Critical year for Bollman's offense

Critical year for Bollman's offense

There are 91 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 30, 2009, titled Critical year for Bollman's offense. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Under a wide-brim straw hat, Jim Bollman's heavy brows are furrowed. His mustache is perched atop a frown.

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King Dudlu

Richmond, VA

#1 Aug 30, 2009
Columbus has one of the two largest chapters of the famous BMW Club (B--ch, Moan, Whine) of college athletics in the nation. Too bad its membership is free and mostly anonomous. Go Bucks! Play well and win!
bucks fan

Hamilton, OH

#2 Aug 30, 2009
interesting article...
I noticed you didn't interview the former line players that think Bollman is the worst line coach in the country..AND THERE ARE MANY !

Of course, I understand, you have to make Tressel happy. Everyones happy ! You get your patty cake questions answered with a smile.

Everything is good in the Buckeye offensive line world.
Richard

Tiffin, OH

#3 Aug 30, 2009
As feared, another SOFTBALL piece on Bollman and JT's love for a failure. What do you expect current players to say? "COACH BOLLMAN Stinks?" and ride the pines all year? Just look at the results, game in and game out, all you hear from the average fan to respected Coach Bruce (a former line coach as well)is how terrible the O-Line played.(If somebody has access to LEXISNEXIS, it would be interesting to do a search on how many OSU articles (wins and loses) mention poor O-LINE play). I find it interesting that more of Bollman's O-LINE players have been drafted than were ALL BIG TEN Players, which would leave one to believe the NFL saw the raw talent that was never achieved at OSU under BOLLMAN. Anyway, we can point out all the facts about the failed Coach (don't forget the terrible offense of the Chicago Bears during Bollman's years there as well) but it will never change, just like our O-LINE getting smoked when it plays real teams like USC/FLA/LSU etc... Circle Sept 12 on your calendar....Finally, before any of you say I'm not a real fan, I attend 3 + games per year. You can still love the BUCKS and disagree with what happens on the field....
Richard

Tiffin, OH

#4 Aug 30, 2009
bucks fan wrote:
interesting article...
I noticed you didn't interview the former line players that think Bollman is the worst line coach in the country..AND THERE ARE MANY !
Of course, I understand, you have to make Tressel happy. Everyones happy ! You get your patty cake questions answered with a smile.
Everything is good in the Buckeye offensive line world.
Nice job FAN... Sadly, I think a lot of time it's about ACCESS to JT that dictates the articles written. Don't let the year in and year out RESULTS get in the way of a good love story...
Time Flies

Columbus, OH

#6 Aug 30, 2009
The line is definitely a problem and so is the playcalling. Ohio University and Youngstown State should never ever be able to play on the same level as Ohio State. These types of teams do under Tressel, even though in boring fashion they pull out a win in the 4th quarter. At least Coopers teams would put up 50 points in the first half against those types of teams.
FlBuckeye

Bradenton, FL

#7 Aug 30, 2009
Tressel is the de facto offensive coordinator. He has final approval on the play calling
Godzilla

United States

#8 Aug 30, 2009
Time Flies wrote:
The line is definitely a problem and so is the playcalling. Ohio University and Youngstown State should never ever be able to play on the same level as Ohio State. These types of teams do under Tressel, even though in boring fashion they pull out a win in the 4th quarter. At least Coopers teams would put up 50 points in the first half against those types of teams.
Soooo! He always lost to Michigan....These comments are proving that the article is right about the fans at least.
Godzilla

United States

#9 Aug 30, 2009
bucks fan wrote:
interesting article...
I noticed you didn't interview the former line players that think Bollman is the worst line coach in the country..AND THERE ARE MANY !
Of course, I understand, you have to make Tressel happy. Everyones happy ! You get your patty cake questions answered with a smile.
Everything is good in the Buckeye offensive line world.
Well at least this story is giving names to back to back what they say. Your statement is unsubstantiated hear-say at this point.
osu614

Greenford, OH

#10 Aug 30, 2009
"Unless you win every game and don't punt, there's going to be some discussion of that type of thing,..." Tressel said.
The offense didn't score a touchdown in 3 games last year, but fans are unreasonable. Got it coach.
Bill

Cambridge, OH

#11 Aug 30, 2009
Look back at the 2003 O-line play. It was terrible, yet all 5 starters got drafted & started at least one game in the NFL. That tells me those guys had talent but didn't display it at OSU. Need I say more?
Richard

Toledo, OH

#13 Aug 30, 2009
Godzilla wrote:
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Well at least this story is giving names to back to back what they say. Your statement is unsubstantiated hear-say at this point.
Of course they gave names because they are CURRENT PLAYERS or a player that has been cut by 6 teams, including the 0-16 Detroit Lions. No current player is going to say anything. By the way.. while it is always good to Beat Michigan, Michigan is not the same team they used to be..
David Scott

AOL

#14 Aug 30, 2009
OSU too easily falls into playing conservative Woodyball, which you couldnt win big games with 25 years ago, let alone now. They get too predictable -- as if the rules forbid a pass on first down. They havent used the receivers they've got. They dont spread the ball around well. I'll grant Coach Tressel's point that Terrelle Pryor's biggest challenge last year was not having enough time, but the offensive play-calling gets criticized for good reason.
Richard

Toledo, OH

#15 Aug 30, 2009
David Scott wrote:
OSU too easily falls into playing conservative Woodyball, which you couldnt win big games with 25 years ago, let alone now. They get too predictable -- as if the rules forbid a pass on first down. They havent used the receivers they've got. They dont spread the ball around well. I'll grant Coach Tressel's point that Terrelle Pryor's biggest challenge last year was not having enough time, but the offensive play-calling gets criticized for good reason.
Good Post...As much as I call out Bollman and the O-line, their job is made that much more difficult when the opposing team knows: 1-We'll run on first and second down most of the time 2-The FULLBACK will not carry the ball and 3-We won't throw to the TIGHT END. So.... when all of those options are off the table, it does make it easier for the opponent to stack 8 in the box or blitz on 3rd and long and make the O-LINE look even worse......

