Welcome to the latest edition of Xs and Os with the Bros by Xs and Os editor @rodofdisaster. This feature represents a basic attempt to dive 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 Xs and Os 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 failure of the Browns running game last Sunday in Cleveland against the Bills.
Situation: 1st Quarter; 3:55 leftScore: 14-0 BuffaloDown & Distance: 3rd and 1 on Cleveland 19
The Browns come out in “22” or “Tank” personnel (2 RB, 2 TE, 1 WR). Both tight ends are lined up tight on the right. The lone WR (Little) is at the top of the screen. The backs are in an offset right formation with Marecic lined up at fullback. The defense counters with Base 4-