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  • Okay...just got done watching the tape again. Here's my thoughts for those of you that care, or wanna argue lol.

    OFFENSE

    -Brax is starting to scare me for a number of reasons. 1) because he's starting to have Denard Robinson syndrome where he goes down every game. 2) While I like that he's trying to stand in and make the "quarterback play", he seems to have lost some of his instinctual play that made him such a dangerous weapon at QB. Handing to running backs when he should keep it, and getting sacked because he's trying to stand in to make the QB play.

    -Dontre Wilson is going to be a superstar. Staff needs to get and think of as many different ways to get him the ball as possible. PERIOD. He's the best playmaker in this offense besides Braxton Miller right now. Which leads me to my next point...

    -These wide receivers are solid. But we other than Wilson or Miller have no game breakers right now. So the bubble screens, jet sweeps, quick hitches aren't going to do anything but make this a chain moving offense. WHICH IS WHY YOU ARE SEEING A TEAM WHO DOESN'T WIN LIKE OREGON right now people. So get used to it.

    -Rod Smith/Zeke Elliot/Warren Ball should be the starting tailbacks or the rotation. NO OFFENSE TO JORDAN HALL AT ALL BY THIS...but Hall doesn't punish the interior defense nor making them press the box like all of the bigger more physical backs mentioned. Smith Elliot Ball committee allows Hall to work the slot and use his versatility and make this offense work best IMO.

    -Offensive Line played better today and as they gain the reps and mesh again, along with Decker, who played FAR BETTER today, this will form as a strength to this team as the season progresses.

    -Kenny Guiton IS the best backup in college football. But...make no mistake...he's a backup. Arm isn't there. Bottom line. He can come in and still allow you to run your play book, but he doesn't stretch the field and he didn't today. Disagree? Watch the tape. Outside of 20 down the seams and far side throws of 15 he's inaccurate and ball has too much air. Great GREAT performance by him today, and wonderful to have a class kid like him, and leader like him on the field!

    -Overall...execution was very good, but once again, what this team has "lacked", IMO, which was brought up in a previous post, is a killer instinct. Disagree? Buffalo; 23-0, aggressiveness and urgency died, mistakes occurred and Buffalo got semi back in the game. San Diego State; 35-0, went to a vanilla defense at the end of the first half, almost cost us 7. Came out from half with the ball, two penalties/mental errors and punt. Tied second half 7-7. That's lacking killer instinct IMO. Defense was worlds better today and SDSU is awful so it didn't bite us like it did last week.

    DEFENSE

    -Much much MUCH...better effort today. The hustle was better. The want was better. The intensity was better. The play calling was more aggressive except for spots in the game. Luke Fickell needs to use games like this where we can simply "out athlete" people, and let the dogs off the chain even if it means mistakes are made. This defense is young. Let them play aggressive and fast during these Baby Huey games so that hopefully the game slows down for the Trey Johnson's, the Joey Bosa's, the Michael Hill's, the Vonn Bell's, etc...etc...speaking of the youth...

    -Joey Bosa is a freaking man child. Best freshman player thusfar on sheer impact through two games. Even more so than Dontre Wilson. Bosa's is a future All Big Ten for sure, and very possibly the next tree planted in Buckeye Grove. He's THAT GOOD. Can play end, and move inside and play a rush 3 technique. Plays with intensity, high motor, and doesn't give up on anything. Reminds me of a more naturally physically gifted John Simon. Prototypical NFL size. When he puts it together and it slows down for him? Wow...sky's the limit.

    -Thank God Bradley Roby is back. Instantly proved how valuable he is to this defense. Amanti Reeves goes back to where he belongs and did a very solid job BTW for all the critics here who bashed him last week...nickel corner. He's a REDSHIRT FRESHMAN folks...he's a damn good kid, and he did the best he could in a situation he was pressed into last week. But Roby put all the pieces back together again. Don't sleep on CJ Barnett being back either. Assignments from experience weren't missed that last year were due to sheer experience at this level.

