Urban Meyer is a football coach at heart, which is why he returned to the sidelines to lead the Ohio State program last season. One thing about coaches is they are always looking for a negative as a way to inspire their team to get better.
Perhaps the run defense wasn’t stout enough during spring practice, or wide receivers were slow coming out of breaks. It’s all part of the process. Coaches, especially those with talent-laden rosters and fanbases with high expectations, are constantly searching for areas where their squad can improve.
Meyer is certainly no different. That’s why his early optimism comes as a surprise. Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch passed along comments from the polarizing head coach, and even he’s surprised about how he feels heading into the season.
Before he went on vacation in July, the Ohio State football coach felt a disquieting optimism about his 2013 team.
“On the Friday before I left, I walked up to our strength coach (Mickey Marotti) as I was walking out and I said, ‘I don’t like this,’” Meyer recalled two weeks ago during Big Ten media days in Chicago. “He goes, ‘What?’ I said, ‘I feel too good. Something is not right here. I’m usually not a feel-good guy.’”