Oct. 13, 2014
An interview with: COACH MEYER
COACH MEYER: Thanks for coming. A couple quick comments as we finished our second bye week in three or four weeks, which is unusual. I felt like our team had a lot of momentum after the Maryland game to go on the road and play like that. I don’t normally give too much credit to our staff, but I think our assistant coaches did a great job of getting a group ready to play a noon game on the road against a talented team.
We have to restake that momentum. This is a little bit unchartered waters for myself to have this many bye weeks this early in the season. We got to get ready to go. That means we got to crank it up today against a team that their last game was a tremendous effort by their quarterback, threw for 400 yards. Their defense played well. Obviously an incredible environment at Rutgers. We just got to be ready to go. I’m sure we will.
We’re a young team that’s getting older. You’d expect that, you’d anticipate that, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. I think you see a lot of maturity starting to occur. Someone told me in the last five interceptions four have been by freshmen. You see a freshman quarterback that is playing very well. You see young receivers starting to develop, an offensive line that’s starting to solidify themselves.
We certainly have areas of weakness that we’re working on. I enjoy coaching this team right now and I know our staff does, too.
I’ll answer any questions.
Q. What did you do specifically and the coaching staff to ensure that momentum will not be stalled?
COACH MEYER: We haven’t done it yet. That’s what this week’s for. We kind of have a standard operating procedure for what we do on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. But this, I’m going to have a team meeting today, discuss it with them.
The good thing is if you have a bad team and guys that don’t quite listen to you, then you have to create things. I’m going to talk to them like grown men, say this is where we’re at, this is what we have to do, you’ve had three days off, let’s pick up and go. I’m anticipating that they’ll answer. That’s why we’re having a team meeting. I want to look them in the eyes and say this is where we’re at and what we need to have happen.
Q. I don’t know how much you were able to watch the rest of college football this weekend. The landscape is changing. How do you feel you fit into that?
COACH MEYER: You have a better idea because you get to watch it now. If you asked me several weeks ago, I have no idea.
Once again, I like our team. We’re certainly nowhere near where we’ll end up, in my opinion. We’re still growing and getting better. We’re a much better team than we were two weeks ago. That’s because you get in the game, reps gain experience.
By all means, there’s no answers in this room. The good thing is, our players know that. In my opinion we need much more depth in our defensive line. There are four or five guys that aren’t playing. You got Cris Carter and Munger and Schutt, Mike Hill. I mean, those guys, it’s time to contribute a little bit. We’re going to put a lot of pressure on those guys this week.
Q. If you look at your offense, guys like J.T. Michael Thompson, Ezekiel Elliott, Dontre, these are guys you recruited and developed. Is this offense starting to look like that fast offense that you want here, almost created in the image you want it to be?
COACH MEYER: Last year’s offense was kind of the way we wanted it, too. It’s just you have to adapt to the personnel you have. You have a 235, 240 pound tailback in a line like we had, a quarterback we had, Braxton.
I think what we do well, our offensive staff, is we adapt to the personnel. I’ve been asked that question, Is this the vision we have? I’d like to have really fast players that create big plays. We’re kind of developing that right now. But I don’t mind having what we had last year either. You have good checkers to work with.
As long as there’s good quality players to work with, which you should always have at Ohio State, it’s up to the offensive staff to develop the plan around those players. I think our guys have done a really good job.
Much different offense. I talked to Coach Holtz briefly. He said it’s a much different offense now than it was last year, and it’s because there’s a void. We’re using skill. Ezekiel Elliott is a different player than Carlos was. You got Dontre and Jalin starting to develop which gives you a little more flexibility on the perimeter run game too.
Q. If you were going into an overtime game and had the option to put the offense or defense on the field first, what would you do?
COACH MEYER: You always go defense first. Overtime game?
COACH MEYER: Yeah, always go defense first.
Q. None of your players have played Rutgers. From a coaching standpoint, is it easier when nobody has a preconceived notion or does it make a difference at all?
COACH MEYER: I never thought of it that way. I don’t think it makes a bit of difference. I think nowadays with all this technology you have, they’re going to be watching hours upon hours of film. So I don’t believe it’s that big of a deal? What caught their eye is what they did last week. It caught their eye. To watch people storm the field, it caught my eye. I was watching the end of that thing.
Our guys will really prepare for this game, I can tell you that. We never played them before, I don’t think that matters.
