I don't think I need to wait, I think the consensus is Davis sucked. There's a reason the man never lasted longer than what 3-4 years at any one location right?
Look, I'm not saying that Werner and Borland made no good plays last year, but a great LB coach teaches good players the right way to play so they minimize those kinds of mistakes and look like great players, and great players to look like legends. Gant didn't figure out how to be lights out until his last year. Shazier wasn't even ranked in the top 5 of his position.
Maybe we also expect too much from Borland and Werner, and when you look at the LB's OSU has recruited over the past 20 years, both are right in the middle; not every player can be a Laurinaitis, Hawk, or Carpenter. Our LB recruiting has not been spectacular over the last 15 years, in fact it might be our weakest positions actually, especially considering how good the DB and DL has been.
But with the talent at Davis's disposal in his tenure, especially Browning, Mitchell, Hilliard, McMillian, and Jones, our LB play has woefully under-performed.
I loved having Meyer as our HC because he elevated Ohio State back to a national threat level every year, instead of occasionally like Tressel, (and I lived thru the Bruce/Cooper years no less so frankly a pregnant llama could make better decisions than Cooper).
But Meyer also made repeated bonehead decisions that seriously left me wondering if he couldn't separate friendship from professional choices. Zach Smith had no business coaching our WR, the released emails/texts proved that. Davis had no business coaching the LB based on their regression at the position. The apparent lack of communication among the entire defensive staff last year makes me wonder what Meyer was thinking.
Arguably, Meyer had the best success really with many of Tressel's players. Ironically Tressel did the same with Coopers players. As others have mentioned, every year there would be one game were we were flat-out out coached or unprepared.
That is the difference between the great coaches and the legends. Saban has demonstrated an uncanny ability to churn out great assistants over a 10 year period. This year he has something like 10 of the top 100 players in all of CFB on his team. And it seems Clemson is soon to become the next Alabama.
Success in CFB is adapt or die. Day I think/hope is recognizing that you're measured by what you did yesterday, not by what you did last year. Meyer never seemed to be able to pull that trigger and release dead weight. Here's hoping Day doesn't let his personal loyalty's get in the way of producing success.
My heart and TV remote can't take anther Purdue or Iowa frankly.