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Urban F. Meyer (THE CLOSER)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by MD Buckeye, Aug 28, 2018.

  1. Nigel Tufnel

    Nigel Tufnel Choking on vomit

    Yes. All
    Of this. I love Meyer and wouldn’t trade my experience with him. But it’s crystal clear that Saban is the benchmark, not Meyer.
    Thump, BuckeyeNation27 and bukIpower like this.
  2. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

  3. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

  4. Tanner

    Tanner Senior

    Anyone else catch Urban's comment that Ohio State's depth is good everywhere except QB (which is obvious) and RB? Thought that was a pretty interesting comment on Teague, McCall, Crowley and Chambers, and maybe on Dobbins and Alford as well.

    I'm sure part of that was just none of those guys is proven yet. But RB is a position where talent can usually flash early and if one of those had clearly flashed I wonder if he'd say that. I remember how effusive he was in his praise of Dobbins before his freshman year for instance.
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  5. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    I'm with him... QB is obvious but right now the RB position all the way around needs to step up.

    Alford with recruiting and the RBs in the game. They need to step up.
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  6. sparcboxbuck

    sparcboxbuck What happened to my ¤cash?

    There's also the issue of Urban having to excuse a very talented RB very early in the season last year. I'm sure that he weighed heavily into depth chart predictions. Well, he certainly did mine. Could be that loss, while not obvious to the casual observer, is something that entered into what made up his commentary.
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  7. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    Dobbins is a great talent. He will come right.
  8. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

  9. LordJeffBuck

    LordJeffBuck Illuminatus Emeritus Staff Member

  10. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

  11. Fungo Squiggly

    Fungo Squiggly Mortal enemy of all things Bucky Yahoo Pickem Champ Former Game Champion '18 Keeper League Champ '18 BPCFFB II Champ

    Oh, no. Please not Mean Gene. Whatever will we do?
  12. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    Because UFM is so enamored with GS after the Zach Smith stuff? Yeah, makes total sense
  13. Wingate1217

    Wingate1217 Bring on the next opponent!!

    Next they will try to get Drake over there as well. Sneaky bastards....:groove2:
  14. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Column: Watch out, ESPN — Urban Meyer is already a must-watch on Saturdays
    Fox Sports’ new pregame show opened Saturday with host Rob Stone asking: “Is it just me, or does Coach look awfully relaxed right now?”

    Urban Meyer replied: “I’m not trying to stop the wishbone.”

    Stone: “He doesn’t have to defend Army. He also doesn’t have players recording his phone calls.”

    So there is life after burying the headset. A few weeks into his new gig, Meyer already is a must-watch studio analyst.

    “We struck gold,” Fox Sports President Mark Silverman texted at halftime of the Army-Michigan game. “There is no one out there like him.”

    Agreed. There’s actually no one on the planet — and no one on ESPN’s “College GameDay” set — who can better transport the viewer into the mind of a coach.

    You want to know what Jim Harbaugh thought as he prepared for Army’s triple option? Meyer already owns space in Harbaugh’s brain (4-0 record head-to-head), so it figures he would know.

    Meyer said he used to warn those involved in putting together his schedules at Florida and Ohio State to avoid Georgia Tech and the service academies.

    “It’s a great honor to play them,” Meyer said, “but it’s a pain in the rear.”

    Stone: “What do the Wolverines have to do today?”

    “I don’t know,” Meyer shot back in a moment of candor. “You better stop the apex of the offense — the fullback. Teams spending lot of time worrying about the perimeter, that’s when you see these big scores. … You can’t sit in the same defense. It starts inside out. You eliminate the fullback and have a plan for the quarterback and the pitch.”

    Meyer is not cliche. He doesn’t babble. He does not cave to groupthink.

    After studiomates and former quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Brady Quinn bemoaned the coaches who use or threaten to use two quarterbacks, Meyer said that before every season, he would have his assistants rank the top 20 players on both sides of the ball.

    “If you have five corners (in the top 20), you’re gonna play them,” Meyer said. “That’s the obligation of the coach. Especially early in the season, let ‘em compete a little bit. Should a quarterback look over his shoulder? Yeah, a tailback does too. Don’t fumble the ball. It’s called competition.”

    Another reason to play the backup, Meyer said, is fear of the transfer portal: “I wanted to get Tate Martell on the field; I didn’t want him to leave.”

    Ratings have skyrocketed for Fox’s “Big Noon Saturday” game, which the pregame show precedes. Tool around on Twitter and you’ll see complimentary tweets from those who have despised him: “I never thought I’d say this, but …”

    Meyer is connected enough to speak with firsthand knowledge about the likes of Texas coach Tom Herman (coordinated three of Meyer’s offenses at Ohio State), Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix (Meyer recruited him) and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (an OSU transfer).

    On Burrow: “For the audience out there, when they see a quarterback face pressure, (they) think it’s the offensive line’s fault. In my experience, most of the time it’s (on) the quarterback not getting the offensive line in the right protection. This is Joe Burrow’s strength. His father was a defensive coordinator; he grew up as a coach’s kid. He works as hard as any quarterback I’ve been around.”

    A week ago Meyer forecast a rough time for Nix against the Oregon defense, using J.T. Barrett as an example. As a redshirt freshman at Ohio State, Barrett got buried by Virginia Tech’s unusual “Bear” defense.

    “A young quarterback is just worried about what he’s doing,” Meyer said. “A veteran quits worrying about what he’s doing and takes more notice of what the defense is playing.”

    I asked Meyer about that moment.

    “I want to stay away from the obvious: Boy, he’s a really good quarterback. I want to get the viewer in the huddle, the locker room,” he said.

    Everything Meyer says about Michigan is scrutinized. After Stone asked during a preseason show if this finally is Michigan’s year, Meyer shot back: “Year for what?"

    Quinn defended Harbaugh before Saturday’s Michigan debacle, a three-point win over Army in which his team committed nine penalties and lost three fumbles.

    “This is a team that averaged 6½ wins the seven years prior to Harbaugh getting there,” Quinn said. “They now win 9½ and are back in national relevance. When you look at what he inherited … it has been somewhat remarkable. I think he is underappreciated.”

    Meyer wasn’t having it: “There are two programs in the Big Ten, Ohio State and Michigan, where if you don’t play in Indianapolis, don’t win the Big Ten, it’s a letdown. That will never change.”

    On the morning of Nov. 30, Meyer will report to work in the shadow of the Big House. The crew will be on the road to promote its ultimate “Big Noon” game: Ohio State versus Michigan.

    What will Meyer’s emotions be like that day?

    “I’m trying not to think about it,” he told me.

    Doesn’t sound like he’ll be all that relaxed.
  15. muffler dragon

    muffler dragon Bien. Bien chiludo.

    I think Shelley's vote stands strong on any of these rumors.

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