Clown show > Zone 6. That is undeniable. But this is not a simple problem to solve or it wouldn't still be broken. Defensive coaches have studied Urban's offense for 12 years and Bud Foster was the first to completely dismantle it to its core weaknesses. Since then, coaches have learned that Urban doesn't really know how to make you pay for putting 10 guys on the line of scrimmage. JT is part of that problem with his inability to execute the offense as it is being called (late on throws, rolling out when he doesn't need to roll out). But the main issue is scheme with Urban trying to beat the 10 man on LOS defenses with drop back passing rather than a holistic scheme of play action and RPOs that builds off of the running game (which still works even against those hyper-aggressive defenses!). Run a slant off a run pass option and make 1 guy miss and it is a touchdown. It doesn't have to be deep balls over the top, especially because the corners are lining up in press, but bailing at the snap.
Return of the Mack (and Cheetos!!) ... OMG
What is the record for earliest draft position for a player that never started a game? I think Jalyn Holmes could challenge that.
My guess is if there were a truly open competition Barrett would still win and it would not be close. 5th year seniors who have won a ton of games typically beat out young, unproven dudes. If Haskins or Burrow were the next Marcus Mariota or something then that would be another story but if that were the case I think it would become apparent in practice/camp that they had someone special behind JT.
Hate to be the contrarian but other than a 3rd and 1 play where the RB whiffed a block, I'm not sure there's a particular play one can point to and say "just run baby". In general, the Falcons had success all year with a balanced attack with play action passing. The symbiosis between run and pass is what led to their success. Hopefully Kevin Wilson brings the same sort of philosophy. Based on your drive charts alone the only way to deprive Brady of a chance to tie the game (other than by scoring more points, which likely involves successful chunk passing plays to Julio, or playing better D) would be to somehow burn 3.5 minutes off the clock in prior drives.
In fact, if you look at the play-by-play in the 2nd half for ATL, the only incompletions came after they got behind the chains and were in obvious passing situations (2nd and 11 and a couple 3rd and longs). The main offensive-execution-based reasons they lost were Devonta Freeman completely whiffing on his pass blocking responsibility, and a bad sack taken by Matt Ryan on 2nd down in the red zone. Both of these were mistakes by players in execution rather than fundamental play calling gaffes. They got to the red zone on the "should've been a FG to clinch it drive" by completing chunk passing plays as they weren't as effective running on first down in the 2nd half. A weird thing happens when teams are way behind, especially smart teams like NE, they play really aggressive D so if you play really conservative offense you tend to get behind the chains.
I was just saying there will always be a great, seasoned player with fresh legs at both DE spots next year barring injury. Not sure how you consider this a problem at all. It's not QB-geddon to rotate DEs.
In other words we have to decide which NFL caliber DEs to play on any given series.
Those 3 defensive ends + a developed/healthy Nick Bosa all being back is crazy.
I imagine we will see a lot less of JT dropping back, seeing no one open and seeing the RT ole' a large man into his lap. He started preparing his step-up and avoid the sack move as part of his drop back after a while.
Ed Orgeron, career interim head coach following infamous former bosses (Kiffin, Les)
Can I get 500-1 on Curtis Samuel?
They are good players but not yet the type of game wreckers that Bosa was, especially on early downs in the run game. Counting stats don't tell the story.
I get the talking part but not seeing the smack.
Calling guys not first rounders doesn't mean they aren't awesome college players. And the rest is giving good insight into how teams schemed against OSU last year. May have put too much emphasis on the personnel over the weaknesses of the scheme in coverage but that is difference in opinion. And I do think OSU fans underrated Bosa's impact on the game. Teams designed their game plan completely around him. He basically took away half the field in the run game.
You do know that there are only a handful of potential all stars going into the NBA every year, right? Developing guys into all-conference, all-american and wooden winners is the goal, not magically making guys into NBA prospects where they might not have the natural gifts.
He developed lots of players. Guys like Dials, Turner, Diebler, Lighty, Ron Lewis, Jamar Butler, Lauderdale all developed a ton. A dude named David West you may have heard of developed under Matta. You don't have 2 national players of the year who both weren't 5 star can't miss guys and not develop players. The trend has been bad in recent seasons I'm prepared to admit now though.
I have vehemently defended Matta over the years on here but I think this trend has to be a huge concern. The team isn't really projecting to be anything more than a bubble tournament team in the next couple years and talent is leaving rather than joining. With what he built here I don't think he can be easily fired and replaced so I don't know what you do. Sibert/Weatherspoon transferred because of PT behind a class of guys that ended up playing worse as seniors than they did as sophomores. Now we have 2 guys transferring during/after a true freshman season with a wide open depth chart. There must be more to this story.
Murray didn't "get" the read game and the subtlety with the mesh point. Hyde has played in a similar offense.
I'm not too sure about that. Kiper probably makes more money than most scouts for instance. But that doesn't mean he would be a good scout.
I think everyone in this thread is aware the draft is more than 1 round. Also there are several guys coming out of OSU that are in that 1-2 range where they could go late 1st through early 3rd round. Decker and Bosa are probably round 1 locks and the others could fluctuate depending on the process and team needs/trades. The real answer is somewhere between 2-7 Buckeyes will be first rounders. Apple, Zeke, Thomas, Lee, Bell could be first rounders but not very likely that all of them will. But I'd be very surprised if any of those guys fell outside the top 100 or so picks.
But his refusal to speak to Brandon Castel spoke volumes...
You should realize that some of the best poker players in the world are really good backgammon players. My point being that because this guy is good at solving one system of constraints doesn't mean he would not be able to solve any other problem. But Haslam has failed in practically every other decision so far.
"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" "How about if we get past midfield?"
Seems way more likely he coaches at least 2 years at Houston. It is pretty slimy to bolt after 1 year. It also seems likely that he will have 1 more stop before jumping to a top 10 resource-wise program like USC (or Texas).
Washington is versatile enough to play 1-tech for stretches. But I think Bosa at DT works way better on 3rd down. Bosa sets the edge in the run game better than Hubbard as well.
Burrows is also hurt.