Urban Meyer said after Ohio State’s 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl that he would reevaluate everything about the program and alluded to changes on the coaching staff. He quickly delivered on that promise.
Both co-offensive coordinators Tim Beck and Ed Warinner have taken other jobs in the last two weeks, making way for QB coach Ryan Day, a Chip Kelly disciple, and Kevin Wilson, the ex-Indiana head coach and Oklahoma offensive coordinator.
“We made some changes and we’re going to be better next year,” Meyer said. “Our players deserve that.”
Meyer explained why those moves were made in an interview with USA Today at the American Football Coaches Association convention. He didn’t say much, but did describe his offense in the last two years as “one dimensional.”
Tom Herman was Ohio State’s offensive coordinator in 2014, when the Buckeyes averaged 44.8 points per game, No. 5 in the nation. Since he left for Houston, the offense hasn’t been the same, especially in big games.
“In 2014 we were one of the most balanced teams in college football, run-pass,” Meyer said. “We went one dimensional. We’re going to open things up and let J.T. Barrett play, get the skill guys more involved. Really anxious to open things up a little bit.”
Ohio State opens the 2017 season against Indiana on Thursday, Aug. 31.