eddieg: Hello Steve. Thx for doing this. There have obviously been more struggles on D than any of us had hoped or anticipated, but in hindsight, was some of this somewhat foreseeable? Phil Steele does a ton of interesting stats, one of which is “NCAA Experience” which looks at returning SENIOR starters, Seniors in the two deep, returning tackles, returning yards, etc. Our Buckeyes were 129th! I think only NW was lower and they have also struggled. Even as low as they were ranked, most of the experience returning was on O. We have seen so many young guys flash on D that next year and the year after, things look very bright (pending scheme/coaching changes to match the talent). About ten schools say “We don’t rebuild, we reload.” I think the reality for the last 50 years is that only Bama truly reloads and that is only under Nick Saban. Your thoughts?
Helwagen: Great point. For the Tulsa game with Harrison out and Proctor done for the year, there were only 2 guys who had started prior to this season on defense. Haskell Garrett and Tyreke Smith ... and then Smith misses the Akron game. Viewed in that context, what has happened is somewhat understandable. Getting beaten around the edge like Oregon did, however, is not easily explainable. That's why somebody else is calling the defense.
So call this a perfect storm of poor calls, inexperience and an inability to get off blocks and make plays. That's how I see it.
mtm56: Hey Steve…so about Jameson Williams.
He now has 2 kickoff returns and 2 receptions all 80+ yards 5 TDs total for Saban. I understand the coaches evaluation that JSN is probably a more well rounded receiver and thus moved into the rotation. It’s the kickoff returns that are my criticism. Ever since Campbell had concussions and stopped, we have not seen great returns. Went through Wilson who was overhyped, Gill came and went, and McCall…who is still here somehow while JW is having an AA season so far.
There has to be more attention paid to keeping guys from transferring especially to the team you are chasing AL. My suspicion is that had coaches made JW the kickoff returns guy, he likely would not have transferred even if he was the 4th receiver.
I’m still salty about Bollman not recruiting Ryan Kelly (and Decker). Kelly went to AL where he was Rimington, 2X AA, 3X All-SEC and top 20 pick. One of the best centers in NFL has allowed 4 sacks in 5 years. ??????
Helwagen: Well, you have to read my answer above. You can't keep everybody happy. Congrats to Jameson Williams. He had a change of scenery and it's working for him and Alabama. He was at best the No. 4 receiver had he stayed at Ohio State. He played a ton last year and had very little to show for it. Had some drops at inopportune times, too. Good for him.
They will do what they can to keep as many players happy as possible. But playing the best players and trying to win games and beat great teams must always be the prevailing thought.
What do you think Oklahoma was saying about Trey Sermon when he trampled Northwestern for 300 yards? They were saying that's the missing piece we needed to get into the playoff and win the national title.
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