I’m getting the sense that there’s a head coach in Central Ohio who’s a little miffed one of his players let the position cat out of the bag earlier this evening.
Of course, the player we’re talking about is Braxton Miller, with the feline he let loose being that his throwing shoulder is not 100-percent healthy and, therefore, he was moving to the hybrid H-Back position. The head coach would be Urban Meyer, who told the Columbus Dispatch that any talk of a position switch for Miller is a wee bit premature.
“I haven’t made those decisions yet,” Meyer told the Dispatch. “It’s a little bit jumping the gun here. Braxton came to see me. He’s been talking to me about it (the switch). We’ve been working at it, but I’m not ready to say exactly how we’re going to use him yet.”
And therein lies the underlying “miffed” for Meyer, right there in the last part of the last sentence of that quote: “I’m not ready to say exactly how we’re going to use him yet.”
Like every other coach at any level, Meyer wants to control the message for his football program — especially as it pertains to personnel usage. Miller spilling this in late July, as opposed to Meyer slowly rolling it out through the start of summer camp and on into the middle of August — or later — gives opposing defenses that much more time to prepare for myriad options Miller brings to a hybrid position. Especially when one of those opposing defenses is overseen by Bud Foster, the Virginia Tech coordinator whose defense made the Buckeyes look nothing like national champions in an embarrassing Week 2 loss in Columbus last season.
OSU’s season-opening opponent this season? Virginia Tech. In Blacksburg. Still coordinated by Foster.
Meyer’s angst over this position-switch revelation? Very much understandable, even as, in hindsight, it was inevitable.