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Comment 07 Feb 2020

And I said that to Kerry, whatever those things are or whatever in Greg's past or whatever in Larry's past or with Al or with Matt Barnes, whatever those right things are for who we have, that's the key to coaching. It's not just coming in and running blitzes or running coverages because you think that that's a great coverage or a great blitz, it's what fits our personnel and what puts our guys in the best position to be successful.”

To me, that's the most telling comment of the article - not that he's not planning on changing too much, not that he's planning on adding some tweaks, not that he's planning on having a heavier rotation of DBs.  That Coach Day is focusing on what personnel he has and then making sure the coaches figure out the best scheme to fit that talent.  We've seen this with his offenses and now we're seeing him push that throughout the whole team.  

That makes me happy. 

Comment 16 Jan 2020

Methinks they should've gone back to 2000 for this article, because honestly, it's been 20 years of schadenfreude.  Points of order (and yes, the 2010 game counts):

  • In 20 years, the skunkweasels have won 3 games.  3.  
  • 9 skunkweasel graduating classes (for those that do it in 4 years) have gone to school and never saw their team beat us.  
  • Prior to the 2000 game, the series was at 55-35-6 in favor of them.  It's now 58-52*-6 (because the 2010 win counts).  That took them from winning 57% of the games played down to 50%.  
  • Our current average margin of victory for the 20 games is 10 points.  Looking at the last 10 games, however (and even counting the loss), our margin of victory is 14 points.  
    • If I only look at the games where we won, the margin of victory during this timeframe is 13.9 points.  
  • In 2008, we put up our largest victory during this time: 35 points. 
  • They've not managed back to back wins since 1999 and 2000.  During that time, the good guys have never had anything but a minimum of a 2 win streak, followed by a 7 win streak and now an 8 win streak.   
  • The all time rivalry dropped from a 20 game deficit to a 6 game deficit.  70% of the 116 total games played deficit dropped in 20 years.  
  • We've outscored them, in total 664-466, 198 more points in our favor.  
  • 10 of our wins (more than half) have been double digits.  
    • 7 have been by at least 14 points
    • 5 have been by at least 21 points
    • 4 have been by at least 28 points
    • 1 was by 35 points

There's no other way to look at it - it's been 20 years of dominance.  20.  

Comment 08 Jan 2020

Was in Dracket in 1994.  Lucked out and only had one roommate.  We had a sleeping area with either bunk or normal beds (more or less floor space, your choice), a common area with two built in desks and a couch, and a bathroom.  Pretty luxurious compared to the frosh dorms.   It came with a mini-fridge and no cooking ability (there was a kitchen area on the first floor that was common to everyone and you could use that if you were so inclined).  Laundry was on another floor somewhere.  

Hated it.  Got a shitball half of a duplex (1996 Summit) and was much happier.

Comment 13 Dec 2019

Agree on pass protection.  Can't keep letting blitzes and the like get through.  Part of me thinks this is a combination of good coverage down the field and that Fields legitimately had all day to pick a target early in the year.  Now he needs to speed things up a bit without getting reckless with the ball and throwing picks.  From there, coaching on the o-line should help get the pass-pro where it needs to be.

On the defensive side, if we're going to see teams double and triple team Chase, then we need to do two things:

  1. Move his point of attack around prior to the snap.  Line up left, then switch it over to the right.  Make sure they don't know where he's coming from.  Maybe even have the two ends stand in the middle until the offense gets set, then move him away from the tight ends and extra blockers.  Force the offense to react to us, not the other way around.
  2. Bring different blitzes.  It was a hell of a luxury to not have to blitz for much of the early season, but we should probably start doing that now.  One that I think might be nice is to have the LB behind Chase blitz while the blockers are focusing on Chase - that may free the LB up to blast the QB.  Do that a few times and the extra blockers on Young will become hesitant and that'll free up Chase to do Chase things.  Another way to do that is to blitz from the opposite side - corner blitzes and all.  
Comment 12 Dec 2019

I think that's what the D has been missing.  They call things to try and get pressure with just the front 4, then wait until halftime to start the actual blitzing.  I think we need more of that pressure early on, mostly to help free up Young.  With the receivers that Clemson has, if we give them time to pass it's going to be harder to stop them.  I'm thinking stunts, mixed pressures, moving Young around to move his point of attack away from the doubles - that sort of thing.  Quick shifts right before the snap just to confuse people, if possible.  

But, with that, players have to have lane discipline - don't let the QB get outside and rush for big yards.  Bottle him and the RB up with the overall pressure.  

Comment 09 Dec 2019

I think another key difference here, scheme aside, is that Wiscy had faced us before.  It's one thing to hear about how fast and physical we are - it's another thing to experience it.  Once they experienced it, it highlighted all of the deficiencies in their play and players.  Knowing that helps coaches plan to minimize those impacts.  Wiscy did a good job of that.  Past that, it seemed that our players were a bit over-confident and cocky.  Kind of like they figured they'd already beaten them badly so this game would be easy.  

Clemson, however, won't have this luxury.  They'll see it on tape, but won't truly understand it until they get hit in the mouth with it.  

Comment 08 Dec 2019

In the big picture, does it matter?  Either way, if we want to be crowned as the best in the country, we've got to beat two teams.  Plain and simple.  If Clemson is as good as everyone thinks (I'm not sold on that - they've faced no one), then we'd be facing them anyway.  Now we just get to face them sooner rather than later.  

