Kevin Wilson stepped forward Wednesday and said he was the one to aim any criticism at after Ohio State failed to move the ball efficiently against Oklahoma
COLUMBUS, Ohio - After last Saturday's 31-16 loss to Oklahoma, J.T. Barrett was probably looking at his phone, scrolling through the thousands of tweets and comments made about his poor play.
But, Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said something that might have made all those ill-natured words a little misplaced.
“The anticipation of what you’re doing, being sound at what you’re doing ... I said it immediately after the game, I think I’ve got to do a better job through practice organization and game calling to put our kids is better places,” Wilson said during Wednesday's media availability. “I was awful Saturday.”
Ohio State fans everywhere were furious after the loss to the Sooners, and were looking for answers in the years to follow, even after just two games. Players took notice, especially wide receiver Johnnie Dixon.
Y'all given up on us fast af my god
— Johnnie L. Dixon III (@YoungKing_JD5) September 14, 2017
Wilson took all the blame for the offensive output (or lack thereof) and repeated numerous times that things need to improve of his end, and not in the quarterback or wide receiving rooms. A quick glance at the statsheet verifies Wilson's remarks.
Running backs Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins — two players who are objectivily the best offensive weapons the Buckeyes have — split just 16 carries, with Dobbins handling the ball 13 times on the ground due to Weber's ongoing hamstring issue. Barrett topped both players with 18 carries to himself, with a few coming on scrambling opportunities.
In a limited workload, Weber and Dobbins were still able to crank out an average of 6.3 yards per carry. Barrett, on the other hand, managed just 3.7 yards per rush.
So why did Ohio State shy away from the run, and elect for 35 pass attempts?
For starters, Wilson said Ohio State must establish both run and pass games to get back on track.
"To be an elite team and to play at the level we need to play with, you have to execute both, high end. We have to find ways to do that.," he said. "They can stop one and it’s like playing basketball. If you make me go to my left hand, I can have a good left hand. If you are saying we are going to run, run, run, there are times where you are going to do that, need to do that, but when it is committed to stop the run, there are play actions, there is move the pockets, there are things you have to take advantage of and that is one thing, early on, that I have not done a good job of in our offense, taking advantage of what’s there."
While Buckeyes' coach Urban Meyer said he is still looking to keep things balanced moving forward to prevent becoming one-dimensional, Wilson made it seem as though there will be a bigger emphasis on the run game in the weeks to come.
As for Barrett, Wilson also said it's only a matter of time before the 2014 version of the now fifth-year senior comes back into national view.
“He’s going to look good at the end of the day when we — starting with me — do the job and get him going. He’s not a one-man (team.) It’s my job to get him in position so he can be the player that he is. We’re going to work hard to get it back on track.”
Wilson stepped forward and accepted all the criticism Ohio State's offense has faced, but the next few weeks will be telling as to whether or not he is the only issue on offense in Columbus.