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Coach, could you talk about what looked to be noticeable improvements with the team this Saturday?
Improvements? The first and foremost fucking improvement we were looking to achieve didn’t happen — putting a win on the board. We’re sure a hell of a lot closer, but due to some shit we’re going to clean up we still didn’t finish out what could have been a huge step forward.
Looking at the positives, this game feels like we’re finally starting to get positive production from all of our cats who’ve bought in. The good things that happened were manufactured by team efforts, like being able to sustain drives and not just surviving off of opportunities handed to us by the other team.
What we’re seeing out of Roberson at quarterback is pretty representative of what’s going on with our whole team. High risk/high reward — when High School gets things rolling and is able to throw the ball where he wants or goes and gets 12 yards on his feet running through trash, we feel pretty fucking good. When we get bit on the ass trying to do the same sort of things on either side of the ball, we look pretty stupid. Just look at Tre’s interception in the 4th Quarter or any of those big runs that Boom kid took off of us.
What I really liked to see was that this team could walk out into this bullring and keep there heads up for four quarters. When we’re successful in this league it’ll be because we’ll stay self-possessed in tough situations and win on the road. No better place to learn that about yourself than in Columbus.
In the past couple of weeks, Roberson and Houston took their game to the next level. Has the same thing happened on the defensive side?
After about six separate “Come to Jesus” talks with Mallory and Ekeler, this game was the one where I actually feel that we started to see that some guys actually have learned some shit and were able to put it to use on the field. Until now, a lot of our game film showed ten slapdicks out there trying to stay out of Jeff Thomas’ way. Today, we saw Hoobler and Webb step up to being real Big Ten football players. I don’t want to say that this was a career game for either one of those cats, because we should be expecting that both of them can play at that level every Saturday.
As for the Defense as a whole, this was the first time that you could see that we were able to put some fear into the team on the other side of the ball. Yes, Ohio State was still able to rip off some serious yards on the ground when we dicked up how we covered the gaps, but when the shit went right the blitz packages worked. I can tell you that we’re all pretty relieved around The Nez that Coach Ekeler is going to be able to get some sleep this week.
From @adam_phipps: What did you say to Pagan after the 2 drive-killing false starts on what should have been tying drive?
Some fucking choice words, that’s for sure. Mostly to shake that cat out of his own goddamm head. Don’t crap too much in that kid’s ‘fro — remember he’s been bounced around on the line from guard to tackle as we deal with a bunch of dudes getting dinged. When Eckert went down, Justin shifted back out to tackle. Not an excuse, but he probably had to do a little too much thinking on Saturday, and I know at least for me that can lead to trouble.
From @JPCIV: Did you instruct Alexander Webb to kill on that Braxton Miller hit?
We’re going to have to check the tape, because I believe that Ekeler was speaking in tongues at the time….
Like I said before, Alexander was one of our young cats who showed up to put some serious shit on film. The dude was in beast mode — he broke his fucking arm in the 2nd Quarter, but stayed in the game to blow up the OSU quarterback in the 4th and lead the team in tackles. Just like on offense, we like to see our guys run behind their pads and that’s exactly what he did when he got his shoulder into Miller’s hip. I fucking guarantee you that hit left a bruise that the Ohio State training staff will be watching turn the full spectrum of colors for the rest of the week.
So what the plan for you and your staff during the bye week, Coach?
After some quality shuteye on Sunday and doing the half-ass TV show we do, we’re going to get ready to get out on the road and recruit the shit out some kids. Ekeler’s probably going to get 3,000 miles on the Holiday Rambler in the next six days looking for kids with that crazy ass look there eyes. Right now, he’s running a little short on cats at linebacker, and he’s not afraid to look under every rock called a Junior College to find some players who want to be Hoosiers. Same with the rest of staff, including myself. I’ll get to take a look at a bunch of talent in action here in-state come Friday and Saturday.
Riding home from Columbus on the Interstate, I noticed that you just don’t see a lot of Stuckey’s anymore… Used to be you couldn’tgo 50 miles without seeing a Stuckey’s or at least a billboard that mentioned a pecan log. Got some good feedback from our Twitter followers that most of them are currently being used as strip clubs or discount fireworks outlets… so I’ll also be looking to track down a pecan log in the next week or so.
Alright — Everybodycool? Fine — I gotta go change a shitload of clocks…