There are a lot of what ifs, but that is what the off season is for. I hope that who ever is second between Stroud and Miller realizes a couple of things - if things pan out as plan, the starter in 2021/2022 will probably be an early entrant to the NFL, allowing the other player to step in for a monster RS junior or senior season that would propel them to the NFL with less wear and tear. The precedent was set with Dwayne Haskins. All players need to choose what is best for them, but I don't see the same situation Joe Burrow faced with JT B starting for three seasons ahead of him.
I think Tate draws hate here because he said he was going to stay and compete, then reversed his decision and went to the university that is the epitome of arrogance.
But my opinion of Tate has changed since reading Okudah's letter to his Mom, where he mentioned what a great teammate and friend Tate was to him when Jeff's mother passed away. Then his tweet congratulating Joe B - I think I was probably too harsh on Tate. I never thought he was a great fit for the Buckeyes, but that doesn't mean there are a few teams out there where Tate could be a bonafide star. I hope he finds the field either in Miami or somewhere else.
I am a little worried after watching that Titans DB never turning his head when Coombs Mossed him. I hope that they stick with the technique from last season.
Very good article, and all actions are doable if the right leadership is in place.
I thought the same thing - doesn't really matter about the competition, that is very productive for a DE.
I agree with rotation. Last year the coaches talked about all the flexibility they had with the depth of talent. I can see specific packages for Pope, Gant, and Mitchell to come in fresh and have different ways of attacking offenses (especially with mobile QBs). They did a little of this with Hilliard playing LB4 against Wisky. Shifting the Rushmen package with Browning lined up outside and Pope and Gant spelling Werner and Borland... It seems like you could be very creative with all this talent. Need to have that Venables mentality.
For me, it was a tie between Burrow and Haskins and I expressed my desire they choose Joe because he had one more year experience and seemed better at the run option part of the offense. Haskins performed unbelievably, but what Joe did this year is what I thought he was capable of.
Great list. I would put JT Barrett as the QB. He was a dynamic leader for several seasons. Haskins had the greatest single season of the decade, but looking at the body of work, it really isn't close.
The greatest season for a college QB ever. If he can carry this chip on his shoulder to the next level, he might be the greatest to ever play the position. That is mind boggling that he couldn't find the field for the Buckeyes. Congrats Joe.
The big thing that is going to come out of Leach, Kiffin, LSU with a modern offense, and eventually an upgrade at Auburn, is that Alabama will need to change how they recruit on defense and how they play. Simply relying on superior athletes to apply to much pressure will lead to annual upsets, and the Bama faithful won't accept that.
I heard they are going to hire the coach from Hawaii who runs a similar offense to the air raid. He's a younger version of Mike Leach without the ego... they might end up being better if he can recruit as well as Leach.
I can see him going to the Titans and Coach Vrabel just letting him play wherever, be creative like Sean Payton has been with Taysom Hill. Wishing Rashod all the best, he makes Lorain proud!
Go get it and come back with it! He sounds like a really cool dude, I wish him well. I think he is going to be fine with whichever way he goes.
For all the Football experts here, do you not consider that two sets of defensive coaches have found Tuf Borland and Pete Werner the most effective of the LB options available. This offseason, Pope, Mitchell, and Gant, all of whom I think are excellent LBs, are going to get their chance to beat those two out. I need to trust the coaches that see these guys every day and have personal relationships with each of them to select the three LBs for the 2020 season. I think too many people commenting on this site are stuck in 2018, where most of the back seven were consistently out of place and Borland was clearly hampered with his achilles tendon injury. I watched the 2019 defense as open-minded as possible, and though I recognize Browning's incredible athleticism, Borland always seemed to be around the ball and made some great plays. Werner was a warrior, guarding some of the best tight ends in the country, and I saw him make a lot of plays. In their limited duty, Pope, Mitchell, and Gant all played well. I think we have six or seven LBs that can be real contributors, and I will trust the coaches to put the best players on the field.
I am excited to see Tyreke Smith and Jonathan Cooper this season, as I think they both have the potential for playing successfully on Sundays. But Harrison's ceiling is so high - I try to check my expectations, because I think he can definitely follow Young's path and be Jadaveon Clowney scary.
I think Herbstreit has accredited himself well and is a fantastic analyst. I don't need him to be a Buckeyes cheerleader - that's my job. He is hired to do his job and I think he does it well. He offers his analysis. I don't always agree with him, but he definitely is not a hater ala Mark May. I just think there are too many sensitive fans that get butt hurt when they don't agree with something.
This is so fantastic. The thing most of us fans fail to realize is that the efforts of guys like Kevin help prepare the Chase Youngs to dominate on Saturdays. Speaks a lot of Kevin and the culture of Buckeyes football that these guys leaving the program seem to have genuine love for the staff, each other, and the fans. Do great things Kevin!!!
I missed that, but that is great!!!
Okudah and Wade are two of the most talented DBs to play at Ohio State, and with all the talent the Buckeyes have had, that is really something. There would be a drop off regardless.
But Cam Brown and Amir Riep are not slouches, and there are a lot of other talented DBs in that room. With the right position coach (wish we could clone coach Hafley), these DBs will be one of the top DB in the country.
I feel so blessed to have cheered for this guy and this group of Buckeyes the last three years. Jeffrey is a special person who will bless the world. His mother did it right. Very proud of all the Buckeyes coaches and players who wrapped this guy with love when he needed it the most. You are the BIA Jeff, and more. Go get it and come back with it!!! Go Buckeyes.
With Ryan Day's play calling and Justin Field and the ridiculously talented Zone 6 (as well as Ruckert), I think the role of the Buckeye's RBs is pretty straightforward. Have enough burst to keep a good run/pass mix in the first half, and be able to run the soul out of the tired defense in the second half. Ball security is critical, of course. Dobbins added the home run threat to all the above, and the Buckeyes will miss him. But I think Teague checks all the requirements above, and if he has similar drive that Dobbins had, he could also be very special. I love Chambers and Crowley as well - if MT gets dinged up, or we need fresh legs, I feel good about both of these guys. Go Bucks.
The above defense can also be great. We will see who is brought in to coach the DBs (hopefully an elite coach like coach Hafley) and potentially support Mattison as DC. I think Proctor, Riep, and Brown have shown enough this year to provide optimism for the DBs next year. I believe the LBs will be elite next year mostly because the second team (or OR starters) are such playmakers. And I like our D-Line.
The last two years have shown that coaching and scheme are really important. Fortunately they have a nice baseline to build on.
Most companies I have worked for have an expectation that you will stay at least 18 months in a current position before seeking positions else where or leaving for another job. It is an expected courtesy that I have always adhered to (not as a contractor, but if a company hires me full time in a position, I stay at least 18 months).
I hope Coach Al stays, his energy and passion have lifted a LB room from the dead. I hope his Buckeyes roots keep him in Columbus.
I wish him the best but this is very sad news. I was hoping he would star for the Buckeyes. I wish him all the best, please go to a non B1G team!