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I found a couple of interesting tidbits from Meyer's presser today and from the players.
First, ALL assistant coaches are back next year unless they leave on their own accord. Let's hope Fickell coaches next year like he did in the second half of THE GAME. Realizing it's hard to play that emotional all year, he had the defense in position to succeed. That didn't always happen. He attacked instead of being reactionary. It was awesome to watch. Carry that momentum and philosophy into next year.
Secondly, loved Fickell's response to Chris Speilman when discussing how Fickell's record against Michigan was less than stellar.
Luke Fickell was asked if he had mentioned to his team the failures that he had suffered as a player against Michigan, as a sort of motivating factor for them.
Fickell, who was 1-3-1 against the Wolverines as a player, chuckled as he answered.
"You can bring it up to Spielman," he began.
"He obviously did the game and he obviously asked something about that, about my record when I was playing, and I wanted to go after him over the table yesterday when I said, 'Hey, you ass, you know how it went. You're gonna bring that up right now? It makes me want to hit you.'
"But I guess in this situation I'm supposed to be more mature than that. It's tough, but it's something that drives you too. Competitors are driven. They know the situation. They know why you do what you do. Because of those situations, it's probably one of the biggest reasons I'm where I am today and I do what I do."
Many on here may think the defense is fixed now.
lot of great stuff in that interview I agree.....
Liked how Urban talked about having an edge and having an "angry" team....one with an attitude that has a chip in their shoulder and is pi$$ed off!!
I would put a good bit of money on Fickell being "encouraged" to take an HC job somewhere.
There's no such thing.
Offense, defense and special teams need to be fixed every week. Something Urban says in his interviews.....to the effects of 'what kind of players do we/you have? Angry pi$$ed off ones or complacent ones'
It's more about getting players to respond...and having an angry edge and not being distracted by those outside distractions....just as much as it is how well a coach is doing.
You can have the greatest coaches in the world coaching a kid who has all the intangibles and accolades...but if he doesn't respond or listen to what he's being coached to do....it's not going to work.
My money went on that bet long ago.
i was one of the loudest against fickel, but the fact is after the indiana game, this defense improved BIG time. even if you really look at the numbers and the points against, think about how many td's we gave up on special teams and setting our defense up horribly. i think the biggest reason for this is ryan shazier decided he wants to learn how to tackle. think about how many points we gave up in the first 5 games due to shazier, then think about where and when our improvement began. when shazier took the mindset of being the best player on the field by having self control, our defense followed, along with moving boren to mlb. boy, not to knock the kid or anything, but how bad is curtis grant that it took zack boren 2 weeks to learn mlb and he's now had 2 years?
When I listen to the presser....it doesn't give me the impression that he wants Fickell gone.....not at all.
The coaching round a bout hasn't ended so as of now they are coming back. I'll be more confident when I see all those vacant positions filled.
"The only thing That Team Up North will be tasting this year is the salty tears of defeat" - UFM
funny thing is Spielman is only 2-2 vs. Michigan,, wouldn't be talking if I was Spielman
I would like some of this action... I say Fickell stays any bettors....
Put your money where your mouth is
This is a nothing statement.. please elaborate
Elaborate means say something based on something... oh wait you said nothing.
Is fixed as in they were good enough to beat Wisconsin and Michigan with the offense less than stellar. I believe that is what happen so I assume that is what you meant.. don't know
Sofla alert! Sofla alert!
Fickell proved last year that he is no head coach so he will be staying.
12-0 is a tough pill for some to swallow. CHOKE ON IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
“Look down at me and you see a fool;
look up at me and you see a god;
look straight at me and you see yourself”
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and figure in Fick's "shared" victories as part of JT's staff, not bad..
Im hearing that kelly Might leave Oregon for the NFL most likely to philly. I just hope they don't come for Meyer,
Why would Urban go to that dump? He's home...relax.
There are only 2 teams that can take Urban away from tOSU and they do not play Division1...........Family and Health.
We know God can't because if He could, Urban would be at Notre Dame.
I have long said that it puzzles me why Oregon can't recruit better. The facilities and Phil "Daddy Warbucks" Knight should go along way. While were on it, how is Phil Knight allowed to give so much to the Athletic Department and it doesn't violate NCAA rules, yet our guys sold some of their own stuff and we had to endure the media barrage for the past year an a half?
I think Urban is home and the only way he leaves is to retire. There are no better jobs in the Country; local talent pool, fans nationally, booster backing, revenue generating and stadium. Only job that comes close is Texas and that is for the money aspect and recruits. The stadium is nothing to write home about.
Urban is a keeper until he wants to leave and ride off into the sunset.
Only reason Meyer entertained Notre Dame was because Tressel was kicking ass at his dream job, THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY.
Ding Ding DIng !!!!!
Too logical, too obvious, too simple, therefore unacceptable to this board...
The downside of going 12-0 is that it covers up a lot of blotches and blemishes.
Fickell no doubt coached a defensive masterpiece by holding scUM to zero points in the second half. That no doubt was their best performance of the year--esp with a Michigan offense that was lighting it up the previous few weeks.
I think one of the biggest improvements from last year to now are the halftime adjustments this coaching staff has been able to make on both sides of the ball. We didn't even see that much in the Tressel era.
The key thing for Fickell if he remains on this staff-- and he will for better or worse now unless he's hired away, is for him to do a better job of knowing how best to utilize defensive players. For instance, if a defender is just over 240 lbs, he should be a LB'er not a DE now unless he's over 6'4." There are exceptions clearly but to tell a defender that if he puts on weight to weigh in at around the 240 mark that he should learn how to play with his hand in the dirt is ridiculous. Zach Boren is an exception only because he wasn't recruited here to play LB'er.
Also it'll be incumbent upon Fickell as the lead coordinator, to push his assistants to teach the fundamentals. Too often over the past two seasons we've seen our DBs drop too many would-be INTs. As if they don't expect for the ball to ever come to them. They need to practice catching balls, in particular Barnett and Bryant. Bryant did an excellent job in coverage late in the 4th Q with those two Gardner passes, however he also could've just as easily intercepted that first one. Barnett fortunately caught the ball but he bobbled it a bit as well. Not to nitpick but our safeties will need to become better pass catchers in the open field. They need to be taught how whenever a ball's in the air--no matter where on the field, to go for it. Don't let it drop to the ground or fly out of bounds. Make a play on it if you can because the whole point is to end the offensive drive as quickly as possible. If they're at 3rd down and the ball is deflected and hits the turf, don't feel good because they still have one more down to try and make a play. Your job should be to again, end the drive ASAP.
The other thing is to learn how to land on a loose ball quicker and more effectively. Fortunately for us, we didn't lose to many of those battles the other day. But I've seen in more than a few games this season when we didn't.
Our guys were usually trying to pick the ball up and run it in for a score. Fine. The most important thing though is to first and foremost recover the ball.
And finally and most importantly, tackling!
Tackling was an issue throughout this season. Fickell can be upset with Spielman all he wants but the fact is he needs to bring him in so he can offer a crash course in tackling fundamentals 101 because we can ill afford to go into another season missing tackles the way we had vs Denard the other day and most especially as we had vs Cal early on. Just as it's the case with landing on the ball to ensure we recover it, it's equally essential to make sure you get the guy down on the ground as opposed to going for the big hit which is more often than not a miss.
All of this and more will rest on Fickell's shoulders and so since it looks like he'll be sticking around for another year, he'll need to address these matters. If not and if things with this defense don't improve, then even if we run the table again, he'll need to go for sure.
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