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Associate HC/DL Coach Larry Johnson Sr. (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by ant80, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. sparcboxbuck

    sparcboxbuck What happened to my ¤cash?

    Maybe waiting for the right time. I’m sure that he’s not only been aware of the issue for a while, but I’m sure that he’s addressed the issue with the kids that really matter. Given where we are on the DE front, perhaps he felt it the right time to put the issue to bed publicly to make a bigger statement than what is said in the private conversations.

    Who knows, but I assume that he plays chess too. You can’t argue that the statement, its timing and the follow ups in the twittersphere made a pretty big statement, caused some swirl and some raised eyebrows in the direction of State Penn.
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  2. Taosman

    Taosman Flatten the Curve

    The timing was perfect....for Ped State. These things don't happen in a vacuum! There is a reason for it happening right now.
  3. sparcboxbuck

    sparcboxbuck What happened to my ¤cash?

    @Jaxbuck And now Urb’s turn...

    Click the link in the twit.
  4. MililaniBuckeye

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

    Surprised this hasn't been posted here yet. While Schiano and Day both got huge raises to become OSU's first-ever assistant coaches to make at least a mil a year, Coach Johnson also got a pretty hefty raise of almost $175,000 (significantly the largest amongst all position coaches) and is now clearly the highest paid position coach on the staff at 3/4 mil a year (and rightfully so).
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  5. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    I agree with your statement, though I think he should've gotten a mil as well... But still a great raise
  6. MGMT

    MGMT Senior

    Dude deserves every cent. Sorry about it. Guy doesn't need to say a thing about it; the result speaks for itself.
  7. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  9. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    Thank you for being f*cking awesome coach.

    I know he doesn’t cuss so....
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  10. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

  11. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Ohio State football coaches bring passion, knowledge to Dayton-area clinic
    By Marcus Hartman

    Ohio State football assistant coaches Larry Johnson and Greg Studrawa came to the Miami Valley to spread the gospel of football on Thursday night, and they did a damn fine job of it.

    Of course the audience was high school football coaches so they were preaching to the converted, but it was an impressive performance nonetheless. I didn’t hear any hallelujahs, but that’s probably just because everyone was too busy scribbling down notes.

    I really wasn’t sure what to expect after the clinic at Northmont High School was announced only a week ago, but I was pleased it got into my schedule because I’m a football junkie passionate about learning as much about the game as I can.

    I figured they would drop in, share some knowledge for an hour or so then be on their way. That would still be well worth it as far as I was concerned.

    But it turned out to be a 2.5-hour football gabfest with a message heavy on the heavies.

    Studrawa, Ohio State’s offensive line coach, laid out Ohio State philosophy on making room to run and protecting the passer while Johnson, the defensive line coach, demonstrated his methods for beating those strategies.

    Cont'd ...
  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Larry Johnson Talks Buckeye Freshman DEs


    Ohio State sent three defensive ends off to the NFL last month, and they’ll be sending at least one more there next year in Nick Bosa. As such, the Buckeyes hit the position hard in the 2018 recruiting cycle.

    Ohio State signed four defensive ends — Tyreke Smith, Tyler Friday, Javontae Jean-Baptiste, and Alex Williams — this past winter. Smith was the highest-ranked of the four, coming in at the No. 34 player in the nation and the No. 4 weakside end in the nation. Friday was the No. 93 player in the class, followed by Jean-Baptiste at No. 219, and Williams — a local prospect — at No. 617.

    With four healthy defensive ends on the roster currently, the freshmen shouldn’t be critical to the Buckeyes’ success in 2018, but the coaches will still want them to show what they have.

    As a foursome, Smith, Friday, Jean-Baptiste, and Williams are all a little bit different from each other. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson has already talked to them about where he sees them eventually fitting in.

    “We have. We talked about that from day one,” he said. “I think Tyler Friday is more of a big, five-technique kind of guywho can play a bit on the end and do a great job. Tyreke is a guy who is very athletic and can drop into pass coverage and also rush the passer. I think they are both unique skills you can use, and Baptiste is the same kind of guy.”

    Friday (6-3 262) is perhaps more of a brute at the position, while Smith (6-3 260) and Jean-Baptiste could be moved around more. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, “JJB” is a terrific athlete who was a productive terror on the edge in high school.

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  13. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    In Larryland: Ohio State D-line guru Larry Johnson’s perpetual coaching clinic
    Bruce Feldman

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Come on in and sit down. Make yourself comfortable. You’ve come here for the same reason hundreds of high school football coaches are coming from all over the Northeast later today. It’s the same reason why many of the country’s top high school defensive linemen keep coming here, too. The kindly grandfather with the soft, cherubic smile in the sweater vest is why we’re all here. Only thing is, just, please, no cussing.

    This is Coach J’s classroom. It’s doubtful you will come across someone who loves what they do more than the 66-year-old defensive line coach. To know what makes Larry Johnson so special — how he has coached more Big Ten defensive players of the year or linemen of the year than any other program in the Big Ten over the past two decades — spend a day around him and you’ll start to see why.

