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Still not catching the ever-contagious WHINE-FLU!!!
Yes we are young but the pure talent on the defensive side of the ball had me much more optimistic about the defense than our offense. It is too easy too simply blame it on the coaches (although they must burden some of the blame) and it goes relatively unnoticed that our offense is causing our defense a lot of problems as they either go out and score within a minute and a half or they are three and out. This puts our defense on the field a long time which is magnified by our reluctance to rotate players in. However if Urban is agressive and perfectionists he will solve the problem soon. While I am surprised he has not mandated more player rotation and simplification of the defense as yet I am sure he soon will. The true Silver Bullets of the past played with a passion and were all over the field this defense for some reason plays with a hesitancy. They don't even seem for the most part like they are having fun.
“Our defensive scheme needs a lot more diversity. The defense is becoming a lot like the offense used to be. Very predictable and easy to find ways to exploit and gain yardage against.
“We don't have an alpha male amongst the linebackers or safeties. I thought CJ Barnett would be one, but he misses too many tackles. Christian Bryant’s trash talking needs to stop. The young man acts like he's an All-American and is far, far from it.
“Ryan Shazier is faster and a better blitzer off the edge than Noah Spence. Coaches need to recognize that and take advantage of it when they decide to zone blitz. After all, Shazier was a defensive end in high school.
“Adolphus Washington needs to play more. I believe he and Tommy Schutt are more talented than Joel Hale backing up Garrett Goebel. Hope Nate Williams can play a full season and that Michael Bennett comes back soon.
“Le’Veon Bell is going to run wild if we don't meet him at the line of scrimmage or force him to run east/west.”
I don't usually like to copy a whole section BUT this hits the nail on the head big time. What have we been saving the kids for, "sha shing, here's AW, Noah and Tommy!" My god, they should have been playing a ton in the NC games, Yes, we play to win but those were games that they should have played in, it wasn't like the "1st team" was tearing it up. Some fool on game day said that the youngsters could screw up, " have you seen our defense play this year"? Someone noted that Crowell missed an open field tackle, " Have you been watching our defense do that all year long"? Give the damn kids a chance, What are we playing for this year, the mythical tOSU championship, no were playing for nothing, so get them ready for when it does count.....next year...
JT Moore? at MLB ????
You must be talking to Kirk Herbstreit then......
If Anything, I would try Doran Grant at Nickel back.
Bring in Chris Spielman to talk to the "D" and each player individually and critic their play. (Kick their Ass to get motivated)!
So what's worse, a kid that is in position and doesn't make the play OR a kid that's sometimes out of position but we find out IF he can make the plays he' s suppose to make?
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