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2019 tOSU Defense (Official Thread)

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

  1. zbuck

    zbuck Rookie

    So basically you're saying that if your team is behind by 21points going into the fourth quarter against the Bucks .... You Are Fucked ..... Got it.....
  2. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin


    I’ve written before about how I believe Ohio State has the nation’s two best defenders in defensive end Chase Young and cornerback Jeffrey Okudah. Their dominance, though, has overshadowed a number of talented players on this OSU defense. Specifically, their defensive tackles. Junior Haskell Garrett (82.5), senior Davon Hamilton (82.7), senior Robert Landers and redshirt senior Jashon Cornell (90.9) all have earned grades over 80.0 this season. That sort of depth and production is unparalleled in the country. They may not be top prospects, but Cornell especially has been playing himself into the Day 2 conversation as of late. He’s racked up nine pressures over the past two weeks against Northwestern and Michigan State.
  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    Buried in the story of Ohio State’s 52-3 demolition of Northwestern is a drive that encapsulates a major reason why the Buckeyes have gone from No. 72 in total defense in 2018 to No. 2 in 2019.

    With Ohio State leading 7-0 in the first quarter, Northwestern came out with a series of quick-hitting runs that moved the ball 40 yards on the ground and set up a 33-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3.

    Northwestern failed to score again after that, the same quick-hitting runs unable to move the team into scoring position for the remainder of the contest. Its offense was the latest victim of a trend among opponents of Ohio State’s defense in 2019 — if something works against it one drive, the Buckeyes make the adjustments necessary to ensure it won’t work again.

    “In the run game, I thought [Northwestern] did a really good job,” co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley said. “They had some extra time with the bye week. I thought they had some good run plans. I thought we adjusted well.”

    Ohio State nearly lost to Maryland, then 5-5, in 2018 after it failed to adjust. Maryland redshirt freshman running back Anthony McFarland broke off two 70-yard-plus touchdown runs on near-identical plays, en route to a 298-yard rushing performance.

    It took a 14-point second-half comeback and failed Terrapin two-point conversion in overtime for Ohio State to scratch out a 52-51 win, all because the defense failed to adjust.

    This season, Ohio State allows an average of eight points per game — No. 2 in the nation — and allowed touchdowns on back-to-back drives just once this season, with its backups on the field in the fourth quarter against Florida Atlantic.

    Miami (Ohio), Nebraska and Michigan State all found temporary success, scoring a touchdown through the quick passing game, a new power option formation and downfield passing, respectively. None of them maintained that success, failing to score another touchdown because of the defense’s ability to adjust.

    Against Northwestern specifically, junior defensive end Chase Young said adjusting to what its opponent did on the ground was a matter of staying poised and zoning in on their keys as a unit.

    “We had to regroup, refocus, and we had to shut it down,” Young said.

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  4. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Nice to read that. Our DTs have shared turns in the glory, but have been pretty impressive. In particular, I've thought Cornell has been awfully disruptive this season and might move his way up a draft board with his play.
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  5. MGMT

    MGMT Senior

    Just saw on the eleven warrior snap count that Friday actually played in the 2nd quarter (which I failed to notice) but then left with an apparent injury and wasn’t in uniform the rest of the game. Doesn’t sound great but I was really hoping to have him back for Wisc.

    :/ Just a bummer to not have all hands on deck when there’s a solid chance we see 40+ rush attempts if the weather is bad
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  6. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    Going into Saturday's game against Wisconsin, Ohio State's defense wasn't even the top-ranked defense on the field.

    After putting up 38 points and 431 yards of offense on Wisconsin's previously No. 1-ranked defense, however, Ohio State's defense – which was ranked No. 2 in major statistical categories entering Saturday's game – can claim the No. 1 spot for itself.

    Ohio State held Wisconsin to just seven points and 191 yards on 3.75 yards per play on Saturday, marking the seventh straight game in which the Buckeyes have held their opponent to 10 points or fewer and the eighth straight game to begin the season in which the Buckeyes have held their opponent under 300 yards.

    According to Ohio State's Mike Basford, it's the first time Ohio State has held opponents under 300 yards in eight straight games since at least 1960.

    The Buckeyes have now allowed just 7.9 points per game and 3.59 yards per play through eight games this season, both of which are now the best marks among all Football Bowl Subdivision defenses. The Buckeyes have allowed 224.3 yards per game, which still ranks just barely behind Wisconsin (223.5) for second-best in the nation.

    Ohio State's defensive dominance this season under first-year co-defensive coordinators Greg Mattison and Jeff Hafley comes in stark contrast to its performance last season, when the Buckeyes ranked 50th nationally with 25.5 points allowed per game, 71st nationally with 403.4 yards allowed per game and 72nd nationally with 5.77 yards allowed per play.

    Last season, the Buckeyes held their opponents under 10 points and 300 yards in just three out of 14 games.

    With its impressive performance against a Wisconsin defense that previously ranked No. 1 this season in all three of those categories, Ohio State's offense also still ranks statistically as one of college football's best through eight games. The Buckeyes are now ranked third nationally with 48.3 points per game, seventh with 514.8 yards per game and ninth with 7.17 yards per play.

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  7. OregonBuckeye

    OregonBuckeye Semper Fi Buckeyes

    Pay the defensive assistants whatever they want
  8. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Yep. No reason for Mattison, Johnson, and Hafley to not be the highest paid in the country at their positions.
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  9. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    once they have recruited and developed their own stable of NFL players, I totally agree
  10. OregonBuckeye

    OregonBuckeye Semper Fi Buckeyes

    Hafley and Washington are already crushing it on the recruiting trail and their development of players is on full display this year. This defense is breaking records in an era when offenses are supposed to dominate. I've already seen enough
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  11. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    No denying they are off to a good start but then again, Earl Bruce did the same and never repeated his first year success.

    I'd be patient but inclined to spend the $ if push came to shove
  12. OregonBuckeye

    OregonBuckeye Semper Fi Buckeyes

    I get that. That's actually why I'd be hesitant to give Day a mega contract. Need to see if he can maintain this program for 3-4 years to feel assured he isn't another Coker/Helfrich living off the previous coach's recruiting. I just view assistants in a different light. They're not as big of an investment financially and they don't have as much to prove as HC's. These assistants have the players playing highly disciplined football and are showing they can bring in their own talent once Meyer's guys leave. I'm just terrified of settling for another Bill Davis and missing out on NC's because of it
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  13. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    Yep that's where I'm at too... Money should not be a reason they leave at all.
  14. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    For being "basic" this defense sure can do a lot.

    We've seen a 4-4, 3-3-5, 4-3, 3-4, and a 4-2-5.

    That's not even including when we put Werner at safety or when we drop Chase as a LB.

    The staff is so good at knowing what a team wants to do and then stopping it cold. It's amazing how at ease I've felt this year each game after seeing our defense in the 1st quarter.

    This is the most dominant defense I've ever seen and that includes all those Alabama teams too.
  15. Systems_id

    Systems_id Senior

    I think the VAST improvement of this team from last year to this year and the recruiting still at near Urban levels gives me hope that Day isn't just a flash in the pan. Both Helfrich and Coker already inherited well coached and loaded teams. Day is turning a team that was insanely talented but could literally lose to anyone on any given Saturday due to awful coaching, into a team that can beat Top 10 caliber teams by 30 despite playing what was probably their B game in terribly sloppy weather.

    Early returns so far are very, very promising.

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