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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 Rod focuses on Shurmurball staple, fullback Alex Smith.
Situation: 3rd Quarter; 5:25 left
Score: Browns 13, Steelers 14
Down & Distance: 1st & Goal from Steelers’ 15
The Browns come out in 12-personnel (1 back, 2 TE) and Alex Smith is lined up as a fullback in the “I-strong right, twins left alignment.” The Steelers are in base 3-4 personnel and lined up man-to-man with seven in the box. The alignment is favorable for a run play. Note Harrison lo
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The offensive line played together now for a long time. Offensive linemen have to work together and the longer they play together the smoother it goes. I think kind of adding John Greco to the mix there midway through the season has been good. John’s done a pretty good job for us and I think the challenge for them is just to continue. Although statistically there were some things...
BEREA -- The second part of Ronnie Camerons work day starts as he leaves the Cleveland Browns facility. After practice, after meetings, after lifting, after more meetings the Browns backup defensive tackle goes home to his other jobs.
It seems incongruous that todays highly paid athlete would have a job after football, but Cameron is not the prototype. His Twitter account (@RonSCameron...
Whether he's kicked in wind, rain or on a chewed-up field, Phil Dawson has been perfect for the Browns.
In his 14th season with Cleveland, Dawson has made all 21 field-goal attempts, including five from 50 yards or longer. He's made 27 in a row dating to last season and the 37-year-old has been sublime despite kicking through tricky conditions at Browns Stadium, where the...
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs won't be able to attend his alma mater's biggest football game in 40 years on Friday night.
Cribbs went out of his way -- again -- to make sure he's helping a group of Kent State fans get there.
Through his Team Cribbs intitiative, the former Kent State quarterback is helping to sponsor a bus trip that will take fans to Detroit...
According to News Channel 3 in Memphis, the University of Tennessee has made an offer to former NFL head coach Jon Gruden.
Part of the offer is Gruden getting a piece of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, who were recently bought by Jimmy Haslam III, one of UT’s biggest boosters.
Haslam’s father is Jim Haslam, multi-millionaire and founder of Pilot. Jim played on Tennessee’s national...
Browns head coach Pat Shurmur mentioned that he expects to have QB Brandon Weeden under center, despite the fact that he recently suffered a concussion, per Scott Petrak.
Weeden has been cleared to practice, which is really a great sign, considering that a number of players require more time to be cleared following a concussion. Shurmur added that Colt McCoy will not receive extra...
Jon Gruden is a very good football coach. But as good as he is, even Chucky can’t coach two teams at once. Yet how is it that he accept one job and still get paid by another team at the same time? Ask the University of Tennessee Volunteers and Cleveland Browns.
This one is still just a rumor, but take a look at how this could work.
Reportedly, Gruden has received an offer from...
A report out of WREG in Tennessee is circulating which states that former NFL head coach Jon Gruden would receive partial ownership in the Cleveland Browns if he were to take over the vacant coaching job with the Tennessee Volunteers.
Glenn Carver of WREG, the CBS affiliate of Memphis, Tennessee, writes that Jimmy Haslam III’s connection to UT would provide added perks to a contract...
Jon Gruden‘s name has been tossed around as a coaching candidate since he was fired by the Buccaneers following the 2008 season. But ownership?
Well, chalk it up as a juicy rumor. WREG-TV in Memphis, Tenn., reported Tuesday night that Gruden has an offer on the table to become the next head coach of the University of Tennessee, and that if he took the job, he would also get an...
Below is the week 11 offensive line breakdown for the Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the Cleveland Browns Sunday night.
The Steelers ran 22 times in the game with two plays being flagged for holding. One was on Heath Miller, the other on Mike Adams. One hold negated a short run for a first down while the other negated an 8 yard run. Keep in mind that those two plays are included...
(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer For the past two weeks, Cleveland's defense has been a swarming mass that will stop at nothing to inflict pain and punishment on its opponent.
The Browns have been ruthless, relentless.
''They're like a bunch of fire ants,'' offensive coordinator Brad Childress said.
With consecutive dominant...
LAST WEEK: 13-3
SEASON: 119-55-1 (68%)
The Falcons will certainly be seeking for revenge at home here. A win in this contest could mathematically clinch the division crown.
The Bills need to win this stretch of games they have against very poor opponents if the want to save their head coach's job. Jacksonville needs to start...