Q. Mississippi and Mississippi State have moved up in the national consciousness. You have some ties there. Do you have any comments?
COACH MEYER: I voted Mississippi State No. 1. What they’ve done. That’s the first chance I really had a chance to watch them, and that was in between volleyball sets. Wow, I mean, three top 10 wins. I talked to their coach, who is a great friend of mine. That’s spectacular.
I think they earned it with what they’ve done.
Q. You have 23 scholarship true freshmen on your roster. 10 have played, 13 have not. Is that kind of where you want it?
COACH MEYER: No, I would like more to play. I think we could play Sam Hubbard. It’s not his decision. If it’s his decision, he’d be playing. He’s working hard enough to play. It’s just pulling the trigger and putting him in that game. Certainly could help us. A guy like that you don’t him to play a handful of snaps. You want him to play play.
About four or five more if we could get them in there and play, it’s where we’d like to be.
Q. You have talked about the red zone offense. You were so good at it the first two years. Is there anything that’s the reason? Still pretty good.
COACH MEYER: It’s not very good at all. For what we expect, it’s not good. There’s a couple styles that teams are starting to play us. It’s not the players’ fault. It’s our fault. It’s coaching errors, whether it be tempo, we just have to do a better job. Tomorrow and Wednesday will be those situations again to force us to call plays that block those numbers because everybody is within a yard of the ball. A lot of times in tempo when we first started doing it, they couldn’t get lined up. We mush them in for one or two yards, and that’s not happening now.
Q. In your career when you have a team that does lose early versus teams that are undefeated, does it change anything about how you coach the guys at all? Does it change anything about the feel of the season when you have an early loss versus when you still have that no losses yet?
COACH MEYER: We’re just day to day. I don’t really remember. As you were talking, I’m trying to think years ago back what happened. It has no bearing. It depends what kind of team you have. This is a unique experience. This is an extremely young team that got hit in the face in training camp with some injuries. I didn’t have my two offensive captains playing. That was a unique challenge.
The cool thing is you have a redshirt freshman quarterback grow up right in front of our eyes. You saw Nick Vannett start to grow up and be the tight end still Jeff got back. Now we can play them both. You saw Mike Thomas grow up.
You got to give credit to some guys that were absolutely non factors a year ago, are having an impact on this team right now. That’s a tribute, a credit to them. When a teammate goes down or you’re struggling, someone has to step up. We’ve witnessed that right before our eyes.
Q. Speaking of the youth you mentioned earlier. 13 of your 24 starters are freshmen or sophomore, youngest team in the Big Ten. Can you recall one of your teams being this young?
COACH MEYER: I think ’07 was a very young team. You said 13 of the 24?
Q. Freshmen or sophomore.
COACH MEYER: That’s a good sign for the future here. I knew we were young, but I hadn’t looked at that number before.
Q. (No microphone.)
COACH MEYER: Braxton gave us the ‘wow’ factor and would take one at any time. You saw a couple times last year 60 yards, 70 yards. I know J.T. That’s not really his game. He’s a move the chain quarterback. That’s fine. We have to get those big plays elsewhere. We kind of are. The thing is teams are forcing us in our run game to stop the run. They’re loading the box, taking shots down the field. We’re starting to hit them now, which is encouraging. That’s where Dontre and ‘Zeke and Jalin Marshall, and when we get Curtis Samuel back, and we should get him back this week.
Defenses are too good. You have to have some hits somewhere. You saw Jeff Heuerman go up and make a big play. We have some big play weapons. Braxton, when he first got here, the big play weapon was Braxton right, to change it up we go Braxton left. Now we don’t have to do that. I feel better about the skill positions.
Q. Seems like he makes the right read more often than not.
COACH MEYER: He played very well. That’s very observant. A lot of those reads were split second reads and he made the right decision. Gained us 12, 14 yards, moved the chains, get going. That’s the kind of guy he is.
Q. You talked about right after the Maryland game addressing some things in your pass defense. What did you discuss over the last week about a few guys still getting out of the gate? Talking about receivers, et cetera.
COACH MEYER: Well, when a situation shows up, you have to ask the why. We found out there’s a signal issue on one of them. Big play against Cam Burrows. I don’t want to show it to you. It was a very similar signal, so we changed the signal. If it’s a personnel issue, you have to look at changing personnel. I think our personnel is hanging in there now. The last two weeks, we faced very, very good receivers, gave up some big plays. We’re going to face two good receivers again this week.
