Perhaps the thesis of the author was not to present a unified theory of all coaching for eternity, but simply to note that several former Buckeye coaches have had similar trajectories?
Part of the difference is who is recruiting the receivers. Zach Smith had a stopwatch..... Brian Hartline has a stopwatch and years of NFL expertise at spotting and coaching actual receiver talent. We may be a bit slower overall at receiver, but we are making that up in route running, positioning, etc....
I am 'confident' that the Buckeye defense will be much better (looking at you, linebackers) than last year. If so, Cincy will be a bothersome butt boil. If not, they can be dangerous enough. I expect Buckeye offense to develop slowly through first half of the season and don't want to get in a shootout with anyone early.
It will take an impressive effort for any Buckeye listed to win the Rande-El/Thompson Freshman of the Year award. Scanned back through past winners and probably 65-70% are QB/RB, with the others in various positions. Gotta be awful good to win, and the other positions will show up statistically at other schools besides OSU as we are so deep in all positions. But there's always hope that the B1G will judge our Freshmen fairly in context of their contributions despite the overall strength of Buckeye football... and Ryan Day is a lock for CoY this year.
If Wilson and Day say "watch what we do, not what we say", that's all I need. I'll be watching along with young Berrong to see what's what.
A man with a passion to make a difference can change the world. Strong work Denzel!
Maybe 11 W should update its content once a week? Just to make sure not to overdo any content. Or maybe some should only check in once a week...
QB's and receivers spend most of the summer working on routes and timing so they are 90% ready by fall practice. Fields won't be Haskins for week one but as long as he doesn't throw 3 picks, he'll be fine running, handing off to JK and throwing when receiver is obviously open... meet JT 2.0. I expect him to evolve into a more confident passer as the year progresses.
JK should shine this year. I expect more running early, which means Dobbins and Fields creating opportunity to break off big chunks. Later I expect more passing with Dobbins in a reduced role, but still effective as Fields will always create a run threat/diversion for Jk. It will look more like JTBall first half of the year, with a transition to Haskins ball later on (but with a real run threat that will offset the differences between DH and JF.
A great signal to all potential Buckeye football recruits and parents that their coach has a level of understanding and commitment to not only their physical success, but their mental health and overall well being. It. Just. Keeps. Getting. Better! Not that he is motivated by recruiting; that would be classless at best. His story will resonate with every parent and athlete and that makes a difference.
Great news to our coaching staff and it's young new HC. Many of the BIA want to come here to play , so all we need to do is help them succeed and we can continue and build upon the recruiting tradition. Keep the athletes coming and we are guaranteed success.
I'm going out on a limb here and saying that much of the last two years troubles were related to the general health and well being of Coach Meyer. I believe he lost control of key components of the coaching staff due to being less than 100% healthy, and that divisions within the staff led to undermining the effort of the team in critical situations. The more I hear about his struggles with the cyst in his brain, the more it explains the team personality. In time, the back stories about internal strife in the staff that bled over into player performance will come out, and I'm afraid we will see an Urban Meyer who was unable to keep his people on the same page due to his declining health. It reminds me of how Coach Matta lost the basketball team.
With Coach Day firmly in control of the staff, the team and having everyone doing their job, I expect immediate improvement on both sides of the ball. There will be mistakes made and strategic errors common to a new head coach, but not the emotional roller coaster we saw last two years. Love Coach Meyer and where he took us- top of the mountain- but I'm glad he decided to protect himself and his team by stepping away from the field- without being asked to, as in Matta's case.
Coach Tressel approves!!!
He should definitely heed Deion's advice! "Regular people" are not 5* recruits who go to Ohio State University, so that ship has already sailed. But I don't blame him one bit for wanting to control as much of his personal life as possible. It's got to be crazy making to deal with recruiters from multiple schools on a daily basis.
Great article. Those bench reps are partially due to his length (height and arms). Don't know for certain, but I believe Jordan and Prince are both a couple inches taller, with longer arms, that work against the bench press numbers. Not a knock on Miller, just context to say our recent grads were no slouches, and I'll bet Miller tops 30 reps at the Combine in 3-4 years. This young man will have the opportunity to do whatever he wants when he's done playing football. And I'm glad he stuck around to win his valedictorian. Maybe he will stick around for his repeat National Championship his Senior year.
Love this story of overcoming adversity. I believe Ryan will do everything in his power to return to the playing field, but even if he never plays again (very likely), he will stay in the game and be a contributor to the game
FAU is a dangerous mid-major school that sent 3 to NFL last year. They will be a good blooding for our defense and force Day to keep the offense crisp and moving all day. Don't expect much FAU defensive pressure,however.
This is one of those kids that we missed during the Meyer years, but who won't show up to haunt us in B1G play in a couple years. He's gonna have to step up his game to start at safety in Columbus, but he certainly seems aware of that and willing to do the work. He will put the weight on quick once he stops running end to end constantly on lacrosse field (or whatever it's called). Hope he becomes a great Buckeye success story, but even if he's as special teams killer, he's a great story.
Day prove he could succeed working in(against) the Urban Meyer offense, so everyone is excited to see if he can produce when it's his show to run. Early reports are favorable, but I expect some growth pains the first couple of years as Day defines his own style of coaching and matches wits with more experienced HC's. He will win most, but expect a couple of upsets among the way due to learning the job at the highest level. If Day proves to have an approach that draws NFL talent at skill positions (and indications are that's the case), it won't be difficult to draw top talent to block, run, defend, rush etc... to surround that skill talent of QB, receivers, etc. especially at OSU where there's a history of competing for the best talent in America. Maybe it won't play out as expected, but if it does, Ryan Day will be the next great Ohio State coaching legend.
Hartline can show the slightly under-talented receiver how to outwork more talented competition, and the highly talented receivers how he beat them out for NFL playing time by his work ethic and attention to detail. All that experience combined with a "Hartfelt" approach to treating players like he wanted to be treated when he was a player make BH a gifted recruiter and coach. Pay him and keep him at tOSU!
Have a great day playing with Tiger. Let him see what being in a pairing with an OSU alum does to his game when he realizes the crowds are just as much for YOU as for him! And I'm a Tiger fan.
This young man looks like an NFL starter playing against high school kids.... Brian Hartline is doing a great job of "not recruiting" top national talent to come to OSU to play football. I'm expecting Justin Fields to grow into the national power at QB everyone hopes for by end of this year, and he will have waaaayy too many weapons next year. Welcome to the NFL Farm Team, Julian Fleming!
I'm about to retire to a golf course in Myrtle Beach and looking forward to trading a very stressful occupation for a little bit of consulting work... around my very busy golf schedule. I can totally relate to Urban's chillaxed attitude, and I doubt he's gonna five back into coaching.
It's a bit silly to project these two actual competing against one another at their currently recruited schools. 1) recruits are fickle -fire fickle!
2) inter-dimensional transfer portal
All this infusion of QB talent is great for the B1G. Until they meet the Rushmen. Let's see how well they can throw from the horizontal plane, looking out their ear hole.