Keep Luke Fickell?

To Fire or Not to Fire?

All great Buckeye teams have had great defensive units. The last good defensive unit we had was 02-03 national champ squad. Let's bring that attitude and defensive focus back. We can always move the ball, but need to get back to a nasty d to keep our opponents from doing the same. Fickell has had more than enough chances. He's shown one thing: he's not the leader of a nasty d. Time to move on!
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Defenses that can't stop MAC teams need to have their choosing staff replaced. I don't care how explosive an offense is, if their defense can't stop shit, we will never have any championships...
- Buckeye in Indiana

Uh-oh its gameday and Fickell still isn't fires :(
- osu fan

tired fan* sorry
- osu fan

Lol fires fan
- osu fan

At this point, no one needs to provide any evidence for the firing of Fickell. I'm going to be devoting some of my free time to protest in front of the stadium on Saturdays. Fickell needs to be run out of the state.
- Tired Fan

Took some time this morning to do some research on your boy Urban……. OSU Stats over the last few years! Fickle was the “CO”-DC in 05-10 was co before this…..just got tired of looking at stats HC- NOT DC in 2011 Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line .......Jim Heacock Hasn’t been the DC since 10 Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line ............Jim Heacock Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers .............Luke Fickell Year Total O Plays Total D Plays Points /Game O Points /Game D D Avg yd/play 2014 124 143 27.5 26 5 2013 1003 1000 45.5 22.6 5.3 2012 837 849 37.2 22.8 5.1 2011 808 831 24.5 21 5.1 2010 896 789 38.8 14.3 4.3 2009 879 827 29 12.5 4.1 2008 807 846 27.6 13.9 4.5 2007 883 832 31.4 12.8 3.6 2006 820 799 34.6 12.8 4.5 2005 808 780 32.7 15.3 4.3
- chris

6 years of candy pants defense! I can't take this shit any longer. There is talent all over the defensive side of the ball but we can't cover tightends, we can't cover receivers and we can't stop the perimeter run. If the entire country says you have the best defensive line in college football, what could be the issue?! Coaching!!! These coaches suck. This turd from Arkansas? Why did we hire this guy? Arkansas defense has never been legendary. The silver bullets were however. All the coaches on defense need to go, and if Urban doesn't pull the trigger he can go with them. Urban, you've done nothing for Buckeye fans. 24 games in a row against teams you were favored heavily to beat, and suddenly you've lost 3 of your last 4. What do those 3 teams that have beaten you have in common? They are better than MAC schools. I'm sure we will stomp Kent in the ground but I see 5 losses on his schedule, and that's not good enough. Tress did more with less talent. You and your buddy Herman have yet to impress me. Tom, I know your favorite play. Read option. Girls who else knew your favorite play? Clemson, Sparty and Virginia Tech. Urban in the media saying they are going to "open it up" this week?! What does that mean exactly? You're going to put it on a MAC school.. good for you! Beat someone relevant. Beat someone ranked. Judging from what I've seen, we are no closer to being a competitor than we were the year Fickell the bum was out coach. Congrats on making my favorite thing in the world (buckeye football) a laughing stock. Woody would be heart broken.
- SickOfTheChoking

Fire the whole F ing bunch of them. The laughing stock of the big 10
- Pissed off Ohio boy!!!!!!

Will OSU ever win the CFP with Meyer as HC? (probably not with fickell) Thats what you have to ask yourself and i believe That we can, i wont say we will. I wish urban was a little more defensive oriented. So i wont put all blame on fickell. Heres the perfect situation... A defensive minded coach, who can recruit like Meyer. Any good o- cord can coach up an elite offense. If that is available then you should get rid or urb, but If not why remove Meyer for a sub HC. Obviously Fickell needs to go. In the future Im looking forward to seeing urb w/ out Fickell so we can see whos fault it really is that is causing Ohio St. D to stink . Now im not ready to right off Meyer yet but If i was the AD I would have some coaches on speed dial. Go Bucks!! Its time to improve!!
- I miss Tress!

Its time to let em ALL go. Meyer included. Honeymoon is over (3rd year)and I cant see myself living with this relationship any longer Coaches are posing, money is wasted on them and the fans feel like second class citizens here in Ohio. Were not used to this! What a shame to see us this way. Heck, even seeing UofM get smacked around alittle last weekend does not ease this pain. I'm in my closet these days looking at my old "Tress Vest", feelin' kinda melancholy, wishin' "in Tressel we could trust" once again! I know that some of you here are still holding on thinking that Meyer is still our savior and he has his white horse ready in stable to come riding out with sword in hand raised high majestically leading us to the championship but- well,,, I myself just don't see it, sorry.
- BurnedBuckeyeLover

Fickell should have been let go a long time ago. He would have been fired a long time ago anywhere else.Assistant coaches do not get chance after chance after chance.
- JH

I can see it now, sat. 4 o'clock eastern time Kent State 49 OSU 45. Urban Meyer fires Luke Fickell after the game, flash forward another week against the Bearcats. OSU 35 Cin. 3. FIRE FICKELL'S A$$. Go Bucks!!
- osu fan

I agree should have been fired last year. www.Facebook.com/firelukefickell
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Yes fire him now! Hire someone who can teach the players how to play downhill and nasty. I will not waste another four hours watching the Buckeyes until Urban grows a pair and makes that much needed change. We won't contend for a national title until then. I am totally frustrated by the play of the defense again.
- michael snyder

Who's ready to go 1-2! Seriously fire Luke Fickell!!!!!!! Urban Meyer it's you or him, choose wisely!!!!
- I miss Tress!

