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Comment 11 Feb 2019

No doubt, Werner has big room for improvement and the 2018 LB corps did not play up to Silver Bullets standards. But the thing about Werner . . . he is actually very good at pass defense. Yet every time he breaks up a pass or covers a TE like a blanket, our Monday Morning QBs simply ignore those good plays because they don't fit their theory on Werner. 

With the new defensive staff, there will be open competition at all the LB spots and let the best men win.   

Comment 11 Feb 2019

Anybody can easily get exposed to PEDs because they could come from anywhere. If you are walking the streets of Budapest and it’s raining, you could get exposed to PEDs. If you pet the wrong greyhound. If you eat a gourmet pizza made with Buffalo mozzarella, there is a chance that the mozzarella will have been tainted from Buffalo testicle sweat and you will test positive for PEDs. 

Comment 08 Feb 2019

I’m on your side of the argument, including for reasons we couldn’t discuss at 11W.

Playing devil’s advocate, though, this is an old story but now with new technologies. 80 or 100 years ago, there were kids who spent all day and night tinkering around with things. Many of them went to college to get technical training to better channel that passion into careers and practical/“industrial” applications. A lot of them ended up dropping out of school because college, to them, was just a better workshop in which to tinker around in all day and night, with class assignments and schedules being a nuisance getting in the way of their pursuits. Others stuck it out, earned their degrees, and became more employable but not necessarily more productive.

Comment 06 Feb 2019

Mattison . . . Said he expects to spend a significant amount of time working with the linebackers, though he expects Al Washington to do a great job with that position group, as well. . . . Mattison said he has "the utmost respect" for Larry Johnson.

Hafley said he is a big believer in playing press man coverage, but he also believes you have to change it up . . . On Mattison: "His knowledge of the front seven ... is as good as I've ever been around." Said he thinks it will be a "really good mesh" between he and Mattison as co-defensive coordinators . . . Hafley, animatedly, promises that he wants cornerbacks to turn and look back for the ball.

Barnes: Ohio State's cornerbacks and safeties will be coached together this year because the Buckeyes want them all to be on the same page.

Reading between the lines . . . the LBs will be really well "coached up" in 2019. Mattison will take an inside-out approach, which is just what the defense needs at this point.

The question I have . . . how will Mattison mesh his system with Larry Johnson, whom Mattison recognizes is one of the all-time best DL coaches? Johnson likes more athletic DTs and teaches his DLmen to penetrate. Up to now, Mattison's system has seemed to rely more on "space eater" DTs that keep OLmen in check so that the LBs can make most of the tackles. 

In getting Mattison and Johnson to mesh together, I think it will help that Hafley and Barnes will take a more variable approach to coverage, mixing press man with other techniques, and that they'll emphasize "looking back at the ball." For some reason, I doubt that Mattison would have meshed well with Schiano's pass coverage schemes (maybe an x's and o's guy can explain why I have that hunch or if I',m wrong?). But I sense that these defensive coaches will mesh well together.

As it is, Mattison probably has to tweak his approach somewhat to complement Johnson's DL, but Mattison is super experienced and very smart . . . I am confident that he will do so.

Comment 06 Feb 2019

NorCal, I don't know what the rule is . . . but it doesn't make sense for colleges to have accused BYU, Utah, and Utah St of having an unfair advantage by having mission kids if the years spent on mission simply count as lost seasons. 

Comment 06 Feb 2019

Where the hell would he put it? Not much real estate left. 

Comment 06 Feb 2019

You're on 11W....on NSD....that's like going to a strip club and calling everyone pigs while getting a lap dance.

Haha! But I resemble that remark, MAVBuck. My usual trick is to try to talk the stripper into going back to college . . . while getting a lap dance. 

Comment 31 Jan 2019

I would buy some Duluth Trading Company underwear. Not because they will be especially comfortable post-vasectomy, but because this would be terrible time for you to get attacked by a brood of angry beavers.  

Comment 31 Jan 2019

Then he got an idea! An awful idea!
The Grinch got a wonderful, awful idea!

"I know just what to do!" The Grinch laughed in his throat.
"I'll dress up as Defensive Savior in a crimson & cream coat."

"This is stop number three," the young Grinchy Savior hissed,
As he entered Soonerville, empty promises on his lips.

Then he came to camp saying that defense is a cinch!
But if Saban could do it, then so could the Grinch.

. . .

"Pooh-pooh to the SoonerWhos!" he was grinchily humming.
"They're finding out now that no Defense is coming!

They're just waking up! I know just what they'll do!
Their mouths will hang open a minute or two
Then the SoonerWhos down in Soonerville will all cry boo-hoo!

But the sound in the stadium wasn't sad!
Why, this sound sounded glad!

Every SoonerWho down in Soonerville, the tall and the small,
Was singing without any Defense at all!

He hadn't stopped Soonerball from coming! It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the Grinch, with his grinchy ice-cold millions in dough,
Stood puzzling and puzzling. "How could it be so?

Comment 31 Jan 2019

The Ohio State secondary is going to be loaded next year! And Okudah figures to be its best player. 

Greg Mattison has rarely (in his college coaching career as a DC/co-DC) had so much talent in a secondary (maybe Florida in 2006?).

Jeff Hafley and Matt Barnes will be working directly with some outstanding talent.