Urban Meyer returned to work on Monday, but things aren’t entirely back to normal.
He won’t coach the next two weeks under terms of his suspension, and acting coach Ryan Day and defensive coordinator conducted the weekly press conference for this week’s game against Rutgers.
“A lot of the coaches really hadn’t seen him much so a lot of embracing and ‘great to see you back,’” Day said. “But we had our meeting and it was kind of business as usual.”
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Day said coaches had an early-morning meeting and Meyer met with some players. Monday is a game-planning day for coaches so it wasn’t like there was time for a welcome-back party in the cafeteria.
The Buckeyes are coming off a 77-31 victory over Oregon State in their opener. As the score indicates, the offense was nearly flawless and the defense had some holes. Dwayne Haskins threw for 313 yards and five touchdowns to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Buckeyes wanted to get him in a groove with a quick-tempo offense and he was crisp and accurate with his passes.
“The ball comes out of his hand quick as you can see,” Day said. “He's a rhythm passer."
Asked if Meyer critiqued the performance of the Buckeyes’ offense, Day replied, “I think the comment was, 'So you only had to punt once, huh?' So I guess it was a pretty good day."Join the conversation at Facebook.com/groups/BuckeyeXtraFans and connect with us on Twitter @BuckeyeXtra
Meyer’s assessment of the defense probably wasn’t as glowing. The Buckeyes were repeatedly gashed for big plays. Schiano said that 82 percent of the Beavers’ 392 yards came on seven plays.
“That’s unacceptable,” he said.
Schiano said that Rutgers’ offense uses the same kind of misdirection plays and screen passes that Oregon State ran effectively.
"They say you always improve the most from first game to second game,” he said. “When you have a young unit, that even multiplies."