Great piece of writing. Honestly gives me some sense of security that Barrett and the playcalling staff will right the ship starting this Saturday. GO BUCKS!
1. Schiano is not in charge of our Linebackers. Losing Fickell hurts more than most of us like to admit. Plus I will say that Oklahoma's RPO attack is extremely deceiving. Reading keys is a big part of playing this position and the keys almost always showed run in this game which is the intent. Very difficult to pick up on, and add in the fact that they had the best QB in college back there in his third year of the offense.
2. The way the DBs play is how Coombs has taught our corners ever since he got here, and it seems to have worked out: Roby, Apple, Conley, and Lattimore. Maybe these young guys just need to get more reps or listen and do what they are being told. Gotta remember these are teenagers or guys in their early 20s, and sometimes they don't always listen or do what they're told all the time (mental lapses).
Secondary is young and there are clear growing pains right now that are obvious from the first 2 games, but I think a lot of the struggles against the pass this week came from Oklahoma's stellar RPO attack sucking our linebackers in. Which really opened up the middle of the field where we got shredded all game in zone coverage.
I believe your first point has more to do with coaching changes and with that the preparation changes. Point A to Point B has always been apart of Meyer's system here at OSU. I don't think that stock can go down when a new variable in coaching changes is brought into the analysis of missed assignments.
After watching this game in person (which allows you to see the receivers running routes, something you can't see all that well on T.V.) I am completely off the Barrett Support Train. Receivers were open more often than we like to admit and our pass progressions and reads were slow and inefficient. Throws were missed and many times the ball was held onto too long. With that being said hopefully JT can turn it around like he did after VT in 2014, or else a change may be necessary even after all he has accomplished here.
The pride and joy of the Irish is a walk on getting to play lmao
Got a feeling that a bunch of Buckeye Nation feels like we will roll through this week... we need to come out firing on all cylinders as this is one of the best teams we will face all year. Mayfield can flat out ball and lead their offensive juggernaut.
Riley has proven himself to be a great playcaller with the athletes they get at Oklahoma... with you're rationale Tim Beck should've been a great play caller with Zeke, Thomas, etc. the year our QBs really struggled (2015). This team coming in Saturday is probably the best most versatile offense we will see this year and we have to be ready.
Respect all and fear none my friend. Oklahoma is a top tier program and will have the athletes to reload
Booker is relatively inexperienced and and Baker is undersized compared to Andrews... I would definitely feel better not leaving our linebackers on an island in coverage
Oh how I wish LeBron would've played any sport for the Buckeyes... just have to settle for the guy providing killer gear
BB Landers looks pretty impressive in that newer pic post spring workouts
That loss to Texas still gets me fired up... had that game won against arguably the greatest college football QB in the modern era
Hoping the staff rides the hot hand with Dobbins, he appears to have more of the make ya miss and homerun threat every time he touches it compared to Weber.
Felt like DBs were in great position nearly every play, but just couldn't make the tough plays to break up the throws that Lagow was putting on the money. Lagow did a great job of putting where only his guy could get it in tight coverage that first half
Getting some size back on the outside with Victor has me really excited. Hopefully he can be the fix to bringing back our deep passing attack
I confess my distaste for Zach Smith and would like to see him move on. I do really appreciate his value in the recruiting cycle, but the guy simply hasn't been able to develop our receivers as well as other programs. Outside of Michael Thomas who else can we point to say "Wow Coach Smith really made that guy a lot better than when he came her"
Would personally flip Bosa and Zeke, Zeke is a stud but we have seen many a running backs produce behind that line in Dallas. Also, would've liked to see Ginn instead of El Guapo but this list is pretty solid.
The U just been taking L's to them Bucks since 2003
The fact that there's a chance to have 3 secondary players from the same school taken in the top 20 picks is insane. Really hoping to see them all go relatively early and make instant impacts for whoever is smart enough to take them
Perfectly fine with not having spring football in Ohio. Let these athletes compete in multiple sports for their respective schools. Let these kids shine in multiple sports over their prep years instead of playing football in the spring... this could lead to kids getting burned out and such. It's not like these kids can't get in the weight room and do offseason workouts throughout the spring
If all these guys were given the chance to play every down I believe at least 5 if not more would definitely be All Big Ten level players. I can't think of a d-line in college football this loaded in recent years
Almost feel bad for a kid like Peppers who's receiving all this hype and attention for no reason. Kid goes out and plays hard, and it's not like he himself is advocating for the attention... his coach and mainstream media have set him up to fall short of all the hype and expectations. Really sad
Good call GOBucks2204. Surgery and consistent rehab should lead to full recovery, seen this injury turn out fine multiple times