Yes, only 13 days! We are now as close to getting real live Buckeye football as we are (during the season) when it's Sunday going into a bye week.
One way or the other, we will see 1-2 of the backup QBs play a decent number of minutes this season.
On the one hand, if Barrett makes a jump forward in delivering the ball accurately and on time, the Buckeyes will obliterate most of the teams they play, giving ample opportunities for backups to show their stuff.
On the other hand, if Barrett has plateau'd, the staff won't hesitate to give Burrow/Haskins a few offensive series earlier in games against the likes of Army, Rutgers, etc. because they're going to win those games, anyway.
But have you ever lined up outside MCL at 4:45 p.m. before they opened their doors for dinner service? Until that day comes, your early dinner "street cred" will be weak.
Day’s . . . quarterbacks with the 49ers and Eagles were among the NFL’s least effective . . . and his quarterbacks at Boston College weren’t great passers either.
That said, he was a talent disadvantage to his competitors with all three of those teams.
If you grade Day based on improvement of the QBs he had to work with, his last two seasons are maybe more impressive. He did a decent job with Sam Bradford in Philly in 2015, but Bradford was such a misfit for that offense and I'm not sure any QB coach could ever get Sam Bradford to make quicker decisions in the pocket. Last season, Day seemed to do pretty well with that washed up, p.o.s. Kaepernick.
Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey:
"People who constantly say, 'talk is cheap' always seem to do a lot of talking, themselves. So maybe talk is cheap when it comes from other people; but it's precious when it comes from me."
"He gets the ball out of his hand very quickly," Day said of Haskins. "Extremely accurate. And he’s coming along in the classroom as well. Doing a nice job learning the offense and picking it up."
Haskins is one of those rare, special "arm talent" QBs that can sort of "flick" the ball and still have it travel accurately, on a rope or in a beautiful arc (whichever ball flight/speed is necessary).
“He [Lagow] kind of had a sheepish grin about the opportunity, and the game and the year. He feels they’re going to be a surprise team in the Big Ten.”
I wasn't surprised to see this quote. I recently came across this article at the nwi.com. Indiana players (and beat writers, apparently) genuinely believe that their team is going to shock the world this year!
"You want to be 12-0 and in the College Football Playoffs, not just win a bowl game," cornerback Rashard Fant said. "You want to win every game."
Apparently, JT Barrett does not know about the old rule, which says that guys with two initials for a first/middle name cannot put roman numerals behind their last names. Otherwise, you get guys named TJ Jones IX or JB Slade IV.
Fwiw, DJ, the NYT survived the period from about 2012-2016, when it was bleeding money, because certain wealthy benefactors believed that the NYT was important, etc.
Also, not to sound like a grumpy, cynical version of Confucius, but . . .
The young Silver Bullets who are able to listen attentively to Baker's message and "internalize" it are already well prepared; whereas the kids who are not as well prepared to step into a leading role are likewise probably not well prepared to hear Baker's message.
I love Steve Logan. He is a riot to listen to! You have to take some of his stuff with a grain of salt, though:
One time he admitted that he lost a big-time recruit at ECU because an SEC bagman came calling and was able to write a bigger check than he could offer.
That story could very well be true; however, many ECU fans believed that Logan kind of "mailed in" his last two seasons at the school and then started making a lot of excuses for the program's decline (mind you, these same ECU fans will always adore Logan). Obviously, SEC bagmen were working just as hard to poach recruits during Logan's fabulously successful years at ECU (1995-2000) as they were during his last two seasons (2001-2002).
The question isn't whether the NFL has the authority to give Zeke a 6-game suspension. Obviously, the NFL can hand down whatever suspensions it wants, assuming that they're also living up to their contract with the NFLPA, etc.
The question is whether Zeke's suspension is reasonable and appropriate. The ultimate arbiter of that question is the fans and the NFL is in the midst of rare "market" downtown at the moment.
If the NFL is making a PR example of Zeke . . . that entail risks, but it's business risks, not legal (or Constitutional rights) risks.
I don't know if you're right, but it sure looks that way. It's very easy to get the impression that the NFL's "investigation" and discipline in this case is mostly about PR and very little about substance.
How is this done? You wouldn't want to fill the doughnut with ice cream ahead of time and then kill the doughnut in the freezer. So, do they pipe in the ice cream right in front of you and serve it immediately?
Except Smith is right. The only Buckeye offensive player that consistently performed at a very high level in 2016 was Curtis Samuel. In 2014, the overall play of the entire WR corps at the end of the season was as good as I have ever seen it at Ohio State. I have some concerns about Smith, too, but let's keep some perspective.
I'm just guessing here, but I suspect that we're looking at this backwards: if we start from the outside instead of the inside, maybe 2-3 WRs (of the 8 guys in rotation) figure to be pure "outside" guys who are not suited to going inside, e.g. Victor, Grimes, Harris. The other 2-3 "outside" WRs are very capable of sliding inside: KJ Hill, McLaurin, Dixon. And then, on top of that, the starting H-back, Campbell has lots of experience playing WR. So, a handful of these guys are "jack of all trades" types, not just one of them.
And obviously it's easier to move the inside/outside guys around, compared to the outside-only guys, so naturally you'll have more of the former than the latter.
Settling for the bomb is Penn State's offense.
"There ain’t no shortcuts!" assistant coordinator and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs barked . . . the Buckeyes went through stretching and conditioning before breaking off into a variety of stations . . .
Of course, it's obligatory to ask . . . did Coombs have to bark at any kickers who tried to take shortcuts during the stretching and conditioning session?
So, Utherkin not only has a baby on the way, he also has a tour wife? Have you seen Phil Mickelson's wife? This Utherkin is one lucky guy.