By: Joe Cardoso
Well, I think we all expected a classic knockdown and drag out battle on Saturday. I mean you had the Michigan Wolverines with revenge on their minds and a spot in the College Football Playoffs on the line, and Ohio State who had not done anything to impress any of us. Nothing could be further from the truth it didn’t take long for the Buckeyes to jump out on top early and then take total control of the game. What I saw on Saturday was a team that was shown they are still not on the elite level and also a coaching staff that was taken behind the woodshed. Once again Jim Harbaugh did not make the right halftime adjustments needed to get back in the game. We saw a beat-up team and now have to see where we land in terms of a bowl game. 62-39 was an embarrassment for players, fans alike and had a lot of us putting phones down and turning notifications off for a little while, or maybe it was just me. Rather than bash the team for an entire article I have some thoughts on both sides of the ball and where do we go from here.
Offense: With zero doubt I see that our offense needs an update asap. The dump off passes the tight end throwback across the field. Those plays worked great in 2006 not so much in 2018, what we are seeing in the Big 12 and SEC on offense is the future love it or not. Jim Harbaugh needs to stay, that is right I said stay. He has his guys now and despite the ass-kicking, he has the program moving. That being said it’s time for a new Offensive Coordinator and mindset on that side of the ball. It was glaring how the athletes on OSU seemed to get the ball in space allowing them to make plays. We have playmakers I question two things do we have enough of them and do we get them the ball in good spots to make big plays? No need to even discuss the run game once you fall behind the way we did and as fast as we did running really isn’t in the cards. How many times did we have blown assignments on the offensive line? The pressure had Shea Patterson nervous and underthrowing balls and rushing other throws. In the two big games of the season the O-Line failed the QB and the backs, this must be fixed. The list of “could of, should of” plays the Wolverines had early is long drops on key 3rd downs, passes short-armed. Once it started there was no coming back. Hopefully, when the bowl game is announced we can see perhaps a peek at a new look offense and play calling to take us into 2019. The smash-mouth style just won’t work when you have track stars lining up all over the place elsewhere.
Defense: The backbone of the team all year was broken in half twice by the tune of 567 yards allowed and 62 points given up. How bad were the two stars that we never heard their names called? Don Brown made some small adjustments at the half but again at some point, you have to see that nothing is working. He even was not named a finalist for the Broyles Award given to the nations top asst. Coach. The Buckeyes crossing routes and quick passes killed us and when they got the ball they out ran us. Haskins was given ALL DAY to throw the ball which begs the question of how hurt are Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich? The defense was what allowed this offense to get settled all season with little to no pressure. Never in my wildest dream did I expect to see what we all did last Saturday. But again it goes to my point on playmakers, how many first-round drafts picks has Michigan vs Ohio State had on defense the last 5 years?
All in all, this was the first date that starts off shaky and gets worst by the time you get to dinner. The good thing is the season is NOT over, the coaching staff has to get the team fired up for what should be a New Year’s Day game and end the season on a high note. And Jim Harbaugh needs to take a good look in the mirror admit his offense is outdated and make adjustments to it as well as recruit to fit the style. Fast ain’t fair……All day every day and twice on Saturday it’s GO BLUE!