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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 left
Score: 14-0 Buffalo
Down & 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
BEST OF MAXIM
This was Trent Richardson’s chance to show Jim Brown he was wrong. It just didn’t go so well…
For the first time since Brown called Richardson an “ordinary” running back the two met on the field. Richardson described as a “shaking moment”, as both men described the former statement as nothing but a motivational tool.
“A lot of people took the message the wrong way...
Rick is still the man with the film room pieces, and I believe he might still have one this week. But I watched the beginning of the Browns game again yesterday and wanted to share a couple things about the Bills’ defensive gameplan.
The Bills, not surprisingly, committed resources to stopping Trent Richardson from hurting them. It is a rational plan to stop the biggest threat...
Through four games, Browns running back Trent Richardson has 222 rushing yards on 64 carries, 122 receiving yards on 15 catches and four total touchdowns.Fantasy Spin:Richardson is only rushing for 3.5 yards per carry but he's been a solid fantasy contributor due to his ability to find the end zone. He had 104 total yards and a score Thursday against the Ravens.
The physical running style of Trent Richardson is what we love and hate about him. It is what makes him successful, but it is also what limits him in practice and puts him at risk of an injury on a week to week basis. He suffered a minor knee injury this past week, but is back on the practice field and appears ready to take on the Ravens in this weeks Thursday night showcase.
While Greg Little is preening and posing amidst a 14-point deficit and a shower of hashtags, Browns running back Trent Richardson is mostly stoic and calculated. Certainly, when Richardson crosses the goal line as he has twice in his very young career, he exudes a level of energy that is matched only by Cleveland fans watching the plays as they unfold. But until that moment when...
Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson was unable to repeat his performance against the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday against the BIlls.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Once he's handed the ball on Thursday night, Trent Richardson knows what's next.
Hall of Fame-level contact.
"Ray Lewis is going to come at me," the Browns rookie running back said, "and I'm going to come right back at him. That's football."
Richardson, quarterback Brandon Weeden and Cleveland's other rookies are about to...
Who caught your eye? Did someone stand out? Who blew it? That’s what were interested in this morning. Winners and losers.
This was one of those games that many had circled on the schedule as a potential win. You can erase that circle. The Browns started slow and finished slow. The middle wasn’t awful. How’s that for analysis? Let’s get it started…
LOSER: Eric Hagg. Wow...
In Baltimore, God Is Always Crying
10) Trent Richardson has some skills and all, but this is probably another year in which PK Phil Dawson is the Browns' best offensive player
9) Shockingly, Ray Lewis obliged the media's request to have his likeness on video, and his voice on audio
8) From the relative lack of WR puling and after the whistle shoving, this actually resembled...
The coordinators discuss the Baltimore Ravens as well as what the Browns can improve upon.
Rookie Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden talk about the start of the season and what they can do better.
The 0-3 Browns will return to primetime with a visit to Baltimore to take on the 2-1 Ravens.
This game will be the first following the end of the NFL referee lockout, with real referees on tap to officiate tonight. So this means no more complaints, no matter how valid, can be attributed to poor officiating!
After a terrible performance in Week 1, it looked like...
Thursday – 9/27/12
Happy Thursday folks. Less than two work days until the ever so far away weekend. This week I’m going to do a different layout on my preview and review and see how everyone likes it compared to my previous layout. Enjoy folks because it should be a fun game for Ravens fans tonight.
This week Thursday Night Football will be hosting an AFC North divisional...
Granted, the Cleveland Browns aren't exactly top-shelf material in the NFL. Even so, they're a professional football team, so the ease with which the Buffalo Bills pushed around their offensive line is impressive.
After being stymied in Week One against the New York Jets, the Bills' front four has had two very good games. The Kansas City Chiefs were held to less than...
Last week: 32 (+0)
In a year where up is down and down is up, one thing has remained constant, the Browns suck. Of the only 2 remaining 0-3 teams left in the NFL, the Browns are the one that isn’t even the slightest bit surprising. They are currently in the lead in the Blow for Barkley sweepstakes and should remain on the pole throughout the season.
LT Joe Thomas...