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MediBuck


Stanford, CA (via Las Vegas)

MEMBER SINCE   January 03, 2012

Born in Columbus to Buckeye alums, raised in Phoenix AZ, currently practicing medicine at a residency in Pac-12 country.

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Glendale; 2OT, 4th & Goal, WLB Blitz.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Joey Damn Bosa
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Aaron Craft
  • NFL TEAM: Arizona Cardinals
  • NBA TEAM: Phoenix Suns

Recent Activity

Comment 17 Feb 2020

I've been in agreement with the Cleveland Plain Dealer beat writers that Browning has always seemed out of position in the middle. His size, speed, and athleticism always seemed a better fit as an OLB rather than a Mike--he's twitchy and instinctual, making him a better fit as an edge rusher or in run support rather than a sit back and read-react kind of guy.

My personal hypothesis has been that Borland was a liability in side-to-side lateral coverage due to his injury history, such that the coaching staff had felt it necessary to mix Browning in that position to prevent defenses from game-planning around exploiting that position of our D (also, having the world-eating Malik Harrison already patrolling the flats didn't hurt).

My hope is that Teradja Mitchell rises to co-start with Tuf, taking pressure off the DCs to finally let Browning flourish in the role he was always meant to play--outside LB.

Comment 04 Jan 2020

This is the biggest get of the year for this team. Again, the secondary still has three huge holes to fill, but at least we'll sleep a little easier knowing that there will be an undisputed leader in the DB room and that one half of the field will be on lockdown.

Comment 30 Dec 2019

I think Browning should be moved to OLB, where he has belonged all along. Leave Borland in the middle until Teradja Mitchell grows enough to overtake him.

Comment 30 Dec 2019

I think we'll be able to do it as long as the D doesn't drop below the top 25 or so. Though the more complete teams tend to go all the way, having an explosive passing game can keep you in it in a shootout. Compare to the 2015, 2016, and 2017 OSU teams that had very stout defenses and running games but questionable passing attacks--they ground their way through the regular season and took care of business against overmatched foes but never had that second gear to help them catch up when they went down big against superior aerial offenses (Purdue, Iowa, Clemson in 2016 Fiesta Bowl).

Comment 29 Dec 2019

I think we'll be able to do it as long as the D doesn't drop below the top 25 or so. Though the more complete teams tend to go all the way, having an explosive passing game can keep you in it in a shootout. Compare to the 2015, 2016, and 2017 OSU teams that had very stout defenses and running games but questionable passing attacks--they ground their way through the regular season and took care of business against overmatched foes but never had that second gear to help them catch up when they went down big against superior aerial offenses (Purdue, Iowa, Clemson in 2016 Fiesta Bowl).

Comment 29 Dec 2019

Well, to be technical, Proctor and White play different positions in the current OSU defense. Proctor, at 6'1" ~200lbs plays more of a rangy free safety role in the model of Jordan Fuller. Their role is primarily in pass D as a center-fielder lining up deep. White, at 6'2" ~220lbs is more of a linebacker/strong safety playing closer to the line of scrimmage and being asked to be that flex 8th box player against the run, occasionally falling back to cover the shallow flats and middle of field.

That said, I do agree with you that I'm surprised the coaching and developmental staff weren't able to convince White that they'd be able to help him transform his body and playstyle to become more of a FS-capable player... For those of us not in that DBs room, I don't think we'll ever really find out what happened.

Comment 29 Dec 2019

Though I agree with you that the 2017 class was insanely talented and was responsible for much of the firepower behind this year's run, I think the 2018 class still has enough raw talent that if they put it together next season, we may still be able to make a late push. Remember, that year has NPF, Taron Vincent, Tyreke Johnson, Jaelen Gill, Tyreke Smith, and Jeremy Ruckert. If only we can get a few DBs to emerge between Johnson, Proctor, Banks, Brown, and Riep (and if Shaw or Hickman can emerge to provide some much-needed depth) then I'll be able to rest at night...

Comment 29 Dec 2019

My thoughts:

Dobbins is a world-class RB, and losing him will hurt a lot, but we'll be very explosive in the passing game to make up for some of the dropoff in rushing. Also, as long as Fields gets healthy next year, the zone read will prevent defenses from keying in on Teague every run. We will miss JK's gamebreaking ability, but I trust the offensive brain trust to come up with some creative ways to get our speedy H-backs in space to take the place of that element in our O. That said, I don't think we'll be that much of an LSU-type offense--the way the current passing game is built, it's more a rhythm passing attack based around timing-based throws to open grass rather than an RPO-based read offense in the style of the Burrow-led Tigers.

Comment 29 Dec 2019

Isn't trying to keep a football away from a defender or moving the ball in to tuck it considered a football move?

