If you haven't seen this yet it's a great explanation from Coach Meyer about how the power spread offense works and why having a QB who is at least a threat to run the ball is so helpful.
The long and the short of it is that a QB that is capable of running occupies an extra defender that would otherwise be focused on the RB. Involving the QB in the run game evens up the numbers for the offense and prevents the RB from getting hit by an unblocked defender. If you take your QB out of the run game then if essentially becomes 10 vs 11 but if you keep him involved the defense is forced to cover him and that evens up the numbers.
"There is a reason why in the NFL coaches don't just try to plug an offensive linemen into a position they shouldn't be playing."
This isn't true. Of course NFL coaches don't Want to do this, but they do. NFL rosters are very short any they often don't have a fullly qualified two deep across the offensive line. You can only play with the players you have. Injuries and attrition often force guys to play out of their natural position. Coaches would usually rather put their 5 best available linemen on the field than only play guys at their "natural" position. And even if they don't want to they often have no choice. That's basically what happened with OSU last year as Meyers wasn't ready and Taylor was a bust so they put their best and most experience interior linemen (Jordan) at the most important spot on the OL. An NFL coach would have done the same thing in that situation
Exactly. Wisconsin has done "ok". But their results would be unacceptable to Ohio State. They've lost less than 3 games once this decade. They went 8-5 last year. Buckeye fans would be screaming for everyone to be fired with results like that. Yes they have generally had solid running games but their offense isn't nearly good enough for what Ohio State expects
"Indiana has played Ohio State close the last 5-6 years."
Scores for the last 6 years: 49-26, 49-21, 38-17, 34-27, 42-27, 42-14
None of those were really close. Only one was within two touchdowns. I suppose "played Ohio State close" is a relative term for a team like Indiana. People think if the Buckeyes aren't leading by 3 TDs at halftime then it's "close" but none of those games were ever in doubt.
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PSA: Reddit streaming for college football is dead. It seems that Reddit became such a popular platform for streaming links that they were pressured by the rights holders to put an end to it. Unfortunately, r/cfbstreams is the latest casualty. But on the bright side they have moved their links to a new site SportSurge.net so you can still find everything you need there.
r/NFLStreams does still work, but it's likely on a matter of time until that's dead too.
That would only work if the game you want is on ESPN. Plenty of Buckeye games are on Fox or Big Ten Network,
You drafted McLauren and started him Week 1? Bold move.
I've been watching games online overseas for over a decade. I've tried every legit service, every VPN, and every shady bootleg steaming site. The best site to steam college games by far is:
Reddit forms are the best source of streams. They're well moderated, constantly updated, and peer reviewed. Every game from every network is available. You can quickly and easily find high quality streams and see about the quality, number of ads, and if it's working before you even click on the link. The peer review system means that the best links are upvoted to the top and there are verified steamers that consistently provide quality streams. The video quality is generally excellent, and in my experience is often superior to using the legit services with a VPN. They've got everything you need.
Reddit is a far better option than firstrowsports. The streams are high quality, transparent and peer reviewed. The best steams get up voted to the top of the threads. You can easily see the steaming quality, number of ads, and if it's currently working before even clicking on the link. Reddit is by far the best way to find steams and I'm pretty sure I've tried most of them.
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Damn it. He's on my fantasy team.
Oddly enough they cut Lynch and Smith both as well
"4K times, wouldn’t Rutger win once"
No. No they wouldn't. There's plenty of teams that may have a shot, but not *$#@&-? Rutgers.
People talk about this being Bowen's last year at OSU, but is it really? He seems like a prime candidate for a Medical Redshirt and a 6th year of eligibility
Todd Gurley got his contact 3 years in, with 2 years left. Just like Zeke wants. Here are both of their stats through their first 4 years.
PLAYER GAMES ATT. YDS TD YPC REC REC YDS TD Y/R
Todd Gurley 44 786 3296 29 4.2 128 1303 6 10.2
Ezekiel Elliott 40 868 4048 28 4.7 135 1199 6 8.9
You don't see the state to back it up? Through 4 less games Zeke had nearly 90 more touches for way more yards and nearly identical numbers. Zeke has been the NFL rushing champion twice.
There's 0% chance of the Cowboys cutting Zeke or of him being broke and unemployed. He's the best RB in football. He's way too valuable to cut. And if thedl did cut him he would immediately become a free agent and another team would sign him for a lot more than what he's paid now.
You act as if players holding out is some sort of new phenomenon, but this has been going on forever. It's not going to "spiral out of control" because there's only a small group of players who can do this. Elite players can hold out because the teams need them, which gives them leverage. Mid tier and scrub players don't hold out because they're replaceable, so they don't have leverage. Leverage is everything in negotiations, and for elite players withholding their services is often the only leverage they have to get paid what they're really worth. None of this is new.
Also everyone who says "when you sign a contract you are bound to it" keep missing the point that NFL CONTRACTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED!!!! Do you think that if a player signs a multi year contract that a team is bound to actually keep them on the roster and pay them the agreed upon salary for every one of those years? Don't bet on it. This isn't the NBA. If an NFL players production dips even slightly relative to what they're getting paid, the team will cut them without a second thought. Or the team will use the threat of cutting the player to force them to accept less money than what was agreed to in the contract. Teams do this all the time and nobody bats an eye. If the teams aren't bound to honor the contracts that they sign then why should the players be???
Those 40,000 per day fines sound like a lot but they're usually not a big deal at all. Teams frequently forgive those finea so there's a good chance he won't have to pay it at all. Even if they don't then the extra 12 million or so per season he's negotiating for will make those fines negligible.
To be fair most fan bases act this way when they lose a player. Including Ohio State
Haskins may have not been publicly named the started, but it's clear that Meyer sat down with Burrow and told him honestly that Haskins was the likely choice and his best chance to see the field was to transfer.
It will be interesting to Clemson adjusts to landing all of these high profile recruits. Their current run of success was not built with top ranked recruiting classes. They've typically has mostly solid 3 and 4 star recruits with a few key 5 stars sprinkled in. This has allowed them to play off the perception of being a smaller underdog, which they've done very well. But there can be a culture shift that comes from all these highly rated guys who may feel entitled to success they haven't earned themselves. We've seen this before with USC in the early 2000s. Following those great Reggie Bush/Matt Leinart teams they were the IT school in recruiting. Every 5 star recruits in the country wanted to sign there, but they were never quite able to capture the same level of success of those guys that came before them. The Trojans eventually fell out of the national title picture entirely.
Now I'm not saying that signing a bunch of top rated recruits is a bad thing, and Clemson's recruiting success should be commended. But in the long run it's about bringing in the right guys for your team, not necessarily the highest rated guys.
I'm playing that story in the new Madden right now, and the announcer actually talked about Cardale Jones' story during the game
Where's all the old heads saying he should have "honored his contract" instead of holding out for a new one?
This is the way business is done in the NFL.
Thomas goes from the most underpaid player in the league to the highest paid WR ever. And he deserves every penny. Congrats, Mike!