Ryan Day is the right choice to lead the Ohio State offense

Ryan Day is the right choice to lead the Ohio State offense

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Ryan Day is the right choice to lead the Ohio State offense

Don’t let the numbers fool you: Ryan Day is the right choice to lead the Ohio State offense this fall, whether that be now in concert with Kevin Wilson, or in the future as if and when the former Indiana coach moves on.

Look, I understand why some Buckeye fans weren’t jumping for joy about Day’s promotion to offensive coordinator from quarterbacks coach/co-offensive coordinator. His previous three seasons as an offensive coordinator certainly don’t paint a pretty picture. In his lone year as the OC at Temple, the Owls dropped from 68th to 110th in total offense, averaging a paltry 322 yards per contest.

He wasn’t exactly successful at Boston College, either, as the Eagles never ranked higher than 83rd nationally in total offense and averaged just 5.44 yards per play in ACC contests.

While it’s understandable that these subpar seasons would make OSU fans nervous, I wouldn’t put too much stock in them. After all, neither of those squads had the type of talent on offense that Ohio State has.

So, looking at the numbers isn’t exactly an apples-to-apples comparison. With the Buckeyes’ personnel, Day will continue to do a lot of things he wasn’t able to do previously.

That, my friends, is what should excite you about the future of offense in Columbus. Remember, Day was a record-setting quarterback at New Hampshire under Chip Kelly.

During his time there, he learned the intricacies of Kelly’s up-tempo offense, which led Oregon to three BCS Bowls and a berth in the national championship game.

His knowledge of that system will continue to make an already explosive attack – the Buckeyes have averaged 476.8 yards per game during Urban Meyer’s tenure – even better beyond last year.

I applaud Meyer for making this decision. Given that Ohio State is one of the top programs in the country, it would have been easy for him to let Day move on to a head coaching job or gig in the NFL. Yet, Meyer realized that Day brings something very unique to the table and did whatever it took to keep him in Columbus.

The fact that Meyer made it a point to keep him on staff leads me to believe that the Buckeye offense will continue to be something special in the future under his watch.

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