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Special Teams & Asst. DB Coach Matt Barnes (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by MD Buckeye, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. lvbuckeye

    lvbuckeye Silver Surfer

    If it happens with similar regularity (kick out of bounds vs stepping out at the 12,) the average net result is the ball at the 29.5.

    still better to boot it out of the end zone.
     
  2. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    So I went and looked at the box scores to see what the real math was from 2018. Some interesting findings;
    • OSU kicked off 101 times
    • Opponents accumulated a total of 2522 yards
    • Opponent avg field position was Opponent 24.97 yard line
    • 4 times the ball was kicked OB and spotted at the 35
    • 23 times the ball was spotted inside the OSU 25 (avg 16.6)
    • 10 times the opponent ran it back beyond the 25 (avg 40.0)
    So only using one season as a sample size, it's not the kick off OB that hurt, it's the longer returns when they happen.

    It's also something that should be looked at game by game (Opponent/AVG KO FP) meaning it's a distribution thing, not an average thing:

    OSU/23.8
    Rutgers/23.7
    TCU/30
    Tulane/23
    PSU/20.6
    IU/25
    Minn/23.4
    Purdue/31.4
    Neb/22.3
    MSU/20.8
    Maryland/31.7
    tsun/22.2
    NU/27.5
    UW/24.2

    There were only 4 games that the opponent had a better field position than if you kicked every ball out of the end zone.

    There were 9 games where the opponents field potion was worse than just kicking it out of the end zone

    1 game was a push
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2019
  3. lvbuckeye

    lvbuckeye Silver Surfer

    Coincidence that there were struggles in all four of those games?
     
  4. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    No more so than the games where PSU, MSU, tsun and UW had to start from inside the 25 which would not have been the case if it were a touchback every time.
     
  5. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    PRESSER BULLETS: NEW OHIO STATE ASSISTANT COACHES GREG MATTISON, JEFF HAFLEY, MIKE YURCICH, MATT BARNES AND AL WASHINGTON MEET WITH THE MEDIA

    MATT BARNES

    • Barnes said he came to Ohio State because he wanted to be a part of the winning tradition and because he believes the program does things the right way.
    • On the defensive coaching staff as a whole: "A lot of smart people in the room."
    • On special teams quality control coach Parker Fleming: "I think I've got the best one in the country."
    • Said he expects special teams to continue to be a collaborative effort between the coaching staff, and that the Buckeyes will continue to play their best players on special teams.
    • Ohio State's cornerbacks and safeties will be coached together this year because the Buckeyes want them all to be on the same page. Barnes and Hafley will be working together, and he's looking forward to learning from Hafley.
    • On having depth on special teams: "Everyone needs to understand they're a rolled ankle away from being in the game." Said last year at Maryland, there were only two players on the starting punt team who made it through the entire season without missing time due to injury.
    Entire article: https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2019/02/102252/presser-bullets-new-ohio-state-assistant-coaches-greg-mattison-jeff-hafley-mike-yurcich-matt-barnes-and-al
     
  6. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

  7. kujirakira

    kujirakira Senior

    Did he just say winningest program?
    Heads in AA 'bout to explode.
     
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  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    SPECIAL TEAMS WILL REMAIN A PRIORITY FOR OHIO STATE WITH MATT BARNES' LEADERSHIP

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    For the first time ever, Ohio State has an assistant coach whose primary responsibility is to coach special teams.

    The addition of designated special teams coordinators to college football coaching staffs is a relatively recent trend, as staff sizes have become larger, and Ohio State’s last two head coaches – Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer – both took a hands-on approach to coaching special teams.

    Meyer assistants Kerry Coombs and Taver Johnson were special teams coordinators in title, but their primary responsibilities were coaching cornerbacks, and special teams were truly a collaborative effort led by the head coach.

    New head coach Ryan Day, however, is delegating the responsibility of leading the third phase of the game to new assistant coach Matt Barnes, who will also assist new co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley in coaching the Buckeyes’ secondary but will primarily serve as Ohio State’s special teams coordinator.

    Day hired Barnes because he was impressed with Barnes’ work last season at Maryland, where he led the Terrapins’ defensive play calling efforts last season in addition to his roles as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach.

    “He was in a tough spot there,” Day said during his National Signing Day press conference. “He was doing special teams and the defense. I've never heard of that before for somebody at his age. I think he's really knowledgeable, a good, young coach. Going to bring a lot of value to us.”

    Day, who is expected to continue working most closely with the offense after serving as Ohio State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past two years, might not spend as much time working directly on special teams as Meyer and Tressel did. But that doesn’t mean that special teams will be any less of a priority for the Buckeyes, and Barnes will be able to dedicate his time to coaching the special teams units in a way that a head coach cannot.

    “The head coach wears so many hats, and there will be many things that come across his desk that will thankfully never be anywhere near mine,” Barnes said on National Signing Day. “So it affords me the opportunity to really dive headfirst in it with minimal distractions.”

    Entire article: https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2019/02/102603/special-teams-will-remain-a-priority-for-ohio-state-with-matt-barnes-leadership
     
  9. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    I just now noticed he is also Asst DB coach. Somehow I missed that initially and with all the deserved hype on Hafley, I guess I just missed that Barnes is helping. And this gets me excited because I really like having one main coach over the entire secondary. And before I realized that Barnes is helping there I thought Hafley had DBs, Safeties and was also coDC so I was concerned he had too much on his plate. Now it all makes perfect sense and I’m fired up about the arrangement. It’s also great alignment in the respect that guys make their mark initially on special teams and many often come from the DB group. So, Barnes helping in both areas is absolutely brilliant.
     

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