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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Personnel groups showed aggressive approach

By Pat McManamon

Considering Norv Turner’s offense ...

One might think the quarterback jumble that took place last week might affect the Browns playcalling, but clearly the coaching staff held little back when they played New England.

The Browns had 23 different combinations of offensive skill players on the field against New England.

The most common was a three-receiver, one tight end, one back set that included Chris Ogbonnaya, Davone Bess, Josh Gordon, Greg Little and Jordan Cameron (18 plays). That grouping has been the most common one used this season as well.

The second most common was one that had two tight ends, two receivers and running back Fozzy Whittaker (10 plays).

Seventeen of the different personnel groupings were on the field for one or two plays.

Clearly the Browns cut little back.

The most common personnel groupings:

One back, two receivers, two tight ends -- 31 plays

One back, three receivers, one tight end -- 25

Two backs, one receiver, two tight ends -- five (once with Joe Thomas at tight end)

Two backs, two receivers, one tight end -- four plays  (two with Thomas again at tight end)

One back, one receiver, three tight ends -- three plays

Three receivers, two tight ends -- one

Two backs, three tight ends -- one (Oniel Cousins as the tight end)

The Browns called 16 passes on the 18 plays Gary Barnidge and Jordan Cameron were lined up at tight end. Two were touchdowns.

Not surprisingly, the Browns ran every time Thomas lined up at tight end. And one of the runs was the 34-yard reverse by Josh Gordon. On that play, Thomas flipped to the right side to line up at tight end, with Gary Barnidge sliding in to left tackle. The look helped sell the play as an inside handoff to Willis McGahee to the right side, but McGahee pitched to Gordon on the end-around. Jordan Cameron, a third tight end, technically lined up in the backfield on the play, as an H-back outside Thomas.

This kind of personnel usage would reflect the aggressiveness that Rob Chudzinski wants to bring to the team.

A quarterback with one day of practice?

So what.

Play aggressive and get after the Patriots suspect defense.