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  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2015 CFP National Championship
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Comment 10 Jul 2020

I think you’re going to see a trend of hiring internally going forward like Oklahoma and OSU have done. 

I agree with this, and there are a lot of other examples of this working well over the last 15 years or so - Chip Kelly at Oregon, David Shaw at Stanford, and Kyle Whittingham at Utah all come to mind.

If Saban has at least 3-4 years left in him, then that coach probably isn’t even on staff yet and might not even be really known around the country. 

This is very true, and I think it could also be Pete Golding, assuming he each sticks around. Obviously, this is contingent on Bama's defense getting back to the way it was under Kirby Smart and Jeremy Pruitt. Their defense had a "down" year in 2019 (they finished 21st overall in YPG), but they had a ton of injuries, so I don't think Pete Golding deserves much blame.

Comment 10 Jul 2020

I actually think Brent Venables might be a dark horse candidate to take that job, which I know is pretty ironic for obvious reasons. I don't think this is too likely, but it wouldn't surprise me. I'll explain why:

1. Personally, I think Venables deserves more credit for Clemson's success than Dabo. Dabo's record at Clemson before Venables got there was 29-19. In the seasons since Venables has been there, Clemson's record has been 101-12. Clemson's defense has consistently been elite under Venables, but the same can't be said for Dabo's offense - which has only been good when Dabo has had an elite QB.

In 2014, when Clemson was rotating between Cole Stoudt and Deshaun Watson (when he was a true freshman/not elite yet), Dabo's offense finished 61st in YPG while Venables' defense finished 1st in YPG. In 2017, when Kelly Bryant was Clemson's QB, Dabo's offense finished 38th in YPG while Venables' defense finished 4th in YPG.

When you take all of this into consideration, hiring Venables away from Clemson might also be the best way to knock Clemson out of the top-tier of college football, which could serve as another reason for Bama to do it.

2. Venables may be seen as more qualified than a lot of guys who have head coaching experience/success. He's won a Broyles Award (and he's been a nominee quite a few times), and he's won 3 national championships as a DC. Plus, all of the big-game experience and high-level recruiting experience he has is more than nearly every head coach in college football today.

3. Bama is one of only a handful of programs that could offer Venables a deal that could sway him away from his current position at Clemson (getting paid over $2million a year to coordinate a defense at a program loaded with talent). The salary increase would obviously be huge, but he'd also get to take over a program loaded with former 4* and 5* recruits so he wouldn't be sacrificing the level of talent he got to work with just to make more money.

Just to be clear, Venables isn't my top prediction for Bama's next coach, but I wanted to give a different answer that nobody else has said and I honestly do think it's fair to call him a dark horse candidate.

Comment 06 Jul 2020

Lincoln Riley is the most overrated, in my opinion. 

He's benefitted from playing in a weak Big 12 conference that doesn't play any defense, and he hasn't won any of his 3 playoff games (plus, 2 of those playoff losses were blowouts). He's suffered an upset loss each year he's been there, and his teams have just squeezed by against poor/mediocre competition a couple times each year on top of that.

Also worth mentioning that he still hasn't fixed Oklahoma's defense 3 seasons later (meanwhile, Ryan Day's hires/changes fixed Ohio State's defense in year 1).

Comment 17 Jun 2020

Good point(s), Maine - some might see this comment as you being a UM homer, but there's truth to what you're saying. Even though I'd personally rank Franklin above Harbaugh, I really don't see much of a difference between the two.

 Franklin's lone OSU win as a bit a fluky and JH's lone opportunity was also a bit fluky, but wound up on the short end.  That's about all I can see as a defining difference between the two

It's more than just Franklin's fluky win vs Harbaugh's close loss, because Franklin also has a B1G title and two NY6 bowl wins, but luck was on PSU's side for all of that. First of all, PSU winning the East in 2016 was as lucky as it gets, and all Franklin had to do to win the B1G Championship Game was beat a team that OSU and UM both already beat that year.

In 2017, PSU drew a Washington team in their NY6 bowl game that didn't even win the (weak) Pac-12. Then, in 2019, they got matched up with Memphis, a Group-of-5 team, in their NY6 bowl game (while UM got matched up with Alabama in a non-NY6 bowl game).

