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Comment 17 Sep 2018

It helped in the sense that when Bosa went out and Cooper went in they got very VANILLA with what they had Cooper do and in turn that had them alter what the LBs did which was also VERY basic LB stuff. One LB blitzed, on LB spied the QB and the other LB dropped in coverage. You just had guys playing football instead of trying to figure out what to do. Made things MUCH MUCH easier for guys like Werner and Browning...

They would have gotten there eventually because the LBs were flat out lost but Bosa going out forced the issue imo..

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Comment 17 Sep 2018

Should have said I'm talking about the current group....There's a difference between making a bad decision and a stupid one....  With the current gm/coach I can't think of any flat out stupid ones. Stupid would be turning down a better offer... and they didn't do that... Stupid is drafting Manziel, again though that was the past cast of idiots..... 

They got free agency right, got the draft right it seems... and finally moved on from Gordon... all solid..

Comment 17 Sep 2018

It's a 5th round pick.... and  if he stays on the active roster for 10 weeks it ends there..if he doesn't then the Browns owe a 7th just to move him..

Browns had 10 teams call about Gordon.... can hate the Browns all you want but they aren't stupid.... that was the best deal offered so they took it...

It's no lose for the Patriots... he messes up and you just dump him.... he sees a chance at playing in the Super Bowl as enough incentive to keep clean and maybe it works out...

He's their best receiver right now... and I'm not sure it's close...  he'll be able to stretch the field and allow Brady to go back to dink and dunking his way down the field...

Comment 17 Sep 2018

Davis can only do so much. Even if Fickell was still here he can't make Borland fast enough to cover in space, he can't speed up how fast/slow Browning is learning to play MLB.. He would have told Werner a 100 times "stop tipping your blitzes" and it would have been the same result. Davis isn't on an island. Schiano is there. Urban is there..  When guys aren't doing simple fundamental things that's way past coaching. That's talent and understanding of the game by the player..

People seem to forget we had some injuries and some classes that we whiffed on a few folks that left us with a young/raw two deep.. We killed it in 2014/2015 so much that in 2016 we sort of settled on some guys because the top tier guys figured we were so loaded they wouldn't see the field... Raekwon and Baker leave early and Hilliard and Conner can't stay healthy and suddenly we are THIN at the position. Harrison is still raw and learning a position he didn't play in high school, Borland is limited in that he's better against the run vs the pass and Jones has struggled to grasp the position to this point.

The 2017 class was brutal. We needed a lot more than 2 dudes. Browning was a nice score but only adding in Werner when we were already needing bodies didn't help. Davis coming in and Fickell going out was just horrible timing..

I think Davis crushed it in 2018.... but those dudes are young/raw and it's going to take time..

2015.....  Hilliard ( injuries) Baker ( NFL)  Conner ( medical)

2016..... Borland, Jones, Harrison

2017.... Browning, Wener

2018... Mitchell, Gant, Baptiste, Pope

I don't know if Davis is an elite LB coach. Maybe he is.. Maybe he isn't.. I do know he''s not playing with a full deck talent/depth wise... right now.. Only group where you can't point to a guy as being a potential all-american or even all b10...and that lack of talent right now is going to color any opinion on him until some of the kids starts playing..

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Comment 17 Sep 2018

Two different skillsets that played the same position. Haskins has an elite arm and JT was an above average runner with an elite mind for the game. JT was NEVER going to have Haskins arm and time will tell if Haskins can learn the game at an elite level like JT did. Right now it's not close. The coaches don't even let Haskins audible and I'd guess a lot of the non-running is because he's still struggling with the RPO and getting that read right. Cardale never learned the game at a high level and got by on arm talent. I don't think that's going to be the case with Haskins so he should get better every week he's under center as he learns the game on the job...

Happy we had both of them...

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Comment 17 Sep 2018

I think he had to once he was reinstated but now it needs to stop. People made up their minds on what he did or didn't do or what he knew or didn't know a LONG time ago. A billion press conferences won't change that. Time to move on.

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Comment 17 Sep 2018

I've got no love for the Steelers but they've always seemed like a franchise that handled their business the right way until this mess happened. At some point you sit down with Bell before the season starts and the guy is either with you or he's not. If he's not you freaking move on. Playing a game of chicken doesn't do the franchise or the locker room any good. It's gotten emotional which is NEVER a great way to do business. Trade the dude already...

Watched most of that game yesterday as well as most of the Cowboys game last night against the Giants... it's another reminder of how time flies. Both Ben and Eli look old. For the most part they both end up checking down to the easy throw all night long. Eli it was Barkley and Ben it was JuJu.. They can both still play and make plays but they aren't the guys they were a couple of years ago.

Brown got targets yesterday but probably half of them were garbage over-throws that he had no chance to make a play on...

I'm not sure what to think about the Steelers defense. They looked awful but the Chargers defense is legit and KC tore them up as well. That KC team just might be the best offensive team of the season. They can score from anywhere and are straight up loaded with pro-bowl caliber guys. They can run, pass and have a QB that can throw and run... just going to be tough for any defense to handle..

Comment 17 Sep 2018

DO NOT RUSH HIM BACK. Groins can be tricky. Reality is we probably only need him one game before November ( PSU). Much rather have him close to 100% when November rolls around vs playing at PSU at like 80% and then risking another setback...

Plus, I thought after he went out we got REALLY vanilla at defensive end with guys like Cooper which made us go really vanilla with our linebacker scheme and it worked.... 

Heal up Joey!!!

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Comment 16 Sep 2018

and that's why you do the Rinaldi interview imo.... we all knew this presser was coming.. soon as someone asks anything non football related you say "check out the interview with Tom Rinaldi"... next question..