The options are, number one, which I think is to continue to work and improve, enhance the ability of our players. The other was implode and start over again. We’re nowhere near there. We’re actually pretty pleased where we’re at. We can’t have guys cut lose. We’ve addressed that.
Q. Curtis is going to be back this week. How does he blend in now?
COACH MEYER: Rod Smith is in a street fight not to let him blend in. One thing that Coach Drayton really developed, you watch those kids on special teams, you watch their involvement in the program, done a very nice job. If that’s not the strongest unit, one of them. I’m anxious to watch.
Q. Does Ron get a bonus?
COACH MEYER: Oh, yeah. He was 88, out the gate in spring. Non factor. When I was getting ready for training camp, there was part of me saying we probably won’t have a back. Not a bad guy, just struggled academically, didn’t do much.
He’s been a pleasure to coach. His demeanor, his work ethic. I really like where he’s at.
An Interview with: COACH HERMAN
Q. Tom, Evan Spencer kind of has been somebody that’s gotten a few looks in the red zone, on the field all the time the last few years. How have you seen him come along, targets been
COACH HERMAN: Hasn’t been a point of emphasis to get him a ton of targets. He certainly deserves them. He’s probably our most complete receiver when it comes to understanding the offense, understanding all three positions at wide receiver, and the element that he brings in the run game in terms of his ability to block. And I think that it’s a good thing that he’s getting those targets and touches in the red zone and he’s by far our most trustworthy receiver.
So he deserves it. We’ll continue to keep trying to make that happen. I can’t guarantee it, because I don’t get to call the defensive plays. But we’ll keep trying to give him some opportunities.
Q. Basic like impulse of most receivers is they want the ball as much as possible. And for somebody who has been on the field as much as he has, he’s not really somebody that a lot of people talk about. You have Dontres and Ezekiels and the list goes on. How do you see him handling that portion. I know that he wants come become a be a good blocker on the team all that but is that tough for him to be one of the guys that may get lost in the shuffle sometimes?
COACH HERMAN: That would be a better question for him. I’m not in his mind but I do know this. He’s a very selfless guy that never once complains openly, just goes out, does his job as good as anybody in the conference, I would argue as good as anybody in the country.
So I would assume, yeah, me being around wide receivers as much as I have they all want to catch 15 balls a game. But I think that he’s just happy getting Ws and he’s a team guy and a selfless guy and he’ll have, in my opinion, should have a pretty decent career at the next level just because he’s so versatile and can do so many things.
Q. Urban touched on this a little bit in training camp. You lose two of your offensive captains. You guys have had a lot of young players, a lot of inexperienced players. Some cases both on offense step in. Are you surprised at the production of this offense given the fact that there’s so many new pieces?
COACH HERMAN: I don’t know that “surprise” is the right word. I don’t think anytime you do well offensively you say that the emotion is surprise. I think you expect to do well offensively no matter what the circumstances are.
But I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made with a lot of the inexperienced guys we do have and happy with the trajectory that we’re on. I think the expectation is to always do well.
Q. Again use the word “surprise,” when you’re calling the plays, given you have speed all over the place, does it surprise you that teams are still pressing you guys and daring you guys to take the shots down the field?
COACH HERMAN: Yeah, that one does surprise me. I will certainly use that word there. I don’t know what the reason I don’t know the thought process behind it. I do know we’re a lot better throwing the football now than we were in week one or week two and teams continue to do that. I don’t think there’s any hesitation on our part to throw the football and hopefully make them pay for having that philosophy.
Q. What do you think needs to improve on this offense? Pointed out the red zone has been an issue. How close is this to kind of reaching the max potential and the
COACH HERMAN: I think our red zone, goal line or scoring touchdowns in the red zone is certainly not where we want it to be. Now we’ve set the bar pretty high finishing first in the country, I think second in our first year, first last year in touchdown percentage in the red zone.
So the bar has been set around here very high. And we expect to do that and we need to do a better job of that and most of it is stubbornness on my part. And teams have lined up in fronts and coverages even down there that have dared us to throw the football and we’re going to have to do a better job of that down there.
To answer the question other than that, what do I feel like needs improvement, I think the overall play by play technique of each guy not kind of the consistency of great technique I think would probably be the biggest thing that I want to see improvement on, is not, hey, I played with great technique for three plays and then on the fourth play I didn’t.