    -Joel Hale will be replaced by Michael Hill at some point this season. You heard it here first. Michael Hill is a bigger body, more active and requires more interior line attention from opponents, and flat out is a better player folks. The only reason he's not starting right now is that the staff is afraid to put a true freshman in the middle of a B1G defensive line. Nothing against Hale, but he's a backup who's keeping the seat warm until Hill can be trusted with more of the load. Disagree? Then why did we see Hill in there more than last week? Why were we seeing Chris Carter being showcased out there for a portion of the game? Better question, when 3rd down came up, and Bosa slid inside to rush...who left the field? I would go so far as to say that with our depth at DE...why not start Bosa and Spence on the edge and move Diesel inside with Bennett and rotate Hill? That's my take.

    -I'm in love with the youth and when they come of age...this defense will be on par with Bama. Yeah I said it.

    -LAST AND CERTAINLY NOT LEAST...LINEBACKERS. Much maligned lately. Saw an excellent post giving us a year by year breakdown of our recruiting of the position and whats become of them. It was ugly. Real ugly. It's not hard to explain why we are struggling at the position. I'm not gonna pull punches here, and the blame can be spread around...here we go.

    1) Talent evaluation at the position hasn't been good. That falls on Tressel's staff, and Fickell. Let me make this clear...I'm not here saying fire Luke Fickell. That's ridiculous. Luke Fickell is as OHIO STATE AS OHIO STATE GETS. He led this team through a very difficult 11' campaign and he did it with Buckeye pride and respect. And I think the people here OWE HIM MORE THAN WHAT HE'S GOTTEN. But...Whiting was a bust. Storm Klein was a bust. Andrew Sweat was average. Etteine Sabino was average. A slew of injuries Crowell, McVey, Hagen. Meanwhile OHIO GUYS like Borland from Wisky, Monheim from Illinois, Ryan from TSUN, were there to be had and got no offers. You can't miss like that consistently folks. And then losing recruiting battles for Jordan Hicks to Texas and Trey DePriest to Bama on top of that. Those are 5 premier backers that should've been at Ohio State.

    2) You have to start looking at player development at the position. Bottom line. Minus Ryan Shazier, who else recently came in and significantly raised their games?

    That said, Curtis Grant played average today. He was serviceable. But his effort today still isn't good enough. Watch him specifically on tape. He plays with little instinct. I can see him thinking and trying to diagnose the play before he moves. I saw multiple times he wasn't in position, and he gets scraped off far too often and swallowed up in the hole from poor angles. Against San Diego State and Buffalo he gets by on average and gets away with it. Call me back when we play Bama, tsun, etc...where the athletes are better across the board, and the coaching staffs can attack him with those athletes...I think he's a liability. And unfortunately unless Mike Mitchell can put it together which is an awful lot to ask of a true freshman...we're getting what we're getting this year. I conclude with this...we need to be right on most of these 13' guys, (Berger, Hubbard, McMillan, Booker).

    OVERALL

    Better this week than last. And that's what you need to do. Win the game, and be better this week than last, and work on getting better the following. There were weeds in the roses. But really guys? We won by 5 touches with our backup quarterback playing THE ENTIRE GAME. Be happy and move on! lol We could've lost at home to doormat Washington State cough*USC*cough. We could've gave up 550 yards RUSHING...RUUUUUUSHING! cough*Texas*cough. It's a great time to be a Buckeye!

    O-H!

  • MattC509

    Lol, we're not going to show our hand against these kind of teams. We'll pull out the real juicy stuff against Wisconsin and B1G teams.

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  • MattC509

    Btw, appreciate your thoughts. +1

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  • Braxton is much improved. He looked like he was on his way to a big day before he got hurt.

    Now for injuries. He needs to grow a pair and man up.

  • davebucknut said... (original post)

    Braxton is much improved. He looked like he was on his way to a big day before he got hurt.

    Now for injuries. He needs to grow a pair and man up.

    Agree, to the extent that I don't know the severity of the injury. Bosa is John Simon with better talent (Simon was by far one of my favorites of all time, bleed scarlet and grey, true BUCKEYE). We are still learning a lot about all the freshmen, but, we better get our shit together over the next 2 weeks

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  • Great post! I agree with every detail of your post, besides curtis grant... coming from a former D1 mike, Grant looked good. He's excellant in run support and playing downhill, he's coached to "buzz his feet in place, until he reads his keys". One false step is deadly for a mike, so "if you dont know, don't go" is the motto. The funny thing about speed is it can either get you in the play faster, or out of the play faster. All in all he's looking better each week, and i can't see anyone taking his spot away this year.