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When Ohio State takes the field this weekend against Tulane it will be the first time this season that they’ll do so with Head Coach Urban Meyer. Meyer returns to the Buckeyes, who enter the game as 37 point favorites over the Green Wave, after serving a 3-game suspension. During Meyer’s absence, Ryan Day did a more-than-serviceable job filling in. While he never faced much adversity during the first two weeks of the season, the Day-led Buckeyes faced a huge test on the road against TCU in week 3. After a relatively lackluster first half, and facing a 21-13 deficit late in the 3rd quarter, Day made the necessary adjustments and rallied the team for a 40-28 victory. Given his stellar performance as interim Head Coach, I think Day deserves another shot at the spotlight, which is why I think the Buckeyes need to roll with a two-head-coach system from here on out.
Now I know all of you naysayers will be quick to spout off all of your meaningless cliches: “But there’s only one headset”, and “If you have two Head Coaches then you don’t have one”, or “Ryan Day’s job title is Offensive Coordinator, he isn’t a Head Coach”. All I hear when you say that is “I’m old, stubborn and stuck in my ways and I’m afraid of anything that’s new and different.” Sure, Day may get to take the reins in mop-up duty this week against Tulane, but I want to see him get some meaningful time at the helm when it matters, like next weekend in Happy Valley. As long as they implement it correctly, like rotating them in and out after a set number of series, then it’s going to keep opposing teams on their toes and can lead to nothing but success (just look how great their two-QB system worked a couple years ago). Hell, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Buckeyes run them both out as head coach at the same time for a couple plays. It’s going to confuse the shit out of the players and everyone knows that the only way to combat chaos like that is to perform at peak levels, so it’s guaranteed to maximize production from the OSU players.
Some of you may be asking, “Is it really fair for a guy to lose his job to his backup just because he misses a few games for something small like an injury or terribly mishandling a domestic violence situation with a member of his coaching staff?” Fair question, but this is a “Next man up”/”What have you done for me lately?” kind of game. Urban should know that better than anyone. Nobody is irreplaceable (shout out Beyoncé), so if Day steals some reps from Meyer after all of this then he’s earned it. And I think the Buckeyes are better off for it. It’s time to introduce a new wrinkle into the game. This one-coach mentality is starting to get stale.
It’s no secret that Bengals fans are fed up with the organization right now. After five straight years of first-round playoff exits, they’ve failed to make the postseason the past two years. The team seems to be headed in the wrong direction, and without much promise for a quick turnaround. Sprinkle in a handful of on- and off-the-field incidents and you’ve got a level of discontent in the fan base that’s at an all time high. Most feel that the majority of the blame falls with head coach Marvin Lewis, who’s failed to deliver a playoff victory after 15 seasons. For a brief moment this past season, it felt like change was finally on the way when reports surfaced that Marvin did not plan to return next year. That hope was short lived, however. Marvin came out and denied the reports the next day, and Mike Brown offered him a two-year extension after the season ended. For many fans, that was the last straw. Now the team’s leaders are faced with the task of replacing the fans that they’ve driven away. Luckily for them, there’s a massive college fan base just a couple hours up I-71, and they took some pretty obvious steps during the draft to tap into that fan base.
When I woke up Tuesday morning Josh McDaniels was set to become the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Greg Schiano was reportedly replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Now, just over 24 hours later, all that has changed. McDaniels will remain in New England as offensive coordinator and Schiano is staying at Ohio State. According to a 2017 study conducted by Milliron Sports, the average millennial will switch jobs at least 3 to 4 times during a standard work week, and that lack of commitment has clearly seeped into the football coaching world. Kids these days just sit there chewing their bubble gum with their hats on backwards playing their video games, and they think it’s okay to just renege on a commitment because of what type of mood they happen to be in that day. Back in my day, if you gave someone your word on something, you stood by it. Some people may call that old-fashioned. I call it integrity. Sad.
There are several schools of thought as to why McDaniels would change his mind about taking the Colts job. One theory is that he found out that Andrew Luck’s shoulder still isn’t healthy enough to play. Without a talented, well-established quarterback, that job becomes much less desirable. They haven’t been the most well-run organization of late, so having a QB like Luck would have been one of the few bright spots in that deal. Others are speculating that he was told that Bill Belichick will be retiring within the next year or two, and that he would be the replacement as Patriots head coach when that time comes. That would be a much more attractive job than Colts head coach, especially if Brady plans on hanging around a few more years. There are a few others who think this was just Robert Kraft’s way of sticking it to the Colts’ organization as payback for the deflategate ordeal. Personally, I believe it was the promise of replacing Belichick that coaxed McDaniels into staying, but it’s possible that all three of the above theories have a bit of truth to them.