I think we’re capable now and moving in the direction of, hey, you need to play with great technique for 80 plays in a row. And I think that’s a fair expectation given the point in the season that we’re at.
Q. With that in mind, is there a certain macho factor for a football team in the red zone that you want to establish here, understand what I mean, of shoving guys off the ball and how do you temper that I guess with making your mark but also scoring a touchdown or taking the easiest way. Understand what I’m asking?
COACH HERMAN: I do. I don’t think it’s an ego thing or a macho thing or taking the soft way out. I think as with anything in offensive football, the defense is going to present itself strengths and weaknesses each time you line up and snap the football.
And to say that we have taken advantage of those weaknesses down there and on the goal line, we haven’t. And we need to. And we don’t care what those weaknesses are. We just need a better job of exploiting those weaknesses and not trying to beat our head against the wall into their strengths.
Q. With that said, do you see an offensive line the last several games, you all have played against the greatest defenses in the country. Have you seen an offensive line sort of get a grip to itself, what do you see from your offensive line at this point?
COACH HERMAN: The thing I was happiest about I think I said it after the Cincinnati game, Taylor Decker probably played his nastiest game as a Buckeye. I think the two, three inside guys have always had that nastiness to them. And Darryl Baldwin continues to develop that as well. So they’re getting there.
I think they kind of see over the last couple of weeks, hey, we can be pretty good, and they’ve developed a little bit of confidence, I think, with some stat I saw. I don’t know. I had a chance to watch football the other day where I think the second least amount of combined starts for any starting five offensive linemen in Division I football.
I think the fact they’ve had some success and can build some confidence then you start to open Pandora’s box, so to speak, and they can now feed off of that confidence and play with a nastier edge.
Q. How is your offense different now than if Braxton Miller were still at the helm? Because it seems if quarterbacking were medicine, he would be the gifted specialist and J.T.’s the really gifted general practitioner.
COACH HERMAN: I’ve never heard that analogy. But that’s a fair one. I don’t know that it’s really that much different. I get that question quite a bit. You guys like to deal in what ifs and hypotheticals. I like to deal in what is and reality. So I don’t think it would be much different.
Obviously the home run ability of him when he tucks the ball and runs with it, whether on a design run, scramble, read, whatever, is going to be there when Braxton’s in and as opposed to when he’s not.
But other than that, I don’t think that the plays that are going to be called or the formations that we line up in or just the overall philosophy of the offense I don’t think would change dramatically, but again that’s hard for me to say because I’m just trying to beat Rutgers with what we’ve got right now.
Q. Rutgers, 24 sacks this year. What is it they are doing well to get pressure on the quarterback?
COACH HERMAN: Front four are very active. They don’t blitz a ton on first and second down. I think somewhere in the range of 15 and 20 percent. On third down they try to really create confusion and havoc and they’ve got a whole third down specialist type deal where they’re going to run a bunch of different guys in on the field and line up in some crazy alignments and try to confuse you and pressure the quarterback on third down.
But on first and second down, they’re getting their sacks because their front four is very active, very quick hands, quick feet and then on third down just a lot of confusion.
Q. You recruited J.T., worked with him since January of 2013. You probably expected he would play well. But is he further along than you expected?
COACH HERMAN: Again, I don’t know that I ever put an expectation level and said on October 13th I expect him to be at this level. But where he’s at is a good place with still a lot of room for improvement. To say he’s further along than he expected, I don’t know that I ever expected anything. But to say that he’s in a place that I’m pleased with right now would be an accurate assessment, knowing that he still has things that he can continue to get better at.
Q. Ask about Michael Thomas too. He went from redshirting last year as a sophomore, pretty rare, now one of the standouts of the wide receiving corps. How far has he come? What’s been the big difference
COACH HERMAN: Trust. I think it’s well documented that Mike was he wasn’t he was going right when he was supposed to go left. It wasn’t just absolute ridiculous things, it was just this route is supposed to be up 14 yards and you’re running at 11. Or you’re supposed to line up on the numbers, you line up four yards inside the numbers.
So the trust factor with him of being at the right place at the right time and doing the right thing in order to get there has increased exponentially and so he’s been able to see the field quite a bit more and then in turn, when his number has been called, he’s produced.
Q. First bye week you had this year, didn’t skip a beat going into the next game. Is it difficult at all to maintain that tempo and timing when you’re not playing a game?
