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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: It WAS singing Carmen Ohio with Darrion Scott's giant arm wrapped around my shoulders on the field after the 2002 Michigan game...until I got to stand on E. 9th in Cleveland and watch the confetti rain down in June, 2016.
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Chicago Blackhawks
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: Manchester United

Recent Activity

Comment 12 Jun 2017

A Bear front would play right into their hands since they're looking to run outside the tackles. Sure, it might take away some of the B-back dives, but they'll gladly take the ball outside.

As for the 5-DL look, I think that would actually hurt the defense even more since the outside guy being read on the pitch is likely less athletic and comfortable playing in space the way an OLB would. 

We'll get into this more over the next couple weeks, but the secret to beating the flexbone has very little to do with scheme, and everything to do with fundamental techniques.

Comment 30 May 2017

Really appreciate your input to this conversation. It's amazing to me what's being learned about the human body's capabilities every single day. 

Given your familiarity and passion with the subject, can you speak about the theories of guys like Ryan Flaherty? His 'Force Number' algorithm based on trap-bar deadlifts supposedly shows that a person's natural speed can be improved by increased strength from this exercise along with flexibility and proper running form (which, like throwing, is something else very few people are properly taught how to do).

As the story goes, Johnny Manziel ran a 5.09 40 on his first day of draft training, but dropped it down a half-second by the combine. I'd be more hesitant of such results, except that his list of clients is impressive and his thinking seems sound, at least to an outsider. However, I'd love the opinions of someone far more versed than I in this department.

Comment 08 May 2017

How do you define 'explosive' plays? 20+? 15+ on the ground? 25+ through the air? I know everyone has their own feelings on the issue and find it interesting to hear what/why.

As for YPP, I've found it can still be deceiving if looked at for only one game but is great for a larger data set, since it tends to minimize the outlier effect.

Comment 17 Mar 2017

I'd like to point out that the Chicago pizza comment was pointed right here, for my pointed criticisms of Columbus' pies. This is a regular topic of conversation amongst 11W writers, though, and Johnny is just using his bully pulpit to make a point. Sad!

That said, Donato's pizza is trash.

Comment 27 Feb 2017

I apologize for this, CW823, but come on, this line of thinking is just plain absurd.

Joe Burrow has thrown 28 career passes, all of which have come at the tail end of blowout victories (BGSU, Rutgers, Nebraska, & Maryland) that OSU won by a combined score of 259-16, and only 12 of those 259 points can be credited to Burrow.

This is not a knock on Joe Burrow. He may well end up being the best QB in school history for all we know, but right now he's only received the same coaching as the existing starter at QB. Barrett certainly has some warts that will be tough to overcome this far into his career, but the backup QB argument here is tired. Barrett is CLEARLY going to be the starter, not because of loyalty from the staff, but because he's still the best option.

There is a reason Texas fans were hoping he'd transfer.

Comment 21 Feb 2017

You're correct, JT looked left first based on the number of defenders, which is what he's supposed to do. In fact, they're motioning Weber out of the backfield to create that discrepancy and make it easier to get Curtis the ball.