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I think that it's pretty obvious that Urban Meyer knows what he's doing. His history is proof of that. However, I also think it's TOTES OBVZ that I know football better than most. I would even say that I understand the game better than King Buttfucker only because I've never faked a life-threatening illness or whatever to leave this site. Advantage: G$! So with all due respect to Urban Meyer (and he doesn't deserve it since he treats everyone like garbage), you're doing it all wrong with Braxton Miller.
Here are some FACTS about Miller:
*He isn't a freak athlete like Terrelle Pryor, but he is still ELITE
*Passing accuracy is not a STREMPH of his
*He is likely always going to be a work in progress
*He has been injured every year even in high school at Wayne (named after Wayne Park, no doubt)
These are all truths. There is a LOT to like about Braxton Miller but there is a pretty good chance that he never can consistently put all of his tools together to become a lethal combo of Cam Newton's running and RG3's passing skills. Holy shit, I'm not joking, if he could make that happen then I would be a very sad panda.
My problem is, through two games at least, that he is being coached all wrong. There seems to be this notion that Urban is out there trying to murder everyone to prove some sort of point to no one in particular. Maybe he's hoping to get an AP paper title or something but that isn't going to happen because HAVE YOU SEEN THE TOP TEAMS IN THE SEC AND PAC-12? The Buckeyes could run the table and no one is going to vote them #1. Ever. So it doesn't really make a ton of sense to me why Ohio State would go out of their way to run up the score on teams (as I mentioned two weeks ago). They should be focusing on getting better every week first and foremost, not worrying about polls (although that might just be what the mouthbreathers are doing).
On the field, Braxton has been running his ass off on some broken plays but mostly on designed runs and zone reads. After he ran 17 times against Miami, Urb vowed to lessen Miller's carries. What happened this past week? 27 runs! I don't care if Carlos Hyde got hurt or not. YOU ARE OHIO STATE. You have 6 other running backs that are good enough to not fumble and find ten foot wide holes. Hell, drag Nate B out of the stands for a few carries. Wouldn't you rather have him take the hits like these guys are supposed to over your franchise QB (who also doubles as your only playmaker on offense) that is injury prone? Braxton's history shows that you are playing with fire when he tucks and runs. It's not a matter of IF he get hurts, it's when. FACT.
And for what? You are playing for NOTHING but pride this year. You shouldn't be going balls to the wall, win-at-all-costs this season. That makes no sense. You should still be trying to win them all, don't get me wrong, but not by putting your best player constantly at risk of taking HUGE shots. So what should be happening? I'm glad that you asked.
If I'm the head coach, I make him throw and throw a lot. Yeah, we know that you can run, Braxton, but you can't hit a receiver in stride for shit. This is a redshirt year for everyone so I will make you into a QB that can not be stopped. And you aren't getting any better by taking a snap, making one read, running around like a guy on acid for 5 seconds, and then taking off up the field. Sure, the fans love it, but it isn't making you any better. Are you listening to me? RUNNING IS NOT MAKING YOU BETTER. He's a great athlete, like I've said, but you aren't going to be playing for a BCS title in the next two years if he's still throwing ducks like Denard. You just won't. Braxton Miller HAS to learn how to throw (don't give me his completion percentage this year as some sort of evidence that I'm wrong because I'm not and you know it).
That's my whole point and why I don't think Urban is doing a very good job (but I admit that I am very biased against the spread offense which is a post for another day). So far, I haven't seen a ton of improvement on Braxton's weaknesses. His STREMPHs are still ELITE and that's great. But you aren't beating a Nick Saban or a Les Miles defense with a QB with the current passing skills that Miller has. It isn't happening.
I don't expect Miller to ever become Andrew Luck or Bonerz Barkley, but he should be a better passer than Timmy Tenor was at Florida. I'm not saying this to be a dick. I'm saying this because you all expect a national title next year and in order for that to be a possibility, Miller needs to be more than a runner.
In conclusion, the best thing for Braxton Miller and the future of Ohio State football is to give up on this theory that "everyone must be destroyed" and treat this season like it should be treated...as experience and trial and error. NO ONE is getting better by watching Miller scamper 60 yards on broken plays. He needs to learn how to throw the ball accurately in live game competition. If it means that Urban can't get his precious 60 points wins over far less talented teams then so be it.
Because I'll tell you one thing: it's all adorable now to see your QB run around like Usain Bolt, but on 9/29, William Gholston is going to try and rip out his heart Temple Of Doom-style. That doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the point of my post today, just a warning. Gholston is a psychopath. Finally, you've got 2.5 more years with this kid who has all the talent in the world. There is no reason why he can't be an actual QUARTERBACK instead of his current position of "RB that throws footballs sometimes". Unless you want another Denard...do you want your own Denard? Thoughts?
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