COACH HERMAN: It can if you let it be. I think we need to do a good job of refocusing the team today and understanding that what lies ahead is as stiff a challenge that we’ll face defensively. Good thing is we’ve got good kids. There’s really no issues on the team. And they watch film. They see what we see on defense and kind of understand that we’re going to have to bring our A game. Still dealing with 18 to 22 year olds and the psychology of motivating them in order to get that done still plays a little bit apart.
But these guys throughout the season kind of handle themselves as pros and I don’t think that’s going to be an issue, although we’ll certainly address it with them and harp on the fact that we do need to then now refocus since we’re in game week.
Q. You guys obviously we know how well you ran the ball last year. Very balanced this year. Just what you’re getting out of the run game. Are you happy with what you’re doing to run the ball to allow you to do everything you want to do as a whole offense to set up throwing or stay balanced?
COACH HERMAN: I don’t know that you’re happy in this business but, yeah, I guess you could say I’m happy with where we’re at. But, again, understanding that there are still things that are yards that we’ve left out there, whether it be from the technique issues that I was talking about, my stubbornness to call a play into the front that might not be conducive to a specific play.
But I think we can get better but happy with where we are now understanding that the guys understand, me understanding and you understanding that the offense understands that it needs to improve as the season goes on.
Q. And I know you’re just getting ready for Rutgers and the next game, but for any assistant coach here, what are some of the things that you absorb from Urban Meyer just on how you run a program, how you run a team, how you just what do you sort of pick up from him through a season?
COACH HERMAN: I think probably the biggest thing is the alignment of the staff in terms of the messages that are being delivered to each and every position group. I think the alignment of the players and their belief in our core values and belief in our culture, the belief in what we’re selling to them each and every day on how to be successful.
And I think that’s maybe a trait that might go unnoticed. You talk about coaches that are great Xs and O guys or coaches that can give a great pregame speech and all that good stuff but really at the end of the day you’ve got to have your nine assistants and the entire team aligned as such with a common belief in the culture and the core values of your program.
And I think he does that better than anybody I’ve ever been around.
An Interview with: COACH ASH
Q. With some of the different looks that you give offenses on third down, Darron made that rush on spot, your package there, have you how has the defense progressed in being able I know when you got here you talked about maybe giving different looks on third down. Have you been pleased with what you guys have been able to do on down with your personnel and your looks?
COACH ASH: Yes. So far we’re progressing nicely, getting more and more different looks, different types of rushes that we can show on offense. And I think we’ve been pretty productive with that here in the last couple of games.
Overall, third down we’ve been decent outside of the Virginia Tech game. I think we’ve gotten progressively better each week. And I like the direction we’re headed.
Q. I know you’re worried about the next game, but little broader picture, when you got here I know you talked about your goals as a coach down the line. Just for any assistant coach here, what do you sort of absorb from Urban Meyer on a daily or weekly basis on how you run a team, go about your business as a coach?
COACH ASH: What I’ve taken from Coach Meyer is he has a very clear vision of what he wants the program to look like, what he wants the assistant coaches to do, with the way they handle their business, the way they coach and build relationships with the players, what he wants to see Xs and Os wise on offense, defense, special teams. The way he invests into the players with a real life Wednesday programs, all of our leadership developing, the hydration and nutrition part of it that we do in the program.
The thing I’ve taken from him being in this program is all those things, it’s a clear vision of what he wants and the investment that he makes in the players is outstanding.
Q. Chris, you went against Rutgers last year, didn’t you?
COACH ASH: Yes.
Q. What did you take away from that game? You guys had a big lead and they came back on you and stuff. What’s your recollection of that? But also what are you telling your guys to be ready for?
COACH ASH: To start, our offenses are very similar. Kyle Flood, the head coach, has been the offensive coordinator there in the past. He obviously wants a philosophy he wants to see on offense.
Because it’s held true throughout the last few years, even with different offensive coordinators. Quarterback Nova is a good player seen the development he’s made from last year to this year under Coach Friedgen being there. And the receivers are good. They have a system and philosophy they believe in, I think they’re executing it well.
Q. How would you describe their system?
COACH ASH: It’s more of a pro style system. A lot of 21, what we call 21 personnel, two backs and a tight end. They’ll give you some 22 personnel two backs and two tight ends. A little unconventional from what we’ve seen so far this year but they do a nice job of mixing up their run game and play action passes off of it.
