Buckeye Leaves and Peeves from Ohio State's 45-21 Win Over Florida Atlantic
There is good and bad in every game. Some games have more good than bad, and some games have more bad than good. And some games have no bad for the first nine minutes, and then sometimes more bad than good over the next 51 minutes. This feature is about acknowledging both the bad and good, or whichever stood out to us most.
The running game's lack of production after the first quarter was poor reads and poor play calling - I counted four straight carries for Dobbins that tried to go wide when you could see the defense racing up to cover the running game (more defenders than blockers, the kid did not have a chance). How about establishing a strong push up the middle with play action passes and once they crowd that option try the wide side. The reads of the QB were horrible, other than the first run he kept the ball and got smashed - he needs to study JT Barret a little.
I dont think there is another school that had had more potentially special seasons derailed by inadequate coaching...Studwara and Alford have to be addressed. Unfortunately it wont be in time for this season.
Malik Harrison, anyone? Guy played solid. Fast to the ball, hard hitting. Some great disruption. Leaf worthy for sure.
And while I'm questioning about D, Okudah. Really no leaf from anyone?
And on O, Olave, Fields, Teague in garbage time... Coaches overall use of the TEs.
Not a pretty game for most it. In fact pretty frustrating to watch. But some good individual efforts and nice coaching here and there. Loved the punt return game for at least half of it.
Buckeyeabroad -- This is mostly my fault since I only asked for one leaf or peeve from everyone, but both Harrison and Okudah were outstanding, as were mentioned in The Buckeye Watch and/or the 10 Things piece just posted.
Malik Harrison gets mine as well. That guy is so dang big and physical. He looked like a DE - he'd be great in a true 3-4 scheme. I also thought Jordan Fuller played very well as the single high safety. Finally, the team speed of the Buckeyes on defense was very evident. That D-line was very aggressive and all were fast. I have a peeve for the coaching staff shutting it down with the Vanilla O and D, also not having a smooth transition with the 2's. Giving up that last TD was also a bad beat - that's another story.
Leaf - Larry Johnson. Dude had his troops ready to play and ready to play any position. How many coaches can get a DT to play DE like it's a switch you flip?
Peeve - 2nd team D letting up the last TD and spoiling my game prediction of 45 - 14!
My peeve goes to the coaching staff for allowing a culture of 15 - 30 minute preparation for playing time culture.
Can you read? What kind of response question is that? I sure hope you dont have a degree from OSU...as that level of intellect would lessen the value of all our degrees.
You're just mad that he made an excellent point. How do you even get in the position to have a potentially special season without great coaching? Maybe try answering that legit question without resorting to insults.
I agree Rod, I think a lot of those handoffs were read option and Justin didn't make the right read. He seemed to hand off often when he needed to keep. But I'm sure that's probably a result of Day and Yurcich preaching to him that he needs to use his RBs and not run too often.
Christopher, it already appears that in 2019 the observations from the last 2 years regarding Coach Studrawa are 100% accurate
It only takes a critical position coach to screw up what is otherwise a great coaching staff.
I think your post was pretty clear, but, for the coconut crowd. A potentially great coaching staff can, and almost always is ruined by a position coach here, or a position coach there not delivering.
Go out and buy a brand new car. Test drive it to ensure it runs great. Then after a week you have to have it towed into the shop because you can't even get the thing to start. Is the whole car shot to hell? Not likely. The mechanic comes along and tells you that the transmission modulator is broken. Should you replace the whole car, or should you spend 100 bucks and replace the modulator. A great car turned into a POS all because 1 of the parts of the whole is busted. Same damned thing with a coaching staff. WR coach.....CHECK.....RB Coach.....CHECK....QB Coach.....CHECK....OLine coach.....misfiring.......Without all the pieces the staff is great, but, without a great OLine coach that damned offense "ain't" going anywhere.
Billy Davis for the past 2 years was a fouled piston preventing a potentially great defense, with some of the shiniest parts manufactured. Doesn't matter because the coach sucked. Throw out the bad parts and replace them. In case of the defense last year, the head mechanic had no clue how to get other mechanics to assemble the shiny parts and the freaking parts fell off all over the highway.
Just because a coaching staff is great, it doesn't mean that ALL of that staff is great. A simple concept some find difficult, if not impossible to grasp.