Ohio State: Did Coach Meyer Get The QB Decision Wrong?

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Oct 3, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones (12) walks off the field after defeating the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. Ohio State defeats Indiana 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Why Even Make A Move?

Torrelle Howard

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Cardale Jones has struggled to get it going early, but the dude is undefeated. Unless he plays unimaginably awful or loses I don’t see why you would take him out. The dude is talented. There’s a reason why he led us a national title. That kind of thing doesn’t just happen.

The Ohio State offense is going through a process that the Cavs went through. They have so many playmakers on offense that they don’t know what the best way to spread the ball around is. The Jones/Miller option is a good example of this. Jones is a good scrambler because of his size and because he has some speed to him. Miller is a play maker when he gets out in space.

That being said they shouldn’t be running the speed option together. Jones has some speed but he isn’t fast enough to really produce in the speed option game.

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Teams are going to allow him to keep the ball and make sure a man is designated to Miller every time they run it just to make sure Miller doesn’t get the ball in space is isn’t allowed to really use his playmaking ability to get yards. That completely ruins the play design.

Not only that but this team misses Devin Smith a lot. Cardale Jones’ best attribute is his arm strength, Jones is decent in the short passing game but when it comes to the deep ball he’s probably the best QB in the nation in that regard.

The problem with that is OSU no longer has a receiver like Devin Smith that can just use his speed to beat DBs down the field and catch the deep ball, that essentially takes away Jones’ best strength.

Yes they are going through some struggles, but with this team exactly the way they are, the odds are in their favor to make it back to the CFP and that’s all that matters. Let’s be real, their schedule isn’t tough at all. Up until November they can win games just by being as talented as they are, they can afford to play bad games.

As we saw last year, Meyer’s teams start to peak later in the year when it matters and I’m sure this will happen again. I think the OC will find a reliable deep threat for Jones to exploit against other teams’ defense and they’ll also find a way to spread the ball around efficiently.

As soon as the Bucks find their rhythm in that regard, this offense will be putting up points with the best of them. Couple that with one of the best defenses in the nation and you have a title contender in the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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