Q. Do you feel you and do you all feel better equipped now to call things, to do things that maybe you didn’t feel five games ago or just what’s the sense I guess of confidence, whatever you want to call it, on the defensive side?
COACH ASH: I think the development has been great here the last few weeks. Coming out of that Navy game, the opening game of the year, we invested so much time and energy into that game. And we had to be able to win it against an offense like that.
It did set us back a little bit for games 2 and 3 of the season. But I think we’re starting to catch up and we’re starting to get to where we feel like we should be or wanted to be a few weeks ago, but the development and the growth, the mental understanding of what we’re doing and execution of what we’re doing is a lot better here the last few weeks.
Q. You said it’s kind of an unconventional offense, it’s really unconventional not used to seeing it. But it’s very conventional. Are you looking forward to playing that type of offense because they’ve been throwing the kitchen sink at you?
COACH ASH: Like anything in college football you have to have a package that’s flexible from week to week, have to be able to defend a no huddle spread teams that throw it all around the time teams that pack it in. In this league alone when you look at the offensive philosophies in the Big Ten from what we do here at Ohio State to a team like Iowa or Wisconsin or Michigan State, those pro style teams that line up with two backs in the backfield, you’ve got to have a package that’s pretty flexible.
I think right now we feel good where we’re at that our package is flexible enough that each week without a lot of changes we can defend different styles of offenses.
Q. Eli Apple is a guy playing Rutgers New Jersey guy. Can you describe his development?
COACH ASH: I think Eli has done a nice job in the first half of the season. He’s gotten his hands on some balls. Got a couple of interceptions. He’s tackled well. He’s been in the right position most of the time. Cincinnati was a play that he gave up and we didn’t play it right and should have had some help there also.
But overall, I think his growth and development and maturity as a corner has been good and he’s only got unlimited potential to see where we can go throughout the rest of the season.
Q. Regarding Gary Nova, he’s thrown a lot of yards and touchdowns, thrown a lot of interceptions. How much of the bad that he the poor plays that he’s made do you guys focus on?
COACH ASH: Well, they’re there. I mean, you can’t deny it. When you watch a quarterback in general not just speaking of Gary Nova in general. You try to identify the things that rattle them whether it be certain line games certain pressures, certain coverages, things that can get into his head, see if there’s a pattern of the mistakes that a quarterback makes that you’re noticing on film. And if you do, then you want to try to implement those things. So there’s a lot of things that he does well.
He’s done a nice job in the pocket. He’s throwing the ball deep very well this year. He’s avoided pressure very well this year. He’s scrambled well this year but there are some things on film that you think hey maybe this or that that would maybe rattle him a little bit. Those are the things we try to identify every week.
Q. Do you have to play him differently than you have previous quarterbacks this season?
COACH ASH: Not necessarily. Their style of offense with it being more of a pro style attack is a little bit different maybe than what we would see in the previous weeks. You have to adjust to that more so than what you do Gary Nova as an individual.
Q. Coach Meyer touched on this a little bit last week. You guys are playing a little more press coverage this year but you’re not jamming the receivers at the line of scrimmage. He said he doesn’t want his guys to lunge at the receivers because that’s a good way to get beat deep. Can you talk more about the rationale, they’re playing press coverage but not jamming the wide receivers?
COACH ASH: When you watch corners or teams that implement a lot of press technique, there’s not a lot of actual hand to hand combat. You don’t play press technique with your hands, you play it with your feet. You’re basically playing basketball with the wide receiver. You want to move your feet and cut that receiver off and make him fight for his release.
When defense backs get overly aggressive with their hands at the line of scrimmage and don’t move their feet, they reach, they lunge, get overextended, that’s when you’re going to get beat.
With what we’re doing, we’re not necessarily closing the middle of the field with a middle safety. The last thing we can have in our cover structure is a corner that doesn’t have vertical control on a wide receiver. And that’s when you lose a vertical control how you lose vertical control is a corner that reaches and lunges and tries to play with his hands more so than his feet.
So the misnomer of press technique from a typical fan’s point of view is well you’ve got to get your hands on them. No you don’t. You do if they’re within striking distance of you, but you don’t want to overextend your body and basically lunge to be able to get your hands on a wide receiver. You want to be able to move your feet. Keep the wide receiver within the framework of your body.
If you’re able to do that and contact is able to be made with both hands, great. But if you’re not, then you’ve got to move your feet and gotta be able to open up your hips and run. I don’t know if that helps answer the question.