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08/09/2018 - 11:09pm With regard to running back…

With regard to running back blocking, the biggest loss IMO was Ty Wheatley Sr. leaving.  His backs were incredible at both pass pro and run blocking.  I was amazed at how his backs were able to identify the right person to block.  As an example, I noticed a lead back under Wheatley bursting through a hole and then not only correctly looking inside for the right person to block, but looking BEHIND him for the correct block.  That's pretty sophisticated . . . and great coaching.  

08/09/2018 - 10:29pm Warning: long post below.  

Warning: long post below.  

I think you have accurately described the legal situation facing the school and Urban, but I still have a problem with it (the situation, not your description).  Urban is resorting to strict legalese to try and absolve himself of responsibility for having harbored an accused domestic abuser (for almost 10 years).  But Urban has near total control over who is on staff.   If Urban wanted to fire the kid at any time, he’d be gone.  Let's say Urban did follow proper reporting protocols.  If Gene Smith wanted to keep the kid but Urban didn’t, does anyone think the kid wouldn’t have been gone in a second?  The alternative is if Gene said to fire the kid and Urban said no, but that’s not what Urban is asserting happened here because he would then be admitting liability.  Yes, there is an investigation going on now to determine which alternative actually happened, or if nothing at all happened (either because Urban never reported it like he claimed he did, or because the school/Gene did nothing once Urban reported it), but the fact remains it was still up to Urban to keep the kid on staff or not.  The information so far points to Urban keeping a person with a history of domestic abuse allegations on staff for almost a decade.  He’s fired people for far less—eg, not calling plays as well as expected (Warriner) or for having violated a protective order (our boy Zack Smith).  Bottom line: Urban wanted the kid on staff so he remained on staff.  The legal issues, while important, are beside the point, IMO.  Regardless of whether he followed proper reporting protocols he should be fired.

Also, I keep hearing Bucknuts saying Urban may have lied, but it was only to the press, and that he told the truth when it mattered by reporting Zach Smith through proper channels.  Well, see above for how I feel about Urban trying to get out of jail by using the Nuremberg defense.  The bigger issue for me is that his lies confirm what we’ve all known or suspected about Urban—that he’s a fraud.  If he hadn’t lied at media days and simply said he imprudently kept a POS on staff—because of loyalty to Earl Bruce or whatever—and that he realized too late that Zack Smith should have been let go sooner, he would only be guilty this one time of failing to live up to the ideals he espoused—a big mistake, but a far more defensible one, especially if he offered some contrition too.  Instead his lies indicate he had no ideals in the first place, that his sanctimony and righteousness was all a façade, a bait and switch to lure recruits.  Everyone except Bucknuts already know this, but his most recent lies are further proof.  He’s a horrible human being.

07/15/2018 - 11:03pm If I’m having a heart attack…

If I’m having a heart attack, I don’t want a defibrillator.  I want a defibrinow!

07/08/2018 - 5:16pm Donovan Warren came here.

Donovan Warren came here.

06/27/2018 - 12:34pm Ha!  I spelled stupid wrong…

Ha!  I spelled stupid wrong.  I'm not that bright either.

 

*stoopid

 

06/26/2018 - 6:31pm I actually had a…

I actually had a conversation about this the other day.  Chaps are always assless, otherwise they're simply pants.  Calling them "assless chaps" is redundant, like "studip bucknuts."

06/25/2018 - 3:13am We need another Zach, of the…

We need another Zach, of the H. variety.

05/16/2018 - 2:45am Same.

Same.

05/04/2018 - 6:34pm I do not, but after reading

I do not, but after reading Malcolm Gladwell, it would seem the better thing to do is to keep your son where he is and not advance him a grade.  Gladwell's thesis is that kids who are more advanced than their cohort group, athletically or intellectually, obtains an advantage that then accumulates over time.  Better to be the smartest kid in the class, or the best athlete on the team, than the worst or being in the anonymous middle.  If your son was not so precocious, the better choice, per Gladwell, would have been to keep him back a grade so that he would be more advanced per his new cohort group of younger kids.  I'm not sure if Gladwell is right, but I thought it an interesting perspective.

05/02/2018 - 8:12pm Not a single player, but the

Not a single player, but the most overrated sports moment for me is The Catch.  It's just a freaking roll-out pass to the tight end!  Why is it so revered???

