Welcome to the latest edition of X’s and O’s with the Bros by X’s and O’s editor @rodofdisaster. This feature represents a basic attempt to look deeper into the game of football, learn something about the X’s and O’s that make it go, and better appreciate the games within the game. It’s called “X’s and O’s with the Bros: because you don’t have to be a player, coach, or rocket surgeon to get something out of taking a closer look at a football play, so please enjoy the post and the discussion in the comments.
This week Rod focuses on the brightest spot of the Browns overtime loss in Dallas: The defensive front’s performance against a depleted Cowboys offensive line.
Situation: 2:49, First Quarter
Down and Distance: 2nd & 10 on Dallas 30
Score: Cleveland 7, Dallas 0
Here we see Dallas come out in 11-personnel (aka “Posse”). The strength of the formation is to the right. The Browns counter with nickel personnel (4 DL, 2 LB and 5 DB), and we can see the f