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Meyer shaking up Buckeyes' offense

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07:27 AM ET 06.17 | Urban Meyer is no stranger to the spread offense, which has brought him to two national championships and great success throughout. But in his 11 seasons as a head coach, Meyer has learned that his team's dance moves are never in vogue for long. ... So adjustments have been made to tighten things up a little. There could be times this season when the Buckeyes could look like they are running an anti-spread. Signs of it were spotted in the spring, when the Buckeyes, under the direction of second-year offensive coordinator Tom Herman, occasionally worked out of a diamond formation. It's a modern version of the full-house backfield, with quarterback Braxton Miller having a running back on either side of him and behind him.

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June 17, 2013  08:01 AM ET

Extra blocker at the point of attack, or conversely another option to fake/give the ball to. In HS, we used the Power-I for short yardage mainly, and it usually did the job -- but sometimes all it did was clog up the whole with another body.

June 17, 2013  08:01 AM ET
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Will it work up there, or get them beat to death?

With Miller at QB, it will work.......Buckeyes will roll this year.

June 17, 2013  08:32 AM ET

This is going to be a great Buckeyes football season. I can hardly wait.

June 17, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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This is going to be a great Buckeyes football season. I can hardly wait.

Yes indeed.

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June 17, 2013  09:04 AM ET

The diamond formation almost screams, "Sweep!"

June 17, 2013  09:06 AM ET

After running the sweep out of the diamond formation a couple of times, you let the tight end slip off his block, get a couple of steps into open space, and have Miller pull up and toss the ball to him. Pursuit should be moving away from the TE, and he can rumble for some yards.

June 17, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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After running the sweep out of the diamond formation a couple of times, you let the tight end slip off his block, get a couple of steps into open space, and have Miller pull up and toss the ball to him. Pursuit should be moving away from the TE, and he can rumble for some yards.

OK, this is a backyard, no equipment, tackle football play which I used in college to great effect.

June 17, 2013  09:08 AM ET

Harley on the road, quad.

June 17, 2013  09:18 AM ET

All good coaches have wrinkles or variations in their offense to mess with the other team's DC. When Schembecler was an assistant at tOSU, Woody asked him, "Bo, do you know why I have so many running plays for the fullback?". Bo replied that he didn't, and had wondered why there were several running plays for the fullback. Woody said, " because it drives the DC crazy. He's always thinking, I can't stop the fullback".

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June 17, 2013  10:18 AM ET

because no other team in the country is "shaking up" their offense....in unrelated news, the sun rose in the east, and water is wet.

June 17, 2013  10:49 AM ET
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because no other team in the country is "shaking up" their offense....in unrelated news, the sun rose in the east, and water is wet.

Maybe he could call marv levy and bring back the run and shoot. Since apparently early 1990's off. are the rage. There's a reason few teams run a triple option, or wish bone any more. That being said I will give Meyer credit that he alters his offense from a spread pass to run option based on his team's talents. Unlike the man that taught him the spread mr. Rich Rod.

June 17, 2013  10:51 AM ET

This would have been alot better of a secret had they not told ever one. Imagine OSU down by 7 and all of a sudden you pull out a series out of that formation? No def. in the country would know what to do since they never have seen it or practiced it.

June 17, 2013  10:56 AM ET

Can someone explain to me how woody hayes won 5 national titles but in 1970 were ranked 2 and 5 in the ap and coaches polls, 1961 ranked #2 in both polls?

June 17, 2013  11:17 AM ET
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Can someone explain to me how woody hayes won 5 national titles but in 1970 were ranked 2 and 5 in the ap and coaches polls, 1961 ranked #2 in both polls?

Bama school of title-counting

June 17, 2013  11:18 AM ET
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water is wet.

Unless it comes in contact with ice9...

 
June 17, 2013  11:19 AM ET
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Unless it comes in contact with ice9...

Cat's Cradle!

TIIIINNNNN MAAAANNN!

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