05/02/2018 - 6:55pm As a dumb freshman, I loved

As a dumb freshman, I loved living in South Quad for all the reasons others have mentioned.  I almost had too much fun and nearly flunked out.  As an adult, and with the benefit of hindsight, I think I would have told myself to go to North Campus.  The inconvenience of having to bus back and forth, I think, would have forced me to treat the school day as a 9-5 job and go to the library between classes instead of going back to my dorm in S. Quad to take a nap, nurse a hangover, play video games, and ultimately decide to skip my afternoon classes because pick up basketball on that side court of South was just too important.  

04/23/2018 - 4:43pm His tape reminds me of Vinnie

His tape reminds me of Vinnie Sunseri at Alabama.  I'll take that any day.  

04/20/2018 - 3:19am As an aside, after all these

As an aside, after all these years (I'm old) I still marvel at how freakin' awesome our uniforms are.  Just take a look at that pic of Khaleke at Penn State (do not think about the actual game).  Those maize pants and clean white jerseys with that helmet . . . . spectacular.  Bring back maize pants on the road!

04/02/2018 - 11:37pm We lost because we couldn't

We lost because we couldn't make shots, but fuck the refs.  Only one team is allowed to be physical?  Ticky-tack fouls on blue only, missed out-of-bounds call near the end, Nova getting away with every flop like an English soccer team.  Fuck 'em.

03/26/2018 - 6:26pm My taint is better looking

My taint is better looking than his brother (and kind of similar too).

03/10/2018 - 3:08am Big-time intercollegiate

Big-time intercollegiate athletics has become what you currently think it is--as solely entertainment for students and alums--but that's not what it originally had been about.  Athletics in general, like other extra-curricular activities, were originally intended to enhance the overall educational experience of the student/athlete.  There are valuable life-lessons to be learned from being part of a team and competing against others--discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship, etc.--which is why athletics is still part of the high school and younger curriculum, regardless of how much money or entertainment it provides.  But all of that has been lost when it comes to D1 Football and Basketball which is now, seemingly, only about entertainment as a way to make money.  That's been the criticism of the NCAA--either uphold (and enforce) the original mission of athletics as part of the overall educational experience, or stop with the hypocrisy and admit it's about making money for NCAA institutions and pay the athletes.

03/09/2018 - 2:12am This might also have been the

This might also have been the last music video I paid attention to.  After that, videos, while never a huge part of my music consumption experience, dissipated completely.

02/23/2018 - 12:15pm I’m hopeful for this reason.

I’m hopeful for this reason. If I recall, and I’m sure the board will let me know if I’m not, that OSU team that beat Bama had an O-line that could do it all. They could zone block as well as run power and gap with equal aplomb. It didn’t hurt, of course, to have Cardale open things up over the top, but they had a varied run game and offense that could counter whatever the defense was trying to take away. OSU still does to an extent, I suppose, which is why they put up 40 a game. Fingers crossed for Warriner here.

02/14/2018 - 12:22am Not for a college assistant

Not for a college assistant coach, especially for a non-coordinator position. This process here has been rather atypical: three marquee names relative to the postion being filled; all made public; all discussed and then no further mention.

02/14/2018 - 12:16am But are those the ONLY

But are those the ONLY three???  Do you know?  Do you KNOW know?  :-)

02/13/2018 - 1:11pm So we've had Jim McElwain,

So we've had Jim McElwain, John Morton, and now Ben McAdoo talked about as the 10th coach.  Hard keeping up with it all.  

01/29/2018 - 3:09pm Still, the funniest joke I've

Still, the funniest joke I've ever heard about that name change came from Tony Kornheiser.  Paraphrasing: "So, the Washington Bullets are changing their team name so as not be associated with crime.  They will now just be called The Bullets."

01/29/2018 - 2:42pm Do you have a link to that

Do you have a link to that poll you can share?  Not trying to start a fight.  I am just genuinely curious about the poll and would like to know more.  Thank you.

01/17/2018 - 12:35pm I got mine off amazon. They

I got mine off amazon. They have many kinds. Get one for your wife too and she’ll come around. Game changer.

01/16/2018 - 10:39pm I like to keep them afire

I like to keep them afire (and blue), and this onesie does the trick.  Sure, it's in the shape of a teddy bear, but that's just a bonus. 

01/16/2018 - 10:37pm No, I wish.  Not that lucky. 

No, I wish.  Not that lucky.  That would be perfect.

01/16/2018 - 10:20pm Adult onesie.  Not kidding. 

Adult onesie.  Not kidding.  Very toasty.

