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Kyle Jones


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 26 Apr 2016

I wasn't implying at all that Philly and Thomas are the same player, just that getting them 80%(?) of the way there seems to be enough to bridge the gap between college and pro ball. Both have very different skill sets and ran very different routes at OSU, but given how polished Thomas is at many of the details of the position (hand placement on the line, body position, etc...), I think he could be even further along that Philly was (who started in the Super Bowl).

Braxton is a wildly different story IMO, and I'm surprised at how much love he's gotten from scouts so far, given how little he's played the position. At the end of the day you can't teach athleticism though...

Comment 28 Mar 2016

This is completely my opinion (and not backed up by any hard data), but I think it's fair to say that virtually every D-1 team that utilizes 'spread' concepts now also includes some version of an RPO. I also suspect that most, if not all, NFL teams also include them in game plans now, as you can have a statue of a QB like Joe Flacco and still execute them to their fullest potential.

The interesting thing for me will be to see if more traditional college offenses (like Michigan or Iowa), will start to run them as well, since they should be able to run 'Power' and an outside hitch. They'd just have to do it from the shotgun, since the QB can't turn around to hand off after taking the snap under center if he has to make a read. 

Comment 14 Mar 2016

I felt like there would be times where they would use tempo and run the more simplistic offense that resulted in JT or Zeke carrying it 4 times in a row and pick up a few first downs, only to see them come out and fire an incomplete pass to Thomas followed by a sweep with Braxton. Before you know it, the momentum is gone and the drive stalls. 

Yes, the penalties and mistakes slowed things down too, but that will happen to anyone, and is why good offenses don't score every time they get the ball. However, intentionally flipping the script and switching philosophies from possession to possession (or sometimes play to play) is an avoidable mistake that seemed to constantly plague the 2015 team.

Comment 22 Feb 2016

They did, although that was from a look that was much more like the flexbone offenses people keep mentioning in the comments here:

Comment 25 Jan 2016

Great question, it absolutely works as long as the guys on the line follow the keys laid out. The video actually shows exactly how to attack a 3-4 specifically, so it's definitely doable. It's honestly less on the tackles than it is on the interior line to understand who has what LB, and how they'll manage their initial double-team before one breaks off to take on the LB.

Comment 11 Jan 2016

I'll get more into this next week, but although Schiano has been exposed to countless schemes throughout his career, he isn't a guy that seems to over-complicate the scheme from week to week. As I mentioned early in the piece, his focus has often been more on teaching technique instead of adding more for the player to remember.  

Comment 11 Jan 2016

Cover 2 is basically extinct in college due to the fact that every team runs four-verticals and would pick apart that look out of any three or four-receiver look if run regularly. I'm not saying OSU will stop running quarters next year, far from it. However I do think that when someone finally counters the Cover 4, Schiano's experience will allow the defense to quickly diagnose what's happening and call a counter-to-the-counter, like in chess. 

More on this next week though!

Comment 04 Jan 2016

Great question, and one that I've asked myself. I think a lot of it has to do with the style of the opposing defensive front. Against MSU, for instance, their DL is great at penetrating gaps and trying to make plays in the backfield, which would likely eat this kind of play up. The DE that Price takes out probably isn't waiting and instead is attacking the backfield action, screwing up the timing. ND's defense looks to occupy blocks up front so that the LBs can make tackles after going unblocked. That's a great philosophy against zone schemes, but can be beaten up by gap schemes that overwhelm the defense with blockers at the point of attack, as we saw here.