It's also worth noting that OSU dominated PSU in both 2017 & 2019, even though the scores don't reflect that because a bunch fluky things happened during those games to keep PSU alive.

I'd still have to give the edge to Franklin over Harbaugh, primarily because Penn State's program has improved tremendously since 2015 while UM's is about the same, but there's no denying that PSU has caught quite a few breaks over the past 5 years.

Comment 17 Jun 2020

We've recruited so well on such a consistent basis for quite some time now, and I think the team truly is just that deep. The big-time prospects we bring in every year are competing against other former big-time prospects who have an extra year (or years) of experience and development at the college level.

Nicholas Petit-Frere: I think we all knew he was going to take an extra year to develop, regardless, because he had to put on so much weight. He then had to compete against two 5th-year seniors who had each started a few games in their career in 2019.

Taron Vincent: Played 98 snaps as a true Freshman in 2018 (fairly impressive given how deep we were at the 3-technique), but suffered a season-ending injury that kept him out this past year.

Tyreke Johnson: A combination of depth and injuries have kept him off the field, but I agree that he has a golden opportunity to earn a starting spot (or at least be named a co-starter) this season and I think we really do need him to take that next step.

Tyreke Smith: Smith played hurt pretty much all year in 2019, but I still think he's contributed quite a bit; he's certainly been on the field a lot and has made some big plays. As long he stays healthy he'll be fine.

Jeremy Ruckert: I'm honestly happy with what he's done so far; he's played a lot and I think he's looked good. He's obviously played well enough to push Day/Wilson to use more 12-personnel looks just to keep him on the field. 

Teradja Mitchell: He absolutely needs to take that next step in 2020, but he's another guy who's dealt with both injuries and a stacked depth chart at his position, and I still think he shined every time he got on the field in 2019.

Comment 16 Jun 2020

All good points/insights, Spartan. 

Browning had a few pretty good plays too, though. He gets a lot of criticism for Lawrence's long TD run, but Jeff Hafley said that they set the front wrong on that play, which is what lead to Lawrence breaking free. He said we should've been looping right into the run, and that Proctor or Fuller should've been there to stop Lawrence even after he broke into the secondary anyways. (Source: https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2019-fiesta-bowl/2020/01/111486/clemson-ran-its-quarterback-more-against-ohio-state-than-it-had-all-season-and-trevor-lawrence).

I don't think either Browning or Borland played great, but I don't think they played bad by any means. I thought Werner and Harrison each played well - especially Werner (as you pointed out).

Comment 16 Jun 2020

I've actually re-watched that game a few times. To this day, the Shaun Wade ejection is the main thing I complain about because that completely changed the game. It affected our momentum, it took away our most versatile defensive player, and it gave Clemson the ball back on our 3-yard line when we should've been getting the ball back up 16-0.

Our offense struggled for a while in the 2nd half when Brent Venables pretty much completely stopped using Clemson's base 4-2-5 look and starting going with a 3-2-6 Dime defense. We couldn't run the ball against a Dime the way we normally would've been able to with a gimpy Dobbins and a gimpy Fields, and it's tougher to pass against a Dime. We also struggled with picking up blitzes.

I'd love another shot at Clemson in the next playoff. I think we're a much deeper team from top-to-bottom, and Fields's maturity by that point in time would be a huge difference. 

Comment 16 Jun 2020

You're kind of right about Wilson because he hasn't landed a big-time TE prospect since Ruckert in the 2018 class, but there are two things to consider:

1) It's still possible we land a 4-5 star TE in the 2021 class

2) There hasn't been as much of a need at TE in recent years because we've been so deep at that position.

As far as Studrawa goes, our O-line recruiting has been great since he got to OSU; I wouldn't worry much there. I do think we need to pull another good OT prospect in the 2021 class, but I'm confident that it'll work out.

Comment 12 Jun 2020

The 2017 D-line is a good comparison. Bosa was the best of the group even though wasn't quite at his best yet because he was only a sophomore, which is what I think will be the case with Harrison on the 2020 D-line. The rest of the 2020 group might not be elite, as you said, but depth & experience make up for it.

I really want Coombs and Mattison to unleash Baron

I'm interested to see how they'll do it. I have a feeling we may see some Odd fronts with Browning as a Jack Linebacker. I'm not a huge fan of the 3-4 defense, but due to our LB depth and our lack of a proven elite pass rusher, I wouldn't mind it with this year's team. I think Browning has the perfect skillset for a Jack Linebacker.