The Schiano decision was a little bit more of a mystery to me. Most of that may be due to timing, since the news just broke this afternoon and the rumor mill hasn’t quite gotten into full swing. My first hunch is Schiano just doesn’t like Josh McDaniels and once he found out McDaniels was staying in New England, Schiano said “No thanks.” There’s nothing worse than working with a coworker that you can’t stand. Schiano is obviously no stranger to sudden changes when it comes to coaching jobs though. Just last year Schiano was rumored to be taking over the Tennessee Volunteers head coaching position until Vols fans bullied the athletic department into going back on the deal. Maybe he wanted to return the favor to somebody else. Or maybe he just knew his best shot at a championship was in Columbus working for a real football coach in Urban Meyer. I hope for his sake that he has a long, successful career at Ohio State though. It’s going to be tough to explain to potential future employers why he has three different jobs over the course of a four month period listed on his resume. Just like those damn millennials…
All this wishy-washiness does give me hope as a Bengals fan though. Most people in Cincinnati weren’t too thrilled when Marvin Lewis decided to stick around as the Bengals head coach, especially when he had reportedly expressed a desire to move on late in the season. Maybe Schiano and McDaniels will inspire Marvin to change his mind once more. It’s okay Marvin, there’s no shame in going back on a promise. After all, everyone’s doing it.
Hello and welcome to a late afternoon edition of Wake Up With Whitty. And by “late afternoon” I mean that this probably got finished late Sunday night and then I backdated it a few hours. A little trick we like to use in The Biz. Keeps your loyal fan
s on their toes and helps you reach a whole new audience. It’s how I’ve become so successful. And now that you’ve had a sneak peak at how the sausage gets made, it’s time to focus on more important things, like how I’m pissed about the College Football Playoff decision and how I can’t decide if I’m going to pop in Home Alone on DVD tomorrow night or if I’m going to suck it up and watch my Bengals embarrass themselves on Monday Night Football. So without further ado, here’s Wake Up With Whitty:
Hello and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. It’s been a long weekend but it’s finally coming to a close. Most of you have probably been off since at least Thursday. I’m sure you ate way too much food over the past 3-5 days too (Side Note: If you’re one of those “Ham is a better Thanksgiving food than turkey” lunatics, please stop reading now. You’re not welcome here). You’ve either spent some quality time with family or spent time doing everything possible trying to avoid family. You spent hours watching football all weekend and maybe even slipped in a basketball game or two (I hear people are still into that these days). Hell, you may have even put up your Christmas decorations already. With all of that going on, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that you have to go back to work tomorrow. The week after Thanksgiving always feels like the longest week of the year, especially on Monday. So as the NFL games wrap up on Sunday, you’ll start to have the very sobering realization that you have to go back to reality tomorrow. And that’s easily one of the most depressing feelings ever. I can’t do anything to fix that, but hopefully I can at least offer you a brief distraction with today’s Wake Up With Whitty.
Welcome to a special Sunday edition of Wake Up With Whitty. Yesterday was a huge day for college football as two top 4 teams fell, and several over top 25 schools were upset by unranked opponents. I could be a little biased, but we may have witnessed the Game of the Year last night in Ohio State’s comeback victory over Penn State. They didn’t look great last night at times (especially in the uniform department), but JT Barrett and the Buckeyes pulled it off. It’s been a wild past 16 hours, so that’s my excuse if this week’s Wake Up With Whitty sucks.
When the 6th ranked Buckeyes take the field against No. 2 Penn State on Saturday afternoon, they’re going to look a little different than what we’ve grown accustomed to. They’ll still be donning the familiar scarlet and gray, but there will only be a tiny bit of scarlet. And a lot of gray. Like…a lot. The helmets, jerseys and pants consist entirely of various shades of gray, with the exception of a scarlet block-O on the jersey collar and on the helmet’s nose bumper. Ohio State will also ditch their traditional helmet stickers in favor of a black version that features a scarlet Buckeye leaf. The helmets, jersey numbers and socks will all have a subtle wolf’s fur pattern, a nod to the “Land of the Wolves” theme the Buckeyes adopted prior to the 2016 season. Rounding out the uniform is a pair of solid scarlet Lebron James cleats. Below are additional images of the new uniforms courtesy of the Ohio State Football Twitter account.