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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 1 hour ago

I actually expect a lot of the same aggressive schemes with safeties in the box to help against the run. With split reps at QB in practice, and only one real returning wide receiver that has experience playing the position, I'd bet on my DB's against the OSU passing game rather than let Zeke and the Slobs run through my front. VT doesn't always have the best talent from a recruiting standpoint, but they are EXCELLENT teachers of secondary play, and that can make up for any talent gap between them and a guy like Braxton or Curtis Samuel. 

If anything changes, I can see Va Tech throwing out some funny looks up front to confuse the OL if possible. Otherwise I'd bet the farm on aggressive pass D to let the safeties assist in the run game.

Comment 3 hours ago

Great call, yes I do. I think we'll see a lot of vertical routes from the slot to get speed against corners not named Kendall Fuller. I think OSU is happy to let him follow Thomas around in the short passing game, since Thomas can use his size effectively there, and letting the other, speedier wideouts run against safeties and nickel corners.

Comment 26 Aug 2015

I do want to clarify here, Ash isn't the sole reason OSU has an effective pass rush. Luke Fickell deserves a ton of credit for making that front 7 so successful before, and keeping it at a high level. Larry Johnson certainly deserved credit for the line's play last year, but Luke should get praised here. He has far too long been the whipping boy for fans, and thought of as a recruiter first. In truth, the guy can clearly coach and develop front 7 talent.

Comment 26 Aug 2015

Very true. Oregon is very much a horizontal-attacking team and although they did connect on the deep ball to start the second half, they don't attack as much downfield like that with outside WRs. All I'm saying is the corner blitz isn't anywhere near as common as it was in years prior, when you'd see it 4 or 5 times per game.

Comment 25 Aug 2015

Using the 3-3-5 as a base defense (like RR does) has very little in common philosophically with the way OSU uses it. For RR, the approach is really a way to get 7 or 8 defenders in the box against the run, with both Strong Safeties playing close to the line. But OSU uses it only in passing situations, with 5 true DBs on the field, and the other 6 players focused on getting pressure. Their use of the formation is strictly to swap out a DT for another LB, giving more flexibility.

Comment 25 Aug 2015

Ash doesn't seem as willing to sacrifice his corners' coverage ability the way OSU has in the past. Too often, those blitzes left the outside WR in a one-on-one situation with a safety, which isn't something they want. The Orange Bowl was the nail in the corner blitz's coffin, I do believe.

Comment 03 Aug 2015

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 03 Aug 2015

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.