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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 16 hours ago

I've seen the same thing many times before, without much explanation as well. The only assumption I can make is that the "9 technique" would be outside the last man if a team used two tight ends or a TE and a wing to one side, perhaps with an outside linebacker. Some of you may recall Jason Babin of the Eagles making the 'wide 9' alignment a talking point for NFL pundits 4 years ago or so, but all he did was slide outside an extra yard or so, which set up the offensive tackle further outside initially, allowing a seedy pass rusher more room to spin or rip to the inside.

Either way, it's all semantics.

Comment 20 hours ago

With the cushion for linemen to get 3 yards downfield in college, vs 1 yard in the NFL, few refs ever throw the flag on it outside of blatant screen passes that take 4 seconds to develop before the throw. This does however also lead many fans to believe that any lineman past the LOS is illegal.

Comment 27 Jul 2015

There's roughly a 300% chance we see two 'H's on the field together this fall, either with 10 personnel (1 RB, 0 TEs) or as an empty package with Vannett lined up as a TE or in the backfield just behind the guard. OSU can still run or pass out of either look fairly easily while still running basic schemes, but still forcing the defense to check and adjust. 

I'd also expect a lot of run-pass-options from those looks, packaging a jet sweep with a screen.

Comment 27 Jul 2015

This is a great question, as I was hesitant to point out that the player Braxton should look at the most is Denard Robinson. Denard was a run-first QB whose athleticism allowed him to play at the next level. I don't think Hoke and Al Borges did him a ton of favors by putting him in the I-formation (although he is getting carries there in JAX), but they were smart enough to get him the ball on screens and sweeps, and then as a decoy, knowing all 11 guys on D would be paying attention to him any time he's on the field. 

Overall, the plan will likely *start* pretty simply. Luckily for Braxton, he'll get a whole season to grow into the role, while Denard only had a few games after already getting beat up at QB.

Comment 29 Jun 2015

This was the first runner-up. I broke it all down here:

Comment 29 Jun 2015

Yeah, Grant baited him by simply doing his job, covering the short, outside zone to the flat (where Fowler was headed). The question is who Sims thought was covering that inside hook where Miller was dropping, since he didn't see 88.

Comment 29 Jun 2015

This was in contention to make the list as well, but you can't usually count on guys running through open field tackles when calling a play, which is what made it ultimately so successful.

Comment 29 Jun 2015

Yeah, since it was first & 10 with the lead, it was hard to include on the list given the lack of pressure that the play-caller was under, compared to the others. Successful plays on first down are almost always because of the execution of the called play, not necessarily the play itself.

Comment 08 Jun 2015

A common misconception about the toss sweep is that you need to be fast for it to work. The goal of getting those big bodies outside is to put them on smaller players that can't get off a block, and let a bruising runner like Smith or Green run through arm tackles. 

One such example is Eddie Lacy in Green Bay, who were killing people with the old Buck Sweep last season. Lacy ran a 4.6 at the combine, but oddly enough, the guy they compared Lacy to coming out of college? Frank Gore, who was of course last seen carrying the ball for...

The real key to the sweep isn't the back or even the pulling guard or fullback, but really the guys that stay home and block down, keeping those DL and LBs from flowing outside to the ball. If it's a guard, fullback, and RB vs a OLB, CB, and S in the open field, the offense will take that matchup 10 times out of 10.

Comment 26 May 2015

Unfortunately, that was just a simple, yet great halftime adjustment from Oregon. The Buckeyes had been playing a lot of 3-deep coverage in the first half, so Oregon called for a deep passing play with four vertical routes, three of which came from the right side of the formation. 4>3 so it was up to Mariota to find the open guy, which he obviously did easily. Needless to say, OSU went away from Cover-3 on early downs for awhile thereafter. 

Comment 11 May 2015


This was absolutely the case with Grant and McMillan, and seems to be taking over the thread with the Erick Smith comments. He could very well be a good player someday, and Powell isn't perfect, but he's a guy that this team can depend on based on his play in the back half of the year.

Comment 04 May 2015

Yes, adding in the screens and check-downs aren't something you can add in on the fly with a young team like that. Unlike when you and I play Madden, real coaches are constrained by what they've practiced all week in their limited time to prepare. With their backs against the wall, they'll often go the other way and call plays they've run a dozen times, as the team on the field is more comfortable and more likely to execute properly.