Haskins is looking really good, Would like to see Martell run the ball some. Buckeyes really need to score 80 for the committee's "eye test", Being they didn't schedule a Cuyahoga Community College, like Alabama would.
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Post by sportsjock on Sept 1, 2018 18:22:21 GMT -5
A lot of work to do with the LB's. They misread a lot of plays, committed to the wrong gaps and allowed themselves to get sealed down. I'm guessing the safetys did not grade out well either. CB's are very young, did not play too terribly, need some technique polishing. Our DE's are the best in the country. Hope to see great improvement from game one to game two on this side of the ball.
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Post by ronburgandy on Sept 1, 2018 20:12:27 GMT -5
Having Jordan Fuller back in the secondary will make a difference, I think him and Pryor together will be better than Pryor and Went. The linebackers seem to be a question mark for a couple years now which is odd since they have some stud recruits at that position. I’m willing to bet you’ll see a much better performance from them next week. Get Borland back to 100% and Browning/Werner we’re making their first starts ever so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.
That offense is only going to get better and that my friend is very scary. Weber at one point just looked like he couldn't not break lose and run down the field, this season should be one to remember if these boys stay hungry week in and week out.
The offense is exactly where we thought they'd be, but the defense is a different matter. Urban is back this week in practice and most importantly in the video room, where there will be extended hours with the defense this week, no doubt.
Coaches & viewers got a look at a large rotation of players on the defensive side of the ball. It is very apparent, the player analysis has extended into the first game of the season. That is nothing to become alarmed about just yet. Things will become dramatically more focused in the coming weeks.
We are blessed with a tremendous talent pool of young, inexperienced players, who showed their overagressiveness and zeal to make plays, work against them. These kids at LB, Safety and DB need to be more relaxed, be more patient, read your keys better and let the play come to you. Far too often our young LB's read the wrong gap on bubble screens, misdirections and swing passes and got burned. The Safety's were far too aggressive and on the long runs, were nowhere to be found. Far too many blown assignments. The good news is, this is all fixable and it will happen.
Beyond the defensive line, there is no team leaders in the backfield. Expect that to change with the return of Tuff Borland and Jordan fuller. Borland played well and made his presence known the short time he was in there. Justin Hilliard had a decent game and Pete Werner solidified his presence as a starter with a decent game as well.
I think Jordan and Riep will be our starting safeties, once the dust has settled. Expect much less rotation and more consistency and stability in the defensive secondary. The 'leaders' will quickly emerge and set the tone in the mentoring process of their peers.
In the coming weeks, we will continue to enjoy the confident and poised offense. While the progress of the defense, laden with tremendous talent and promise, will be a most interesting study, as the pieces fall in place, the leaders emerge and we begin to see an entire defense that is on the same page, complementing one another.
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Post by Rambo McClain on Sept 2, 2018 7:42:33 GMT -5
What did we learn? Defense needs lots of improvement. JT Barrett really did have a noodle arm and was a ball hog. Dwayne didn't run it 20+ times like JT 'ball hog' Barrett would have. Dwayne found receivers open over 5 yards down field. JT could only find receivers open behind the line of scrimmage.
Post by Willard Fillmore on Sept 2, 2018 12:58:16 GMT -5
What did we learn about Dumbo McClain? He's still a hater and pot stirrer. Not impressed with his schtick.
I prefer Weber over Dobbins now that he's healthy and coach Mick has molded his body. He is now just as fast and quick as Dobbins, but a more physical runner.
I can't remember the last time 64% of an Ohio State defense was a complete failure against arguably the worst team in a Power 5 Conference, playing with it's 2nd string QB.
WAY more important than Haskins' "big" arm is his unbelievable quick release. He makes a decision and the ball explodes out of his hand. I liken it to Peyton Manning's release.
Terry McClaurin is my favorite player on this team. He came in as a heralded WR, worked at his craft, waited his turn, didn't pout, quit or threaten to transfer. Now could be the most respected captain as a 5th year Senior.
The passing "game" is still pretty much the same as before. Mostly short or mid-range passes with majority of yardage being YAC. Still not throwing to the TE much. It "looks" different based on who's throwing the ball.
Ohio State better use Martel and the read option offense as much as possible this year. IF Haskins continues to play at this level, he'll be the the first QB taken in this year's draft. NO reason for him to stay another year. Don't be a Cardale, when you're on top, don't take a chance on staying there.
I predict, with Haskins gone and Martel and the read option offense back next year. Dumbo will return to full hate mode.
I’ll bet anything that Haskins is not leaving Ohio state after this year. Guarantee he’s our starter next year as well.
We can hope, but I'm a realist.
If Haskins continues to play at this level and he leads Ohio State to the playoffs, who is a better Pro QB prospect in college football? Can he afford to blow out a knee? What happened to the draft prospects of the last Ohio State QB who decided to come back for another year when he was on top of the college football world?