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Its both the players(who aren't tackling) and the coaches who are running the scheme. Lets not put it all on one person....
”Well, it’s not challenging when you go 12-0 and Urban Meyer is your head coach and you’re wearing the Block O on your shirts.”
When the D was dominant for most the past decade everyone said that Heacock was ok but Fickell was the genius that led the charge, I think it's funny now that the D is shitty it's Fickells fault and Heacock is who we need back,I definitely think Fickell and Withers need to get this shit corrected but is that really the only problem? Personnel does not count? Withers is Co DC but who is calling the plays? LBs seem to be the worst positional group and that is Fickells so I agree with that but we have more talent in secondary and DL, to be honest I think the DL is underperforming more than either. I didn't expect wonders from the LBs, I did expect one of the top 5 d lines in the country, they are not horrible but they are not that either.
Perhaps people gave Fickell too much credit that was not necessarily deserved.
I have nothing against Fickell. I want to see him succeed as much as anyone else on this forum. However, what I have observed of his coaching this last year and a half with the added responsibilities leaves an awful lot to be desired.
This post was edited by buckeyeundrgrnd 18 months ago
Last year how many games did it take for this staff to figure out Bauserman should not be starting? Last year how many games did it take to figure out Shazier should be starting? How many games this year will it take to figure out Klein is not the answer, that we need more blitzing, a more aggressive scheme and how many more games will it take to give these young guys a chance (before out may be to late) ?
That is probably correct. I just think there's more to fixing the problem than firing Fickell half way through the season. We are not eligible for a bowl and don't exactly play any great offenses for rest of the year, maybe they can build some momentum. He seems to be dedicated to getting the D fixed at all costs, hopefully one of the young LBs can realize the opportunity that is right in front of them and do what it takes to get on the field and make some plays. Tackling at the second level is where the majority of the big plays are coming from. On the bright side we haven't lost a game to this point even though none of them from a defensive perspective were pretty... maybe outside the MSU game which we all know played into our defensive strengths.
"I just think there's more to fixing the problem than firing Fickell half way through the season." - I agree with you 100%. Noone should be fired during the season.
"We are not eligible for a bowl and don't exactly play any great offenses for rest of the year" - UCF, UAB, Cal and Indiana do not necessarily have great offenses either. I think Michigan is certainly better then any of them.
"He seems to be dedicated to getting the D fixed at all costs" - I agree Fickell wants to fix the D, but I think he spent way too much time working with Bollman and under Tressel to fix things at all costs. Fickell appears to be the defensive equivalent of Bollman ... he keeps doing the same thing over and over again but expects to get different results. He appears too hesitant to play young guys early (i.e., Braxton Miller last year) and seems to coach the D not to lose rather then to go win the game.
Different staff from last year.
Miller started by game 4. The same amount of games it took for Pryor to start.
Shazier was playing special teams and getting some playing time, he became a starter because of an injury.
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