I wanted to talk about some of the talent we have on defense and how the Buckeyes’ new defensive staff will bring the most out of this talented young roster. This will be a two part article as I look at the linebackers and defensive backs.
Before I get into the staff’s new package and way of thinking defensively, I want to say something about our old “bend but don’t break” defensive package. While it was effective for many years, I think it’s just a little too passive with the development of College Football and all the spread offenses the past 5-10 years. With that being said, there is still a place for it, but that would be more for situational uses.
The one issue the Buckeyes could run into is not ensuring the defense has a true understanding of the scheme while keeping it as fresh … [Read More]
Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. I hope that everyone enjoyed their 4th of July celebrations and promptly got back to being productive at work on Monday. As always, grab your beverage of choice and let’s proceed. Of course, joining us this morning will be Maroon 5.
Happy Birthday - This past week marked the 24th “birthday” of The James. Congratulations!
Here is a link, in case you need it. Hopefully you don’t, but here it is. It’s a notification and registration for a webinar for non-small cell lung cancer treatment. The speakers are Gregory Otterson and Tracy Ruegg of The James. Webinar dates are July 24th and August 16th.
Don’t forget, Pelotonia is coming up next month. Here is a list of four studies supported by Pelotonia. We recently completed a successful Ride for Roswell in Buffalo. Now, it’s your turn Columbus.… [Read More]
The King is back – where he belongs, in Northeast Ohio.
Friday afternoon’s announcement that LeBron James was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers was Earth-shattering, but it really should not have come as a surprise. In fact, the only reason it was a shock was because of the inept and biased reporting at ESPN, which did everything in its’ power to belittle the Cleveland franchise. Every piece of evidence that LeBron wanted to return to the Cavs was met with an avalanche of attacks.
This, coupled with the “we’re used to crushing disappointment” attitude that we Clevelanders have grown accustomed to, were the biggest reasons that doubt crept in as The Decision 2.0 was being made.
Me? Never had a doubt.… [Read More]
With all the social media and recruiting websites out there, I must admit that I have issues with recruiting rankings.
I mean the kids love it, but to me it just does not matter as much as The Ohio State coaches evaluation of said recruits.
I believe in most cases, coaches recruit to fill specific needs in regards to the depth chart.
With that being said, you will always have a handful of players you give scholarships regardless. Once you get to a certain point in your class though — just like the NFL draft – you take the best available players and let them earn a spot on the depth chart.
Now I want to stress that in the same breath, the staff needs to get the best players in Ohio every year. This keeps the border protected around the Buckeye State and somewhat makes it … [Read More]
For the second time in as many games, the Buckeyes will play a new member of the B1G. After a bye week after their trip to Maryland, the Bucks return back home to play Rutgers. Rutgers will be coming off a bye week themselves and will already have two B1G games (Penn State/Michigan) under their belts when they play their first B1G road game. Rutgers will also be playing in their third conference in as many years (Big East, AAC, B1G) and are coming off of a 6-7 season that saw them lost to Notre Dame in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
Getting nine starters back on offense is a big positive and there are a lot of developing names on defense, but this team will have to improve significantly across the board if it wants to return to the postseason as a B1G representative. Head coach … [Read More]
The Cleveland Browns have a problem on their hands and it is only getting worse. When they drafted Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft 2 years ago they were aware of his issues.
Now the NFL’s top receiver in 2013 is facing a potential one year suspension for breaking the leagues substance abuse policy and this past holiday weekend managed to get himself thrown into a Raleigh, North Carolina jail cell for a DWI charge.
Despite the issues, it makes absolutely no sense to release Gordon from the team. In all aspects of the situation, everyone comes out a loser if he is cut. Let me explain.
Gordon came to the Browns in the spring of 2012 having not played a down since late 2010. After being suspended indefinitely and eventually kicked off the team at Baylor by head coach Art Briles, Gordon … [Read More]
Thanks for popping by on a Wednesday morning, even if the news for today probably won’t be as exciting as it was seven days ago. Thanks, too, for your patience with the website this week… the people responsible for the tech glitches have been appropriately dealt with. Given our lead bullet point today, here’s your Wednesday Musical Distraction.