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Fickell learned the art of coaching from Jim Tressel and now our defense is adhering to the Tressel philosophy. The whole bend but don't break mentality. The goal of making the game boil down to special teams and have our kicker and punter be better than theirs. The idea that the only measure for success is point total. This is Luke Fickell.
Is his philosophy wrong? Not if everyone else involved believes in it. If all coaches agree and are rowing in this direction, then the boat is going to matriculate towards the goal. It becomes an issue when a few coaches have this philosophy while others (the head coach) do not.
What is Urban's philosophy. I am a 2 time Bowling Green Alumni and was fortunate to be there during the Meyer tenure. I best describe his philosophy as the Powell Doctrine of football. Point total is not the only measure that matters to Urban. He wants to use overwhelming force to break the will of the opposition and end any doubt as to who will win the game as soon as possible. Urban does not want to see close games where the victory hangs in the balance. He wants to see sheer and utter dominance. The game where this became clear to me was September 14, 2002 when Missouri felt his wrath. Meyer and his Falcon's did not just beat Missouri they scored and scored and when they could of ran the clock they kept throwing and ran a trick play and scored some more. This was Meyer's first head coaching position but it was clear from the beginning squeaking out victories is not enough for this coach.
Where do we go from here? I think this is an amazing opportunity for our assisting coaches to become better coaches. Loose the stubbornness and develop new and improved strategies. In my opinion if Fickell and Vrabel aren't around next year it is because they choose not to adhere to the Meyer philosophy and thus change their coaching strategy. If they adapt to what Meyer wants then we could be looking at an excellent coaching staff for years to come. The ball is in Fickell and Vrabel's court Meyer is giving them a chance to adapt and become better coaches if they choose not to it is on them. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink.
Here is the BGSU box score from the Mizzou game.
Sorry, can't see any blame being put on Vrable. By all accounts, the defensive line is playing reatively well. It's the sceme, poor tackling, and being unagressive with our DBs.
I really like Fickle, but he has to drop his Tresssel ways and start to be more agressive.
The only thing on Vrable in my opinion is his lack of rotation on the line. I thought the DLine looked gassed by the middle of the fourth. Simon was huffing and puffing between plays and I saw Hank jogging behind the play in pursuit. Never saw that before, but I rarely see our defense on the field for that amount of time. We don't have the depth we thought we'd have, but it's better than this. Slot in a young guy once in a while to play to his strengths while you give a starter a short breather. Would it kill us to let Spence rush the passer on an obvious passing down? You develop kids better that way too. I don't know as much as the coaches do, God knows, but I surely wonder.
"according to a source familiar with the goings on behind the doors of the WHAC,there is absolutely no panic.Actually, quite the contrary."
Unfortunately, the personnel on defense is pretty much the same as last year and they haven't individually improved their skills much. The defensive philosophy is going to have to change before we get any better. Playing zone in the backfield and taking no chances with blitzes is giving the qbs just too many easy pitch and catches. We're going to have to start playing more pressure man to man and get in the face of the qb's with linebackers. The bend and don't break defense isn't working.
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