urban is going there?
I would encourage Arnette to leave, there's a good chance he doesn't see the field next year for Ohio St. I think Sheffield could take his game to the next level with a better scheme and additional coaching. He has the athletic ability to be a first round pick, now he just has to show it on the field.
But that's also what makes HC's great. Not only can they coach and recruit players at an elite level, they also can see talent in assistant coaches they bring in. While it's hard to question Urban's ability to do this because he has hired a lot of great AC's that have been great and went on to do great things. We've also seen some really bad hires by Urban. He has showed that loyalty plays a role in his highers as much as his ability to see high level talent so this has come back to bite him a few times.
I think there will be a spoil of riches at the LB position. I think you may see some shakeups in regards to who starts but with a new scheme and new position coach, I think we will see all of these LBs elevate their games. Which would mean if you have 6-7 guys who can battle for starting spots we should have a deep rotation and be able to keep all of them fresh during games. The other thing I would like to see if the return of the star position. A guy who can be a hybrid LB/DB. We had this with Lee but haven't really seen it since the Tressel days. When teams are in clear passing downs I love the Nickle set up but when you have spread teams or RPOs I think its important to have a guy who can be a hybrid. And not someone like Werner who is clearly a LB and you are trying to make him a DB on certain plays. I'm talking about that guy who is 210-220 LBS and can be both.