You know you’ve hit it big when your own article becomes a mere initial-ism, and of course I am the one that did it so heap the praise here! Sometimes writing Rumblin’, Stumblin’, Bumblin’ can be a chore, and sometimes . . . people make it too darn easy! Let’s get rollin’ by catching up with some Buckeyes who have been going through their first OTA workouts with their respective teams. Let’s get going with the good and great!
I honestly probably haven’t wrote about Ryan Shazier here very much and I am baffled as to why. The only answer I could come up with is how much a did write about Carlos Hyde during the good this past season. Shazier is making some noise and already giving a good indication as to why the Steelers drafted him where they did. Fact is, he would have been taken in the next two picks as well.
The new #50 for the black and gold has settled in with a group that needed some immediate help at LB and that’s exactly what they’re getting. During the first day of OTA’s he was thrust into the ones and met up with Maurkice Pouncey and they had some words and a good little tussle. The direction he received was to maybe bring it down a notch and become a sponge. Learn as much as you can learn it get better. Shazier admits he has a long way to go but is enjoying the process already.
It was good going out there learning with the older guys, trying to get my feet wet,” Shazier said. “I feel like I did a pretty good job. I have to do a little better communicating, calling out some of the stuff and just talking in general. I did a pretty good job today. I just have to learn and do better. I just got to keep showing the coaches I know what I’m doing and I know this defense and I can go out there and play.
Shazier will find himself in a good position to contribute as a rookie and maybe start and become a ROTY candidate, he is in the right place to do it. He will continue to do as he has done in scarlet and gray, and will be the pride of the Buckeyes which several have done in Pittsburgh.
Kenny Guiton became everybody’s favorite that wore the scarlet and gray this past football season. There were several arguments between Buckeye fans as to who was the better QB to lead the offense and people are still discussing it. KG was broought into the Bills pre-season camp with the intention of taking a good, long, hard look at the back-up signal caller and see what he has. The proof was in the pudding during the OTA’s as Kenny was the only QB worked out by the Bills. All the time with the QBs coach and throwing to receivers, as well as learning the offense may have merely bought him some more time to compete.
There has been talk that he had a real opportunity to make the final cut, or be kept on their practice roster as an emergency back-up. They really liked KG but also realize the honest situation they are in. They gave a career back-up QB an opportunity now, but signed someone that they think will help their program long term. It’s the nature of the beast in the NFL.
What all the fans need to realize that is really hard for some to swallow is that he was Braxton’s back-up because he just simply wasn’t the QB that he is. And if he is the back-up to a guy who most are now saying will only get drafted next year because of his athleticism? Then where does that leave Kenny? I will tell you where it leaves him. He will continue to give the NFL a shot, nobody is going to tell KG he can’t and he will do his best to succeed. Truth is, he has a position on the Ohio State staff as an assistant QB coach under Tom Herman and that’s a perfect place for the guy everybody loves.
I have a comrade here who at times can mostly predict whether I am going to discuss Browns fans here or the Browns community in general. I am sure that when I didn’t have an RSB last week he (Ken) was thinking I was just letting it build. Well, Ken, you would be wrong, I have nothing to say about the Browns fans this week. On the contrary, it’s the Cavaliers fans I am going to hammer and sadly I am one of them. Not one of the ones I am hammerin’ though.
I have been a Bulls fan my whole life and during that time I grew to become a Celtics fan mostly because of Larry Bird. In most part, you could say I have been more of a player fan over the years for obvious reasons. I began to root for the Cavs around the time they simply could not get passed my Bulls in the playoffs. I started liking them because they never gave up inspite of not being able to stop Michael Jordan and the Bulls. Those teams had some great series against each other.
As the years have come and gone it’s become a major disappointment for fans that the team has taken the turn it has over the years. And then there’s the Lebron James story. I can honestly tell you that I wasn’t surprised he left for greener pastures. Was I hurt tht he didn’t stay? Of course. However. it all ended there when he signed with the Heat. Yes, I want the Cavs to regroup(which may never happen) and someday beat a Lebron led team. Is that going to happen? Probably not.
Crying and complaining about the success he is having and worrying yourselves to death about the prospect of him coming back to Cleveland is stupid. There is absolutely no reason to waste any of your time fussing over a guy who probably wasn’t even considering staying to negin with. He knew he was going to go somewhere, and stay there, where he could win multiple championships. They’re on the verge of doing something that only a few other NBA programs have accomplished.
Having said all of this, I applaud all of the fans that have moved on, collected their thoughts and worried about what us fans need to worry about. Who are they drafting and can they ever actually move on too?
This is how we strategize our weekly staff get togethers….