Sore For Now, Justin Fields Will Be Ready For November
With just under 10 minutes remaining in the third period of Saturday's game against Wisconsin, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields faked the hand-off to running back JK Dobbins, kept the ball, and then took off over the left side for a 10-yard touchdown run. He took a big hit from Badger safety Eric Burrell at the goal line, went airborne and then landed hard on his back in the end zone.
Ohio State is near the bottom of the B1G in sacks allowed this season. If the offensive line doesn't get it together when it comes to pass protection, then I worry about the future health of our elite quarterback. I really hope they take advantage of the bye week to improve their blocking skills to protect OSU's most important player.
I like Justin Fields' replies. He's the one guy who can't be replaced. Cross your fingers everyone!
I would venture a guess that about half the sacks Fields has taken are because he held the ball too long. That is not on the OL, but the QB.
Let's not forget who we played. Wisconson had the number one defense in the country.
yes, agree he sometimes holds the ball and takes an unnecessary sack, where he could throw it away. but guess he's also made something out ofa busted play too, so maybe he just has to get better with when to hold and when to fold! the OL could be better in pass block, but not quite as bad as the numbers say. and the run-blocking this year is so much better, so don't want to throw those guys under the bus!
Urban Meyer said it best, a quality OB needs to be a leader, tough, intelligent and know how to extend plays and get first downs.
Check all of those for Fields last Saturday. He never fumbled, panicked or threw pics, he held on to the ball when drilled by Orr and took some shots, but got up and played. He led OSU to score in 6 of 7 possessions and made some key first downs and cracked open WI's D with a spin move and then a 25 yard scramble and a dive into the end zone.
No doubt WI's front 7 is good and came in angry, 4 out of our 5 OL starters are new, so Munford and the OL need to pass block better. Remember our O was hampered by the rain and put OSU into some unfamiliar 3rd and longs, but it dominated in the 2nd half as we ran the ball on them for over 250+ yards.
5. To Fields it was better to hold on then to throw a pic or pic 6 in that type of weather environment.
6. No doubt the OL, especially Munford need to pass block better, especially during passing downs.
True, but that tends to happen when it's raining sideways and better to take a sack then throw a pic six that could swing the game or the reason for a loss.
With potentially seven games left and five of them bone crushing, if Fields goes down we are screwed. It was not reassuring to see him in the medical tent. No one to fall back on with the portal revolving door.
And receivers not getting open.