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Kyle Jones

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Chicago (via Cleveland)

MEMBER SINCE   March 12, 2014

Proud OSU alum with a serious Cleveland sports complex.
I spend way too much time on Twitter.

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  • 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.
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  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
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Recent Activity

Comment 23 Nov 2020

Indiana had a great gameplan on both sides of the ball. When Fields held the ball with nowhere to go, it was often because Indiana would show him one clue pre-snap (such as playing 2-high coverage), then would fall into a single high coverage paired with a blitz. The QB was tricked into looking to one side of the field that would be covered up while open receivers were on the opposite side. It was great scouting on their part to recognize how/when Fields is trained to pick which side to look to first, then hope the blitz got home before he could work to his 3rd or 4th reads.

However. Ohio State had 600 yards of offense. While the INTs and the missed field goal made it much closer, OSU moved the ball largely at will last Saturday. 

Comment 09 Nov 2020

This is yet another thing Day has taken from Sean McVay. These offenses are remarkably similar and use bunch formations to create natural picks against man-coverage. I can't find exact video of the tight end staying in to block, like we saw in the example, but you get the idea from this clip: 

Comment 02 Nov 2020

I think two different issues have been combined into one. Good offenses beat good defenses in the modern game. Every time. 

Every defense has a weakness, and offenses know it. It's simply up to them to execute on it. With Cover 3, the weakness is those slants and intermediate throws, but in order for them to hurt a defense, offenses typically need to string a whole bunch of them together. That takes time and exposes the receivers to a bunch of hits. It was a winning strategy in 2019 and Ryan Day clearly still believes that to be the case (though a change-up from time to time can be very effective, as we saw in this game).

As for Wade, he simply looked off. He seemed to be as surprised as anyone by the first circus catch from Dotson, and maybe it got in his head for the second. That catch, along with the third touchdown in which he appeared to give up on the play, looked more like an issue with effort/mentality than scheme or technique. 

Comment 02 Nov 2020

That's because of the play-call. The corners weren't in man-coverage on those plays, they were playing a Cover 3 zone, and in that situation, they're trained to funnel receivers back inside toward the help (aka the free safety). Nothing is supposed to get outside of them as they're voluntarily giving up the inside break into what they call the "kill zone" (I'm not kidding). Eventually, WRs will get so sick of getting popped over the middle that they'll start getting alligator arms on some passes AND they'll have to string together a whole bunch of completions vs. giving up a big play.

With a big lead, this strategy makes sense, as frustrating as it might be to fans who want every game to be a shutout.

Comment 27 Oct 2020

Correct, this was NOT a read play. Fields is getting grief for not pulling the ball to run outside of the blitzing OLB, BUT based on the blocking scheme, I don't think he ever had that option. 

As far as I can tell, Day's approach was, “I don’t want Justin taking another hit. What are the chances they actually blitz the D-gap here, especially if we go fast?” and Day simply lost that gamble. It happens.

Comment 27 Oct 2020

That DE was supposed to be unblocked as he's the defender Fields was reading on the play. The DE did a good job of making Fields give the ball, then explode to make a play. It was just a good play from the defender, but certainly not on Munford. 

This is the Big Ten. Occasionally, opponents will make good plays, too.

Comment 12 Oct 2020

Yes, if Down Brown plays man-coverage, it's almost always going to be press. While this aggressive approach can slow down opposing receivers and disrupt timing enough for his pass-rushers to get home, it puts the individual coverage defenders at risk of exactly what we saw. Other versions of man-coverage will stagger the depth of the defenders, but that eliminated the ability to disrupt receivers at the line. There are plusses and minuses to every approach.