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saltybuck61


Salt Lake City, UT

MEMBER SINCE   July 24, 2013

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: The 2007 game against TTUN. It's the only game against them I have been to. The O-H-I-O chant in the Big House is something I won't forget.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: AJ Hawk/Ryan Shazier
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: David Lighty
  • NFL TEAM: Detroit Lions
  • NHL TEAM: Detroit Redwings
  • MLB TEAM: Chicago Cubs

Recent Activity

Comment 02 Oct 2019

I think they're great; I'm glad to see more of Ohio State on their channel. Also, their defensive metric of percentage of opponents yards per play makes a lot of sense, and I think it's one of the best defensive metrics out there.

Comment 26 Sep 2019

Thanks for the share; I hadn't seen this before. Great interview.

Comment 26 Sep 2019

I have noticed a couple of subtle differences too, mostly good. For positives:

  • Team is more disciplined
  • Offense is more varied and dynamic
  • The playcalling is simplified when the team is up big.
  • The team is more prepared for the lower caliber games.

For the negative:

  • The team seems to say more to the media that would not be said when Urban was the head coach (Damon Arnette saying they would win the NC, Davon Hamilton talking about competing with Alabama, Clemson, etc.). 

I am excited to see what they do when they are faced with good competition. Meyer was great for big games, and I hope that Day will have a similar amount of success. I will need to reassess after the season, but things look good so far.

Comment 28 Aug 2019

College Football Nerds (formerly SEC Fans on YouTube) just tweeted that this likely ends Alabama's national championship hopes as linebacker, particularly MLB is their thinnest position. They follow Alabama closer than almost anybody. Hopefully he makes a speedy recovery. 

Comment 11 Mar 2019
  1. I like Ryan Day a lot. He was my first choice as head coach. That being said, he won't be as good as Urban. I don't think he will be as good as Tressel, either. I am expecting an Earle Bruce regime at Ohio State. I would guess he has less than a 10% chance to equal Urban.
  2. Urban Meyer doesn't deserve many of the bad things said about him. His biggest issue is that he doesn't care about his image or PR, he only cares about winning.
  3. The expectations for the team are absurd and completely unreasonable. Urban Meyer won back-to-back huge bowl games, went 7-0 against Michigan, and many believe that he wasn't cut out for the job anymore. Yes, he has flaws with his loyalty. However, it would be tough to find someone to do a better job.
Comment 25 Nov 2018

Coombs and Johnson teach face guarding, so they never turn around to look at the ball in order to play the wide receiver's hands. Sheffield often has to guard their best receiver, so he has had quite a few spectacular catches and throws against him. Arnette has been roasted a couple of times but is mostly in good position.

If you look at MGoBlog's game preview, they believed that Ohio State's cornerbacks have been woefully coached since 2012, and they just have unbelievable talent. I tend to think that five first-round cornerbacks say otherwise, but whatever.

Comment 08 Nov 2018
Great post. This is similar to the approach done by the YouTube channel SECFans. They do something similar but with yards per play. I love these metrics, because it can show us what is and isn't a problem.
Comment 04 Nov 2018

I completely agree. This was always going to be an uphill battle with the youth and inexperience. The offseason drama just amplified it. 10-2 would be a borderline miracle; most teams crash and burn from this sort of thing.

Comment 04 Nov 2018

Clemson still has down years. They were not great at all last year; they were probably about as good as Michigan. However, they played in the ACC, where the other best team was Miami. 

Alabama has down years too, but their down years are good enough to win national championships. Regardless, they are an unreasonable standard. I don't expect anyone to achieve that kind of success.

Comment 04 Nov 2018

It's absolutely on Urban. It's his job to hire and fire assistant coaches. Davis was a terrible hire. What I am saying is that Urban is still capable of winning a national championship with the right guys around him. Essentially, if he makes the right moves regarding coaches, he can still win. He will need to show that he can still make the tough decisions this offseason. 

Comment 04 Nov 2018

Honestly, this season hasn't gone much differently than I thought it would back in the summertime, even before the Zach Smith stuff. This was always going to be a rebuilding year. The fact that it hasn't completely fallen apart is a bit of a surprise.

