I’ve got a lot to say on this topic, but I don’t want it to get buried in here. Ima start a new thread to share all the feels.
It’s all a big mess. The OL was supposed to good because of Warinner, and because they were markedly better than an atrocious 2017 OL. The 2018 crew was still below average.
The up tempo O scheme they think they want to run is the worst fit possible as a match to their D. The O needs long, methodical drives to keep the D fresh for the heavily attacking style Brown wants to run. And since he seems incapable of changing up (resulting in his D getting beat in every fourth quarter against decent competition), the O can’t be up tempo.
Finally, they have the wrong WRs for the Onthey want to run. Which, obviously, means you adapt the O to the very talented WRs. “Speed in space” isn’t for 6’4” guys who win 50/50 balls. It’s for quick, twitchy little guys who find a hole, secure the catch, hit a seen and are gone. Their WRs are better suited to a pro style. It’s like they’re making every wrong decision, and managing each transition about as poorly as possible.
As Ross Fulton tweeted out during the game (against Miami of Ohio, no less), maybe it’s time to end the three LB defense for the year. I can see it maybe against Sparty and Wisconsin, but it doesn’t make sense against the offenses we play against. Not with Borland and Werner, anyway. We have some guys who are quick and physical. I know Mattison spoke highly of Werner, and maybe he’s one of the most disciplined guys out there, but we looked better with just Browning and Harrison. We’ll see who gets the majority of minutes this week against a more wide open styled offense.
I think moving on from Patterson would be fine - he seems to play ok when there’s no chance of winning and the pressure is off. We saw it at Ole Miss and are seeing it in spades Up North. But put him into a game that matters, where the pressure to execute is on and he can’t hit the side of a barn if it’s five yards in front of him. The kid needs a sports psychologist.
Having said that, McCaffrey can’t make it through a full game without getting banged up. Whether it’s style of play, his physical makeup or just bad luck, he can’t be counted on as a QB1. And Milton isn’t ready. So while benching Patterson seems like a just reward, he’s far and away the best chance you have. For real.
in other news, we should give Tom Mars a Jersey number, and then hang it in the rafters. He did the Bucks a huge favor routing Patterson to Ann Arbor and making him immediately eligible.
Sort of. Tressel destroyed their pipelines to Ohio schools, which had the triple whammy of making us better, making Sparty better, and making TTUN worse. They really haven’t recovered. They got a few guys we battled for, like Kalis, got some we didn’t want, like Soft Taco, and lost some we needed, like Harrison. Losing ground in recruiting Ohio lines up with them losing ground on being a Big Ten Champion caliber program.
“What did you do today to beat TTUN?” It’s a 365 day a year focus.
Man, that’s Bradley Roby for all of 2013. He was the guy chasing down receivers from all over the field in every game, so he got blamed for a lot of missed assignments. In reality, he was the fastest.
To be fair, he did get a 35 yard head start.
The biggest thing is we just go out and execute. It might not always be pretty, but we don’t seem to be “working on” things in game like we did for the past few years. We call a play or alignment, it either works or it doesn’t, we make the necessary adjustments and then keep moving forward, play by play. There’s no fancy trick plays on O, no exotic blitz packages like Clemson ran all night against a weak Syracuse line. Just line it up, select plays that are high likelihood of success against that particular team, and do our thing. It’s all very business like.
It’s really a testament to Day and the staff. So new, but singular vision and they have come together very quickly.
Browning reminds me so much of Curtis Grant, but seems to be on a faster pace. Grant was completely MIA for so much of his career until we had to put him out there in 2014 because Kwon wasn’t quite ready for full time snaps as a true Freshman. Browning is already a solid contributor, a far less stiff than Grant was.
Desmond Howard had recently started on the show, so he would’ve been the tie to TTUN info. Why Herbie broke it, I don’t know. It could’ve been that Desmond didn’t want to be the one leaking the info, or it could’ve been a behind the scenes decision to give Herbie a moment in the spotlight to elevate his status.
