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Everett Withers (Off Analyst Texas Longhorns)

Discussion in 'College Football' started by Krenzelicious, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Staff Member Bookie

    Does Roby in particular have the talent to play tighter? I hope so, since he'll be playing pro ball.

    My opinion is that he was never a "lockdown" coverage CB. Rather, his strengths are his make-up speed and ball skills. His sophomore year in particular he displayed some of the best ball skills I had ever seen from a college CB. Receivers would often get open against him, but he had a knack for closing in to knock the ball out of the receivers hands or deflecting it just before it got there. He also seems to be more susceptible to double moves than other CBs of his overall caliber. That combination of strengths and weaknesses tells me that he in particular is suited to playing off the receivers in the manner that the Buckeyes do.

    None of my opinions on the talent issue are to say that I don't take issue with the coaching. There are definitely issues there. For instance, one reason that this unit has been ill-suited to playing press coverage is that they have SUCKED at jamming receivers at the line. To me that is 100% a coaching issue. Jamming receivers doesn't require talent. It requires will, effort and technique.
    LitlBuck, buckeyebri, pnuts34 and 3 others like this.
  2. C-busBuck

    C-busBuck Um... I got nothin

    Exactly, and when you do that, you mess up the 2 to 3 step drop offenses timing and hence, the D-line becomes a big factor. Guys like Will Allen and Anton Winfield were awesome at jamming receivers at the line in press coverage.
  3. Onebuckfan

    Onebuckfan classof76

    To me thats the big issue ..technique..Press versus playing off and then breaking on the the NFL its the Seatlle way vs. cover 2 Bears old Tampa Bay. TOSU does neither have to have one thing you do well..then just change up now and then. It seems we change cover 2 to press down to down. Our coordinator should dictate to the offense then execute it well, It seems we try to guess or adjust to the offense. Good defenses do what they do and do it well rather than trying to do things it can't do just to match an offense. Just my opinion ..
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  4. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member Bookie

    On to James Madison then.
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  5. NJ-Buckeye

    NJ-Buckeye They Hate Us cuz They Ain't Us.. Banners are good Staff Member

  6. Congrats. I know he's had some criticism the past few weeks (or years), including from me, but you were still a coach at the Ohio State University. Good luck!
    C-busBuck, kujirakira and gmen6981 like this.
  7. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    Is it just me or does taking the HC job a James Madison make it look like Withers was asked to find another job?
  8. jwinslow

    jwinslow A MAN OF BETRAYED JUSTICE Staff Member Tourney Pick'em Champ

    Pretty transparent, imo.
  9. bigdog3300

    bigdog3300 The G.O.A.T.

    Too many cooks in the kitchen. I don't doubt Withers' coaching talent for a second, but there was a clear difference in approach between he and Fickell. I'd like to see OSU hire a LB coach (give Mark Tressel a nice big pay bump, won't happen but I can dream) and let CLF handle DC full time with no other distractions, hopefully give him a better 'feel' for the defense overall without the specialized focus.
  10. stowfan

    stowfan Senior

    Great news, congrats!:biggrin:
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  11. buckeyesin07

    buckeyesin07 Veni. Vidi. Vici.

    Seems to me that with this move by Withers, it's either sink or swim time for Luke.
    LitlBuck, Zander42 and matcar like this.
  12. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    Going to miss his recruiting prowess in the southeast. But best of luck to coach Withers
    C-busBuck likes this.
  13. BuckeyeFan 52

    BuckeyeFan 52 Bring the Pain

    Wonder if he coaches in the Orange Bowl?
  14. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    I'm hoping there are no recruits who are at risk with this move. Suspect not, but I'd like to hear from someone with better insight.
  15. Coqui

    Coqui Senior

    I would have a feeling they talked to the recruits about this....this is technically still not public, so I'm sure they'll mention it.

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