Comment 12 Jun 2020

Ty was listed at 6'3 250, so he'd have to put on a lot of weight to play DT. He may end up doing just that and becoming a 3-tech, much like Jashon Cornell did, but I think that depends on a lot of things.

Between Ty Hamilton, Darrion Henry-Young, and Jacolbe Cowan, I think it's safe to say that at least one of the three will end up at DT.

Comment 06 Jun 2020

You're not wrong. After all, Zach Harrison and Garrett Wilson played more snaps last season than every 2018 commit not named Chris Olave or Jeremy Ruckert (Ruckert played more snaps than Harrison, but not Wilson).

Source: https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2019-fiesta-bowl/2020/01/111176/snap-counts-jonah-jackson-josh-myers-and-jordan-fuller-among-ohio-states-playing-time-leaders-for

Comment 06 Jun 2020

I think Ohio State's depth actually is that incredible right now. Just look at how good the players starting over these guys have been. 19 draft picks in the last two drafts, and 12 of those 19 were drafted in the first 3 rounds. 

I think some of these players have still contributed quite a bit, actually, even if they haven't been starters yet. Tyreke Smith, Jeremy Ruckert, Tommy Togiai, Tyler Friday, Antwuan Jackson, Master Teague, Josh Proctor, and Cameron Brown, for example, have all taken quite a few meaningful snaps and have all made good plays for us.

Comment 06 Jun 2020

Never even thought about how well the 2015 class, as a whole, performed at OSU; thanks for pointing this out!

2015 also had some players who didn't get drafted, but still contributed quite a bit throughout their careers. Guys like Robert Landers, Branden Bowen, Rashod Berry, and Joshua Alabi, for example.

Some of them might still make an NFL roster, and I know Berry and Bowen signed with teams as undrafted free agents.

Comment 04 Jun 2020

I was gonna mention this, but I was trying to think of it solely as our WRs/TEs vs their WRs/TEs.

But you're correct. Freiermuth isn't a huge concern for us because Werner has already proved that he can stick him for an entire game.

Comment 04 Jun 2020

Great analogy!

Regardless of how inaccurate the author's explanation was, it's ironic that he seems to be ignoring the numerous times a coach who isn't on the same level as Dabo has "coached circles" around Franklin. 

Comment 04 Jun 2020

Thanks for sharing - reading the author's explanations gave me a good laugh. His reasons for his decisions were terrible. Some of my favorites:

  • Receivers: Push

"Penn State has Pat Freiermuth, and frankly that’s all you need to know"

"Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson would both be the #1 receiver for PSU..." 

We all know Freiermuth is a great TE, but the author essentially asserts that his presence alone is enough for this to be a push, despite the fact that he also admitted that Olave and Wilson would both be the top receiver at PSU.

  • Offensive Line: Penn State

"Truthfully, the talent across both lines is pretty comparable. The edge comes from the fact that Penn State returns four starters, while OSU brings back only three."

The talent is not comparable by any means. Wyatt Davis is the best guard in America, Josh Myers is arguably the best center, and Thayer Munford was an all-conference tackle who's going to be a 3rd-year starter. Considering the fact that only one of PSU's O-linemen made an all-conference team, there's no way it can be argued that returning one more starter gives them the edge. PSU has never had a good O-line under Franklin anyways.

  • Defensive Line: Push

"Basically, they have tons of talent, but also one of the top DL coaches ever in Larry Johnson, Sr. Given the turnover for both teams, I’m going with a push, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the OSU line ends up outperforming PSU down the stretch."

At least he acknowledges Larry Johnson, and says he wouldn't be surprised if we ended up being better than them in this area, but how can anyone justify this position as a push? Our D-line talent and coaching is head-over-heels better than PSU's.

  • Coaching - Advantage PSU

I'm not even going to include quotes for this one because of how ridiculous it is, but I encourage everyone to give it a read if you're looking for a laugh.

This level of delusion is usually rare outside of Ann Arbor.

