The coach is an established champion here and before, and in many ways, not just on the field. The guy's HOF. If I were just starting out as a HC for an elite program, I'd feel honored for him to want to stay. As a Buckeye alum and fan, that is in fact the way I feel.
The flat beer in my take is pretty much a hangover from last year's media posse and character assassination. I actually was happy to see that someone else had caught those remarks.... I've written and published stuff--I know the game. I'm always one to compliment these same folks when they do well, too. That's the other side, just as important.
My impression of Day has been not so much of walking softly, though he's definitely got a personable very likeable side to him, but that he carries the proverbial big stick and will use the big stick without hesitation.
I really think this guy is going to be successful--very successful.
*The way I took the 'robotic' observation is from a media perspective. The 'not a player's coach' is just a simple fail. If Meyer has an Achilles or two, it's the fact he's sometimes too much a player's coach--but that's something I always liked about him--from a player/participant perspective.
Every time this guy speaks I see his headphones falling off.
Someone up north should throw a sheet over him.
Thing especially troublesome last year was that as the field got short the O couldn't run anybody effectively (Add the penalties in, and lose even more hair.) That outputt really didn't improve until blocking modifications were implemented, and even improved before Haskins started running effectively--which is some of your point, right. On a separate note, I think Day was really impressed with his work with W&S. Add in the new receivers coach, we really have an O-staff package better than ... well, for a long long long time.
The wheel route--if that was intended from the start, that Haskins was to look away, then turn maybe more than 90deg just for that route, it was like jedi sense. Dwayne did have his occasional lapses, but not so often--in fact, infrequent. But, you're right Day will not get stuck in any play-calling rut and he'll know what works with what he's got. I think those first several weeks last year taught him a lot.
Just a note on Haskins > wow. And replacing him down in there may be the challenge this year
No bad dreams, but, unfortunately they weren't dreams--if that makes sense.
I'm confident in Day's ability to command his staff and team, especially in real-time game-time. Forecasting a season? I still have to see how good the opponents are going to be--I think that's the big question for each Buckeye game. That's the way it's always been no matter who's walked the Buckeye sideline--a fat head kills no matter how much speed there's been on a Buckeye team.
Coop's 1988 intro to The Rivalry was an almost-had-it. I think it was a Calloway bom late in The Game that took it from the good guys. I often wonder what great things could have been for Cooper had that game gone the Buckeyes' way. Just seemed star-crossed from the start.
*That 1994 psu team was a genuine lion.
For me that was the money play/call of the season, and it's why I'm confident in the Day regime.
That was just one h3ll of a signature on the team
Congratulations. Very impressive accomplishments, and very impressive record.
Yes, he certainly deserves an "I Like Thad" button in scarlet and gray. Classy guy.
Still wearing a conference tourney champ tee from 2011. Thank you, man.
The player's background history and evolution--Great article. I especially like being reminded of the hs star-rating stuff and ranking within the recruiting class. I'm a Munford fan. All this reflects well on the O-line coach, too. Seems we have a couple decent O and D-line coaches, eh?
For the D, I like the idea of using different players for different responsibilities/coverages, per play or for a situation. It will cut down on the complexity a player will need to internalize then execute upon quickly. It does look like the way to get back to silver-bullet speed without compromising tactical or strategic flexibility.
Thanks for that.
After those first several games we had an O to watch that, speaking for myself anyway, I haven't seen in a long long time (balls to the wall): the season's money play.
Wonder how the TE group would compare to previous years' group. My impression was that after the early weeks, once the TE group improved its run blocking, the group also improved in terms of receiving not just for the year but also in terms of situational effectiveness compared to previous years. If the QB can (is able to) exploit his TEs this season ...
Actually he struck me as rather polite, almost concerned for whatever poor dude he plowed into the turf. One of them must have had the wind knocked out of him because he went immediately bent-over after getting up.
At 15yo, my god, how does someone grow like that, so early. The kid's not fat, just totally slob-star at such an early age.
*This one looks good for Stud's recruiting c.v., eh?
Oh, and for the hardcore, they have a daily email too, you can sign up for ... word spotlight and word quizzes --lol
First known usage was in 1827 (Merriam-Webster).
Hah, that one is big like the Raiders decals Gruden was slapping on McLaurin
lowered his shoulder into 235-pound [fill in blank] linebacker ... and pushed him three yards downfield to the first-down marker
How fight-song worthy is that play, lol. And really I think about the Buckeye S&C regime nearly every time I think of the program and that particular season Saturday. Can't touch that.
T_B does a nice summary of the season. That last drive felt exactly that--like that movie scene where someone evil's on top and slowly driving a blade into the good guy's chest.
For me, a freshman, the game indicating what-was-to-come was the ucla game (which utterly broke ucla for the season, including their blowout loss to usc, just before the Rose). The sheer tenacity of that Earle team. Every great and OH-so close Buckeye team has this ecstatic level of tenacity.
It's the thing I look for most when I watch the Buckeyes.
In options trading I think it's called time decay.... The way I'd see that scenario is that, as such a season comes to completion, the less likely his selection. However, I admit, I'm cynical when it comes to that accolade.