10/09/2017 - 5:40am TE is not the SOLE issue

TE is not the SOLE issue certainly, but nowhere is TE the least of our worries either.  OP can defend himself, but I think his point is that Asiasi's contribution would have been more useful, and his loss proving to be more critical in the big scheme of things than a running back who can't block and fumbles, one WR with brick hands, or the lack of screen plays from the OC.  Given all of those factors, the OP is saying that Asiasi's loss is the most crucial.  Not having a blocking TE is having a bigger impact--in subtle but very real ways--than any of the examples you mentioned.  Of course you're free to disagree with OP.  I agree with him.

10/09/2017 - 5:11am I agree with the OP and have

I agree with the OP and have thought the same.  Of course the loss of Devin Asiasi alone or the play of just the TE corps isn't to blame for all of the offensive struggles, but Devin Asiasi looks like he would have made a pivotal contribution to this team, an outsized one based on where the team is without him.  Like losing Newsome on the O line, losing Asiasi's blocking from the TE position is proving to be a crucial missing piece (so far) since there is no comparable replacement on the roster yet.  Not even close.  Asiasi's blocking ability would have helped the O-line greatly and opened up more of the playbook.  Without him, we have a bunch of talented TE's who are more of the pass-catchy type, but none of the blocking caliber of Asiasi.  So, I get where the OP is coming from and I agree.

On a related note, I'm dismayed that blocking seems to have deteriorated at every position group along the offense.  From the Oline (visibly apparent), to the TEs (see above), and the RBs (who whiff way too often on blitz pickup).  (I haven't paid as much attention to WR blocking because there doesn't seem to be enough evidence to make a determination there--which in and of itself is damning.)  I have to believe a big chunk of it is youth, but I miss Ty Wheatley Sr's coaching for sure when it comes to RB blocking.

10/03/2017 - 5:30pm Kick his ass, Sea Bass!

Kick his ass, Sea Bass!

09/23/2017 - 8:13pm I hope more networks use the

I hope more networks use the wide-angle, all-22 view like Fox just did with the Michigan game.  Being able to see the whole field on a play makes such a big difference while watching.

09/21/2017 - 4:26pm I'll throw my hat into the

I'll throw my hat into the Joe Moorehead ring.

09/20/2017 - 6:13pm "Me" by Paula Cole isn't too

"Me" by Paula Cole isn't too bad.  

/scurries away

09/19/2017 - 7:44am James Franklin seems to think

James Franklin seems to think PSU's turnaround has more to do with him than Joe Moorehead.  Haaaa, haaaaa.  I can't wait until Moorehead leaves for a head coaching job and Franklin goes back to being the imcompetent stooge he's always been.

09/18/2017 - 10:07am I hate commercials and

I hate commercials and stoppages too, but I appreciate every damn one of them when we play Ohio State.  

09/16/2017 - 4:38pm Yeah, I get what you're

Yeah, I get what you're saying, and I don't necessarily disagree.  I'm thinking Drevno and Harbaugh thought we're bigger and stronger than Air Force; we're gonna need to be able to run between the tackles to be successful this season, so let's not get too cute and see if we can run it.  There's no need to sell out and run constraints against this opponent so let's try to shove it down their throat even if they expect it and see how we do.  Again, just my opinion, and what the hell do I know.  

09/16/2017 - 4:16pm They're just not there yet

They're just not there yet three games into the season.  These freshmen and sophomores are still figuring it out, while still winning games, and when they do the coaches will open things up concomitantly.  I just don't think the coaches want to stuff these kids' brains with all the exotic formations, pre-snap motions, double-move routes, trick plays, and so on right now when they have trouble just blocking inside zone or catching a pass.  I think they'll get there soon, though, and we'll see more of the creativity the coaches have shown the last two years.  Just my opinion.

09/16/2017 - 4:05pm It's not that Drevno is

It's not that Drevno is hiding half the playbook to save for later.  I think it's more that the team, at this stage in their development, can't run half the playbook so Harbaugh/Drevno isn't going to call them.  For instance, the RB and tunnel screens you mention are complex and require coordinated line play and timing.  Our O-line can barely pick up normal blitzes right now.  Once they've progressed, I'm sure the coaches will open up the playbook to match the players' capability.

09/16/2017 - 3:57pm I'm not as down about the

I'm not as down about the playcalling as many others are because I think I understand it.  This is a young offense that hasn't shown they can handle an expanded playbook yet.  They're just not ready.  They're still working on the base plays.  We know Harbaugh, Drevno, and probably Pep are as creative as any offensive staff there is based on what Harbaugh and Drevno have shown the last two years, but they're not going to ask a young offense to do things they're not capable of doing.  They'll get there, though, and I think they'll get there sooner rather than later.  Speight's play is a concern however.  He needs to be helping this offense more.

