Xs & Os

October 8, 2017

Behind The Update: Cleveland’s Explosive Run Defense

Charles McDonald “Explosive” isn’t usually the term used to describe run defense, but the Browns definitely fit that description. Through four games they’re first in Tackle For Loss Value by a considerable margin. It’s been overclouded Cleveland’s despicably bad offense, but the Browns […]
October 6, 2017

Thursday Bright Football Week 5: Jameis Winston Is Not There Yet

Tony Romo hit the nail on the head prior to kick off. During pre-game analysis, Romo told his broadcast partner Jim Nantz that the New England Patriots defense would stand their ground versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense. The Patriots […]
September 11, 2017

Lamar Jackson: Pro Ready

by Diante Lee Surely, everyone can recall their formal introduction to 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. For the luckiest 50,000 of us, it was witnessed Mid-September in the sea of red that is Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. For most […]
September 9, 2017

Thursday Bright Football (Week 1): Kansas City’s Shovel Option and Overreacting to Brady

Kansas City’s Shovel Option The season kicked off on Thursday with a 15-point Kansas City Chiefs win over the New England Patriots. Since quarterback Tom Brady reclaimed his job from Matt Cassel, the Patriots have only lost four games by […]
August 17, 2017

Deep Cuts: Ravens Young Front Seven, A Pair of Panther Rookies, and Deshaun Watson

Charles McDonald Obviously the preseason doesn’t count, but we can still get a glimpse at the potential impact of young players and their upside moving forward. Week one of the preseason featured plenty of flashes from rookies and second year […]
July 31, 2017

A Masterclass of the Minds

By Derrik Klassen    The punch-counter punch nature of football is fascinating. The most brilliant minds in football go head-to-head trying to outsmart each other with live-action chess pieces. It is outrageous, and it is unlike anything else. Every so often, the […]
June 26, 2017

Signing Colin Kaepernick: The Numbers

Colin Kaepernick has become a divisive topic, to say the least. The ex-49ers quarterback has been looking for a job since opting out of his contract early in the offseason. Kaepernick just completed his best season in two years throwing […]
February 14, 2017

6-Man BOB/Slide Protection

Justis Mosqueda Yesterday, Real Football Network posted an interesting video on seven-man protection. Essentially, the Cleveland Browns’ offensive line coach, Bob Wylie, explained how to block “solid” and “slide” pass protections with a split backfield. A couple of thoughts on […]