Leadership And Identity Still Needed For Ohio State In 2018

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Leadership And Identity Still Needed For Ohio State In 2018

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Leadership And Identity Still Needed For Ohio State In 2018


With a blow out loss fresh in the minds of the players and coaches, it has rattled the whole team. With that being said, Buckeye Nation is wondering, what is the identity of this year’s team? Everyone is trying to find answers not just the team. 


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Big, emotional losses can make fans wonder and worry. It has a bigger impact on the team and the coaching staff. Because of that, Urban Meyer chose to keep the coaching staff home on Monday instead of going on the recruiting trail so it could work with the team. With that being said, I think we can all expect there will be changes over the course of the next two weeks.

Some may be subtle, some not so much, but that all remains to be seen. But they all point to an identity that’s still out there to be defined.

What direction is this team headed after last week’s debacle? A team’s compass is  directly aligned to the culture and identity of the place, and it’s no different at Ohio State. Leaders push the direction, and in turn are responsible for the way things are done.

For leadership it all starts with Urban Meyer, and it trickles down from there. Often head coaches get too much of the blame, but at the same time they can get too much credit. Coaching is one of the positions in life where you get most noticed at each extreme end of the spectrum.

The negative extreme is pulsating right now.

At the beginning of the season, this team’s identity was found behind Dwayne Haskins on the offensive side of the ball, and Nick Bosa on the defensive side. With Bosa gone, it’s an absolute must for a leader to step up on the defense side.

We’re all waiting.

Ohio State is incredibly young this year, most especially is the secondary. With youth comes mistakes, no matter what your lot in life is. Growing pains take place, and weaknesses have been exploited, and now, more than ever, is the chance to react.

Meyer expects the best from his team week in and week out, and in his eyes, there’s no doubt last week was unacceptable. It’s time for someone to step up and lead, and in the past it was J.T. Barrett. Before him, names like Braxton Miller and Ezekiel Elliot were the driving force of the team. On the defensive side of the ball, great linebackers like Ryan Shazier and linemen Zach Boren and Joey Bosa paved the way to victory each and every week.

Who will it be in 2018 as the sands of the hourglass begin to run out? Who steps up to be that guy that’s the glue of this team?

One of Urban Meyer’s philosophies he preaches at Ohio State is E + R = O (Events + Responses = Outcome). The event has happened (blow out loss to Purdue) and now Ohio State needs a response for the outcome it desires.

The mantra speaks specifically to the fact that you can’t always control what happens in life, but one can choose how to respond. And with this team, now comes the perfect opportunity to make something memorable. Ohio State can use this loss to motivate for the better and improve, or it can continue to go downhill and do the opposite.

November is just around the corner, and in years past, that’s the months in which legends and teams have been made and remembered. At the end of the day, time tells everything. The fate of Buckeye football lays in the hands of leadership on and off the field.

 

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