NFL hits the Oregon Trail

From Slate TV:

  • Jon

    I think that I missed Oregon Trail by a couple of years. Wikipedia says that it was popular among popular among elementary school students from the mid 1980s to early 1990s. I was already in high school by then, but a lot of my younger friends like to namecheck this game.

  • Silver Charm

    Hey in this economy we need more guys like Pac Man out there to give you a reason to go to more topless bars.

  • Ben Smith

    I think the dysentery could be linked to the H1N1.Can we put that on Favre?! Silver Charm- You forgot to mention all the”dancers” who are working their way through college!

  • OSU Insider

    Since you did not post a link to your infantile rant against Tressel, I had to demystify your criticism here.

    1. The bubble read/1-step hitch/ hot slant is a sight adjustment that is built into the offense. TP did not make the read once. It got to the point where Tress built the hot-read into the playcall, but TP continued to ignore it.

    2. Terrelle is not only instructed to make his fake on under center running plays, but on any type of handoff he is instructed to extend his fake five steps down the line. Again, he did not do this.

    3. The wing-back formation we use is a multi-call play. Putting the wing-back out there forces USC to tip coverages and ensure a clean release for the wing-back against man coverage. Based on pre-game preparation, we found that USC ALWAYS aligns in a Cover 1/3 shell when we show this look. The rest of the play is a sight-adjustment based upon coverage rotations. I can assure you that Taylor Mays over-pursuing wasn’t “pure luck.”

    And, really, your entire post is based on a fallacious premise.

    USC played a cover 1/3 shell for a good portion of the night. It was not a “2-deep defense” for much of the night. I have the coaches tape in front of me right now. when they did play Cover 2 (as in your picture), USC had outside leverage on the corner to funnel everything inside. A bubble against USC’ defense (who is taught to work outside-in by the way is suicide for a reciever.) Especially when they align the SS (Mays) over the slot receiver. Maybe you didn’t see this because of the TV picture, but Mays was shallower than a typical safety. That is why he over-pursued so hard on the wing-back play.

    Against Cover 1/3, adjustments need to be made in the hot routes, but that is for us to evaluate- not some two-bit hack who lacks the relevant information.

    4. When we go in the Gun with one-back, USC went to a double-eagle alignment on a majority of plays. Sometimes, they walk up a safety to “shark” the box. That is when the hot-route need to be hit with the pre-snap adjustment. TP did not do this correctly, but he is still growing. He allowed the moment to become bigger than himself.

    5. I find it hilarious that you, whoever you are, continue to take cheap shots at the coaching. How many national championships do you have? Tress has 5..dumb luck though, I’m sure.

    Oh, and your only cogent point was the two-minute drill. That was a mistake that will be corrected. Again, allowing the moment to become beginner than oneself.

    So good luck in whatever you do in life, by the sounds of that article, you are surely going to need it.

  • Rob

    OSU Insider,

    No backup QB that is able to make the hot read correctly?

    A would have thought a benching might have taught a good lesson on point #1.

  • weas

    OSU Insider, I’m surprised you had time to type all that up with your head between Tressel’s legs. Keep up the good work “champ.”

  • beckett

    For all the excuses OSU Insider talks… you would think he would have walked over and tapped Tressel on the shoulder and told him “hey they’re doing this to us”…. typical a-hole response too with the “how many titles do you have?” BS… I’ve never been a chef, but I can tell when someone F’s up my food.

  • Luke

    …isn’t all that the point though??

    IF Pryor isn’t making the boots, who is that on-Pryor, or the Coaches, who have had two years of game film on him now? Is it Pryors fault he’s not making the reads, or the Coaches fault for not making sure that he understands the rules of the offense, and applying it in those situations.

    As for this one liner

    Against Cover 1/3, adjustments need to be made in the hot routes, but that is for us to evaluate- not some two-bit hack who lacks the relevant information.

