It has been some time since my last post so I thought I would do something fresh, something that I have become a pro at, being a couch coach. I’d like to give a few thoughts on the biggest games and events of the past few months. Lets begin…..
Orange Bowl – Ohio State vs. Clemson
In football there are 3 phases to a game offense, defense, and special teams. Ohio state is good almost great in two thirds of the equation (offense and special teams) and historically bad in the other. How bad is the defense? How does 115th nationally in pass defense out of 120 schools sound? The silver bullet of old has been firing blanks as of late and changes need to be made. Sammy Watkins of Clemson set a career high in yards (222) against OSU while helping Clemson surpass 40 points and sent OSU to its second straight loss.
So where do we go from here? Well as a professional couch coach there are a few things I would do…
1. Hire some new defensive coaches. Gone already are Withers and Vrabel. A new young mind would be refreshing, one that teaches these players to attack and be aggressive not passive. And for heavens sake please teach the corners to look for the ball in coverage!
2.Put the best players on the field. It took freshman safety Vonn Bell 13 games to become a starter and all he did was have a huge night with an INT. Watkins did burn him once but he had no safety help imagine that. Bell was clearly better than Pitt Brown and would have benefited from being out there earlier. This should be a lesson for next year as some studs are coming in. Remember the name Raekwon McMillian, the number 1 LB recruit in the country out of high school. If he’s as good as advertised lets not pull a Vonn Bell.
3. My final fix is simple, play like an OSU defense. Play mean and aggressive this is THE Ohio State University, the defense typically strikes fear into other teams and we need to get back to that. IF this defense can get better and I’m not saying top 10 or 20 but top half in the country there is a good chance that Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes will be hoisting the crystal ball next year (or whatever the new championship trophy is).