All the coaches are to blame are not making proper adjustments at halftime. Tom Hermann is more to blame for the loss than Luke Fickell. Linebacker play is still terrible. Curtis Grant should never be on the field on a passing down. Where were the slant passes to an open middle area. The offensive line needs dance lessons to improve their feet. Disappointing loss.
- Loyal Buck Fan

No excuse for VT to Be able to pick up multiple 3rd at 17's . Why can't fickel figure out that he needs to put pressure on the QB. We hardly ever blitz
- Td

luke fickell as head coach had Braxton miller on the bench and played joe bowserman the whole game against Toledo guy does not even know talent and you put him in charge of our d which used to be top 5 nationaly under jim heacock under fickell we go to the bottom nationaly
- Aaron

The bIG 10 once again looked pretty sad as a whole when on then national stage this past weekend. Different season, same sad results. BTW, please fire Fickell now! This is the best OSU can get? Come on now...
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And then hire who?
- osu fan

FiRE the whole worthless bunch of them, Meyer included. Winners of 1 in the last 4 with the only win over Navy. For God's sake rehire John Cooper even he had a better big game record!
- Brian Clark

Since Urban M has been here he hasnt won a single big game and most of the reason has been the defensive coaching. The DC would have been replace yrs ago at any other school.
- Steve

Fire Fickell.
- Fire Fickell

We should have fired fickell years ago it's his time to leave so we can get someone who knows some defense !
- mattklop20

Should have been fired last year
- dennyb

Keeping Buck Teeth on the roster is like pulling individual nose, eye brow, and eye lashes with a pair of tweezers. He makes watching the games so painful. Also, Urban should follow his predecessor's offensive scheme by getting better O-Line talent and 3 star RBs. A great O-Line produces great RBs.
- Buckteethhastogo

The only reason he's still there is because he's alumni. Find something else for him to do outside of football. He's in over his head!!
- Bart Marco

I think the D improved but not even close to where I thought it would be. Fickell needs to go. I couldn't watch the defense play it was painful, everytime the defense came on the field I changed the channel. What an embarrassment they showed last night. The whole country was watching and it didn't matter, we were still mediocre. Mr. Fickell please do us all a favor and resign. I'm tired of not being able to beat decent teams (MSU, Clem, VT) and the list will be expanded by the end of the season.
- concerned buckeye

Please resign Luke. Your defensive coaching abilities are horrible. You have taken a great team which has always had pride and earned respect as a powerhouse in defense and made us a mediocre team at best. We will never be able to step up and win the Championship without a defense and that was proven last year when we had one of our most explosive offenses ever. P.S. I will be down for the Michigan game so you better step it up. This will be my first Michigan game and will be my last visit to the shoe if you lose it for us again.
- -- Biggest Buckeye Fan from Georgia--

Oh yeah one more thing ........... >>>>>>>>>FIRE FICKELL >>>>>>>>>FIRE FICKELL >>>>>>>>>FIRE FICKELL >>>>>>>>>FIRE FICKELL HEAR ME URBAN MEYER ???????????????
- boogieawoogie

Just finished watching the VTech game. I thought last year our D Backs looked horrible, well I was wrong. They are 10x worse this year. I thought the defense was suppose to improve under FUNKELL !!! THE DEFENSE SUCKS !!!!! Ohio State WILL NEVER become a contender unless something IS DONE ABOUT THE DAMN DEFENSE !!!!!
- boogieawoogie

I admit the offense played very badly against VA Tech, mainly because the offensive line was so atrocious, however the defense is still the thing that is the most glaring because there is zero improvement and no doubt, it's because Luke Fickell did not get fired after last year like he should have been. This guy is the common denominator for the struggles this defense has had this season and the last three seasons. Urban was stupid for allowing him to stay on the staff when he first got hired as head coach and even more idiotic that he didn't let him go after last year. I agree with an earlier post that said Urban could end up losing his job if Fickell remains on the coaching staff. As long as Luke has any authority over the defense, there is no reason to get your hopes up because OSU will never win another National Championship as long as Fickell is there to screw it up.
- Aaron

I wouldn't hire Fickell to be the defensive coordinator (or "co" defensive coordinator) for my lemonade stand.
- Animal83

He turrable!
- fire that bum

Well this man is the reason I won't be going to work on Monday (I live in Virginia)
- osu fan

watching VT game... Need I say more..
- Fire fickell

Fire Luke fickell right now that team had no business putting up 30 points on us at home
- osu fan

This was prior to the Clemson game last year- According to 247sports.com, Ohio State has picked up 34 defensive recruits that were four star prospects or better coming out of high school over the last four seasons. You know how many four or five star recruits two-time defending national champion Alabama has picked in that same time frame? The answer is 32. To say that the Buckeyes have played sloppy on that side of the ball would certainly be an understatement. The most points an Ohio State defense has given up in a single season is 297, which took place in the 1989 season under defensive coordinator Bill Young, as the Buckeyes managed to come away with just eight wins on the year. Under Fickell, the silver bullet defense has given up a total of 277 points thus far in the 2013 season, and they still have one game to go. Therefore, the team is just three touchdowns away from giving up more points than any defense in the history of the Ohio State football program; that is quite astonishing when you consider the fact that the national powerhouse has been around for 123 years now. For those who think Luke Fickell should stay you are absolutely delusional and should check into a mental institution. Furthermore, you aren't true Ohio State Football fans. Fickell clearly is in over his head and should resign. It shouldn't come down to him getting fired. Those facts speak for them selves. Oh, by the way, Mr. Fickell's great defense did break the record for total points scored by opponents in OSU history with 317. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
- Fodio

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