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Comment 13 Jan 2019

You bring up a good point about Trevor Lawrence. How much hard work and commitment to the program did he have before becoming the starter over Bryant? Hadn't Bryant put in his time for two years behind Watson and then led the team to the playoffs the following year? And yet, Lawrence was named the starter by the coach in September. Point is, Martell putting in a couple of years at OSU is really not all that special, nor does it entitle him to be the starter. The coach decides who the starters are. There are plenty of guys at OSU that put in their time and effort without ever starting a game. I respect Hurts. Lost the starting position, but stayed and worked for his team all year and was there for them when they called on him to win a big game.

Comment 13 Jan 2019

In more ways than one. Born and raised (The Plains), Ohio Mr. Football.

Comment 11 Jan 2019

He earned the right, he put in his time, he deserved a shot. And what about Keandre Jones and all the other guys that have not become starters at OSU. Guys who do everything asked of them, but don't act entitled and whine about how they could be starting somewhere else other than OSU? I have no problem with him transferring and looking to expunge his connections with OSU. But, I really don't have any sympathy for this argument about him not getting what he deserved or being treated unfairly. He had an opportunity to compete for the position and chose not to. That's his decision, and hope he moves on now to somewhere that is better suited to his needs. What I'd like to see is more articles about guys that quietly work hard to help their team even though they may not be first on the depth chart.

Comment 11 Jan 2019

There is no reason to do that now or before now. I was highly critical of Martell's comments about Fields. I thought that they showed a sense of fear and entitlement rather than confidence and were not at all helpful to the program. His immediate interest in transferring was not at all surprising to me. But I don't agree with making fun of him or his family and hope he finds a place that will help him develop as both a player and a person.

Those comparing the Martell situation to Burrow should remember that Joe put in plenty of work at OSU and was a great student and class act during that time. Burrow is a native Ohioan and OSU alum. LIke his teammates and others, I appreciated his commitment to OSU and wished him well when he left. Timing, injury, and elite talent coming in were all factors in his not starting and ultimately going for a grad transfer. He certainly competed for the position before making the decision to transfer.

Comment 31 Dec 2018

 “This dude hasn't put a single second into Ohio State football. I don't know why somebody would think that the grass is greener on the other side, but I guess he's kind of looking at it like a fantasy way, I guess.”

Agree, not a fan of this kind of talk at all. It's one thing to brag about how many places he could start at and how he's still here at this point just because " he loves his boys." But it's not his place to be speculating about the motives of a potential transfer in public and essentially acting to try to sabotage OSU recruiting a player. This is not a good look at all and actually shows me a lack of confidence. You really are a competitor, then welcome the competition. Close your mouth and compete. This just sounds like a scared cat hissing to try to ward off a challenge.

Comment 03 Nov 2018

Yup, this just confirmed my earlier assessment

Unfortunately I do believe it's a culture issue at this point. This is not the culture and not the coach from 2012 (Urban's finest job at OSU IMO). There is no leader like a John Simon, no competitor like a Zach Boren. Can you imagine those guys ever quitting either in a game or on their team? Go back and watch Training Days. You could see a head coach that was involved, teaching, motivating. We are The Ohio State, we don't do average, walk out now if you can't commit 100% to the program. I'm sure that team was "less talented" in terms of star ratings or whatever, but they played physical, never quit, plenty of injuries, and went undefeated. They didn't steamroll through, but were always competitive.

Urban looks to me in his words and his body language like a worn down shell of 2012. Frankly, I'm concerned for his health at this point, both mental and physical. I don't think firing assistant coaches is an answer for the lack of competitive fire with this team. They are what they are now. Something larger is needed similar to 2012. A change in culture and philosophy from the top down. I'm afraid what is needed is a new head coach that has the hunger and passion necessary to create a new culture of competition, accountability, and leadership. And I don't view any of the current coaches as a candidate for that job. 

I appreciate everything that Urban has accomplished at OSU (TTUN record, NC, undefeated season) and his induction as a hall of fame OSU coach will be well deserved. But I think he has reached a point in his career where he has lost his competitive fire and seems unable to adapt his philosophy to changing circumstances.

Comment 23 Oct 2018

Funny thing is I'll take that weak 2012 defense over 2018 every day of the week. Zach Boren was forced into MLB duties because of all the injuries that year and played better than any of our current MLBs. Come to think of it, wouldn't mind seeing him at fullback showing these guys how to actually block for a running play.

Comment 21 Oct 2018

Well, the running backs also seem to be incapable of picking up a 4th and 1 given the O Line's inability to block. 

But I think it's fair to expect better effort from Haskins when he needs to run. The comparison is not to a run first QB like JT, but Cardale. The downfield threat caused teams to leave wide open lanes at times and when everyone was covered he would take what they were giving him. Because of his size and strength, he was also effective at shaking off guys and picking up critical short yardage plays. Ask Alabama about how many third downs were converted not just through the air, but on Cardale scampers. Not saying I expect Haskins to truck a nose guard or demolish Landon Collins, but he could improve in terms of recognizing when to tuck and run and where the first down marker is on field. No problem with sliding, just do it after the marker. Anyway, Haskins has to be dead last on anybody's "current concerns" list.

Comment 21 Oct 2018

I do remember. 

