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2019 tOSU Linebacker Discussion

Discussion in '2019 Football Season Capsule' started by DaddyBigBucks, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Moderator Staff Member Bookie

    The linebackers don’t seem to be blitzing much this year, but when they do, they’re making a difference.

    It would be interesting to see a comparison of the percentage of blitzes and the percentage of the time that blitzes result in sacks/hurries etc. I would be willing to bet that the numbers prove that the 2019 OSU linebackers are extraordinarily effective at blitzing.

    A lot of the credit belongs to the DL of course, but seeing Browning and Harrison flying at the qb carries an expectation that something great is about to happen, that is if you have time to notice them before the QB is toast. Lord knows the QBs usually don’t.

    If a game comes up where more blitzing is required; I expect the Buckeyes will be just fine.
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  2. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    Against Sparty we saw the beginnings of what this Defense brings to the table. We pretty much played vanilla for the first five games. Against Sparty we saw a few successful blitz packages with Wade and Browning. It is going to be exciting to see what else the coaches have under the sleeves as we face tougher competition.

    It's scary to think that we lead the nation in sacks basically playing a vanilla Defense the first five games.
  3. RB07OSU

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

    As you kind of pointed out, we don't need to regularly blitz LBs because our front 4 Issa just dominating. I think the selectiveness on blitzing LBs has honestly been brilliant and has kept offenses on their feet. Browning and Harrison are typically getting home when we blitz them.

    On a side note, anyone notice that this position group has improved since Bill Davis left? :lol:
  4. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Moderator Staff Member Bookie

    ...and quarterbacks on their asses
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  5. Hstead

    Hstead Senior

    C'mon dude, Davis coached in the NFL!
  6. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    His name makes me cringe. UFM had two really really bad hires. Whithers and Davis.

    As you all have said we haven't blitzed a ton because the front 4 has dominated. I expect to blitz more as the season goes for 1 reason.

    That reason is teams seem to be doing everything they can to stop Chase and that leaves the other side wide open for pressure.

    To me it feels like Chase is slowing a bit and I think that's because teams are finally realizing just what he will do if left alone. That's opened up opportunities for many others.

    Browning is an extremely talented pressure LB and the same can be said for Harrison. To be honest I'm shocked Werner hasn't blitzed more though but I think we view him like a big safety.
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  7. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Moderator Staff Member Bookie

    I’m sure this will be true going forward

    so far, some of the most damage has come from bringing a linebacker from 1 gap inside of Chase (Harrison is one I remember doing this) or 1 gap outside of him (Browning with the insta-sack on 3rd down vs MSU)

    By the time the season is over, they’ll be coming from all over
  8. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    The Defense is on track to get well over 50 sacks this season.
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  9. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    And to think this defense still gets to play NW, Rutgers and Maryland lol...

    I've said it before this is the best defense I've seen so far for OSU.

    Ironically enough vs MSU we struggled to cover the crossing routes. So if we can learn from how MSU had some success across the middle we will eliminate what other teams have hope for.
  10. woofermazing

    woofermazing Senior

    MSU used alot of RPO's that they hadn't showed on film. That's where the crossing routes were coming from.

    We'll probably get lots of practice on them because every team will implement some form now.
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  11. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    And unlike the past few years I expect us to eliminate that play by making adjustments.
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