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“We’re very satisfied with where we’re at right now,” Meyer said, addressing the media for the first time since the close of the college football season. “A year ago at this time, we were getting ready to start our 5 a.m. ‘conversations’ outside after people were late for meetings. We were still trying to finalize our staff, and we had a group of offensive linemen that were didn’t really have much confidence and trust in.
“A year later, we have a lot of positive things. We have to get better in a lot of different areas. However, it’s a whole different approach.”
Meyer said the coaching staff will focus on two things as it launches into a team meeting this afternoon.
“Our mantra is going to be truth and our mantra is going to be fundamental improvement,” he said. “Truth means exactly that – you have a good season and there’s a lot of conversations about things that shouldn’t be discussed because it’s not true. For example, ‘Are you guys going to go do this next year?’ No, we’re probably not unless we get a lot better. Like, a lot better. And then, fundamentally, we are not where we need to be.”
“If you want to be a very functional football team, there has to be some self-driven leadership amongst groups,” he said. “It’ll be interesting to see how it gets done because it’s on the players.”
so if you listen, the proverbial gauntlet just fell on someone's desk....
which player is going to step up? who fills Simon's shoes in this department?
calls out the (current) QBs at 1:25 and
HIGH praise for Roby at 3:05 (roughly)
ESPIN has an article from Urb, where they, I'm assume by their editorial process, has Urban stating they're not ready to compete with Alabama.
I appreciate his honesty. He doesn't blow smoke up his team's ass. He tells them what he sees.
ESPIN is laying the foundation to pit OSU against the SEC; as the team to challenge their dominance.
Just to think how far the program has come in two years.
"man we got some fuckin weirdos on this site." - Davebucknut 9/5/13 post of the year
“I was fortunate enough to be at the championship game. I think probably the best fundamental team I’ve seen this year won that game,” Meyer said Friday.
“That’s with leverage, blocking, tackling and all the things of how you win football games.”
Meyer is quite familiar with what it takes to win at that level. He knows what it feels like to hold that crystal football, to look out across the see of people celebrating under a confetti sky. He has touched the pinnacle of college football, he has tasted the waters and knows that nothing else will ever quench his unquenchable thirst.
“Twenty-four, seven, every second of our life,” Meyer quickly responded when asked how often he thinks about catching Alabama for that top spot in college football’s pecking order.
“I wont say we’re just trying to catch them. (Texas) A&M beat them, and I’ve watched that game a bunch. I watched Oregon against Kansas State. Those are two of the finest programs in America. We have to go catch them. Everyone’s trying to catch the best. Some people are trying to catch us.”
Interesting call out on Braxton. Sure would appear as if the flame within BM is still running a little cool for UFM's liking
How firm thy friendship O-HI-O
This is where I really, really respect Meyer. He knows he has a good thing going, but he knows he is not at the elite level yet. Elite coaches are honest about this...that is why Meyer is an elite coach.
There has to be.
What I want to see is a return to vocal leadership. We haven't had that in about five years.
I want those guys who in the spur of the moment will be coaches on the field. Who'll snatch up one of their teammates when they're not performing properly.
I want to see a D.J. Fluker-like moment. That moment in the $EC title game when the Tide had fallen behind and couldn't seem to mount any form of a significant offensive attack. Then the OL became so enraged that he yelled at his unit and teammates on the field to get it together. From that point forward, they pounded the Bulldogs into submission.
This "leadership by committee" is fine but I'd take vocal, in-your face leadership anyday. "Leadership by committee" often doesn't relay to the team any sense of urgency. You need guys who're able to do that.
Everyone can't be PC and ho hum when it comes to leadership. Braxton is a competitor and has innate athletic ability but no one from the outside sees him as this team's leader-- not yet anyway.
Being voted a team captain doesn't make you a leader. Leaders are those who transcend position on the team along with upper and underclassmen status.
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