Not even the arctic chill sweeping through the Midwest could cool the rising anger erupting in Central Ohio right now. The joys of the Buckeyes’ 24-game winning streak have quickly evaporated in the midst of their two-game losing skid. The late-season collapse has exposed the worst in fans.
Their venom-laced tirades are squarely focused on the secondary, defensive coordinator Luke Fickell’s head and coach Urban Meyer for refusing to play quarterback Kenny Guiton in the last series against Clemson.
Buckeye fans are as passionate as they come, but they need to relax and take a deep breath. If you trust Meyer, then you must trust that he will fix the problems. No one is more critical of the program than he is, and he’ll get the issues resolved.
The notion that he does not understand or care about defense is nonsense. Keep in mind that Meyer may be known for his offense, but he has been around some of the leading defensive strategists his entire career. Meyer played defensive back in college and coached under Jim Heacock, Sonny Lubick, Lou Holtz and Bob Davie. His key assistants along the way have included Charlie Strong, Greg Mattison, Kyle Whittingham and Gary Andersen. The wisdom gained from serving with these coaches for 28 years will help forge the turnaround.
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