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Comment 16 Sep 2018

Today... I stand by that... by seasons end we shall see...... Georgia has a solid defense and lost in OT in the playoff game last year and have the same QB back. And they have talent up and down the roster. That team is loaded. And Bama is loaded... clear drop imo from those two to us and Clemson.... again, as I said... today... ZERO chance we would be favored against Georgia or Bama if we played this coming weekend.. Clemson we'd probably be a pick em and probably favored against anyone else... 

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Comment 16 Sep 2018

Win and we're in.... doesn't look like we are going to get any bump from the B10. 

Right now looks like three tiers of teams for the playoffs... you've got Bama and Georgia clearly ahead of everyone else at this point.. then teams like our Buckeyes and Clemson with youth ( and a lot of it raw youth) at several key positions that should get better as the season goes on..

Then you've got another drop-off to the everyone else tier.. LSU has been a nice story so far but Miami is flat out garbage and that doesn't look like a great Auburn team. LSU has Georgia and Bama in a 3 week stretch coming up and fully expect them to get knocked back down to earth..

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Comment 16 Sep 2018

But it does still matter big picture..... it's repetition..... it's coaching.. you are told to stay in bounds.. you don't.... sideline... and it wasn't the only time he did it in the game...

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Comment 16 Sep 2018

Disagree.....  coaches can only do so much. For starters these are Fickell recruits in most of the two deep. Second thing is take Pete Werner and tipping to the offense when he's blitzing. You show him the film once and that's coaching. When he continues to make the same mistakes 3 games into the season under normal circumstances you'd just put someone else in the game. But we don't have anyone. We've got a two-deep that's just okay at this point and then a bunch of kids with ZERO experience... This was always going to be a tough year at LB because of some injuries that stalled recruiting for a year or two at the LB position. 

Herbie even mentioned it last night. The way Wener lines his feet up you know when he's blitzing. It's like someone with a poker tell. Hey you grab your ear every time you get a good hand... that's the coaching part..... 100 hands later when the dude is still grabbing his ear that's on the player..

We just don't have the luxury of pulling these guys off the field the way we do at other positions.  Mack drops some passes.. sideline... Did you see what happened to Weber with like two minutes left when he ran out of bounds instead of turning it up the field to keep the clock running....sideline...... LBs make a mistake and we just have to live with it because they clearly don't trust anyone not named Werner, Borland, Harrison or Browning..

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Comment 16 Sep 2018

LOVED!!!! seeing Alford in Weber's face with like 2 minutes left. Weber had a play around the end and went out of bounds and Alford yanked him and told him he needed to turn that play up and stay in bounds. Always coaching!

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Comment 16 Sep 2018

As good as Haskins has been a big chunk of last night was a reminder he's still learning the system. Coaches are still not letting him audible. Painful watching us stay in plays when they had 8 in the box. Going to be interesting to see if us not running Haskins was a Day head coach thing. We'll know this week with Urban back.

I can't remember the last time our back 7 on defense was this "not fast". We've been so spoiled with dudes who can chase down a busted play and that guy isn't in the starting group this season ( so far).

Linebacker is going to be a problem all year unless one of the kids steps up. Would love to see someone other than the 4 guys they seem to rotate 100% get a deep look with the first team against Tulane. 

Damon Arnette has to lead the universe in being a guy in pretty good coverage where the WR makes a circus catch. Happened last year as well..

The one positive from the Bosa injury was the coaching staff was forced to go pretty vanilla at defensive end which made them go just as vanilla at LB and it worked. 

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Comment 16 Sep 2018

Nah, it should take one film session for a guy like Werner to understand he's tipping his blitzing to the QB and Online with how he lines up. He gets set and then switches his feet EVERY TIME and you know he's coming. That's not coaching. That kind of stuff is execution. That's on Werner. Same with our LBs having a HARD TIME shedding blockers and just getting blasted out of their lanes..

The problem for Davis and Schiano is we don't have depth with any kind of experience. It's just going to be a long year with the linebackers.. just have to hope they get better each week and learn from their mistakes..

I'd still love to know why they are so hellbent on Borland or Browning at MLB and whichever one isn't in is on the sidelines. 

Still think we are going to need one of the kids to step-up before seasons end if we want to have a championship level defense. We've just got this hodgepodge of guys who are either good against the run and not great in space or pass coverage or vice versa and not great against the run..

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Comment 16 Sep 2018

They for sure had the speed advantage on offense. This has to be the slowest Urban Meyer team to date on defense. 

I didn't see that on the other side of the ball though. They made up for lack of team defensive speed with sound play for the most part..

I'd love to know how they knew that Paris Campbell play was coming that their entire defense blew up. The second we lined up Patterson started motioning and they entire defense knew what the play was...

I actually think the game changed when Bosa went down. We were forced to get VERY vanilla on defense and that really worked for us. Especially with the LBs. We had them spying and blitzing after Bosa went down. Just real basic stuff where they didn't have to overthink things. Guys who came in and played end just rushed the passer.. again real vanilla..

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Comment 16 Sep 2018

The best teams we will play this year for sure are TCU and Penn State... hopefully it will end up being the playoff teams. B10 West is a joke as is the bulk of the B10 East. There's currently a LARGE gap between Bama and Georgia and the rest of the field... but teams like our Buckeyes and Clemson are raw at some key positions and should get better as the year winds on..

If Haskins can learn the offense and execute it at a higher rate we should get better every week scoring points. Right now they are not letting him audible AT ALL which tells me he's still learning things. 

We called one QB run the first 3 games. Will be interesting to see if and how much that changes with Urban back next week. It was there all night and they just didn't want to call it for some reason. TD run was the only call and that was so easy. Could have done that all day until the accounted for it.. 

Still worried about the speed on the defense. There;s just not a lot of legit speed in that back 7. Dude ran 93 yards and no one could get anywhere near chasing him down...

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