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Buckeyes Re-Tool The Coaching Staff

Despite the disappointing finish to the 2013 season, Ohio State appears to be poised for another great season in 2014. Braxton Miller is back, the recruiting class is killer, and Meyer filled the holes in his coaching staff in quick fashion.

Just a week ago news began to leak that Larry Johnson Sr., the heralded defensive line coach at Penn State for the past 13 seasons was switching schools.  This is a huge get for Urban’s staff.  Mike Vrabel was no slouch when it came to coaching up the defensive line, but Larry Johnson is a legend.  He coached seven All-Americans and multiple first round draft picks along the defensive line.  More importantly, Larry Johnson was an elite recruiter at Penn State and should fill the void (and then some) of Vrabel’s departure.

On the same day that Larry Johnson was hired the Buckeyes also brought on Chris Ash.  Ash has been brought on as defensive backs coach and also co-defensive coordinator.  Ash was the defensive coordinator at Arkansas last season and served the same role for Wisconsin for three years prior to that.  Fans upset with the defensive schemes Fickell has run the past two years should be thrilled with the Ash hiring.  Chris is an aggressively minded defensive coach and likes to attack offenses and force the issue.

With the talent being brought in and the new blood in the coaching staff, look for the defense to have a drastic new look and attitude to it this year.



Tags: Chris Ash Larry Johnson Sr. Ohio State Buckeyes Football Urban Meyer

  • Gary

    Fans will be thrilled when Fickell is let go.
    As long as he is here, the defense will continue to cost the Buckeyes.

    • Nathan Klein

      I go back and forth on Fickell. He was part of the staff when the defense was good, so he’s familiar with what it takes to create a good defense. At the same time he hasn’t shown the ability to run a defense as the head guy. I wouldn’t be sad to see him go, but he certainly earned himself some grace when he took the bullet in 2011.

  • Gary

    The defense under Fickell these past two years has been close to terrible. I can’t remember the last
    time I saw it that bad. It’s time to move on and find a better defensive coordinator and bring back the Buckeye defense of old. His “soft zone” has no place here.