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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, we’re in the Weeds again. Here’s Rod.
Situation: 3rd Quarter; 1:15 left
Score: Redskins 24, Browns 14
Down & Distance: 1st & 10 on Redskins’ 43
The Browns come out in 12-personnel (1 RB, 2 TE, 2WR). They are in an I-formation with one Smith playing fullback. The Redskins counter with base 3-4 personnel.
Washington has one safety deep. This is called “MOFC” or “Middle Of the Field Closed” as opposed to “MOFO” or “Middle Of the Fi
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According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, former Broncos head coach and current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would love to coach the Browns. A source told The Plain Dealer that McDaniels, who coached the Broncos in 2009, would jump at the chance to coach the Browns. I thought McDaniels did a good job in Denver as a head coach. He ended up failing...
Over the past two weeks (part 1 and part 2), my good friend and colleague Rick has posted updates on some historic NFL records being accomplished by the current trio of rookies on the Browns offense: QB Brandon Weeden, RB Trent Richardson and WR Josh Gordon.
In his initial post, I helped to provide some of the backbone research. Yes, I never gave enough credit to Rick for his research...
The Browns weren’t going to be favored this week regardless of the outcome last week against the Redskins. After a three game winning streak ends and with two tough games and a presumably lame duck coach, will the wheels come off? Will this team continue to play hard to the final whistle this season? We’ll know soon enough, but I want to know what you think right now. Will Peyton...
Before proceeding, I would emphasize what follows is a rumor, and has not been confirmed.
But it comes from the Boston Globe and its excellent NFL writer Greg Bedard.
He was one of the first guys who reported that Joe Banner would hire Mike Lombardi as the teams new GM, after Banner let Tom Heckert go. Bedard attributed that report to two independent sources he calls influential...
Mohamed Massaquoi, Jordan Cameron and Tashaun Gipson will not travel with the Cleveland Browns to Denver.
Coach Pat Shurmur announced Friday that all three are out for the game against the Broncos (11-3) on Sunday.
Massaquoi, a starting wide receiver, has a knee injury. He missed five games earlier this season with a hamstring problem. Cameron has a concussion, sustained last week...
BEREA -- Nobody takes a beating faster or harder than a Cleveland Browns quarterback.
In a town starved for wins and long-suffering because of losses (54 the past five years alone), a failure of a Browns quarterback draws condemnation faster than the Tasmaniam Devil spins.
Brandon Weeden suffered that fate this week.
He played the second-worst game of his career against Washington...
Browns placed LB James-Michael Johnson (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season. The rookie fourth-rounder will not need surgery on the knee. Johnson started eight of 10 games this season, recording 36 tackles while playing primarily on early downs. With Scott Fujita’s Cleveland career likely over and Chris Gocong’s (Achilles) future in question, Johnson is a good bet to...
Despite rumors that Alabama head coach Nick Saban is considering a return to the NFL, one of his star pupils, Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson thinks he's staying put with the Crimson Tide.
“I can’t see him coming to the NFL,” Richardson said, via Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer,. “I can see him staying at Alabama and retiring at Alabama. That’s...
The Cleveland Browns have placed a pair of starters, safety
T.J. Ward and linebacker James-Michael Johnson on injured reserve, ending their
2012 seasons, reports Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk.
The Cleveland Browns lost two starters for the rest of the
season on Tuesday as the team placed safety T.J. Ward and linebacker
James-Michael Johnson on injured reserve.
Safety T.J. Ward, who started every game for the Cleveland Browns this season, landed on injured reserve Tuesday. The team officially listed Ward as having a knee injury, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Ward has a bone bruise in one of his knees. According to the newspaper, Ward won't need surgery. In 14 games this year, Ward was credited with 68 tackles (second...
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NFL free agent Seneca Wallace visited the elementary school he attended in Sacramento and gave away subscriptions to ClinckN Kids on behalf of a new partnership with the One World Literacy Foundation. He also visited Shriners Children’s Hospital where he visited with some children. For all he’s done off the field the city of Rancho Cordova...
Last week: 26 (+0)
Net points per drive: -0.11 (20th)
DVOA: -12.4% (25th)
Weighted DVOA: -5.5% (19th)
That 17 point loss to the Redskins was actually the first time this season the Browns had been blown out. Their previous biggest loss was 14 and their biggest win (23) is still bigger than their biggest loss. Even that 14 point loss wasn’t as bad as the final score...
Jason WhitneyBrandon Weeden was nearly a Denver Bronco
When the Denver Broncos take on the Cleveland Browns this week, they’ll get a good look at Brandon Weeden, the quarterback that nearly was their future. This is because the Broncos brain trust, John Elway and head coach, John Fox were set to take Weeden as a developmental quarterback in last year’s NFL draft.
Via the Denver...
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