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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 15 Dec 2014

By rule, it's an ejection. Until the current group of elementary/middle schoolers that have grown up leading with their shoulders like a rugby tackle (instead of leading with their head) gets to college or the NFL, we'll be having the same debate.

Easiest way to not get that penalty is to make first contact with your shoulder pad, not your face mask. The QB gets hit lower, neither player risks head injury, and Ray plays the rest of the game. Make all the arguments about "I was taught this way or that way" but the facts remain the same.

Comment 15 Dec 2014

Alabama scored on their opening drive of the game, as well as the play in which Ray was ejected, which you are correct. In between, though, were two three-and-outs which included a Ray sack and a pair of Sims fumbles, one of which was directly caused by the Mizzou D-Line penetrating in the backfield. 

I should've worded that phrase better though, because I didn't mean to imply that Sims was bad in the title game. Instead, what I meant was when he's struggled this year overall, it's been when facing pressure. Arkansas and LSU specifically caused him some problems, and Florida did at times too. 

Missouri's game plan seemed based around Ray leading the charge on that pressure, and when he was ejected, their game plan took a big blow.

Comment 09 Dec 2014

Haha to be fair, it's the outside number on the chest, not shoulder. Basically they want to get their hands inside on the defender so they can then swing their butt and feet around to the hole. It's not an ideal technique when drive blocking (as one does in the "Power" play), unless you are able to get that hand underneath the pads of the defender and maintain leverage. If your hands aren't on the defender at all though, you're in big trouble as a blocker.

Comment 09 Dec 2014

I think OSU saw Wisco's scheme as a way to get Bosa in ideal situations where he'd win. They almost always run to the side of the tight end Traylor, so by putting Bosa over him and slanting the rest of the DL in that direction, it virtually guaranteed that Bosa would have a 1-on-1 with the TE. When guys like Grant, Washington, and Bennett are creating piles, it's so Bosa could make that play after easily beating a single player.

Bama isn't that predictable, and setting Joey up for success like that won't be anywhere near as easy.

Comment 01 Dec 2014

I've watched it multiple times, and still am not sure if it was a designed give or not. There's so much other action that it makes me think it was not though, and if they did want it to go to EzE, they'd usually flip the direction of Vannett's block so he'd be kicking out the left end, with Decker blocking down and potentially sealing the OLB.

Comment 01 Dec 2014

Having the safety line up in front of the LBs was a bit odd, but if he had sat there then Price or Boren would've left the combo blocks to take him on, creating the hole. Considering they only needed a yard, the chances Bolden comes over the top of all that to make a play in time is pretty slim, especially with all the action to the opposite side.

I believe Vannett had a bit of a read himself on the play, as he knew that if the DE stayed put, EzE would be getting the handoff, so his job became sealing the backside. If the DE plays EzE, Vannett knows EzE shouldn't have the ball anyway, so he just lets the DE chase a guy that doesn't have the ball and arc blocks around him. 

Comment 24 Nov 2014

Simple answer: Recruiting

JT Barrett had another 300 yd, 4TD game that would've been a 240 yd, 2 TD, 2 INT game had he handed off instead of making it a shovel pass. Marshall might get player of the week awards for scoring those TDs, but winning season-long awards do a lot more for recruiting star players. "Don't you want to be the next Walker/Belitnikof/Unitas award winner at OSU?" is a powerful pitch, and those guys win those awards for doing what you expect from the position, like QBs throwing TD passes and WRs catching TDs.

Comment 24 Nov 2014

Yes, it was because of how the OLB over Vannett came straight upfield in the first run. Probably because they were so close to the end zone, he wasn't as concerned about funneling guys back towards the middle, and was instead looking to make a play. 

On the second play, the cornerback has the edge, and doesn't close on the ball right away. So, the guy in Vannett's path became the safety, while EzE was in better position to take on the corner.

Comment 20 Nov 2014

This isn't a knock on EzE, just how legit of a back Coleman is at this point. He's going to start for someone on Sundays next fall, even if he is only a third round pick. EzE could absolutely be at his level (or past) by the time he's done at OSU, but RIGHT NOW, I have to give the edge to Coleman due to his speed and home run ability.

Comment 20 Nov 2014

From what I saw on the tape, it looked like MSU was playing Man-2, and that safety had the deep half to the wide side of the field. 

Undoubtedly, his absence helped spring that long run, but the hole was there regardless.

Comment 14 Nov 2014

As Ross mentioned, I wouldn't be shocked to see a lot of Cover 1 (man coverage with one deep safety), with a cornerback assigned to Williams. They often use 22 personnel (2 TEs, 2 RBs), leaving only one WR on the outside, so it makes sense for Grant or Apple to take him on.

Comment 13 Nov 2014

I think there will be a lot of Buzz coverage looks from OSU, with Bell or Powell dropping into the box after the snap with the other playing deep middle.