Urban Meyer Takes A Surprising Shot At Miami Head Coach
Urban Meyer takes a surprising shot at Miami head coach Chuck Martin this week.
The drama started a few days ago when the Miami (OH) head football coach was asked about his squad’s upcoming showdown against Ohio State.
Martin said that none of his players were even recruited by Ohio State, and that “it’s like going to recess and they get the first 85 picks.”
Chuck Martin remains a great quote machine. https://t.co/tqleB2WS9v
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Meyer, for his part, took exception to those comments.
As someone who previously coached at Bowling Green and Utah (prior to its entry into the Pac 12), he knows about the mentality and skillset at small schools.
As such, Meyer felt like Martin’s analysis sent the wrong message to his players and fans.
“I don’t know if I agree with making a public statement like that, whether you believe it or not,” Meyer said on The Big Ten Network.
“You don’t have to beat Ohio State, what you have to do is win a bunch of individual battles and hang in there in a game like that.”
To be fair, Martin also offered a more nuanced analysis of the upcoming game than just the one comment that went viral.
“Offensively, there’s no margin of error for our defense because any of their skill guys, including the quarterback and tight ends, if they get the ball and they get out in space, it can go the distance,” he said of Ohio State.
“They have so many chunk plays, plays that most normal teams wouldn’t get chunk plays on.
“They get eight-yard runs that turn into 80-yard runs just because of the overall speed of their team.
“The same thing defensively. Things just close up so fast. They close so much space.
“Windows open and close in the passing game so fast. In the run game, you think you have a little bit of air and it shuts down so quickly.
“So their speed is overwhelming to the opposition and it really can wear teams down.”
Miami (OH) began their season against a different Big Ten team – ultimately losing 38-14 versus Iowa in Week 1.
The following week, the Redhawks defeated Tennessee Tech on Sept. 7 before dropping their Week 3 game against Cincinnati 35-13.
You will recall, Ohio State absolutely wrecked Cincinnati to the tune of a 42-0 beating.
Meanwhile, on the Ohio State side, the Buckeyes will enter this game fresh off a dominant 51-10 victory over Indiana.
The team’s quarterback, Justin Fields, is embarking on a Heisman-worthy campaign, and it remains to be seen if Miami (OH) can figure out a way to slow him down.
So far, Fields has thrown for 657 yards and nine touchdowns, and rushed for 114 more yards and four touchdowns over the course of his team’s 3-0 start.
Fields has done all this without recording a single turnover in the process.
Needless to say, the Redhawks don’t quite have any talent that can boast the same resume.
Ohio State enters their showdown against Miami (OH) as a 39.5 point favorite.