On a side note, I know this might be an unpopular opinion but I honestly don't see an outrageous level of delusion from Michigan fans at this point in time, especially when compared to this point in time last year. My impression, both from talking with my own friends who are Michigan fans & from reading their boards, is that half of their fans actually have low expectations and want to see some coaching changes, and there are also a fair amount of them who seem to be just cautiously optimistic, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. The fans of theirs that are delusional just seem to be very vocal about it, and I think it just annoys us all a little extra because they're Michigan fans.  

Based on my personal experience, Penn State and Notre Dame are the worst when it comes to delusional fanbases. The article shared in this post is worse than anything I've ever seen from a fan/writer for any fanbase, including Michigan.

Comment 04 Jun 2020

I was happy to see him bounce back in his second appearance vs the Giants (12/15 with 2 TDs and 0 picks).

I agree with your belief that he wasn't quite ready to be a starter in the beginning of the season - it wasn't until December that he started performing relatively well. I'm pretty confident that the improvement he showed towards the end last season will continue.

Comment 04 Jun 2020

Haskins showed a lot of improvement throughout his rookie year. From what I can tell, most Redskins fans seem to be pretty confident that he'll be a good starting QB for them based on how much better he looked in his last 4 starts in 2019.

He has the arm talent, the work ethic, and he's a very smart kid. I really hope he has a great career, and I definitely think he's capable of doing so.

Comment 03 Jun 2020

Can't believe 5 people DV'd you for using relevant facts and information to back your opinion/argument.

"7 Big Ten championships" - 3 of those were shared titles in seasons in which we lost the tie breaker

Great point; and it's easier to win a conference in general if you don't have to worry about winning a division & a neutral-site conference title game in order to do so. 

You brought up Urban's embarrassments but lets not forget Tressel's embarrassments... '06 Florida (vs Urban btw), '07 LSU, '08 USC, and '09 Purdue.

There was also 2001 where Tressel went 7-5, 2003 where Tressel had a double-digit loss to Michigan, and 2004 where Tressel went 8-4 while losing to Iowa 33-7 (and losing to Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Purdue that same season).

Urban's worst moments are remembered more clearly, and talked about more often, because they happened more recently. People forget that Tressel also had plenty of bad moments beyond just the two national championship losses.

Jim Tressel got us put on probation which directly correlated to a 6-7 season and potentially a lost national championship season in 2012. For contrast, Urban set us up perfectly for success and 2019 was one of the best Ohio State teams ever.

Urban Meyer modernized OSU football and took us from a regional power to a national power at a time where Tressel left us in a rough spot. Clearly Urban.

Agree with all of this, as well. Too many people act like Urban inherited some incredible program, despite the fact that he took over a 6-7 team with scholarship limitations still in effect because of the tattoo scandal. Tressel didn't inherit a great situation from Cooper, but Urban also inherited a program with tons of issues. 

It's also correct that Urban left the program in the best position possible, which can't be said about Tressel.

Comment 03 Jun 2020

Agreed.

I'm confident in our (probable) starting secondary - Shaun Wade, Cameron Brown, Sevyn Banks, Josh Proctor. We know what we have in Wade, plus the other three all played a decent amount last season for being back-ups and they all showed a lot of promise.

I'm also confident in Kerry Coombs and Matt Barnes as coaches.

The reason the secondary still feels like a question mark to me is depth. We really need at least one more guy behind those 4 to step up and be game-ready.

Comment 03 Jun 2020

Minnesota lost their OC, Kirk Ciarrocca (who had been with Fleck since the beginning at Western Michigan), to Penn State, which isn't mentioned in the article. As some others have stated, I think 4th is a little high.

With that being said, I really don't know who I'd pick for #4-#10. I think there's a definite drop-off after the top-3.

Comment 29 May 2020

Jim Heacock then continued the trend of fielding great defenses every year after he took over as D-Coordinator.

How was it that the we had two of the most elite D-Coordinators in all of college football during the Tressel era, while simultaneously sticking with Jim Bollman as O-Coordinator the entire time?

Comment 28 May 2020

After the way Art Briles publicly cried, while making a bunch of outrageous statements, about not getting the 4th playoff spot, MSU's win over Baylor was huge.

And you're right about the B1G. Over the past 5 seasons, the B1G has easily been the 2nd-best conference, and I think the gap between the B1G and the SEC is fairly slim but I'd still say the SEC has the edge. After that, there's a pretty big drop-off from the B1G at #2 to any of the other Power-5 conferences.