Since: Aug 09

Lisle, IL

#16 Aug 30, 2009
Suffice it to say, the offensive line has been the most inconsistent aspect of Buckeye Ball for a long time. Either those that "rate football talent" are consistently incorrect or the coaching staff doesn't develop them to their potential. I shutter to think of the success of my Bucks with mere mediocre talent.

That being said, they're always exciting and I can't wait for 2009 to begin! Go Bucks!
Richard in Vegas

AOL

#17 Aug 30, 2009
Let's be realistic here. If coach B were one of nation's top 2 or 3, prime prospects from all over the country would be beating a path to the Horseshoe. Instead we seem to struggle most years attracting even a couple of the best available. The 2008 class seemed an exception, and it is time for them to step up. Watching the line get whipped by Fla, LSU, USC is not encouraging re either coaching or quality. I trust JT's judgment and do not attack coach B as a 50 year fan. But, results count, and it is hard to watch huge dispartity in key games and not be concerned. If it is motivation, then that is both a personal and and coaching responsibility.
Charles David Spohn

Amelia, OH

#18 Aug 30, 2009
"'Look at the 2004 film versus 2005," Barton said. "It's ridiculous how much (the line) improved."'

I would HOPE the film shows an improvement (2004 was miserable!), though the film also show the maturation of a quarterback in Troy Smith who all too often had to improvise or run for his life because of O-line breakdowns and miscues. Watch the film when pocket QBs like Zwick and Boeckman were in place (same players, same line coach)! Watch what happened when running backs SHOULD have been able to sustain drives or score TDs with short yardage!

With all due respect to Mr. Barton (who has been in trenches most of us would not survive), concentrate on NOT "bouncing around a half-dozen NFL teams" or chasing javelinas in the Phoenix twilight versus defending a line coach who spent THREE years in the NFL as a TIGHT ENDS coach. No one is disputing Coach Bollman is great guy and someone players would "miss". Most Buckeye fans and players are simply accustomed to seeing better offensive line-play than he has been able to produce in his tenure at Ohio State! Just ask the likes of Orlando Pace, John Hicks, and Jim Lachey...get the point?
Please Read

Parkersburg, WV

#19 Aug 30, 2009
I just don't think Bollman is getting the most out of his players. It is either that or we are recurting the wrong players (Boone,Adams) to name a few. This articale kind of acts like he is the hardest worker and he gets the most out of there players. strongly disagree lets look at Darrel Hazzel Holmes was a 3 star or 4 star recurit Gonzlaez was the same Ginn wassuppouse to be A DB Robiskie and Hartline were the same .My point is Hazzel gets the most out of them so those FIckell with his Linebackers Larunituos and Hawk to be exact not highly touted but now All Americans and contributing in the NFL. As far as Tressel calling the plays Steve Spurier gave up calling plays and he is the most prideful coach maybe ever why can't Tressel hmmm. I say if the Offense don't work out bring in Ohio state Alum Glen Mason who never had a problem with Offense at Minnessota to run the Offfense
Buckeyejohnny

Boiling Springs, SC

#20 Aug 30, 2009
Why does'nt Hazell get this type of criticism? Why does'nt Fickell? How bout Daniels? Heacock a little... Listen. Stop holding Bollman's Hand. NOBODY is saying he's a bad dude, unethical, hard to get along with, or lazy. He's upstanding, hardworking, honest, average coach. Below ave. actually. Good recruiter. I WILL give him that. But plz.... ave play, ave. yds per carry with PRO tailbacks, PRO wr's and PRO QB's but yet we get MANHANDLED against Purdue and OU that give up 400 yds rushing the prev. game and like usual......we suck against ave. opponets..... 83 rd in sacks? 83rd? With an ALL UPPERCLASS line? Makes me want to puke.... Bentley....Walter....and Clarke were NOT BOLLMAN's recruits..... His #'s do NOT stack up... Barton has'nt done squat in the NFL.... neither Datish, or Mangold.... The kids that have done well... Bentley... Walter.... Clarke were COOP's recruits... not Bollman. Bollman= good recruiter and below ave. pos. coach. sorry charlie.
Please Read

Parkersburg, WV

#21 Aug 30, 2009
osu614 wrote:
"Unless you win every game and don't punt, there's going to be some discussion of that type of thing,..." Tressel said.
The offense didn't score a touchdown in 3 games last year, but fans are unreasonable. Got it coach.
Not only that besides Purdue it when we did not score last year it was against USC and Penn State
osu ky

Baldwin City, KS

#22 Aug 30, 2009
the man is doing a great job.

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