The Ohio State football team has a different description for the stages of grief that follow a defeat.

“You go from devastated to crushed to pissed, and then you've got to move forward as a leader and get going,” coach Urban Meyer said Monday. “So we're somewhere between … the pissed and the moving forward.”

Meyer and his team had plenty to digest after Saturday’s 31-16 loss to visiting Oklahoma. The Buckeyes, who dropped from second to eighth in The Associated Press media poll, play Army on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

“Our players, they're resilient,” Meyer said. “They get over things quickly. So it's (the coaches') job to get over them quickly, too, and move forward and fix issues that caused the failing, the loss. So that's we're where at.”

Much of the criticism centered on quarterback J.T. Barrett and the Buckeyes’ sputtering passing game. Barrett was 19 of 35 for 183 yards with no touchdowns and one interception on Saturday.

Asked whether he had given more consideration to giving playing time to a backup quarterback — Joe Burrow or Dwayne Haskins — Meyer said he would like to under the right circumstances.

“Any decisions about any personnel is strictly about who gives us the best opportunity to win, whether it be right guard or quarterback,” Meyer said. “That has always been the case. And right now, it’s not even a question.”

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The backup in 2016, Burrow is still healing from a broken hand, though he is throwing again. Haskins, a redshirt freshman, hasn’t played yet.

“The term ‘game-ready’ is used quite often around here,” Meyer said. “That is, is Dwayne game-ready to help us go win a game? And if we feel he is, then he'll go into the game. The third quarter of Oklahoma is not the right time to do that.”

Meyer said being a successful quarterback is about more than throwing passes. But he conceded that Barrett, a fifth-year senior, must improve.

“I see a mentally tough guy,” Meyer said. “He has got to play better. We've got to play better. And we've got to coach better.”

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The problems, of course, go beyond Barrett. Receivers struggled to get open as defenses have settled on using zone coverages. The secondary showed its inexperience as Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield dissected it in the second half. The Buckeyes rank last nationally in passing yardage allowed (403 per game).

“Did not play very well,” Meyer said of the secondary.

The defensive backs likely won't get much of a test this week against Army, which passes sparingly in its triple-option offense. The truth is, with UNLV and Rutgers up after Army, the Buckeyes probably won't be pushed until October. So whatever confidence they derive now might not matter much.

“I worry about (confidence) now with J.T., but with corners, that's a tough position,” Meyer said. “You're out there on an island. And (if) a corner loses confidence …

“That’s what coaching is, though. That's our job. I had a good meeting with our staff: Inspire and motivate and move 'em on.

“As awful as we (coaches) feel, no one is really asking how we feel. We’ve got to move forward.”