What I'd love to see is us beating Clemson and beating them soundly.  We need to get out on the field and show them what it's like to play a team that's faced actual competition.  Dominate them like we've dominated everyone else so that there's no question.  

Then, assuming everything goes as one might expect, we get to face LSU.  Again.  Beat them like we've beaten everyone else.  Show them that the SEC isn't what people think it is - just like we beat Bama in 2014.  

Simply put, if we're going to get excuses and less respect than we'd like, we can fix that.  We need to beat the teams in front of us and beat them soundly.  Then we need to do the same thing again next year.  Keep this up for years and we'll no longer get the disrespect.  

And in the end, nothing else matters but the wins.  They can talk about other conferences being better, but what they can't do is take away our performance on the field, the wins it garners, and the championship.  Therefore, what do we need to do?  

Win two more games.

Comment 06 Dec 2019

I was looking at our comparative stats and it makes me wonder how early on in games (if at all), Wiscy started playing the backups?  If they didn't or it was always late in the 4th, then damn - we're head and shoulders better.

But, much like the old timers, I'm nervous.  Always am.  I think they'll do things to make sure CY doesn't have another field day so we'll have to move him around quite a bit a to help minimize that impact.  I'm also hoping Day has another play or two designed to mess with their defense as they don't seem to adjust well to that.  

Comment 05 Dec 2019

The biggest differences here, in my opinion, is that unlike the comparison between his freshman and junior seasons, are:

  • He's got the same exact cast of characters around him this year, unlike 2017.  This means they should all be angry.  
  • They've played us before and know what we want to do.  Does this allow them to throw some wrinkles, correct what wasn't working, etc?
  • Playing for the spoiler vs playing for your chance to be in the play-offs.  It's a different thing.  

What I'm wondering here is do they try to do something different than what they've done in the past, just to see if it works.  Their identity is very ingrained, so I'm not sure there's much they can do - but maybe they can come up with a few wrinkles.  Plus, since their playoff hopes are dashed at this point, they've now really got nothing to lose.  Come out, play loose, and take chances.  They're already expected to lose, so that wouldn't make it worse.  

I still think we win and win well.  Regardless of what they try, I think we're going to limit Taylor and that'll end their chances.  The changes they will make, though, could make things a bit more competitive.  They'll likely give whoever's facing Chase help - just like the skunkweasels did.  If they can, they'll look to stack the line against him.  Roll outs for the QB to run away from him, that sort of thing.  To combat that, I'm hoping we plan on lining Chase up everywhere.  Move him around so they can't see where he's coming from.  

For our offense - yeah, just keep doing what they do.  

Comment 04 Dec 2019

I'm wondering if this is a deeper game play.  Tell the world that he'll not have the mobility so everyone thinks very limited running (though the injury occurred on a passing play).  This causes Wiscy to get even more blitz happy.  Figuring this as their play, Day has bunches of plays designed to counter the blitz.  Screens, short passes, rushes away from the blitz, etc.  Wiscy gets torched.


Comment 02 Dec 2019

I don't know that they've got the speed to get outside consistently.  They're built to be run up the middle bruisers with an occasional pass thrown in to keep things honest.  The QB rushing is their mixing it up.  I'd expect that they can burn us 1-2x with sweeps or other plays then we'd adjust and they'd be hitting a brick wall.  

Their better plan of attack is the crossing routes just behind the line.  Use that to push our safeties and LBs back some, then pound it up the middle.

Comment 25 Nov 2019

We need to hold on to the ball - plain and simple.  If we do that and play our game, we win.  They seem to have done a better job lately of holding on to the ball, but I'm hopeful that Chase will reverse that trend.  Personally, I'd love to see us hang as many points on them this year as we did last, while letting them score less.  Seeing our back ups in in the 4th would be money.  

I just can't see their offense getting anything going against our D.  PUS couldn't unless we spotted them within our red zone.  

Comment 19 Nov 2019

I think there's a problem with using the star level of a player to say that talent equates.  There are always disappointments and surprises at multiple levels.  It's because of that we have to look at on the field play for the players.  That is what makes me so TOSU is clearly better.  We've played similar teams and beaten them soundly. Now, it could be that our beating them helped expose issues and those were shored up with PUS faced them - but I tend to think that's not as much of a factor.  

Right now I'm predicting a competitive 1st half, Buckeyes taking a lead into halftime and then us pulling away in the 3rd quarter, never looking back.  Running attack will be quality and make their high defensive ranking there look inflated due to playing lesser teams.  Additionally, I think we make Clifford look pedestrian as a passer, but that'll he'll make a few plays with his legs.

Comment 18 Nov 2019

I want to see us win on offense, win on defense, and win on special teams.  Dominate every aspect of the game.

Also, as soon as I heard that PUS was good against the rush, I wanted to see what caliber of rushing team they've faced - and it looks like they've not faced a good running back - let alone two.  Personally, this makes me want to see us attack that facet of their team.  Go rush heavy at the beginning, throwing to move the chains if we don't get there on the ground.  Keep that up and completely embarrass their defensive line. Once they bring folks up to commit to stopping the rush, switch gears and get pass happy.  

Comment 14 Nov 2019

I'd say he needs to play about a half of football.  Enough to get him in the rhythm and let him practice at almost game speeds.  His over the shoulder deep ball wasn't there last week, so this should let him get comfortable with that again.

And, to some extent, practice some of the plays we've got in place for PUS.  I don't think we'll show much in this game, but I'm betting there are a few schemes or the like that need to be worked out at true game speed to see if they'll work.