While We’re Waiting…Browns’ tendencies, Ohio State’s offesnse, and Sergey Karasev’s playing time

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“The Browns lined Weeden up under center 21 times (56.7%) and he threw the ball 11 times, completing 6 passes ( 54.5%) and running the ball 10 times. From shotgun, Weeden threw the ball 14 times, completing 6 passes ( 42.8%) and running the ball twice. The Browns Trent Richardson managed 41 total yards on 8 touches / 7 rushes for 31 yards (4.4 YPC) and 1 reception for 10 yards.

The team lined up in 11 personnel 37.5% of the time running 15 plays. The team then favored both the 21 personnel and the 12 personnel equally, running them both 27.5% of the time, or 11 plays each. There were 2 plays out of 22 personnel and 1 play out of 10 personnel.”

“From my counts, the Browns used a total of nine different defensive fronts tonight and seemed to favor the 3-3-5 and 3-4-4 the most. The Browns used the 3-3-5 formation 19 times, or 42% of the time, and blitzed from that formation 37% of the time (7 times). They used the 3-4-4 formation 12 times, or 27% of the time, and blitzed from that formation 75% of the time (8 times). The Browns also used the 2-4-5 formation 15% of the time (7 total snaps) blitzing from that formation 3 times or 42.5%. We also saw 4-4-3 (1 snap); 4-2-5 (1 snap); 5-4-2 (1 snap); and the 2-3-6 (1 snap). Below is the summary.” [Krupka/Dawgs by Nature]

“The Buckeyes averaged eight more offensive snaps per game in 2012 than the 2011 season with Jim Bollman as the offensive decision maker. Ohio State had 70 snaps per game last season, which was the middle of the road in FBS. Herman, a statistics guru, said there is no number in mind when it comes to the number of plays he would like to run. The ultimate goal is to win, whether the Buckeyes run 50 or 100 plays. An efficient no-huddle offense could mean fewer total plays and a lot more points than the opponent.”

“Perhaps the most underrated aspect of the offensive philosophy is the tight ends. Meyer and Bill Belichick have made the position in vogue in recent years. Each coach has won championships in their sport due to tight end utilization. Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett have been referred to as the top duo Meyer’s ever had and among the best on any team in the country. They’re athletic, fundamentally sound tight ends who can block or catch the ball over the middle.

“It allows you to have more freedom in the run game and pass game,” Herman said. “The good thing about us being no-huddle is that we don’t have to take those guys off the field. We don’t have a blocking tight end and a pass-catching tight end. We’ve got two tight ends that can line up and do both things. It allows us to play faster and keep the entire offense in out of one personnel group.”” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]

“Sergey Karasev could get minutes for quite a few NBA teams. The Cavaliers might not be one of them. There have been minor reports (that I can’t substantiate) that Karasev has struggled at times with maturity. The guy is 19, so even if this is true it isn’t necessarily a big deal. There could be cause for a little concern if Karasev isn’t playing and grows frustrated with his role, or is sent to the Developmental League and doesn’t appreciate that. Worrying about this in August, though, seems to be pretty silly. The Cavaliers have some depth on the wing, finally, and this is a good thing. Even if Karasev’s time isn’t this season, there is reason to believe he will be a big help to the Wine & Gold down the road. And when your core of Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and Anthony Bennett are all 22 years old or younger, well, that is just fine.” [Zavac/Fear The Sword]

Lastly, the guys at Did The Tribe Wins Last Night profile Indians’ super fan and bleacher drummer, John Adams.

“’Later, some guy was making a beer run from the top of the bleachers.  He said, ‘are you going to hit that drum or what?’  I said, ‘Well…I’m not supposed to bother anybody.’ And he said, ‘You won’t be bothering anyone up here!’  So I went up there and played and that’s how it got started.”

Adams took his place at the top of the metal bleachers and the rest is history.  For two decades on the lakefront, Adams kept the beat for over 1,000 Tribe games and earned the nickname “Big Chief Boom-Boom” from former pitcher and longtime Tribe announcer Herb Score.  When the Indians moved to Jacobs Field in 1994, Adams took his seat at the top of the bleachers underneath the giant scoreboard.  Adams sits in row Y, seat 29 in the dead center underneath the Budweiser sign.  The drum sits in seat 28.” [Eby/Did the Tribe Win Last Night]