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Comment 11 Jan 2018

Only receiver who really matters at this point is Mack and maybe some of the new recruits. The rest of Zone Sick at this point seem interchangeable. Some decent route runners, some speed, mediocre hands. None of them really stand out as game changers. Yes, hoping Haskins can make them into better receivers, but again, aside from Mack, not worried about losing any of them. Also, hope Campbell doesn't take playing time from McCall, who will be a star if given an opportunity.

Comment 03 Jan 2018

We will only remember JT in 20 years because he will still hold most of the records and we'll be reminded of it every time a new QB steps on the field. Other than that, who cares? With the way Meyer is drafting actual QBs who can throw, I can't imagine anyone of them hanging around long enough to become a fifth-year senior, and start four of those years. Then again, Meyer is stuck in his ways and it seems like sometimes he would rather stay in a rut than change his offense to fit a talent like Haskins or Cardale. 

Comment 03 Jan 2018

And other Ohio State fans. Look, JT has thirty yards passing in the middle of the third quarter against Michigan. Oh, Dwayne Haskins comes in and leads them on what should have been four scoring drives, if it weren't for a missed FG, and Ohio State comes from behind to win. 

Comment 16 Dec 2017

If you don't know what to expect from your fifth-year senior QB from game to game, from quarter to quarter, from pass to pass, then somebody's wasted four years. That's the disappointment of this season. 

Comment 03 Dec 2017

I hate Bama with a passion, but in our lifetimes we will never see the day when that team gets beat by 31 points as long as Saban is coaching there. They may not win every game, but they never embarrass themselves, except when they play Mercer.

Comment 03 Dec 2017

Barrett was a competent QB surrounded by elite talent for four years. How many of his teammates are in the NFL, and doing well?  Look what Cardale did with the same group in 2014. He came off the bench and helped annihilate three of the best teams in the country. You really think JT would have done that? If so, you're dreaming. JT was a decent option QB and an average to below-average passer for most of his career, with the exception of one quarter against Penn State where he became Superman. I agree with the poster who said any decent QB with an arm could have put up the numbers that Barrett did. He happened to be Urban's favored child at a time when Meyer was pulling in the best recruits in OSU history. (Yeah, I get suspicious too when Meyer recruits a freaking 3-star.) JT's greatest attribute seems to be his grittiness. That's because he was so inept sometimes in leading this team, that only a gritty effort could pull out the win. Like Michigan last year. If the offense didn't stink so bad for 3 1/2 quarters, it wouldn't have come down to getting a first down by one inch. This year he has 30 yards passing in the third quarter of the Michigan game. 30 freaking yards. That's Tom Tupa territory. Then his sub comes in and leads the team on what should have been four consecutive scoring drives, marred only by a missed FG, to actually win the game. That narrative got buried in all the hoopla about a rogue cameraman. Same thing last night. Fawning reporters are asking him about how difficult it was to play after surgery six days earlier. Not why he failed to put the game out of reach by the end of the half by missing (and missing badly) not one, but two wide open receivers for TDs. Or how he wasted great field position in the second half several times. How he led the team to two FGs in the second half, after practically having TDs handed to him. How his two interceptions led to 15 points, the ONLY thing that kept Wisconsin in the game and the Buckeyes from routing them. How he failed to run the clock out by being unable to throw a short pass to Dobbins, that if executed correctly, would have led to a huge gain and ended the game. All that said, I put this on Meyer. He was Meyer's security blanket, and Meyer never let go. He fell in love with the legend of JT Barrett. Despite the Clemson fiasco, and this year's Oklahoma crap show, and the absolutely unforgivable rout by Iowa (started by a really poorly thrown pass by JT), JT was gonna be the QB. And JT left, and JT right and JT up the middle was going to take precedence over two stud running backs and developing a consistent passing game. I wish the kid well. I'm sure he'll have a future as a coach. I also look forward to watching an offensive juggernaut next year with Haskins at the reins.

Comment 29 Jul 2017

What they serve at Skyline may be something, but it ain't chili. If it ain't got chile peppers in it, it ain't chili. And chili powder doesn't count. Stop by New Mexico and have some blue corn enchiladas with red and green on top. Then you shall know chile.

Comment 27 May 2017

I was born in Columbus and come back every year, but I'm not sure that video would entice anyone who hasn't been there. Starts out okay with downtown and the river, but I mean what's with the fixation on freeways and abandoned factories? How about Short North, or the stadium, or something interesting, like actual people? Looks like somebody got a new drone to play with and this is the result. 

Comment 28 Dec 2016

Theoretically, up tempo is the way to go against that D-Line. But it's rare that the Bucks really go up tempo. They just call it that. Most of the time, they get up to the line, look to the sidelines for 5 seconds, JT calls out some signals, then runs up to the line, changes the call, looks to the sidelines again, looks over the defense, says a prayer, somebody goes in motion, he drinks a gatorade, has a smoke and then hurriedly calls for the ball as the play clock runs out. So it's not like the defense is really getting gassed with 30 seconds between plays, and it has plenty of time to get in the correct defensive set. I thought that in addition to tiring guys out, the purpose of up tempo was to make the D vulnerable and make them make hurried, bad decisions, because you're running plays too fast for them to keep up. JT is far too cautious for that. Maybe if they scripted the plays and just ran them quickly, it might work. 

