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he wouldn't let his players pose in the Playboy All-American magazine edition, he said, "Cause you can't play football with an erection."
So how do we know Meyer doesn't want Moore or Klein to be on the field?
Fans always fall in love with young players who come in and make a few big plays. But how many times do we see one of these guys take a starting job and really struggle? Think of Howard last year and Shazier so far this year. Athletic ability really can only take you so far. Just about any coach would start an average veteran who knows the defense over a young player who will make a few big plays but line up in the wrong spot or miss his assignment half the time. I suspect this is the case with Klein and Moore... the defense needs discipline and leadership and you're usually not going to find that with underclassmen.
Play the young guys situationally and during leads unless the vets become a liability (ala Bauserman) or the freshmen prove they can handle being an every down player.
I was surprised when Meyer brought in Withers to co-D with Fickell. Now I know why! Keep Fickell on as LB coach.
This post was edited by mgdeal on 9/18/2012 at 5:05 PM
It absolutely amazes me that the first time performance is not what expected, or something happens that isn't expected, the response from sooo many OSU "fans" is "fire the coaches." It's annoying to say the least. I was one of the "first responders" on here to say that I expected more from the DL, so I'm not one of the "homers" that many of the super-critics like to dismiss.
But, we should all recognize that we don't know much about what goes on at the practice field or behind coaches' doors. People should therefore be a bit more circumspect, and especially less hasty, to advocate canning people. I suspect that these critics certainly wouldn't want to be held to anything close to the standard they set for others at their own jobs.
Remember with the old staff how everyone was complaining about what a "great athlete" Sabino was, and how he should be starting? Perhaps his current play is indicative of what the old staff saw and knew about him.
I'm no super-fan of Coach Fickell, and have criticized the failure to use press coverage and a more attacking scheme not only this year, but in other years. But, if those schematic patterns continue, whose responsibility is it? It's Meyer's--he can see what the rest of us see, and is entirely more discriminating with his vision than we are. It's not coincidence that the D dialed up more blitzes against Cal, and I hope Meyer/Fickell/Withers see the need for more press coverage and more substitution on the DL. Our DL has not shown the physicality necessary to dominate, and at a minimum the players need to be rotated a bit more so that they stay fresh and can apply the maximum phsyicality and pressure throughout the game, especially the 4th quarter.
But fire Fickell? Give us a break--let's see what happens this year. And, let's face it, the LB talent simply isn't there. Sabino has not progressed as everyone hoped, Shazier is playing like an inexperienced sophomore, and Grant has shown that he is no Katzenmoyer. Maybe Grant will turn into a fine LB, and I suspect Shazier will be a fine LB, but neither one is there yet.
Barnett and Bryant have been inconsistent throughout their careers, and have been so in the first three games. Surprise, surprise. Wish it were different, but perhaps these players have reached their respective plateaus. I remember when Doss came here, he was excellent as a freshman--it didn't take him 3 or 4 years to blossom. Sure, some start slow and blossom, but others never pan out. But, as long as the D continues to have the above shortcomings, it won't be a great D, and I don't think that can be laid entirely at Fickell's feet. At least not yet. Now if play doesn't improve as the season progresses, then maybe a reassessment will be needed. But, even a reassessment should be subject to the caveat that "you can't make a silk purse out of sow's ear." Fickell has to play the best he has.
But let's face facts. We don't have Doss back there making plays at the LOS to stuff the run, or the consistent play of Nickey. We don't have Hawk and Carpenter at the LB position, nor even the level of play we received from Schlegel. Unless I'm mistaken, I don't think Fickell can conjure these players.
So let's not rush to fire everyone in sight just yet.
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