    It’s a warm Thursday in April, and the Ohio State football staff is getting ready to host about 1,000 high school coaches for its annual clinic. Larry Johnson — Coach J to his players — is the night’s keynote speaker. On the big screen in his defensive line room, Johnson is going through video clips of pass-rush techniques he and his guys have repped thousands of times. The names of these techniques and his buzzwords probably wouldn’t register to even the most die-hard Buckeyes fan, but they are everything to Johnson’s protégés and their devotion to this craft.

    “This is our technique,” Johnson says as he narrates a clip of former Buckeyes All-American Joey Bosa in what on first glance looks like him bull-rushing his way to a tackle for loss at Illinois. This is actually The Long Arm.

    Over the next 45 minutes, Johnson will show clip after clip, including some of Bosa in the NFL with the Chargers, where he earned league’s defensive rookie of the year award in 2016 and has piled up 23 sacks in 28 games, utilizing the long arm to wreak havoc on offenses. In the clip against Illinois from 2015, when Bosa had three TFLs in a 28-3 win, Johnson explains something that is so hair-trigger that before the moment Bosa’s second step hits the turf against a retreating right tackle, the Buckeyes star has already calculated and exploded into his move — the long arm — because he’s noted that the Illini player’s hands are down and his chest is exposed. Meaning he’s vulnerable.

    “No arms, hands are down,” Johnson says, rewinding the clip. “When you expose your chest open, our kids know we go long arm. He (the offensive lineman) is telling me what I’m gonna do. When I attack you, you’re either gonna punch me or you’re gonna drop your hands. Because he dropped his hands, he’s vulnerable for the long arm.”

    The impact of Bosa’s right arm torpedoing the offensive linemen is remarkable. The movement is so powerful, so violent that initially their bodies come together, albeit briefly, in the shape of a triangle with the Illini player jolted bolt upright, before the 6-foot-6, 300-pound man is thrust into a frantic backpedal being driven into the backfield, like a leaf being swept up in a storm.

    Johnson gets out of his chair to demonstrate the science behind the long arm before walking through a slow-mo of the video on his big screen with Bosa’s younger brother Nick: “We’re taking your gun hand away. We think your inside power hand is the strong hand of any offensive player. We take our hand and put it right on that gun hand. The target is right here — right above your heart at the top of your pec. That controls that muscle so every time you go to punch, it actually forces you back because my hand is forcing you back. When he goes to punch, he actually loses balance. Everything is through him, and this is why he’s off his feet. That’s textbook.

    “There’s really four moves, and they don’t need any more than that. The Long Arm. The Side Scissors. The Counter Side Scissors. The Counter Wheel. Every move has a counter. Once you learn the counters to each move, you’re set. The changeup is maybe a Club Rip, maybe a Power Throw.”

    Cont'd ...
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  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    It's no secret that Larry Johnson is one of, if not the best defensive line coach at any level of football, but the reason for his success has its roots not in football, but in martial arts from a man named Joe Kim, a fourth-degree tae kwon do black belt who worked on Bill Belichick's staff.

    From Bruce Feldman of The Athletic ($):

    “I didn’t really know much about football,” Kim told The Athletic. “They started teaching me about what they need to win pass-rush drills. I was pulling out martial arts drills — Yes, that works. No, that won’t. Maybe this will. After a couple of months, the players were just raving about it. I went over and met Coach Belichick and (Browns defensive coordinator) Nick Saban. They asked me to demonstrate some things, and Bill ended up hiring me.”

    Kim would watch tape with Belichick, Saban and defensive line coach Jim Bates. He learned what they needed and would come up with more drills.

    The basis of Kim’s hand work came from the hapkido self-defense manipulation; the footwork — being able to match and marry your hands and feet together — came from tae kwon do, and the grabbing art of using your leverage stemmed from judo and jiu jitsu, he says.

    Johnson, always looking to improve his craft, reached out to Kim and with his help and input, developed the technique that he's taught some of the most dominant pass rushers to come through the program recently like the Bosa brothers, Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes.

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  15. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    While he does not know exactly how long he'll remain in coaching, he's certainly not planning to call it quits anytime soon.

    "Who knows?" He continued, "I don't know how long I'm going to do this, but I tell you right now, there is no stopping in coach Johnson as a coach."

    And that's good news for the Buckeyes. In his time in Columubs, Johnson has turned Ohio State's defensive line into a consistent strength and really the cornerstone of the Buckeye defense.

    This season in particular, Johnson leads a unit that is arguably the top defensive line in the nation, at least according to the Buckeyes.

    "The whole 'best in the country' thing, that can always lead up to who has the names, and who looks good on paper," Dre'Mont Jones told BTN. "Clemson has a lot of big name guys, and we don't."

    When it comes to performance, there's no discrediting what this unit, led by Johnson, has been able to accomplish this season.

    "Stats don't lie, what d-line has scored 21 points?" Taron Vincent told BTN. "That alone should just tell you that we're the best."

    "We get the most pressures, we have the players, we have the players, we have the coach," Tyreke Smith added. "We're definitely the best defensive line in the country, and I no doubt about that."

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