09/16/2017 - 3:37pm Clearly not all of our

Clearly not all of our playbook is installed yet.  I can understand why--hard to move on until you get the basics down and it doesn't look like we've progressed any over the first three games.  We looked young on offense today.  There's still time for the light to come on, but not much.  

09/15/2017 - 11:11pm 37 - 6 Michigan

37 - 6 Michigan

09/15/2017 - 10:12am I've thought about this more

I've thought about this more and I'm thinking there might be two reasons why Bush is in the middle and McCray on the edge.  First, if Bush is at WILL, teams might simply play-call away from his side of the field and take him out of the action before the ball is even snapped.  Whereas in the middle, Bush can affect whatever play from sideline to sideline since he has the speed.  (Although, knowing Bush is taking away one side of the field from an offense might be very useful, like having a lock-down corner on one side.)  Second, as was explained on this blog earlier, since a 3-3-5 is essentially a 4-2 post-snap, McCray at WILL becomes a bigger DL more suited for run fits than Bush and Bush is then playing an 'outside' LB position responsible for half the field anyway at that point.  Oh well--in Don Brown we trust, indeed.  Fun to think about!

Final, final thought: Does Grant Perry look like Trevor Noah to anyone else?

EDIT: Now that I've actually finished reading Seth's explanation of the 3-3-5, he provides detailed reasons why McCray and Bush are where they are. 

09/14/2017 - 11:19pm I know Bush is a heat seaking

I know Bush is a heat seaking terror in the middle, but given McCray's deficiencies in space, maybe move Bush to WILL and McCray to MIKE.  Let Bush work his magic (including edge blitzes) on the outside, and mask some of McCray's issues by putting him in the middle.  Just a thought--I trust Don Brown, of course.

Another thought: with Jones getting some run on the D-line, our rotation might have him, Gary, Solomon, and Kemp out there at the same time at some point.  That would be numbers 2, 3, 4, 5 along the front.  Sweet.

Final thought: does it seem like Gary doesn't use an inside spin move enough?  To me, if he's speed rushing upfield and gets too deep, a quick spin to the inside would be devestating, likely unstoppable.  Maybe he's coached not to do that and rush through the outside shoulder and contain at all costs (?).  

09/13/2017 - 11:46pm As my contribution to that

As my contribution to that Ohio State Onday column, anyone catch OSU's blocking scheme on that kick return that went for a big gain against OK?  It was outstanding, the best I've seen executed against a kickoff that tries to squeeze the return into half the field.  The two lead blockers were coordinated and attacked perpendicularly at the same time the returner did.  They're going to score a touchdown on a return soon.

09/10/2017 - 6:55pm Yup.  Still the worst

Yup.  Still the worst officiated game I've ever seen in my life, and that doesn't even take into consideration the spot.  

09/07/2017 - 4:34pm Maybe I'm too hard on

Maybe I'm too hard on Wheatley's blocking, but too often it looked like both Ulizio and Wheatley believed that the DE shaded to Wheatley's inside was Wheatley's responsibility wherein Wheatley whiffed or chased-to-the-tackle.  UFR is putting the minuses on Ulizio for that, and Brian knows more than I do, but Wheatley still tried and failed to make those blocks.  That's got to be on Wheatley IMO and why many think Ulizio played better than he graded out.  

09/04/2017 - 12:53pm I too would like to see which

I too would like to see which TE graded out the best in both run blocking and pass pro and how the TE group did as a whole.  In my view, a lot of the line blocking issues stemmed from the TE group.  McKeon looked like the best blocker--he and Eubanks were clearly the best receivers--but none looked all that great blocking.  Wheatley whiffed too many times.  He had one, maybe two, good blocks where the Gator line was slanting away from the play side and he just needed to crash down.  I'm eager to see what UFR reveals.

09/03/2017 - 6:25pm I'd feel better about RT if

I'd feel better about RT if our TEs could block better since they were clearly intended to help out on the right side.  I didn't see one TE that was all that great blocking in-line.  And even when they were supposed to just give a chip before going out on a pattern, they didn't offer enough of a chip to be effective.  Hopefully Greg Frey will work his magic and they improve as the season goes on.

09/02/2017 - 11:36pm I had the same shitty

I had the same shitty experience with WatchESPN on my home PC.  Terrible.  I thought it was my internet connection (Comcast).  I had my iPad and used the ESPN App and it was better, not sure why, but not great.  And, as others have said, the current stream of Bama/FSU is absolutely horrible.

09/02/2017 - 7:21pm Wheatley still can not block.

Wheatley still can not block.  He's a liability in-line.