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Kyle Jones

11W Staff

Chicago (via Cleveland)

Member since 12 March 2014 | Blog

Proud OSU alum with a serious Cleveland sports complex.
I spend way too much time on Twitter.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Singing Carmen Ohio with Darrion Scott's giant arm wrapped around my shoulders on the field after the 2002 _ichigan game
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Chicago Blackhawks
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians

Recent Activity

Comment 11 Sep 2014

I think KSU knows they don't have the guys to pull off that scheme. It's also so different from what they normally run that there's no way they switch everything up just for one week, and are able to execute it against a much more talented team like OSU.

Comment 04 Sep 2014

Lots of false starts, but a handful of illegal formation and procedure penalties you'd expect from a unit with lots of freshmen.

Comment 28 Aug 2014

I honestly don't expect a lot from Brown right away. With Dontre and Marshall in front of him, my guess is Noah doesn't see a ton of time at H outside of mop up duty. Don't worry though, #2 and #17 will give you plenty of reasons to get excited this fall...

Comment 26 Aug 2014

Tackles don't often pull outside of counters and the odd pin-and-pull outside zone play. In the vast majority of offenses, the guards are often the ones asked to pull. 

The reason you want athletes to play tackle though is for pass protection. They're asked to go one-on-one with freakish defensive ends, so you want a guy with quick feet who can stay in front of him. It's much easier to find an athlete and put weight on him (like Reid Fragel) than it is to try and make a fat guy more athletic.

Comment 15 Aug 2014

Glad you're able to take something away from these articles. If what we write is confusing, don't hesitate to ask questions, I'm more than happy to talk about this stuff for days!

As for 'getting the ball in space,' you're right, there is a much greater emphasis on that now. However, that's not the end all, be all. The goal is to make your opponent defend all 53.5 yards of the field horizontally, (aka SPREADing them out). The areas between the tackle or tight end and the wide receivers weren't being exploited much in the past, whereas now the slot/alley player is forcing teams to defend that space too. Watch a team like Baylor, and how their WRs literally line up on each sideline, and look at how much space is in between each defender. All of a sudden, defense becomes about making an open field tackle, which when the guy with the ball is Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall, or Curtis Samuel, that's a very difficult task. However, you have to attack that area just as much as you attack the sideline and in between the tackles. It's really all about creating a balanced attack where the defense can't overplay one area.

Comment 09 Aug 2014

It absolutely changes. In fact, they don't plan on going to the second level player at all until the defense tells them what they're doing. The first step for both players in a combo is to the fat guy in front of them, and then roll off to the second level after the fat guy has declared where he's trying to go. At the college level, where nearly every defense is a "1 gap" defense, it's easy to run these combos, since you usually know that if the DT is trying to go towards one hole, the LB behind him will be going the opposite way. In the case of Linsley and Hall, the DT tried to go toward the outside of Hall, meaning Linsley knew the LB would be coming his way and became his responsibility. On the other side, the DT tried to split the gap between Norwell and Mewhort, meaning the LB would try to go in the A gap, making him Norwell's responsibility. Obviously, Norwell doesn't get there unless Mewhort gets over on the DT first.

Comment 02 Aug 2014

Yes, you're absolutely right. The red/white is more for identification purposes, similar to the way a defense will determine the strong/weak side of a formation and adjust their roles from there.

OSU likes to run to the red side whenever possible, but some teams (like Midhigan State), always put the 1 technique to the opposite side of the RB. OSU isn't going to stop running the play simply because of that alignment, they just tweak how it's blocked.