Mailbag: Will the Ohio State Defense Have Michigan's Problems?
Welcome to the first post-spring mailbag of the Ryan Day Era. Fifteen practice have come and gone, but some concerns still remain. Buckeye fans got to see the spring game and have read and heard plenty about their team, but they still have questions. Thankfully, this mailbag is designed to answer some of those questions.
In answer to the article title, the OSU defense HAS had scum's problems the past 2 years- and others. The idea is to fix it. I don't want the 2019 defense to look anything like the UM or OSU disasters from the past 2 years- whether that be overrated due to competition, underperforming due to scheme, etc. The best answer is that the defense go back to looking like the Silver Bullet D that had been the pride of the team for a couple decades.
OSU's defense was terrible in 2018, and average in 2017. Making change was needed on defense. Good moves on that side of the field, so far.
OSU's back 7 on D lacked key fundamentals and were gouged mainly by big plays rather than constant long drives mostly due to poor angles. As was said, we have better talent, but more importantly, MI never faced a top tier passing game until the revenge tour got cancelled at OSU, hence they were exposed with no time to correct.
Recall 2018 Spring Game QB Combined Stats:
Martell 5-16-1 28 yards, 0 TD
Haskins 9-19-0 120 yards, 1 TD
Burrow 15-22-0 238 yard, 2 TD
Lots of people screamed to have Burrow be the starter, and we all saw how that turned out.