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.
In the world of improvement on a year to year basis, last year should have been Braxton Miller’s last season in Columbus. With that being said he should have left with a Heisman Trophy and National Championship (ok at least a B1G Championship). After battling through all sorts of issues earlier in his career like, offensive line and lack of a supporting cast, everything seemed to jell last year. He shared the backfield with one of the toughest running backs in college (Carlos Hyde), he became a better passer (with the exception of not throwing to the TE enough) and really avoided sacks much better, and he owes some credit to the veteran offensive line he had in front of him. Just because he went forward with his progress in 2013, he need not take a break and work even harder for 2014.
When you evaluate Miller’s tape you will see he no longer takes a sack on one of every five or six attempts, but like so many mobile quarterbacks, he still takes too many. The big questions I would love to have answered is: How will Miller perform with a young offensive line and skill position players? How long did he have his shoulder injury? Where is he at in regards to rehabilitation of that shoulder? Who had the biggest impact on his improvement? I know I will probably never get the answers to those questions, but I’m still curious. It’s so much fun to speculate how well your favorite team/player is going to perform heading into the next season. Read More
Welp, there’s only so much Midwest my family can handle. Wait… that’s not right. There’s only so much of my family that the Midwest can handle. That’s more accurate. Since I’m flying back to LaLa land as we speak, here’s some traveling music for your morning interlude.
A little while back I let it out of the bag that one of my favorite writers is Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.
Forget what you think of him as an analyst on Sunday Night Football, his columns are top notch and he has a style unique to himself. (One of these days I’ll spill who my favorite is and if you read his work you’ll instantly see the influence)
One of King’s mainstays is his Monday Morning Quarterback segment that goes live (you guessed it!) on Monday mornings. Inside the MMQB piece each week is a segment he calls “10 things I think I think”. His 10 things encompass everything from the NFL to his favorite order at Starbucks.
Last summer I did my own tribute to Peter King by going through some things I think I thought. With this being the dead period for college football, I figured “why not” and decided to do it again. So, without further ado, here are: Things I Think That I Think.
As you’re reading this, I’m headed from the left coast with the whole Mali family on our summer vacation. First stop is guaranteed to be really awkward, since my daughters aren’t allowed to say the name of the state we’re visiting. At any rate, here’s a couple of tunes that‘ll be running through the ol’ brainpan today.
The quarterback: Who’s going to play it? How will he do? Can he be dependable? The questions involved make it easily the most polarizing position in all of sports. We’re constantly comparing the current to the old, the “in their prime” moments of one to another.
For Ohio’s major college program and two professional outfits, the quarterback discussion is all over the map. What role will backups play, who will start, the questions abound. How about we take a quick dip into the Bengals, Buckeyes and Browns signal callers heading into the 2014 season? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
There is no question that Braxton Miller is the undisputed starter heading into 2014. His backup? Well that’s another story.
I understand that some people are concerned with the lack of commitments in 2015 class. So instead, why not look to the upcoming 2014 season and the potential for The Ohio State Offense. If Braxton Miller can stay healthy and improve just that little bit, opposing defenses on our schedule better look out! I mean we are loaded with talent, talent and then a little more talent! Not to mention Mr. Miller is a Heisman candidate with a very good chance of taking home the trophy.
It’s great to watch the highlights of these kids on this roster and then seeing them doing their thing in Scarlet and Gray. It is going to be a great year for Buckeye fans and me for one, am very proud to be a member of this brotherhood/sisterhood.
QB: Braxton Miller. We all know what he can do, NOW can you throw to the TE? I think this is a key component to our chance at a National Championship.
RB: Ezekiel Elliot, Brionte Dunn and Curtis Samuel. I know there is a name or two left off, but this is going to be a strength for the Buckeyes. Eze is the most complete back who obviously will be the starter but the other two young men are going to be very active in this offense. I believe Dunn will be that short yardage/goal line back for us and Samuel will be a rotational player with the ability to let Eze catch a breather. Our RB situation is a great reason to be excited for this upcoming season!