Wait, that’s not he big Freshman they brought in? Oops - I thought I’d heard some analysts say the new Freshman QB gives Wisky a threat they hadn’t had in the past - both in prior weeks and during the game. If that kid has been with the program, why was he not playing over Hornibrook? He was a huge step up.
I’ve also seen people suggest hiring Urban to head up their coaching search. That would go over far worse than completely selling their soles and hiring him to coach.
Posted in another thread, but this is feeling like a FSU in 2014 situation.
I thought that was you. I still feel that part of why the 2015 team didn’t get into the CFP was because of FSU’s debacle in 2014, being 13-0 but ranked #3 and really not in the conversation about being the best of the four. The difference in Clemson is I do think they are a team, and the coaches have everyone bought in. Jumbo has not had control of his program since Winston arrived, and maybe before that. TAMU doesn’t impress me, because they are as talented, yet undisciplined, as any of his later FSU teams.
Clemson could stumble yet if there was a Syracuse or Pitt of the past, but the ACC is just terrible. Like, bottom half of the Big Ten East terrible. I’m sure they’ll have a couple teams ranked because they’ll skate through a bad ACC as well as Clemson, but there are no tests on Clemson’s horizon. None.
I wonder if season ticket holders have a transfer portal.
Buckeyes Skin the RedHawks, 76-5.
It looks like Leach was auditioning for TTUN’s HC job last night, giving up 50 in the second half to a weak UCLA team to blow a 49-17 lead and lose. Sign him up!
But those are the top two teams on their schedule, which means it’s cupcake city on the way to an undefeated season. Mizzou got beat by Wyoming, yet still beat South Carolina by 20 yesterday. You’re right, they can’t control their schedule, but they will be interested at the end of the season.
I actually think Indiana is a decent team. To your point, we have no idea how good this team is, but for the first time in a long time, we don’t seem to be ‘working on things’ the way we have in years past. We seem to be calling plays to highlight our strengths and executing.
Most of the conversations we have about Borland is whether he has the ability to catch someone from behind, or cover the back or TE on pass plays. He’s a MLB. Why are we never seeing him attacking he LOS, plugging gaps, or blowing up plays at the LOS? We see Harrison doing that, making plays at or behind the LOS. I just don’t recall any plays where Borland is a tactical weapon on this defense. Now, that could be a function of the defense, bUt I only notice him when he’s struggling to make the play.
Just curious why. The kid is a true Freshman and he commanded the game yesterday. His passes were crisp, right on time and hit the receiver in the chest, in stride. Good arm, quick delivery and a terrific complement to the running game. He has wheels, too. He’s not a kid that has to throw 40 times a game, just enough to keep the offense balanced. I was very impressed with his play and composure in the pocket.
Miles saying LSU was his team was just in response to Herbie’s “scoop”, where he announced on a Thursday that Miles was headed to TTUN and it would be announced after the CCG on Saturday, correct? Are you saying Herbie was in on “manufacturing” the scene? I doubt that.
That would Ben a 180-degree change from Harbaugh’s pressers. And if they can’t get Leach, they should get Bob Green.
Good showing, but we were 40 point favorites, and the stands were empty early in the 4th - long before the rain started. If we had a bunch of post game threads today, they’d all be “Why do we play these glorified scrimmages when we could be playing a real game against a Power 5 Team?”
It’s funny - I think Wisconsin 2019 is exactly what Harbaugh wants to be. Aggressive stingy defense, and TOP-consuming, ball control offense. Right now, his coordinators are a complete mismatch. They both want to get the job done quickly, then get off the field. That won’t work for the D, as they need time on the bench to stay fresh for their attacking style. And with their lack of quality depth on the DL, they really need ball control right now. I don’t know how they don’t see that. They’ll be lucky to be standing in the fourth quarter against better teams this year.