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I am very happy for the win. I am not very happy with much of what happened during the game.
Where to start? Oh, I know! I'll start with the mess the offensive unit is in short yardage situations. Last week, it was an end of half opportunity from the 1-yard line. Carlos Hyde got stuffed. This week, it was a 4th and 1 play from their own 49-yard line. The defender knifed in and spun Braxton Miller like a top. Something has to be done? It is panic time? No. But the reality is that last week it was a MAC school and this week it was a C-USA school. That is simply unacceptable. Argue if you like, but facts are facts. It cost the Buckeyes 7 points last week (no TD) and 3 this week (UCF's ensuring possession resulted in a FB).
Now, Hyde did get a later 4th down conversion and that makes me happy, but there is no way that this team should be 1 for 3 in those kinds of situations.
Let's look at the flip side of that short yardage stuff. The Buckeyes defense had 3rd and goal at the 2. Play action absolutely sucked Ryan Shazier in and he was burnt for a TD. That play tells you just how much Shazier has to learn. He's a tremendous talent, but he's still raw. In the 3rd quarter, the Buckeyes had a set of downs inside the 5. They yielded a TD. Another short yardage 4th down in the 4th and the Buckeyes stood up to the pressure. I know you can't win them all, but you should "expect" to.
Now speaking of Hyde, through two games, I am impressed with his play right now. He's not playing at an All-American level. He's doing yeoman's work though and is putting up positive yards...and he's not going down on first contact. He is still developing, but I like what I see so far. Let's hope the knee is ok.
Over the last few years under Jim Tressel and then Jim Bollman, I complained a lot about the inevitable lull in the offense during the games. They would be clicking along and suddenly, it would be a disjointed heap on the field for a period of time. Sometimes it was a series. Others, a quarter. A perfect example of this is the loss to Illinois in 2007. Well, it looks to me that in the Pontiff's Era, it has stayed the same. At the beginning of this game, the Buckeyes offense was pretty and smooth. Then suddenly, it looked like something the cat wouldn't even lick up. It was the reverse of last week, when the 1st quarter was nasty.
Something needs to be worked on for consistency. That's the bottom line there.
I said last week that I am not convinced that Miller can win a game for the Buckeyes with his arm. I am still not convinced by that. Case in point is the dreadfully underthrown ball that was intercepted at the end of the 3rd qtr. Miller's legs could win a horse race, though. The kid is special when he's toting the rock. The problem is that you have a QB that is the center of your offense (as most QBs are) and you are putting him into harm's way a lot. The Pontiff said he wants Miller to carry the ball only 12-14 times a game. That's not going to be the case, it seems. If you need his legs this much against lesser conference opponents, the you might have some issues come B1G time.
Miller did 20+ times and completed , but how many were down field over 15 yards and completed? I counted zero. Miller was 18 of 24 but for only 155 yards
Who is with me on this: the Buckeyes are not showing up defensively you would expect them to. When I think of the Buckeyes defense, I recall the Silver Bullets. Pressure. Tenacity. Speed. I glimpses of that, but I don't see enough. Actually, I don't see much pressure at all. Luke Fickell needs to step it up.
Now, having said that, it was great to see the INTs out the D today. Howard is having a great season thus far with 3 picks. You have be concerned about his durability. He was attended to by trainers at least 3 times today. Orhian Johnson in the star is better than OJ at safety.
Can we talk about the sloppiness of the Buckeyes. Ten penalties? Really? There had better be gassers on the Woody until every from the starters to the walk-ons to Meyer's secretary all need chum buckets. There is no excuse for 10 penalties. Fix it.
Anyone else notice the exchange between Meyer and Mike Vrabel? That is something to note for the future.
Calling a TO with 3 seconds left and down by 15 was a douchey move by O'Leary.
Injuries to Howard and Hyde are a big concern.
Who's hot: Miller's legs, Jonathan Hankins, Travis Howard, Philly Brown, Ohrian Johnson
Who's not: Luke Fickell's short yardage packages, Carlos Hyde (knee), Ben Buchanan's hang time, Zach Boren (fumble, 2.3 avg), Joey Galloway's white suit, Rod Smith (fumble on the exchange).
National President of the Sky is NOT Falling Club
hopefully Barnett is OK! Braxton is hot but damn, 27 carries...too many for my taste.
I think Vrabel and Meyer's conversation may continue behind closed doors!! Lol.
Fickell, Yikes and I agree with your assessment of Braxton and his passing...
injuries: Howard, Bennett, Williams, Hall, Hyde...Barnett came up gingerly...
BTW, outside of the TD catch...WHERE the he'll is STONEY or SHazier?!?!?