    DIDN’T he evaluate it? DID HE NOT point out that there were severe failures by the OSU offense to carry out the proper checks based on alignment and coverage? Is that on the players or the coaches? Because any coach worth his salt will tell you-that’s on him for not coaching it into his players. It wasn’t a physical failure or a one time brain fart–there was the same reaction, to the same play, for the same reasons.

    What do you do within the organization by the way? GA…”video GA”…student video assistant…equipment manager who assists one of the coaches…

    You may be right. If your argument is based on the fact that, “our starting QB didn’t make the right reads over and over and over again Saturday night”, you don’t really have an argument. The only difference there, is that it isn’t a failure of scheme, it is a failure of teaching the basics by the coaches.

    Really though-which is worse?

  • Luke

    Going back to that, do you have an explanation as to why Pryor never ran the Zone read? Is Pryor’s best asset really his arm?

    Anyway, the point is moot. You’ll never read this in all likelihood.

  • 4.0 Point Stance

    If this guy really is an “insider” I would hope he gets his behind chewed for coming onto a blog and trying to throw his starting quarterback under the bus to protect the coaches.

    And I think he’s funny that he characterizes the article as an “infantile rant” yet then proceeds to admit that basically every point made in the article is correct except for one (about the wingback formation).

  • Todd (not Boeckman)

    As a fan in the stands, its readily apparent that Terrell Pryor is not very good (to say the least) at pre-snap reads. That only comes with experience.

  • JFrank


    Thank you for confirming what I knew to be true. You prove again that those who assume to know things without being in the thick of it are guessing and in this case Chris has made himself look very bad. Tis always wise to be quite careful about assertively declaring other’s shortcomings when you do not know of what you speak.

    And Luke, you’re missing the point. It’s not that the coaches have not instructed most of these reads and fundamentals. It’s that someone isn’t taking them onto the field. Now a benching might be quite a good idea but don’t expect Tressel to roll one of his players under the bus just to clarify the real problem to anyone outside of the lockerroom(ala you or Chris). That isn’t his style. He may be ranting behind closed doors but all you’ll hear in public is ” We need to do better. ” Do you think when he recruits these kids he tells the parents ” If i have to I’ll roll you child under the bus so guys like Luke and Chris will have the clear picture of our coaching decisions? ” This is what coaches mean when they say ” people who aren’t in the room just do not get it. “

  • Tony

    I enjoy Chris Browns break downs. I also don’t understand the criticism of OSU Insider. He pointed out where Chris Brown may have been wrong (though in a demeaning way) and others responded by by telling him of the lack of teaching or coaching. One is of scheme and game plan, the other is about One on One communication. So I guess everyone is a little correct. And who cares anyway. This game is full of should haves and could haves. Like the first USC Td that wasn’t, or OSU not going for a 53 yard field goal when the kicker is easily good for 57-60 yards. Maybe if Corp came in he would have led USC to more TDs with his feet. Lets let OSU and USC worry out it. I’ll keep reading the breakdowns and appreciating the knowledge but everyone needs to stop getting pissy.

  • Carl G

    “If you don’t like what you see on film, just remember that’s what you coached.”

    I have had those words spoken to me often. Not verbatim, but I have heard them spoke. If Pryor isn’t making the right reads or isn’t making simple uncovered checks that are already built into the offense that falls on the Coaches, and they’ll tell you that.

    If even a part of what Chris said was true, you best believe Tressell is kicking himself for not preparing Pryor well enough for this situation. You can’t expect kids to react the same way they do in practice when the bullets start flying but they have to take something to the field. They have to. It’s the hardest part of coaching. I can teach kids all sorts of cute stems and stunts, and tell them to key the LB and drone on and on and on. But its taking it to a game situation thats the toughest part

    Perhaps the biggest criticism of this article is that it doesn’t put as much responsibility on Pryor as it should. It definitely kind of gives him a free pass–but don’t try and give Tressell a free pass either. He wouldn’t accept it, don’t try and pander it here.

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