Losing Barrett was a big deal; I think a lot of people assumed that because Dwayne is a better passer, the offense would get significantly better. As we have seen, having to change the offense to suit new skillsets can have adverse effects. This is still a very good offense, but the balance and ability to attack a defense different ways are gone. 

Bill Davis is still on staff. We knew the linebackers were going to continue to struggle. No surprise with the defensive issues. The safeties haven't been as good as expected; perhaps Grinch isn't as competent as we thought. However, when they are put one on one with a slot receiver playing ten yards off the ball, and there isn't a linebacker in the area, I don't think we can expect much. This is on Schiano. Also, Brendan White's performance Saturday and Isaiah Pryor's improvement leaves me a little more optimistic.

The corners haven't been lockdown, but they haven't been picked on much this year because the middle has been left open.

Coach Stud is fine, but he isn't as good as Warinner. He might recruit better, but Warinner always made sure it didn't matter. He can turn three-star guys into All-Americans. Coach Stud can turn five-stars into second-team All-Conference.

The team is recruiting well, but some of the assistant coaches on the team are not doing their job outside of recruiting. You can have all of the talents in the world, yet if they are coached incorrectly, it won't matter. None of this has changed since the offseason.

TL;DR: This team was always going to be rebuilding this year. None of this is surprising. A couple of coaching changes will likely fix many of these issues.  

Comment 25 Oct 2018

I still don't know. He's always hired his friends. As for playing team favorites, I can only think of one instance where fans have criticized him for playing favorites, and that was with JT. I even was skeptical as to whether Dwayne was better. Yet, this year, while Dwayne is clearly the better passer, Ohio State can't run the ball without a running quarterback. The o-line just hasn't been good enough. The move to keep JT at quarterback actually makes sense.

Comment 22 Oct 2018

Right, it is all about improvement. Looking back at the last few years, the best assistant coaches always had units that improved dramatically over a year.

Coombs' cornerbacks gave up over 400 yards to Richard Lagow, but performed really well down the stretch. Denzel Ward is looking like a potential Rookie of the Year in the NFL right now. Kendall Sheffield went from not being able to cover anybody to being reliable and having a huge game against USC. Marshon Lattimore got burned over and over again in 2015 but became one of the country's best in 2016.

Larry Johnson doesn't need a recap at this point.

Ed Warinner's offensive line was swiss cheese against a 6-6 Virginia Tech team. They were dominated all night. By the end of the year, they were bullying Alabama. Look at what he is doing at Michigan this year with a bunch of 2 and 3-star guys. 

I just want to see a significant improvement over the year. The offensive line seemingly never improved over the course of 2016, 2017, and 2018. The linebackers got worse with time over the past two years. It is time to make changes with Davis and Studrawa.

Comment 22 Oct 2018

Right. There has been little pressure, and it still seems like most of the defense's woes concern the middle of the defense. Big plays seem to result from issues with the linebackers and the safeties, not the cornerbacks. They would look a hell of a lot better with better LB's and safeties.

Comment 21 Oct 2018

Coaching and development are the two issues. The biggest difference between Ohio State teams that succeed and teams that fail is the coaching. Sometimes captains can circumvent this and keep things in order, but generally, it is a lack of great coaching. The offensive line hasn't been the same since Warinner left. Now, look what he is doing at Michigan. The linebackers have been a liability since Fickell left. The only year that I can remember without any positions that were clear weak spots was 2014.

This is the nature of the beast though. Urban (and Saban) prioritize recruiting over everything, so there will be years where the actual coaching is not up to snuff because the coaches are great recruiters. Right now, Alabama just happens to have really good coaches that can recruit well, where Ohio State only has really great recruiters. 

I am confident things will change with a competent linebacker coach and offensive line coach. I have seen Schiano put together strong defenses in the past at Ohio State, so I know he can succeed. I have never been overly impressed with Coach Studrawa's linemen and I have never been remotely impressed with Bill Davis' linebackers. Those are likely the two positions that need a change.