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by Griffinfeb 22 months ago
Too many penalties, bad two punts, bad tackling at times, no DL pressure until Miller got in and weak RB play between Hyde and Smith.
UCF could be a lot of Big Ten teams.
I'm impressed with the progress made by Miller. He still throws some very bad balls sometimes, but the guy had a game in which he completed 1 pass last year, and today he completed all but 5 of them, and kept the turnovers to 1. The other thing that impressed me were some of his quick reads, getting the ball out early and putting it on the money.
I expected Stoney to have a much bigger role.
Philly Brown, on the other hand, has been a pleasant surprise.
My your liqueur be cold, your women be hot, and all your problems slide off like snot.
amen on Philly, yes he has!!
Great write. I loved it.
The Father, The Son... well, it's the
The Holy Trinity... as I see it.
Not sure I agree.....LOVE Braxton, but I need to see him stop under throwing deep balls consistently and throwing behind receivers consistently. he has the swing ass down and the 6 yd hitch. He needs a lot more consistency passing intermediate and down the field. it may not be a populr comment but its true. he obviously has great vision and mobility!
O'Leary didn't call the timeout. You could see him shaking his head when it was called.
I knew people would be talking shit..... Braxton is in the the top 3, 4, or 5 for heisman right now. Not impressed with him throwing the ball? He had a great zip on all of his balls. No wobbly, terrible under or over throws for him this year. He looks great.
A couple of bad plays in the secondary and our defense is fine... We roll on. Devin smith looks great too
He's certainly not at the level we'd like him to end up at in terms of throwing the ball, but I don't know how you can watch and not say that he's improving. Didn't see the deep ball today, but like I said, aside from the ball he threw behind Smith and the pick, I don't remember seeing any bad throws.
My point was that he's starting to look more comfortable. He's throwing those 10 yard outs and hitches well, and I liked the play where he had the defender in his face, and he stayed in and made the throw for a 10-yard gain.
This post was edited by TheDudeAbides45 22 months ago
Heater, nice writeup I totally agree. Glad for the win, but they have a lot of work to do.
Completely agree @thedudeabides45. Watching the buckeyes pass game last year compared to this year is a complete 180. We couldn't even complete passes this year. I am happy with short passes and some intermediate ones. We need to work more on the deep ball but that's all I can say that Braxton didn't look good passing wise. Plenty of work to be done but atleast completing passes on regular basis is abetted then last year.
Too many penalties. Too many mixed up plays. Defense was impressive on a few drives, but for the most part not that impressive.
Impressed with -Philly brown, Braxton, adolphus, orhian, offensive line looks pretty good in my opinion.
Not impressed with - overall pressure from d line, Hyde or rod smith, pursuit angles and tackling, and communication still is not good from defensive backs
I don't know how much of it is coaching or players being dumb, but they need to be smarter and clean things up.
This post was edited by RyGuy35 22 months ago
Take away te 1st q last week and BM is 31-41 since then. That's 75% so not really worried about his arm just yet. I think they have been playing very vanilla on both sides of he ball thus far.
I think that UCF is better then purdue, indiana, Illinois and Minnesota. And maybe even Pedo state.
Last week, the offense really started to click when we picked up the tempo. Today, the tempo never really picked up. I know we want 85+ plays per game, but with Brax getting the majority of touches and some more serious question marks at RB than I thought there would be (Urb hollering at Dunn after the backfield mixup looked like a coach yelling at a player who doesn't really know the offense), I think the O is going to be a half step slow in the 4th quarter. And unless the D can start doing a more consistent job of getting three and outs or winning the field position battles, we need to help them stay off the field.
I don't think I'm a fan of the CBs playing off. We may get more INTs, but we are giving up a lot of passing yards too.
The D-line has not been as impressive as I thought they would be so far. They are getting some pressure, but they are not finishing. I think I would move Simon back inside and go with Spence more. And Hankins should never line up at DE. Did Nate play at all? I don't remember seeing him out there.
Stoneburner needs to be much more involved. I think I would move him back to TE. He is a mismatch.
Somebody reported in pregame that Bennett and Williams were not in pads today.
I am not saying that BM is not progressing. He is. However he needs work on some things. Mechanics. Duane Long has a great write up about it.
Heater you have to understand if you point out that Miller needs a TON of work on his downfield passing then you are obviously ignoring all the good he has done.
I'm with you on your analysis and I will go as far as to say in not convinced that he has improved as a passer as much as we have moved to a scheme that asks him to make a high volume of short easy passes which every D1 QB is capable of making.
He is a RB playing QB but he's so good with his legs we can get by.
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