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It is the elephant in the room.
We can't have a good D, or acheive greatness without it.
Frankly, it is a huge concern.
Not only will a player who has yet to play meaningful minutes need to step up, he will also be responsible for calling the D, getting us out of bad plays, etc.
I would like to hear from the true consigliaires.
I will submit my opinion later in the day as time permits.
I would also like those in the know to opine. Grant was the man in place, but he was nowhere near ready last year and something would have to click for him to fill this hole. We can all pretend that some freshman is going to come in and save the day, but I like to live in reality. Other than Perry, no frosh saw playing time at linebacker last year...and Perry isn't playing MLB.
I will respond in detail later but as a little preview:
I'm not in the camp that the light will magically turn on for Grant.
Forget the fact they moved a lead footed LB over (who played damn well. The Michigan came was a clinic on how to take on the fullback), what concerns me more is the fact that he couldn't even see the feild on special teams coverage units, nor did he see the feild in mop up duty v Illinois when walk-ons did.
Did you hear that Parris Campbell is only 15?
Not a "true consigliare" but...
We're in trouble at the MLB spot. No other way to say it. Things are not rosey there. We said before last season that we needed Grant to step up. That was because we knew this was coming. That didn't happen. So here we are.
At this point, we have to face the facts. Someone green will definitely be filling this spot. We will need them to mature ASAP. We can only hope they will have grown enough by the time we play MI and them more for the bowl game.
I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.
- Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)
What are our options? I know we can choose between the whole team but what are the true options? Grant, the 2 freshman and all 5 recruits from last year?
Is play a nickell as a base formation.
Which would work in most situations but we would become a team like "Bama's prison wife.
Or we could rely heavily on our safties, both whom i posit oare tough, willing, albeit not very fundamental tacklers.
Good days, bad days --- always a Buckeye. Time to begin the assault on the 2014 BCS National Championship
Shazier will call the plays, and get guys lined up.. he was the one lining up boren, and telling him his responsibilites on almost every play last year. Curtis grant is a funny case i studied him the few times he played, and he never once looked like he didnt belong. He screwed up once in pass coverage, and was knocked off a tackle by sabino on another play tht went for a long gain. Besides that there was no way klein should have saw action. I love fickell as a recruiter! But if he can play bauserman over braxton, he damn sure can play klein over grant... and these types of decision's are what make me nervous, the best man doesnt always win with fickell... jmo
This post was edited by sdot40 17 months ago
perhaps Shaz to MLB, Perry and Grant on the outside with several sophs and fresh to see playing time is a scenario
No cosigliare here, but a little historian...
I see the situation going one of two paths:
(a) Grant steps up - takes over the roll and is "the man". Most of us have some doubts here based on past performance
(b) The defense adopts the "Katzenmoyer" strategem. In 1996, true frosh Andy Katzenmoyer started at the MLB position. He was the Best Option that we had, but he was GREEN. I think he had Rudzinski and Greg Bellisari on either side to take over the play calling. The staff made life simple for Andy - "See Ball. Tackle Ball".
If Grant can't seize the position, then Shazier takes over the play calling and you let young Mike Mitchell learn on the job. He has the sheer speed and size to go sideline to sideline. Simplify the defense and ensure that we are sound in tackling.
Like Katzenmoyer, Mitchell would a strong line in front of him - he should be able to roam without getting caught up in OL in the 2nd level.
I still don't understand the Bauserman over Miller uproar. A senior starting over a freshman isn't all that crazy of a thought, especially with a new head coach. If that was all on Fickell for that decision, then Klein over Grant should fall on Meyer, it's the same concept.
Either way it is in the past.
Really good post with a major nit.
"a) Grant steps up - takes over the roll and is "the man". Most of us have some doubts here based on past performance"
This sems like pure folly.
He could beat out an injured Storm Klein who didn't play in the spring (injury) nor in the fall camps (beat down his gf). That is just too much for me to process.
Going from starter to seeing zero plays is concerning. I still wonder if there is more to it than what we see from the outside. Did coaches want him to solely work on his position and not have him take time away to do special teams? I know the way to the field is through special teams with Meyer, but possibly Grant is an exception right now.
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