Comment 19 Dec 2016

Holding the ball too long is just one of the issues. Missing wide open receivers on short and medium passes is the main one. Lost count of the number of passes into the ground, or five yards high, or just behind a receiver. Throwing late into double coverage and missing open receivers downfield compounds that. Urban's philosophy is good enough to beat 95% of the teams they play. Will it be enough to win the CFP? We'll see. I think Urban is doing his coachspeak and being supportive and all, but if Bama (should they get that far) has eight in the box because they don't have to worry about JT's passing, it's going to be a long night. We saw what the offense could do when someone like Cardale could go deep and stretch out the D. That offense was practically unstoppable against the best in the country. This one, not so much.  

Comment 03 Dec 2016

Barrett is the Aaron Craft of OSU football. He plays hard and smart and we love the effort. But Aaron Craft was limited on offense and he was no Mike Conley. Likewise, Barrett can't pass consistently, and he will never be Troy Smith. Yeah, he's clutch, I'll give him that. But he's the main reason, (not the only one)  that we've been in so many tight games. If he'd hit a few passes earlier in the game, or didn't have them knocked down at the line, or didn't wait so long to throw and get sacked, or wasn't bothered by wind, or didn't throw behind receivers, or throw five yards over their heads, or miss open receivers downfield by five yards, or throw into double coverage, those games might be blow outs. I'm tired of hearing excuses for his poor passing and how it's going to be fixed by the next game. It ain't been fixed, folks. He is what he is. Against 95% of teams, he'll be enough. Against the best, questionable. Maybe he'll   turn into Superman in the practices leading up to the bowl game. But I doubt they're going to fire Beck and hire Jon Gruden. 

Comment 31 Oct 2016

I'm disappointed because I never thought Urban and Co. would turn into Tressel and Bollman. It's been happening slowly since the national championship. Urban gets more conservative instead of becoming more innovative. This team isn't even fun to watch any more. As someone said in a previous post, it seems like it's more about not losing than about kicking ass. For whatever reason, the swagger was gone after OK, and they're tentative, except for DBs. I don't think this is a good direction to be going in with Harbaugh at Michigan. Even Saban is getting with the program offensively. Heck, the team rarely uses misdirection any more. Are you telling me opponents game plan for misdirection? I know they don't want to admit the passing game sucks, so Urban and JT make up nutty excuses for not being able to throw short, medium OR long. And for not being able to run on top of it. How can that be? Fact is, JT's had several chances to connect on long throws. He just can't do it. In Urban's defense, I believe he knows Warriner and Beck don't make a Herman and one or both will be moving on next year. But he hired them. His staff recruited this crop of really fast receivers who can't seem to get open. I would agree that we need to keep in mind that this team is really young and may have peaked for this season already. I assume Urban is feeding us bs because he wants to preserve this team's fragile egos. But I'd still like to see them playing with a bit more vigor and passion and far fewer excuses. This business-like attitude goes only so far. If I hear another word about all the correctable mistakes they plan to correct after the next mediocre game, I'm gonna scream. There are only so many types of mistakes you can make in football. I think they've made them all by now. I'd be happy to eat my words after Nebraska. But not counting on it. 

Comment 25 Oct 2016

Lots of problems to fix, but maybe the loss will take the pressure off. They can go all out, be as creative as possible, whatever it takes because they have nothing to lose at this point. If they don't correct the problems, they're not going to anything but a second-tier bowl anyway. Why not have fun, play as aggressively and fearlessly as possible and see what happens? That goes for coaches, especially. Play-calling since Oklahoma has been sub-par at best. Plus, how about a change-up now and then with Burrow? If JT can't hit the long ball, give someone else a shot. For all the talk of WRs not being able to get open, we forget the numerous times JT missed wide open receivers deep this year. Seems after this long at QB, he can either do it or not.  

Comment 09 Oct 2016

Not sure how JT gets a Buckeye leaf. Bounced a pitch off Weber's helmet for a fumble to start the game. Made some other questionable pitches. Seems to throw into traffic a lot. Overthrows, underthrows to wide open guys. He's been rescued this season by some great catches by the WRs. I'm no QB guru, but he doesn't look comfortable throwing the ball. Everything seems forced and often late. Pass to Wilson for TD was only really good pass of the day. (I'm sure this performance assured Donovan Peoples-Jones to Michigan.) Bucks are not headed to playoffs with JT running 26 times a game. As someone said after the game, give Weber or Samuel 26 touches and see what happens. Which goes to the putrid play-calling. Thought I was having an acid flashback to Jim Bollman. Compared to previous games, very little motion, no misdirection, not a single jet sweep that I recall, not enough Samuel, not enough Weber. How do you go into a shell like that against Indiana? Passing game needs to get straightened out quickly. 

Plus, still not much of a pass rush and too many penalties. Love this team and its athleticism, and D will only get better. Can O keep up if they can't throw more than 10 yards downfield?