Comment 29 Dec 2019

I think they were referring to the catch-fumble-scoop/score that was called back. If that WSU catch was ruled a completion, how was the Clemson reception not? The Youtube video there doesn't do it justice, they actually reviewed the WSU play in-game and in slow motion, you see the player let go of the ball after a step and it gets knocked out.

Comment 29 Dec 2019

I'm not worried about Oregon--our secondary will be super-green, but I don't think that the Ducks will be able to truly test them with an inexperienced new QB, four new starters along the OL, and a thin WR corps. We'll be very stout in run defense, and I don't think Oregon has what it takes to run the ball down our throats. The Buckeyes come out slinging it early, take a multi-TD lead into the locker room, then choke the life out of the webfeet by making them one-dimensional in their weakest phase of offense.

Comment 29 Dec 2019

I noted this in the poll thread, which will be lost, but there's no way that Dobbins, Okudah, or Young come back. Also, even as a Buckeye fan, I'd tell them that heading to the NFL is the right, safe thing to do after the seasons they've had. That said, Wade is a wild card and probably the absolute most important get the coaching staff needs to nail. The others are replaceable, Wade is not:

- JK is a world-class RB, but we'll be very explosive in the passing game to make up for some of the dropoff in rushing. Also, as long as Fields gets healthy next year, the zone read will prevent defenses from keying in on Teague every run. We will miss JK's gamebreaking ability, but I trust the offensive brain trust to come up with some creative ways to get our speedy H-backs in space to take the place of that element in our O.

- Chase Young was arguably the best defensive player in the country this year, but we have a deep, talented pool of young ends waiting in the wings (Tyreke Smith, Zach Harrison, Tyler Friday) with veteran leadership in Jonathan Cooper to distribute the work. I anticipate our DL will look more like our very stout 2016 line where there was no single DE that defenses could zero in on and gameplan around.

- The only part of our returning team that keeps me up at night is our secondary. Fuller and Arnette will be out of eligibility, while Okudah would be insane not to leave this season and cement his Top-5 pick status. I was holding out hope that Wade may consider coming back to switch positions to outside CB and improve his draft stock, but with Hafley leaving, I've thrown that pipe dream out the window. Wint and Proctor have both shown themselves to be too raw to be dependable safeties yet, while Riep, Banks, and Brown have neither the experience, nor physical tools, to become true lockdown corners in Okudah's mold.

tl;dr, DL and offense will be fine next season. Defensive secondary will be shakiest part of team and needs someone to come back.

Comment 29 Dec 2019

Three key stats:

(1) The worst fumble/incomplete pass overrule I have ever seen in sports. Comparable to the missed PI in last year's NFC championship. Except this one constituted willful negligence with a side of conspiracy theory while the Saints missed call was just pure incompetence.

(2) An overcalled running into the kicker penalty that should have been 5 yards, not 15.

(3) A million uncalled Clemson penalties against OSU including two uncalled facemasks against Young on the targeting play, two holds against him, three uncalled PIs on Olave, Hill, and Mack, respectively, and a couple missed Tiger false starts thrown in for good measure.

SEC Refs 29 - OSU 23

Comment 29 Dec 2019

Totally agree with you on that fourth down call. I'm actually quite surprised we didn't go for it from their 39, and the whole time Drue Chrisman was walking up there, I was calling a fake punt (was half right...).

Now, if we'd gone for 2 and gotten with the prior TD, I think the punt is defensible because holding Clemson to a FG can only tie it, but down 2 with that much time on the board, you know that the tigers are in four-down territory all the way there. That was a huge miscalculation--I think we should have just gone for it. Ironically, with the way our D defended the subsequent drive, it may have left us even more time to run our comeback TD drive!

Comment 29 Dec 2019

I've spent quite a bit of time raking the refs over hot coals (which they absolutely deserve, and many hotter coals to come) but I'm already thinking to next season.

We'll get a healthy Justin Fields with another year of experience under his belt, three of our finest linemen all coming back with three five stars (Nicholas Petit-Frere, Harry Miller, and Paris Johnson) waiting to step into those open spots, an NFL-caliber WR room anchored by Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson (with arguably the greatest WR recruiting class in history coming in), the entire LB crew minus one graduation, and a promising group of young defensive linemen who have flashed at times throughout the season. We just need to figure out how to reload the secondary--and who will be coaching them. If that piece of the puzzle is handled, I think we'll be getting our chance at revenge in the CFP next season.

Comment 29 Dec 2019

I've got nothing bad to say about the players. They did their absolute damn best and any mistakes were honest errors and not about a lack of effort or heart. The refs, now, are paid adults who absolutely deserve every single ugly name, threat, and insult hurled their way. Blatantly poor officiating ruins the game, saps the kids of their will, and only leads to question the validity of the eventually winners if they benefit. Shame on those zebra-striped morons.