USC’s Sam Darnold has proven capable of ultimately becoming a star NFL quarterback, but Ohio State exposed the biggest issue for the Trojans’ QB all season long he simply needs more reps against good defenses.
Even though the Buckeyes lost their best cornerback, and one of the best cover men in all of college football in Denzel Ward before the game, Greg Schiano runs a sophisticated defense that exposes mistakes.
Darnold still commits too many turnovers, something he will have to cut down at the next level. The Buckeyes are good at forcing good QB’s to make a lot of poor decisions, and they lived up to expectations Friday.
The redshirt sophomore made a lot of impressive passes in the Trojans’ loss to the Buckeyes, but he turned the ball over twice in the first quarter including one on what looked to be a horrible interception which turned into a pick-six for Ohio State.
McNeil, 38, lives in Granville, outside Columbus, and works in purchasing for a family business. He grew up in Bath (where LeBron James resides) and attended Miami (Ohio) University. He retains fond memories of going to Browns games with his Dad, and has three children younger than 10.
McNeil has learned the logistics of this kind of event are complex. He has a GoFundMe account set up to help pay for the expenses, which include insurance, bathrooms and security. The company that makes Excedrin has donated about $8,000, saying Browns fans have had a lot of headaches. Single digit temperatures bring a whole new level of safety concern.
Critics have spoken to McNeil, mainly via social media, telling him they feel the parade is just one more embarrassing event for the city of Cleveland.
The Browns have one win in the last two years, he said. That’s embarrassing enough to me as a fan.
He also points out that the day will not be a lot of fun for him.
I’ll be the guy picking up trash, making sure security is there, McNeil said. These are not glamour jobs I’m left with. For those giving me a hard time about being a publicity grabber, I’m the the guy checking people in and making sure they are safe.