Sporting a goatee, (he says he won't keep it) Ohio State coach Urban Meyer addressed the media for the first time since practice began. He discussed multiple topics, such as what he studied this off season, the culture of the wide-receiver room, what a player has to do to catch his eye, and much more. Here are some of Meyer's comments.
On what he studied during the off-season:
"What's the common denominator on great teams and great organizations. There's plenty of professional organizations that just struggle every year, and the fans and the media, they blame the coaches. You don't coach at that level unless you're not a great coach. It's not you just wake up and they make you a coach. Then it's even more comical when they blame the players. I hear the term, well, he's a bad player. They're not bad players, but what's the problem? Why do some organizations have these great, great teams and why do these great certain companies have great companies even during hard times? And the term we come up with around here is they own it. It's theirs. It's their property. I just noticed when Curtis Grant walks around here, he walks in this building, and he thinks he owns the damn thing, because he does, and he should walk around like that. And with that, comes responsibility. You see someone treating it not nice, it's your home. So that was a central theme."
On his talented, but young corps of wide receivers: "It's one of the best groups we've ever had culturally. They believe in the four to six, A to B, plus-two mentality that we have here and there are zero issues. It's just show up and go to work, be at your body weight and give your very best. They are unproven, but those kind of players usually turn out to have very good careers."
On second year offensive line starter Michael Jordan: "There is no price tag you can put on experience. We try to create it as much in practice, but there's nothing like it. He's doing great right now. Had a great finish to the summer. Three days in he's doing a nice job. Little different approach you can tell from him."
On what he's looking for from players in the first few workouts of training camp: "It's all culture at this point. It's the whole thing, the go-hard, because there are going to be plenty of mistakes. The player that freezes up, and we have a saying around here, when contact is made, that means when you're in a game-like situation, you revert back to your training. The players that revert back to their training. That's the hardest thing for a quarterback because they can look so good in drill work, and then you get out there and you can't hear. The right guard misses a block, you get hit and you lose your focus. Those are the quarterbacks you see really struggle in NFL, college, high school. The player that something good does not happen and he could go right back to fundamentals and all the training he's been through, those are guys that play. That's what I look for now and all our coaches, as you start establishing depth charts, and we'll have a scrimmage this Saturday. Then after that you're going to start seeing depth charts get materialized a little bit, and following that one, they're done. So they have about ten days or whatever it is, to establish themselves, and that's what we're looking for. We're not looking for assignment expertise yet."
On what veteran QB JT Barrett is learning from new OC Kevin Wilson and QB coach Ryan Day: "Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day like to go really fast and he's going to have a lot of that. I'll just give this as a little detail, but it's a pretty good way of thinking of it. For example, in throwing the football there is a movement key. If you're there, I'm going to throw the ball there. If you're going really fast and it's a discombobulated defense, you don't do that, it's pure progression. That means you go one to two to three. Does that make sense? That's a simplified way, but a perfect example. So, if you go fast and you're going to see defenses aren't quite lined up, we're more progression oriented within the throw game. That just simplifies things for them."
On whether the Buckeyes are a deep team: "Certain areas, yeah. But certain areas we're very thin. Receiver there's not a whole lot of depth there of experienced talent. The D-line is the one area that you do, so I don't want people to start thinking, you hear that label, boy, what a deep -- we're not deep at all. At certain positions at the secondary, you know, it could be."
You can see the entire interview here, thanks to the video taken by Eleven Warriors: