A couple of weeks ago, it was not looking very good for the Ohio State Buckeyes to revitalize their lackluster defense in 2014. The departure of two defensive coaches, Mike Vrabel and Everett Withers, just gave them even more questions to answer on the defensive side of the ball.
The Buckeyes have since filled those positions and perhaps their best hire was new defensive line coach Larry Johnson. Johnson came over from Penn State and coached for many years under the legendary Joe Paterno. He is a great defensive mind and his addition on the Ohio State coaching staff is a great thing for a defense that needs to make many improvements before the 2014 season.
Johnson could be the perfect coach to help revitalize the Ohio State defense. He will be coaching the most veteran, talented and deep unit on the whole team and is also already familiar with some of the players he’ll be coaching.
Defensive linemen Noah Spence and Tommy Schutt were recruited by Johnson while he was at Penn State. Johnson has plenty of young talent to work with and there is a very good chance we will see an all-around improvement on the Ohio State defense.
That’s exactly what they need if they want to win a championship. The biggest changes to the Ohio State offense will be in the backfield because they will be missing the explosiveness of Carlos Hyde, who is moving on to the NFL. The return of Braxton Miller is just what the offense needs.
If Miller can improve as much during this offseason as he did during last offseason, then there is a good chance he will be even more unstoppable than he was in 2013. The improvement of the defense will be very important if Ohio State wants to make it through its difficult schedule in 2014.
Defense wins championships. It is looking good for the Ohio State defense to make the improvements it needs and win the championship that it is so hungry for.