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Secondary Coach Matt Barnes (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by MD Buckeye, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. lvbuckeye

    lvbuckeye Silver Surfer

    If it happens with similar regularity (kick out of bounds vs stepping out at the 12,) the average net result is the ball at the 29.5.

    still better to boot it out of the end zone.
  2. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    So I went and looked at the box scores to see what the real math was from 2018. Some interesting findings;
    • OSU kicked off 101 times
    • Opponents accumulated a total of 2522 yards
    • Opponent avg field position was Opponent 24.97 yard line
    • 4 times the ball was kicked OB and spotted at the 35
    • 23 times the ball was spotted inside the OSU 25 (avg 16.6)
    • 10 times the opponent ran it back beyond the 25 (avg 40.0)
    So only using one season as a sample size, it's not the kick off OB that hurt, it's the longer returns when they happen.

    It's also something that should be looked at game by game (Opponent/AVG KO FP) meaning it's a distribution thing, not an average thing:


    There were only 4 games that the opponent had a better field position than if you kicked every ball out of the end zone.

    There were 9 games where the opponents field potion was worse than just kicking it out of the end zone

    1 game was a push
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2019
  3. lvbuckeye

    lvbuckeye Silver Surfer

    Coincidence that there were struggles in all four of those games?
  4. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    No more so than the games where PSU, MSU, tsun and UW had to start from inside the 25 which would not have been the case if it were a touchback every time.
  5. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    • Barnes said he came to Ohio State because he wanted to be a part of the winning tradition and because he believes the program does things the right way.
    • On the defensive coaching staff as a whole: "A lot of smart people in the room."
    • On special teams quality control coach Parker Fleming: "I think I've got the best one in the country."
    • Said he expects special teams to continue to be a collaborative effort between the coaching staff, and that the Buckeyes will continue to play their best players on special teams.
    • Ohio State's cornerbacks and safeties will be coached together this year because the Buckeyes want them all to be on the same page. Barnes and Hafley will be working together, and he's looking forward to learning from Hafley.
    • On having depth on special teams: "Everyone needs to understand they're a rolled ankle away from being in the game." Said last year at Maryland, there were only two players on the starting punt team who made it through the entire season without missing time due to injury.
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  6. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

  7. kujirakira

    kujirakira Senior

    Did he just say winningest program?
    Heads in AA 'bout to explode.
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  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    For the first time ever, Ohio State has an assistant coach whose primary responsibility is to coach special teams.

    The addition of designated special teams coordinators to college football coaching staffs is a relatively recent trend, as staff sizes have become larger, and Ohio State’s last two head coaches – Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer – both took a hands-on approach to coaching special teams.

    Meyer assistants Kerry Coombs and Taver Johnson were special teams coordinators in title, but their primary responsibilities were coaching cornerbacks, and special teams were truly a collaborative effort led by the head coach.

    New head coach Ryan Day, however, is delegating the responsibility of leading the third phase of the game to new assistant coach Matt Barnes, who will also assist new co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley in coaching the Buckeyes’ secondary but will primarily serve as Ohio State’s special teams coordinator.

    Day hired Barnes because he was impressed with Barnes’ work last season at Maryland, where he led the Terrapins’ defensive play calling efforts last season in addition to his roles as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach.

    “He was in a tough spot there,” Day said during his National Signing Day press conference. “He was doing special teams and the defense. I've never heard of that before for somebody at his age. I think he's really knowledgeable, a good, young coach. Going to bring a lot of value to us.”

    Day, who is expected to continue working most closely with the offense after serving as Ohio State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past two years, might not spend as much time working directly on special teams as Meyer and Tressel did. But that doesn’t mean that special teams will be any less of a priority for the Buckeyes, and Barnes will be able to dedicate his time to coaching the special teams units in a way that a head coach cannot.

    “The head coach wears so many hats, and there will be many things that come across his desk that will thankfully never be anywhere near mine,” Barnes said on National Signing Day. “So it affords me the opportunity to really dive headfirst in it with minimal distractions.”

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  9. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    I just now noticed he is also Asst DB coach. Somehow I missed that initially and with all the deserved hype on Hafley, I guess I just missed that Barnes is helping. And this gets me excited because I really like having one main coach over the entire secondary. And before I realized that Barnes is helping there I thought Hafley had DBs, Safeties and was also coDC so I was concerned he had too much on his plate. Now it all makes perfect sense and I’m fired up about the arrangement. It’s also great alignment in the respect that guys make their mark initially on special teams and many often come from the DB group. So, Barnes helping in both areas is absolutely brilliant.
  10. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Lost in the love for Hafley, Washington, and Mattison is this dude, who sits to Hafleys left in the booth on game day and has only coordinated a remarkable turnaround on special teams where (despite some of McCalls adventures) OSU has not muffed catches and has a FG kicker that has made two FGs of 49 and longer. Two glaring weaknesses of Urban’s teams.

    Wilson will house a punt return this season.
  11. kujirakira

    kujirakira Senior

    This guy has been quietly brilliant...
  12. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Pay this man.

  13. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    In order to sustain such a streak of beatdowns, Ohio State has kept its past results in mind, per Jeremy Ruckert, who likened it to postseason college basketball play.

    “I think it's something that you can look back on past years and how it's gone,” Ruckert said. “We don't want to be that team that just slips up one week and ends up costing us our whole season and everything we've worked for. We really have that in the back of our minds every week, just that it only takes one game. It's like March Madness. That's what coach Day's saying. It's like March Madness: one game you lose and you can't go and do what we want to do in the end.”

    With that mindset, Ohio State executed a precise onside kick after its second touchdown of the afternoon just 10 minutes into the game.

    Blake Haubeil kicked the ball about 20 yards down the right sideline, and Chris Olave ran under it to catch it and give the Buckeyes an extra possession.

    “There was something that we saw on film, Matt Barnes saw, and we thought that we had a real shot at it,” Ryan Day said. “And the guys practiced it during the week. It wasn't one of those things that was a home run every time we did it. But you talk about competitive excellence, that couldn't have been executed any better. That was as clean as it could be. It was cool to feel the excitement in the stadium about that kick; it was, like, wow.”

    “We were all kind of huddled up over there,” Tuf Borland said. “We all kind of knew it was coming. I was nervous, I'm not going to lie. Blake did an excellent job, and Chris ran under it, so it was a good play.”

    “It was executed well and there was just a feeling in the stadium, you could feel it was executed,” Day said. “And then from then on I just felt like the game kind of went like this. So anytime you can seal a possession in any game it's a game-changer. Whether it's a blocked punt or something like that, you still hold possession from somebody, it flips the scoreboard. We saw it, executed it and I thought it was well done all across the board.”

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  14. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Sorry I jinxed it. My bad.
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  15. Cratylus

    Cratylus Connoisseur of Classy Brunettes


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