Ohio State's 2018 offense has looked nothing like previous Urban Meyer offenses largely due the presence of offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting Ryan Day. Rather than use Meyer's spread running attack where the quarterback carries the ball more than anyone, Day used a dropback, Air Raid style with some runs mixed in.
This style doesn't mesh with the skills of former 5-star recruit and Buckeyes quarterback Tate Martell, who is projected to start in 2019 if Dwayne Haskins declared for the draft. Due to their frustration with Martell's arm, the Buckeyes are making a serious push for potentially transferring Georgia QB Justin Fields.
Yahoo's Pat Forde on XM radio Vegas VSiN Follow the Money said Ohio State is not in love with Tate Martell's throwing in this offense. Forde said the Buckeyes are set to make a major push for Justin Fields.— jbook™ (@jbook37) December 19, 2018
Martell was 23-28 for 269 yards and a touchdown through the air on a wide open streak down the field. He also ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Standing 5-11 and generously listed at 210 pounds, Martell's style is more akin to a Tim Tebow or Johnny Manziel wherein he can improvise using his legs. He isn't going to stand in the pocket and throw 50 times a game.
Fields is a great runner but has the size and the arm to drop back more often. Fields was 27-39 328 yards and four scores through the air. In addition, he racked up 266 yards and four scores on the ground. His raw arm strength and willingness to challenge defenders down the field make him a better fit in Day's offense.
Justin Fields can absolutely sling it. pic.twitter.com/s0Ni65veip— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 17, 2018
It'll be hard to go back to a Meyer-esque run-based offense after the success of Haskins. If he leaves, Fields would be a much better fit in that offense as opposed to the smaller Martell.