Editorial: A few
more random thoughts at 3 AM
By Bill Smith
- Please notice that BrutusReport.com is almost all
powerful! Virtually a day after
we chided ESPN for taking Chris Spielman out of the booth, he was back.
And by the way, Spiels continues to improve in the color analyst
roll. Now I only wish we could have
used some of that influence to help OSU get a win last Saturday.
- Brutus Report Analysis:
Why did Ted Ginn Jr. get benched?
Because he couldn't get off press coverage. The New York Jets in game 1 had a
book on Ted Ginn. He can't get open
against press coverage. Time and
time again, he got pushed off his intended route by a cornerback playing
tight to the line of scrimmage.
When he gets off the press, he is not using his speed to get open. A slower DB is able to keep up with
him. Without decent separation, a
weak armed QB like Chad Pennington will go elsewhere. And in the Jet game that is exactly what
needs to get into the weight room and strengthen his arms and upper body if he
wants to start let alone justify his 9th pick overall, he needs to
get stronger and most of all get open often. The crowd at the draft party was
not happy with the selection of Ginn.
They wanted the previous Dolphin administration to pick Brady Quinn.
- Brutus Report Analysis: Why is USC the biggest fan of
OSU? Because a down year for OSU
may keep an undefeated USC out of the national championship. The PAC10 is down this year. The only game that USC will have on its
resume at the end of the season is the win over OSU. California
is down because it lost so much to the draft. Arizona
State is going to get shown to be
a paper tiger by Georgia
this Saturday. UCLA had a nice win
week 1. But we can put that in the
trashcan because of their 59-0 loss last week to BYU.
how can they get bypassed for a Championship game? The Big 12 currently has 4 team in the top 11
and the Southeast Conference has 5 in the top 10. If an undefeated team comes out of each of
those conferences, they will have beaten 5 or 6 top 25 teams to get there. I doubt that USC will see a single game
against a top 25 team the rest of the season.
Right now only Oregon
is currently ranked by the AP and there is a good chance they will lose more
than just to USC by the end of the year.
OSU may be the one and only top 25 team by the end of the regular season that
USC has won against. IF OSU wins out and
rises to the top 6, then USC has a shot.
But if the Bucks fall to 2nd or 3rd in the Big 10,
USC could be in trouble.
says that the SEC will not produce an undefeated team so USC should be OK. But even Kreskin can be wrong.
- Coach Tressel said that the fumble by Todd Boekman was
caused by him not reading blitz and throwing to the hot receiver. In my analysis I wrote the
following: One of the key
plays of the game was the fumble by Todd Boeckman when he was blindsided
by an unblocked linebacker coming off the edge. Again, just like in so many games
before, the tackle and guard blocked down ignoring the outside
rusher. The running back passed the
blitzer not even trying to chip him.
Fumble lost and game over.
me say a couple of things about our blocking scheme. First, having created more than a half dozen
play books for semi-pro teams, I would never even consider a pass blocking
protection that allowed a DE to be blocked by a running back. As we saw in both the LSU and Florida losses,
the OSU slant pass blocking schemes leave a DE to be handled by a running back
or TE. I never used that approach
because it does not work. If the scheme
had BOTH a TE AND RB double teaming a DE, I think that would be workable. However, as Coach said, that was not the case
in this play.
the case of the fumble, it is my belief that Boeckman is not capable of accounting
for the unblocked blitzer. He is not
mobile; he is not especially accurate passing on the run. It is a bad design. Mike Martz has a similar system that sends
all the receivers out on almost every pass. That approach burns QB's like
gallons of gas in 12 cylinder Jaguar.
Even given the high cost of gas, good QB's are much less plentiful. Rather than leave the QB to “account for” an
untouched blitzer, let the OT and OG not double team the DE unless there is no
blitz from that side. If the G struggles
and there is not another outside blitzer, the OT can help out.
thing that particularly bothered me was the fact that the tackle who was part
of the biggest problem in the loss was one of the most vocal in the media. He could have been a high 1st
round choice in the 2008 draft well before tackles that were considered 2nd
and 3rd round quality. That
was in the last draft. Unless he becomes
the dominant blocker that he is supposed to be, he will find a 3rd
round grade in 09. After a loss like
that it is time to let the play on the field do you’re talking for you. And talking a great game after playing a poor
one is not helping his standing.
That's what I
think. What do you think? Let us know by posting a comment.
Bill Smith is a former coach of several
semi-pro teams and has scouted talent.
He is a senior writer for http://BrutusReport.com. He has
also published several novels on http://ebooks-library.com/index.cfm and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com