Unfortunately I do believe it's a culture issue at this point. This is not the culture and not the coach from 2012 (Urban's finest job at OSU IMO). There is no leader like a John Simon, no competitor like a Zach Boren. Can you imagine those guys ever quitting either in a game or on their team? Go back and watch Training Days. You could see a head coach that was involved, teaching, motivating. We are The Ohio State, we don't do average, walk out now if you can't commit 100% to the program. I'm sure that team was "less talented" in terms of star ratings or whatever, but they played physical, never quit, plenty of injuries, and went undefeated. They didn't steamroll through, but were always competitive.

Urban looks to me in his words and his body language like a worn down shell of 2012. Frankly, I'm concerned for his health at this point, both mental and physical. I don't think firing assistant coaches is an answer for the lack of competitive fire with this team. They are what they are now. Something larger is needed similar to 2012. A change in culture and philosophy from the top down. I'm afraid what is needed is a new head coach that has the hunger and passion necessary to create a new culture of competition, accountability, and leadership. And I don't view any of the current coaches as a candidate for that job. 

I appreciate everything that Urban has accomplished at OSU (TTUN record, NC, undefeated season) and his induction as a hall of fame OSU coach will be well deserved. But I think he has reached a point in his career where he has lost his competitive fire and seems unable to adapt his philosophy to changing circumstances.

Comment 21 Oct 2018

Losing is one thing. Sometimes a team just stands on its head and plays a great game and also gets all the bounces to win a close one. But that's not what happened. This was a non competitive game where they were completely outplayed and out coached from beginning to end.

Keep hearing about having more talent. Frankly I don't see it unless you mean number of stars. Do we really believe our DBs and Lbs are more talented than Purdue's? I haven't seen any evidence of that in terms of actual play this year.

Coaches have seen same issues we have for past several games. Obviously haven't done anything about it in terms of either scheme or personnel and this was end result. Beyond that, though, there is also something lacking in terms of attitude. This does not seem like a team hungry to prove themselves "good enough". And that starts with the coaches and extends to the players. The ranking was unearned and maybe caused team to lose a sense of reality. The coaches and players comments about getting better were magical thinking.

Comment 14 Oct 2018

Tevin Coleman? Didn't they put up over 200 rushing on OSU that year? I agree with Wilson, numbers/QB run is poor excuse for inability to run the ball. Maybe Wilson should take over coaching the O line.

At the end of the day, that's a cop out. I don't care if there's an extra guy is there, we've got to play behind our pads as an offensive line, tight end group, running back group and run the ball better.”

Comment 14 Oct 2018

The players deserve a fair bit of the blame but why are they getting outcoached this much too? 

Just a theory, but maybe coaches pride/stubbornness and emotions. Schiano has stated that OSU is press man coverage, that's what they do, players have to adapt/get better, etc. Urban has stated his love for certain players (e.g., Werner, Borland) and playing favorites is a strong theme throughout his tenure. Saban is loveless, will change coach/player/scheme if things are not working.

Comment 14 Oct 2018

Keandre Jones? Is he worse than the guys who are playing? Seemed like he was going to get a spot this year, but also remember Urban saying how much he loved Werner. I don't know if he is any better, but surprised at his seeming lack of development over the years.

Comment 13 Oct 2018

No point going through the litany again, same old stuff with D. Forget about talent, scheme, they are flawed at the level of fundamentals. Expect to hear they are working on correcting, etc.

No idea with o line other than lack of will. Boren, Decker, Baldwin, Price, played with mean streak, imposed their will.

Comment 10 Oct 2018

Posted earlier about this, you can teach to some extent, but if you have played outfield you know that some guys just don't judge well no matter how much you teach. Some just naturally have it.

I see the point about overall scheme, but here is what I have also observed with DBs,

They rarely locate ball or turn their heads. Most breakups occur after ball hits receivers hands. Results in lot of penalties and no chance for INT.

Get up too far and bad angle for chasing. I don't know this can be taught, like some guys just can't judge a fly ball, others naturally just know where to run and be in position for catch.

Wrap up and tackle rugby style. Lot of arm tackling, poor leverage. This can be taught. 

You hear a lot about Davis and Schiano, but Grinch and Johnson also need to held accountable for teachable stuff.

Comment 07 Oct 2018

I see the point about overall scheme, but here is what I have also observed with DBs,

They rarely locate ball or turn their heads. Most breakups occur after ball hits receivers hands. Results in lot of penalties and no chance for int.

Get up too far and bad angle for chasing. I don't know this can be taught, like some guys just can't judge a fly ball, others naturally just know where to run and be in position for catch.

Wrap up and tackle rugby style. Lot of arm tackling, poor leverage. This can be taught. 

You hear a lot about Davis and Schiano, but Grinch and Johnson also need to held accountable for teachable stuff.

Comment 30 Sep 2018

TP also looked deceptively slow, but there was glide in his stride.

Comment 30 Sep 2018

The comparison to Boren makes sense in terms of size and speed. Boren was a tackling machine when they threw him in there, had natural attitude and instincts of MLB. Achilles is no joke, Borland does not look 100%. I would give Hilliard more playing time, no doubt has the speed to chase down a Mcsquirrelly.

Comment 30 Sep 2018

To point number two, you hear a lot about Davis and the LB play, but what about Grinch and the DBs? Doesn't he have some responsibility for their poor angles? I realize he is new, but I recall when he was announced a lot of people predicting he would improve unit, HC in few years, etc. Not saying he can't be a great coach here, just not seeing any impact so far.