Ohio State has had a prolific offense during Urban Meyer’s first six seasons in Columbus, but this year’s could be the best yet.
The 2018 Ohio State Offense Has Potential To Be Urban Meyer’s Best
Some say the best defense is a good offense.
If that’s the case, then the 2018 Buckeye squad has the potential to be downright stingy on the defensive side of the ball. That’s because when you start looking at what’s coming back on the side responsible for scoring points, there’s enough there to make an offensive coordinator downright giddy.
Okay, okay. First we have to get past the whole quarterback situation, so let’s discuss the Scarlet and Gray elephant in the room shall we?
Yes, J.T. Barrett is gone. He set more records than an Olympic athlete reunion and you have to think he’ll be missed. There will at the least be a leadership void that someone will have to fill.
Aside from that though, Ohio State returns its top six receivers on the depth chart, two former 1,000 yard rushers in the backfield, and while two there are a couple starters on the offensive line to replace, there’s still experience at all five spots that can be plugged in if it shakes out that way.
Just on paper, those surrounding the new quarterback have more experience, and perhaps more talent than any team Urban Meyer has coached to date. And yes Gator fans, that includes the time he spent in Gainesville. That’s just from what we’ve seen in the past, and without taking into consideration any development that is sure to occur.
Eat your heart out Jim Harbaugh.
But all of this potential doesn’t mean squat if the one position it hinges on doesn’t come through. As talented as we all believe Dwayne Haskins is, we’ve got a very small sample size still to choose from.
Yeah, he’ll forever be in Buckeye hearts for ruining the day of Michigan yet again, but how will he handle a full season of expectations when coaches have the chance to game-plan against him?
How will he handle being the guy, and most importantly, how will he lead this team?
I for one like what Haskins brings to the table. He’s shown that he’s an accurate passer, and with the weapons he has at his disposal, he won’t have to try and to do much, or pull the ball down too often and run for his life when Meyer needs a warm glass of milk to keep the chains moving.
No, instead, Haskins will be able to hand off to talented running backs, or stand in the pocket and provide a vertical type passing game that’s been missing in Columbus ever since Cardale Jones went on a magical ride during the tail end of the 2014 season.
How’d that end up by the way?
So buckle up Buckeye fans. Nothing is a given, but from what we’ve seen with this coaching staff, and with what’s going to be jogging out of the tunnel on Saturdays in the fall, 2018 could be a team that puts up a bushel of points.
And nobody should take offense to that.