Eye In Sky Likes Buckeye Buy-In

Not only is Ohio State impressing head coach Urban Meyer on the field, it's showing camaraderie off of it when Meyer looks at the tape, one reason why the head coach feels the Buckeyes are riding a seven-game winning streak and top the Big Ten East Division.

In the book 1984, Big Brother was always watching.

In 2014, the eye in the sky doesn’t lie, and Urban Meyer is that eye when it comes to watching the Ohio State football team.

And when he watches a play, rewinds it, watches it again and keeps on going through that process, eventually his mind wanders from X’s and O’s. It wanders from great plays and missed assignments. It wanders to the sideline, where he can see who is doing what – and how they react.

“I'll sit there, watch videotape, and when the play goes out of bounds, I watch that play 15 to 30 times,” the head coach said Monday. “I'm not watching the play anymore. I'm watching the sideline, watching to see the invested player, who is into the game as it's going on.

“When J.T. (Barrett) got knocked out of bounds, wiped out our strength coach, I ran that son of a gun back at least 30 times, trying to watch each person, seeing who is invested. You can sit and babble all you want in my office, but when it shows up in a game like that – the good thing is we have a lot of invested players right now.”

The good news, as Meyer said, is he thinks this Ohio State team he’s building is in fact a team. Meyer has said a number of times that he enjoys coaching this team, and the celebration the team put together in the locker room – which has been well documented on social media – is a sign of that.

Before the season, Meyer pushed to institute “small-unit cohesion,” a philosophy that breaks large groups into smaller ones to increase the attachment to the group. In other words, it makes something big into something small so that people can increase their buy-in to the program, and now the team appears to be enjoying the results.”

“You see one of your guys make a big-time play like that, you want to enjoy it with them, celebrate, show the passion for the game,” safety Vonn Bell said. “It’s a grind out there, so every time you make a play and get off the field, you show the passion and love for each other.

“It doesn’t happen everywhere. Sometimes it’s dead. Sometimes they’re just other players or whatever, but it’s really big for us. I think the coaches build it into us.”

First-year co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash is happy to see that in his first year in the program. Even when things go wrong, Ash said, the communication lines are open and the team is never satisfied.

“If you don't have the buy-in, the belief in what you're doing and belief in each other, you don't have a foundation to do anything, to be honest with you,” he said. “And that's the thing that we do have here. We talk about it, defensively we weren't happy with the performance and production on Saturday night, but it all starts with these kids believing in what we're doing.

“They've bought into what we're doing, give great effort and studied the game. When you have that, you have a chance to be successful and you can get problems corrected when you have that. It's when they don't have belief, they start pointing fingers and start complaining and start blaming others, then you've got a real issue. We do not have that on this football team in any phase, offense, defense or special teams. When you have that, it's a special group to coach.”

When it comes to leaders, Meyer points to such players as Doran Grant, Curtis Grant, Jeff Heuerman and Jacoby Boren as those stepping up along with Taylor Decker. Meyer has called it a fun team to coach right now, and the togetherness is one reason.

“I love my family and my team,” wideout Evan Spencer said. “I love everybody on that team, and I know everybody is going to do everything they can for me and I’m going to do everything I can for them. I know when it comes down to it, that’s what wins football games.”


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\r\nBefore the season, Meyer pushed to institute “small-unit cohesion,” a philosophy that breaks large groups into smaller ones to increase the attachment to the group. In other words, it makes something big into something small so that people can increase their buy-in to the program, and now the team appears to be enjoying the results.”\r\n

\r\n“You see one of your guys make a big-time play like that, you want to enjoy it with them, celebrate, show the passion for the game,” safety Vonn Bell said. “It’s a grind out there, so every time you make a play and get off the field, you show the passion and love for each other.\r\n

\r\n“It doesn’t happen everywhere. Sometimes it’s dead. Sometimes they’re just other players or whatever, but it’s really big for us. I think the coaches build it into us.”\r\n

\r\nFirst-year co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash is happy to see that in his first year in the program. Even when things go wrong, Ash said, the communication lines are open and the team is never satisfied.\r\n

