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2019 tOSU Defense (Official Thread)

Discussion in '2019 Football Season Capsule' started by bukIpower, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. Systems_id

    Systems_id Senior

    Yeah that is something I've seen. Thing I'm curious about is whether Mattison/Hafley have a counter to it that they're saving because they don't feel like there's an offense that can consistently exploit said deficiencies. Ironically the one team in B1G play that I could see exploiting this flaw consistently is SCUM, if they could get their shit together on offense. Then again that offense last year had a hell of a time moving the ball consistently against us last year.

    Of course there are the playoff contenders to worry about to.
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  2. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

  3. brutus2002

    brutus2002 Junior

    The problem with throwing it in the middle of the field is an over throw and an under throw can be picked easily. That's why short and intermediate throws to the middle of the field have to done selectively. When weather is bad it's even more dangerous.

    The only team in the conference as of today(it can change) that has the balance and skill on offense to threaten our defense is Wisconsin.

    MSU has the best defense we will face but is terrible on special teams and offense.

    I have not seen a defense as good or deep as ours. If they keep getting better the B1G is in huge trouble.

    We need to see more Proctor and Browning. Proctor should have 3 picks in very limited PT. I think the more these two play the better our defense will get.

    I will also add Friday,JJB,and Harrison look like fire breathers man. They flash when they are out there. I see the confidence growing in these pups.

    The special teams has helped the defense. Blocked kicks and great punting/coverage units.

    Our starting defense has given up 10 points...7 off a trick play.
  4. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    One wide receiver pass moved Ohio State from 18th (ahead of Alabama) in Team Pass Efficiency Defense down to 27th.

    I imagine it doesn't matter much in the grand scheme. Day and co. manage the team like they care more about developing the team than about statistics. Go figure.
  5. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    Three times last year, the Buckeyes held teams to Pass Efficiency of less than 113
    • Rutgers (Everyone did that to Sitkowski)
    • MSU (Injured Brian Lewerke only did better against Rutgers in November, even they held him to double-digits)
    • Northwestern (by far the best effort against the pass last year imho)
    So far this year, The Silver Bullets have held all three opponents to PE of 112.1 or less.
    ...all while playing the bench far more than the bench got to play, on average, last year (because far too many of the games were close).

    Last year, even the Buckeyes' best effort was bested by about half of the teams that Northwestern played.
    This year, on the other hand, River Fredo and Indiana had by far their worst day throwing the ball against the Buckeyes. Florida Atlantic did have more trouble vs UCF the week after they played Ohio State, though it appears from the play-by-play records that UCF kept their starters in far longer than the Buckeyes did.
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  6. Bill Lucas

    Bill Lucas Senior

    It appears that we might have a functional defense this year.
  7. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    And, for those who aren't already certain of it...

    Yes, all 3 of the Buckeyes' opponents thus far have had their lowest YPC of the year against the Buckeyes; for two of them, by a large margin. For River Fredo, it would have been by a large margin, but then they put up a few yards on that last drive against some Buckeyes that were getting their first-ever game experience.
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  8. Wells4Heisman

    Wells4Heisman Fifth Year Freshman

    And we can only get better, its gonna be fun when we get Jonathon Cooper back.
  9. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    And the bench appears to be making significant strides with the playing time they've already gotten
  10. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    Even then is anyone afraid of Wisconsin throwing the ball? We are going to shut Taylor down. He might not even crack 50 yards.
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  11. Wells4Heisman

    Wells4Heisman Fifth Year Freshman

    Just happy we don't have to deal with that Camp Randall voodoo, cost us a title in 2010 in my opinion.
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  12. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    The Defense has been impressive thus far. Some of the things I am seeing that was absent last year:
    Chemistry - Everyone seems to be on the same page. Players aren't out of position or seem lost out there.
    Consistency - Play and performance is consistently at a high level. No up and down performances from one play or one series to another.
    Control - The DL has controlled the line of scrimmage. All players are also playing under control. No more deer in the headlight looks. No more missed assignments. They are keeping everything underneath.
    Confidence - This is a confident group of players. They are comfortable with the scheme and they are comfortable with their assignments. This confidence enables them to play fast and be physical.
  13. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    Just so much more in control as you say. Last year it was about playing upfield and creating pressure. In doing so they lost control, busted their assignments, and ultimately lost their confidence.

    What I really love about this is defense is how big they are. Multiple DTs 300 pounds, our starting LBs are 240s, and our secondary is also big by secondary standards.

    As you say they play in control and they are on the same page which actually makes them play faster than any defense UFM ever had here. When the other team doesn't know what coverage you'll be in and then you still have an elite pass rush it's lethal.

    This is our best defense in quite some time. Also, before anyone says to "pump the breaks"... are we really going to see anyone in the big ten that has better WRs/TEs than Indiana? IMO they aren't far off from scUM and Nebraska.

    I cannot wait until Nebraska and then eventually Wisconsin.
  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  15. Buckeneye

    Buckeneye That boy good

    Feels 09-ish.

    Didn't quite expect us to be this good defensively so soon.

    Looks like coaching changes made a world of difference. (Sooooooo shocked)

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