Captain's Corner: Focus On Defense

The main reason many people expect Ohio State to do so well in 2006 is the fact that so many fine performers return on offense. But ex-OSU captain Jerry Rudzinski says that the team's overall performance could lie on whether or not this young defense steps up to the plate. Check it out in the latest Captain's Corner.

You bet I am thrilled about having Troy and Pitt and Teddy back next year. The weapons on offense should make for some fun highlights. However, the defense is not off the hook because the Buckeyes may have an offense that hangs up 35 points per game.

Am I saying a great defense is more important than a great offense? Well... yeah, I guess I am saying that. A defense that just stones teams each and every series is tough to beat.

Give the opposing offense a short field only to see our defense stop them and hold them to 3 points. Give the opposing offense a long field only to see our defense stop them to set up field position for our offense. Our great defense will wear out the opposing defense because they will force them to continue taking the field. Our great defense will let our offense play with a tie score or a favorable score as opposed to coming from behind. That in turn allows our offense to play two-dimensional football.

Great defenses are physical. Our offense would have to practice against our defense every single day. If you can run against our great defense, you can do anything you want on game day.

Today, I write about being lop-sided towards defense. If I write about team balance tomorrow, don't think I am talking out of both sides of my mouth. Shoddy special teams and sloppy, unaggressive offense will make a great defense have an average Win-Loss record. You need to be sharp in the special teams and you need to have offensive execution.

However, I find myself nervous with all the smiling Buckeye fans just hanging their hat on Troy's return for his senior season. He needs help from his o-line and wide receivers. Even more though, he needs help from his defense. The offense will be either good or great with everyone returning. I'm not so sure it matters though if our young new faces on defense don't step up in the spring and earn their scholarship. The onus is on those first year starters on defense.


 

 



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Am I saying a great defense is more important than a great offense? Well... yeah, I guess I am saying that. A defense that just stones teams each and every series is tough to beat.

Give the opposing offense a short field only to see our defense stop them and hold them to 3 points. Give the opposing offense a long field only to see our defense stop them to set up field position for our offense. Our great defense will wear out the opposing defense because they will force them to continue taking the field. Our great defense will let our offense play with a tie score or a favorable score as opposed to coming from behind. That in turn allows our offense to play two-dimensional football.

Great defenses are physical. Our offense would have to practice against our defense every single day. If you can run against our great defense, you can do anything you want on game day.

Today, I write about being lop-sided towards defense. If I write about team balance tomorrow, don't think I am talking out of both sides of my mouth. Shoddy special teams and sloppy, unaggressive offense will make a great defense have an average Win-Loss record. You need to be sharp in the special teams and you need to have offensive execution.

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