\r\n“If you don't have the buy-in, the belief in what you're doing and belief in each other, you don't have a foundation to do anything, to be honest with you,” he said. “And that's the thing that we do have here. We talk about it, defensively we weren't happy with the performance and production on Saturday night, but it all starts with these kids believing in what we're doing. \r\n

\r\n“They've bought into what we're doing, give great effort and studied the game. When you have that, you have a chance to be successful and you can get problems corrected when you have that. It's when they don't have belief, they start pointing fingers and start complaining and start blaming others, then you've got a real issue. We do not have that on this football team in any phase, offense, defense or special teams. When you have that, it's a special group to coach.”\r\n

\r\nWhen it comes to leaders, Meyer points to such players as Doran Grant, Curtis Grant, Jeff Heuerman and Jacoby Boren as those stepping up along with Taylor Decker. Meyer has called it a fun team to coach right now, and the togetherness is one reason.\r\n

\r\n“I love my family and my team,” wideout Evan Spencer said. “I love everybody on that team, and I know everybody is going to do everything they can for me and I’m going to do everything I can for them. I know when it comes down to it, that’s what wins football games.”\r\n

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In 2014, the eye in the sky doesn’t lie, and Urban Meyer is that eye when it comes to watching the Ohio State football team.

And when he watches a play, rewinds it, watches it again and keeps on going through that process, eventually his mind wanders from X’s and O’s. It wanders from great plays and missed assignments. It wanders to the sideline, where he can see who is doing what – and how they react.

“I'll sit there, watch videotape, and when the play goes out of bounds, I watch that play 15 to 30 times,” the head coach said Monday. “I'm not watching the play anymore. I'm watching the sideline, watching to see the invested player, who is into the game as it's going on.

“When J.T. (Barrett) got knocked out of bounds, wiped out our strength coach, I ran that son of a gun back at least 30 times, trying to watch each person, seeing who is invested. You can sit and babble all you want in my office, but when it shows up in a game like that – the good thing is we have a lot of invested players right now.”

The good news, as Meyer said, is he thinks this Ohio State team he’s building is in fact a team. Meyer has said a number of times that he enjoys coaching this team, and the celebration the team put together in the locker room – which has been well documented on social media – is a sign of that.

This pretty much sums it up ... #Family #GoBucks Great pic, @TheVonnBell7! pic.twitter.com/Fk7zNOUgXo

— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) November 9, 2014

Before the season, Meyer pushed to institute “small-unit cohesion,” a philosophy that breaks large groups into smaller ones to increase the attachment to the group. In other words, it makes something big into something small so that people can increase their buy-in to the program, and now the team appears to be enjoying the results.”

“You see one of your guys make a big-time play like that, you want to enjoy it with them, celebrate, show the passion for the game,” safety Vonn Bell said. “It’s a grind out there, so every time you make a play and get off the field, you show the passion and love for each other.

“It doesn’t happen everywhere. Sometimes it’s dead. Sometimes they’re just other players or whatever, but it’s really big for us. I think the coaches build it into us.”

First-year co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash is happy to see that in his first year in the program. Even when things go wrong, Ash said, the communication lines are open and the team is never satisfied.

“If you don't have the buy-in, the belief in what you're doing and belief in each other, you don't have a foundation to do anything, to be honest with you,” he said. “And that's the thing that we do have here. We talk about it, defensively we weren't happy with the performance and production on Saturday night, but it all starts with these kids believing in what we're doing.

“They've bought into what we're doing, give great effort and studied the game. When you have that, you have a chance to be successful and you can get problems corrected when you have that. It's when they don't have belief, they start pointing fingers and start complaining and start blaming others, then you've got a real issue. We do not have that on this football team in any phase, offense, defense or special teams. When you have that, it's a special group to coach.”

When it comes to leaders, Meyer points to such players as Doran Grant, Curtis Grant, Jeff Heuerman and Jacoby Boren as those stepping up along with Taylor Decker. Meyer has called it a fun team to coach right now, and the togetherness is one reason.

“I love my family and my team,” wideout Evan Spencer said. “I love everybody on that team, and I know everybody is going to do everything they can for me and I’m going to do everything I can for them. I know when it comes down to it, that’s what wins football games.”

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