It's going to be interesting to see how the 2019 season shakes out. I expect there will be a lot of fans who will view Fields as a disappointment due to the inevitable comparisons with Hasken's arm as opposed the bottom line of his won/loss record. To the extent any quarterback can control a won/loss record by himself, I don't expect Fields to be a disappointment in that regard. Great passers are a rarity in college football, but that doesn't mean that all QB's who aren't great passers are a bust. If the gold-standard for wins is Alabama, it's worth noting that Tua is probably the best passer of note there since Kenny Stabler who last played there in 1967. You always want a quarterback with a great arm, but that's not the only way to win games.
The bad news about being a high first round draft pick is that you're going to a bad team.
As for "doing it right this time," maybe he was referring to the patience he displayed playing behind JT. Maybe he was saying that he was going to do more to get the starting job from the get-go. I doubt if he has regrets about playing at OSU, especially if he's comparing the Buckeyes to Maryland.
Like everyone else, I have no idea of the real reason why Baldwin chose the transfer portal, but I know from a lot of experience- such as spending time overseas- that no one in the military lies about being homesick and I would assume that the same macho spirit exists among football players.. It may be that Baldwin would have stuck it out had Fields not transferred, assuming also that Tate still would have transferred rather than being number two, but we'll never know. I tend to think he would have stayed out of a sense of responsibility to the program and that he no longer feels that way with Fields here. As hard as it is for us fans to fathom, not everyone has the same priorities and not everyone has the same capacity to wander off in the world for fame and fortune when they'd rather just stay at home and be around the familiar. I don't think anyone is lying about anything. I think he just wanted to go somewhere closer to home.
With the success of Buckeye stars in the recent drafts, I'm not sure why OSU sees redshirting as the first option anymore. I don't know if any of these freshmen will leave when their high school classmates finish their sophomore year, but if any should prove to the coaches to be phenoms going into this, their first year, I'd play them as much as possible because there's seemingly no way the Buckeyes are going to get three years play out of three years eligibility on a phenom anymore and so they might as well hope to get two. Out of this crop, I wouldn't even consider redshirting Wilson as an option. He looks good enough to start and too good to last three calendar years.
Do you honestly expect the Georgia faithful to have anything good to say about Fields? Fromm is a game manager and from watching Georgia several times last year, that's the best description I can think of for Georgia's style of offense. I agree with STAFF, it's the way it is in the era of free-agency. Every quarterback wants to be a starter for an elite team up till, but no later than they're first eligible for the draft. I'm not sure why Baldwin is bolting, but after reading his statement it sounds like it was more personal than anything else.
Same here on all your points Eddie.
I don't understand this 'calculated risk' that sportswriters seem to worry about. Something about building rapport with receivers. I think that's overblown. Receivers are going to like the guy who throws to them and they'll do everything they can to get passes and to catch them, especially when the number one targets are all gone to the draft.
I also think what we're hearing from Day is that he doesn't know what kind of offense he's going to employ this year and who he picks as QB1 will depend on that choice. I doubt if his focus is on anything more complicated than winning the most games right now and he'll pick his QB when he has picked his plan.
One clue would have been the given range of late first, early second in a world in which the actual pick is easy to look up. Pickees are limited to a total of one, projections are typically a range. Right now Haskins is picked to be between second and tenth, a range. Sorry to aggravate the bunions of your comprehension.
Poor word choice: projected; not picked.
True. Patrick Mahomes was picked low first, high second round due to his alleged impatience and lack of discipline. We'll see what happens with Dwayne.
Yeah, this fear, if that's what it is, reminds me of the national media's criticism of the Buckeyes for national signing day, even though in terms of quality per individual they finished third in the country. You have to deal with what you've got and the only way they could have more experience coming into this year and on into next is if they would have reduced the playing time of the corps that carried them last year. It's always amazing to me when good players graduate that more good players seem to arise and meet the needs. I think the Buckeye receivers are not an area of major concern for now or next year or the year after, unless there are major injuries to the starters.
Good take. All in all I thought Holtmann got all he could out of this team and though it didn't always show, I never doubted their heart.
Ramzy's takes are always original and a cut above.
Couldn't agree more. For the most part, you have no more say in where you were born than in what name your parents gave to you but the proof is in who you are when your playing days are over and I have not heard of any former player for Ohio State who has not proudly identified themselves as Buckeyes.
