After naming Cardale Jones as the starting quarterback for the Western Michigan game, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said he doesn't think the offensive struggles can be pinned solely on the Cleveland Glenville product.
"It's not him," Meyer said. "It's the offense right now that's in a funk. It's like when people say, 'Oh, what a great game by the quarterbacks.' No, it was a great game by the offense. When you're not getting protected, when you're not balanced and not controlling the line of scrimmage, when you're not perimeter blocking very good, the quarterback struggles.
"Last year, we were much better at all those phases."
He continued by saying that good offenses control the line of scrimmage, block well on the perimeter and excel at play-action passing. He liked what he saw against Virginia Tech, but the offense hasn't had the same success against Hawaii and Northern Illinois.
Other updates from Meyer are as follows:
- Meyer said he's trying to get the quarterbacks on the same page right now. Called them great people and very successful quarterbacks.
- As far as Monday's comments about being the hunter vs. the hunted, Meyer said the team has "practiced really hard" and will try to be more aggressive in the way they go about their business.
- Meyer noted that Jones exited the 2014 season, spring practice and fall camp as the starter, which puts the onus on Barrett to beat him out. That hasn't happened.
- Meyer on Jones: "He is the guy... unless he doesn't perform well."
- Asked about the defense, Meyer said the secondary has been outstanding. Punting, too.
- "It's not just Chris (Ash). Luke has been fantastic. That whole room on the defensive staff has done a great job."
- Parris Campbell will miss the WMU game with a knee bruise and sprained ligament but should be back.
- Mike Weber isn't ready yet.
- There's no timeline on the Damon Webb suspension.