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Play him 3 games
No sense in burning the shirt or getting him hurt otherwise. If the line is doing that bad, then he’s only risking it by going in now.
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Didn’t make the plays they needed to
First off…I don’t know what the coaching staff was thinking leaving the corners on islands so much. With a starting corner out, you gotta change your game plan to play more zone or have 2 guys deep. I know…they would have ran more, but at least they then have to drive the length of the field.
Secondly…throws that Vedral made to the receivers were dropped at bad times. Some of the throws weren’t great, but you gotta make the grab if it hits both your hands. Similar to when Konopka dropped the play over the middle. You wanna be big time, make the grab.
Thirdly…the big plays were there for Rutgers but then Vedral was a bit off. That long pass where he had a wide open receiver and just over threw him. That play is a play MSU made for TDs. We simply didn’t.
Fourth, I don’t get some of the designed runs for Vedral. I don’t think any of them netted yards on the day. I also don’t get how there’s 3 players around a receiver and back and they can’t get him to the ground. Schiano always stresses playing til the whistle and the team didn’t seem ready to play til the whistle.
Lastly, I don’t get going for it on 4th and goal from the 7 with 9 minutes left. If they kick the FG, they’re down 28-16. With 9 minutes left, you are sure to get the ball 3 more times. Yes we would need 2-3 scores, but it’s possible and then you don’t need 2 TDs and a 2 pointer. I get it if you will only get the ball twice, but that’s not the case. I feel like the going for it on 4th has been a bit premature in games this season.
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Coaches Fault 100%
Schiano is full of it if he thinks that game wasn’t lost on that first drive. He coached scared so that resulted in a reactive game plan.
Had we punted on 4th down, I highly doubt we would be calling a blitz on 2nd and 4 when Ohio State still has 80 yards to go. But because Schiano is trying to get his D to make a stop, Smith has to call that blitz which led right into the counter call by OSU. Easy non touched 1 man to beat TD. Might as well start the game down 7 it was so easy.
The pick 6 was what appeared to be a bad read by Vedral. If he waited another split second and threw it lower and inside it was a first down for Melton. Instead it looked like the LB went into zone and when he looked up to throw he almost pumped and then threw a half hearted pass. Shame on him for throwing it there, but that also shows OSU called another play that beat our offense to the punch.
OSU coaches came out there with a game plan and play calls to show our weaknesses and play to their strengths. Rutgers coaches came out there with a game plan for 1 drive and when it didn’t work, they looked lost the rest of the game.
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Targeting rules are right
If you are a defender, you have to have technique when tackling. No more put my head down to slam a guy or try to make a big hit because the offense made a good play. You play solid defense, you swarm, you tackle the opponent with your arms wrapping them up. Head up, leverage down, arms out ready to wrap up, drive through the offensive players midsection, wrap up.
Next time you watch football, watch how many defenders actually do that. I watch too many bad tackles each week. Yes there are some questionable calls and yes looks can be deceiving, but most of the time it’s right or close enough to be right.
I do agree they have to revamp the call though. Just as I agree they have to revamp the face mask call and make it either a 5, 10 or 15 yarder and make it challengeable. You grab any part of the face mask or helmet to bring a player down…5 yards. You grab it, turn it, then let go…10 yards. You grab, turn, and hold onto it…15 yards automatic first down.
For the targeting rule…they should enforce the intent of the rule like the face mask rule. If the player looks like they are intending to harm another player in a compromised position, then 15 yards, auto first, and eject that player for the next 4 quarters of play. If the player makes a clean hard tackle with the correct tackling posture and no contact to the head or neck area, no penalty at all. If the player makes a tackle on a player in an uncompromised position using very poor technique (lunging head first at the opponent)….15 yards and an unsportsmanlike conduct warning. If the player is attempting to make a clean tackle and accidentally ends up making contact with the head or neck area for whatever reason…10 yard penalty.
They need to return the "intent" portion to the rule because many that I do see where they get it wrong are more about the intent of the player. A defender trying to bat a ball that’s thrown who inadvertently contacts the QB high shouldn’t be targeting…it should be a 10 yard penalty.
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Bad title to the article
The correct title should be "Schiano Never Gave Rutgers a Chance to Compete Against Ohio State".
A fake punt on the 2nd series of the game at the 50? Really? That’s a horrible message to send to your team and the fans on 4th and 9. The pick that Vedral threw was a miscommunication between him and Melton. If you watch the replay, Vedral is about to throw and then waits another split second to throw. That means either the linebacker moved into zone and he wasn’t thinking he would or Melton wasn’t ready for the ball. If he threw more to the left it would have been a first down, but it’s similar to what we in golf call a "double cross" where your mind is telling your body one thing and your body is doing another. As soon as Vedral waited, he should have pulled it and run or air mail it over everyone.
Schiano learned NOTHING from any other teams Ohio State has played this year and Ohio State was one step ahead the whole game. How do you neutralize an overly aggressive defense? You run counter plays and the second play OSU called was just that. After that, Schiano was on his heels with his play calling.
Vestal is a gamer but a game manager. Defense and smart offense is how we will win games and the coaching staff really didn’t give this team a chance to showcase that yesterday.
There is still hope though. Many of the teams we play the rest of the year are beatable and the back up QBs actually got game time. We need 3 more wins and have 7 games to get them.
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Lots of tickets still available
Don’t think I’ve ever seen this many cheap tickets to Ohio State at Rutgers
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Rutgers 28, Ohio State 27
The problem with Rutgers has always been that we’re not a team that can come back to win games. The last come from behind win we had against a team we aren’t supposed to beat was probably in 2006 against Louisville. When has Rutgers ever gone down two scores against a top 50 team and then clawed back to win other than that game? So…RU has to go up early and then hang on to win in the end. I think last week was a great reminder of that for Schiano and they will bring out some riskier calls early in this game to push the limits. Ultimately, I think Oregon and Schiano protege Mario Cristobal showed how it’s done and Schiano will follow suit to go up early and then use defense to hang on in the end. (And hopefully if a field goal is needed we can make it this time)