Early in the year, Duane Washington looked like Jon Diebler's younger brother, but since the Creighton game he has only had four games shooting 40% or better from three. He's not throwing bricks, but he's sure rimmed out a lot lately. It's a tall order for a freshman to shoot his team out of zone defenses, but I believe in the theory that shooting percents are pretty consistent over time and he looks to me like a bona fide fifty percent shooter. I'm wondering if his mechanics haven't changed slightly or possibly if he's rushing his shots. Whatever, I think with the right coaching he can shoot his way back into being a zone buster and seeing as how the Buckeyes' biggest weakness is offense against the zone, they could really use him in top form.
Not sure what this has to do with Studrawa or his contention that the RPO's run early in the year were a problem. It was on the quarterback to get rid of the ball early and he didn't.
Except that the run game turned out to be pretty good. Dobbins and Weber combined for 2000 yards and when you add in Haskins' 4800 passing yards you're kind of left with a difficult argument to make that the line sucked and if the line didn't suck it's hard to make the argument that Studrawa was a failure. But legends persevere.
The offense started out with option looks that didn't do much other than confuse the offensive line- should they pass protect or clear the defense for a run which is hard to determine if even your quarterback doesn't know. A lot of fans blamed Stud for this, because fans blame people. It worked out. Once Dwayne worked in a few runs, defenses knew they couldn't stack the box against the running backs and even with Jordan playing out of position, the line was good. The worst thing was the false starts and that's always on the players.
JT wasn't a bad quarterback and he fit Urban's RPO scheme well and OSU hired Urban because he had an offensive answer that worked and he went on to prove over his seven years at Ohio State. Now, lately, some of the fans have totally overlooked whatever accomplishments JT had and are also blaming Urban for losing out on the last four natty's. Fans are entitled to their own points of view and their own expectations, but those that only cheer for national championships are pretty much the definition of fair weather fans. If you're going to be that tough in your evaluations you're going to have to accept what you are and also accept the fact that as true and valid as you believe your criticisms may be, they're not really helpful. DV till your heart's content.
Almost nothing is easier than fixing your focus on one idea and proclaiming it as true when there is no chance to prove or disprove it.
I see where he's coming from. He's a little guy and it's hard to be a little guy as a pro quarterback. Even Doug Flutie didn't light it up in the draft. And in his mind, I'm sure, Tate probably feels like he needs to state his case as soon as possible; he needs to start for a power five team next year. But I'm not sure what he gains by being, as you say, a prima donna. There's going to be teams that are going to see him as an answer the same way they did with Joe Burrows, so why burn bridges? What happens if Fields has to sit? The best team he could play for is the Buckeyes. Does he really think Auburn or West Virginia is a step up? I wish him well, but it seems to me he's not handling this in a way that helps him much.
You are a good reason why there isn't much of a home court advantage anymore. High expectations are one thing, turning your back on what you call your team is another. Even when the team wins, too many fans are too quick to complain. You don't make a team better by spitting in their face.
Funny how the little official let 'em play, except for Kaleb. His third foul was off his stomach and into Baker's head. Surprised he didn't call a flagrant one.
This isn't designed to be a long term hire. Mattison has a history of developing linebackers and he could just be here to teach how the position should be played and resurrect the culture. Johnson ain't going anywhere and it looks like he is now going to be the hammer behind the DC's.
OSU's offensive line had a helluva game against Michigan's front seven and Michigan's defensive backfield couldn't keep up with the Buckeye receivers. All in all the torching was about talent and not coaching. Hopefully the new defense at OSU will figure out how to make the most of the talent on the defensive side of the team, especially in teaching the linebackers and safeties on how to make better reads. I don't claim to be a defensive genius, but it sure seemed that Schiano and company were routinely outcoached, both in their schemes and positioning of starters.
Good point. The downside to feeling entitled, referring mostly to football here, is it's a turnoff for recruits. OSU has way too many fair-weather fans who think nothing of roasting a player who does not excel, probably because it's beyond their abilities. If fans want to get the best out of their teams they should cheer loud at the successes and not work so hard at pointing the finger at the defects. Nobody really cares if you're smarter than the coaching staff, but recruits do care if you call out player failures when they're working their asses off. Keyshawn Woods didn't lose this game, Michigan State won it., mainly because they have a better lineup. It's good to know the difference, especially if you want to add maturity to your young lineup with a grad transfer. The public domain is, you know, public and if you think that fan support is not important you're wrong. It's too bad that OSU fans are not nearly as into their teams as Purdue's, football and basketball.