April 20, 2014

Cavalier Film Room: A window into the Anthony Bennett skill set

When we were last in the film room, we took a look at the Cavaliers over-helping on three-point shots and the resulting consequences. As always, if you have any ideas for film room topics, contact me at kirk@waitingfornextyear.com. This week, we’re going to look no further than Anthony Bennett’s performance against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night and how it showed a preview of what Bennett can become as a player. You can find my NBA Draft film room on Bennett here.

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By now, you’ve seen the stat line: 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 6-of-9 shooting in 30 minutes to lead the Cavaliers’ to their third straight win at the time, a 109-99 victory over the Kings at home. It was much more than Bennett’s first career double-double, however. In this game, we saw a decent chunk of the skills and potential that made the now-terminated Chris Grant choose him with the first overall pick. We’re seeing a slimmer, more confident Bennett, and we’re going to take a look at a few of those instances. [Read more...]

Cavalier NBA Draft Film Room: Anthony Bennett

bennettFor the last two months, I’ve been discussing possible candidates for the Cavaliers with their pick in the 2013 draft. With the top pick secured, I narrowed the list, and there was one option left uncovered as of yet here at WFNY in the film room, UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett. While the longest of shots behind Noel, Porter, McLemore, Len, and Oladipo in all likelihood, Bennett flashes a unique style of play that does have a market in the NBA.

The Cavaliers have a power forward in Tristan Thompson, but should that stop the wine and gold from drafting one of the highest ceiling players at the top of the draft board?

Let’s hear about what other have to say regarding the Runnin’ Rebel product out of Canada. [Read more...]

Cavalier NBA Draft Film Room: Victor Oladipo

victor-oladipo-draftWe continue our May and June trip around the top of the NBA draft board and navigate exactly who the Cavaliers should take with the top selection at the end of the month.

The recent rumor winds indicate that today’s topic of discussion, Indiana guard/forward Victor Oladipo, could very well be in play with the No. 1 pick for the Cavs. Oladipo, like top pick favorite Kentucky center Nerlens Noel, brings a game-changing brand of defense to the table with a more complete offensive game.

Let’s take a look at what others around the internet are saying about Oladipo. [Read more...]

Cavalier NBA Draft Film Room: Ben McLemore

mclemoredraftAs we continue to look through the Cleveland Cavaliers’ options with the #1 selection in the NBA Draft later this month, it’s time to look at Kansas guard Ben McLemore.

McLemore’s flying under the radar a bit right now with all the talk focusing primarily on Nerlens Noel, Otto Porter, or a trade for the Cavaliers at No. 1. However, there is certainly a case to be made for McLemore going No. 1. He’s a phenomenal shooter and scorer, but his position (shooting guard) and his poor scoring performances in four out of his last five games have cooled some of the hype around the redshirt freshman.

Let’s take a look at what those around the league are saying.
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Cavalier NBA Draft Film Room: Otto Porter

porterIn this week’s installment of the film room, we give you the other half of the two most likely candidates for the Cavaliers’ selection at number one in the 2013 draft. Of course, when I gave you the Nerlens Noel film room nearly two weeks ago, I didn’t think it was very likely he’d be a Cavalier. Now, it’s probably the most likely scenario. But, I will say that Otto Porter Jr. makes it a very interesting debate in my mind, and the Georgetown forward may just be my pick if I were Chris Grant. Let’s take a look at what others are saying about Porter first. [Read more...]

Cavalier Film Room: Smash Mouth Kyrie Irving

WFNY Cavaliers Film RoomWhen we last got together, I was pretty hard on Tyler Zeller for his poor defensive rebounding. This week, given the performance and news last night, it’s a must to further break down All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving’s second 40-point performance of the season.

Kyrie scored 40 while taking just 24 shots as he willed the young Cavaliers to victory over the veteran Celtics, a playoff team if the dust settled today, 95-90. Kyrie dotted the shot chart with a mix of shots at the rim as well as mid-range jumpers and just one three pointer while leaving Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley in his wake. [Read more...]

Cleveland Browns Film Room: Game 11, What a catch

Like we did last year before it became fashionable, we’ll take a seat each week in our very own WFNY Browns film room and break down a little tape from the game, with a specific focus.  Do enjoy.

The Browns created 8 turnovers in a win over the Steelers. There are 100 things we could look at, but today I want to focus on just one play. Trent Richardson’s touchdown run was very nice, but we’ve looked at his runs a lot in the film room. Josh Gordon’s effort to get a first down was awesome, but it was all effort and not much to break down.

There was a pass to Ben Watson on a third and eight that went for twenty yards and a big first down in Pittsburgh territory. The drive ended in a field goal, which wouldn’t have happened without Watson’s catch. Let’s take a look. [Read more...]

Cleveland Browns Film Room: Game 9, the Fullback Pass

Like we did last year before it became fashionable, we’ll take a seat each week in our very own WFNY Browns film room and break down a little tape from the game, with a specific focus.  Do enjoy.

Today we are going to look at just one play. It was the single most infuriating play that happened in Sunday’s game (at least to me) and that includes the fourth down call.

Here is the situation. It’s the second quarter, and the Browns are down 14-0. The drive started at the 20 after a touchback, and has moved to Baltimore’s 16 yard line where it is now third and nine. On first down Richardson ran for a yard, and on second down Weeden threw behind Richardson in the flat and he was unable to make the catch.

This is where the Browns had their “communication issues” and ended up calling a time out rather than get a delay of game penalty. It was the second burned time out on the drive. [Read more...]

Cavaliers Film Room: The Princeton Offense

Thanks to Mike Brown Auerbach, and the Lakers’ early season struggles, the Princeton offense has become a popular topic amongst analysts and talking heads. It’s this offense that many are saying is preventing Steve Nash, the Lakers’ offense, and the list of celebrities trying to find a seat on the LA bandwagon from reaching their full potential.

Closer to home, we see a version of this Princeton “Option” offense night in and night out with the Wine and Gold.

“What exactly is the Princeton offense you may ask?

“Is it an offense which features five guys with their collars popped? Not quite.

“An offense consisting of five guys who prefer a glass of red wine over a cold beer? Most likely not.

“An offense run primarily through the high post, that attacks mismatches through constant movement, pick and rolls, and back door cuts?” Bingo! [Read more...]

Cleveland Browns Film Room: Game 7, Richardson’s Runs

Like we did last year before it became fashionable, we’ll take a seat each week in our very own WFNY Browns film room and break down a little tape from the game, with a specific focus.  Do enjoy.

All week I’ve been hearing discussion about Trent Richardson. There’s been talk about his injury. Talk about his lack of production on Sunday. Talk about sitting him for a few weeks. Even talk about him having a running style that doesn’t work in the NFL.

All this based off of 8 runs on Sunday? Let’s take a look first at the runs before we run Richardson out of town shall we? [Read more...]

Cleveland Browns Film Room: Game 6, Rookie Defenders

Like we did last year before it became fashionable, we’ll take a seat each week in our very own WFNY Browns film room and break down a little tape from the game, with a specific focus.  Do enjoy.

Back from work training. Apologies abound for my absence. Thanks to Craig for filling in. Let’s get to the tape.

So I was curious about the defense this week. Due to injuries, we started two rookie defensive tackles (Hughes and Winn) and a rookie LB getting his first ever regular season action (Johnson). Specifically, I wanted to see how they did against the run. If you look at the stat sheet, the Bengals only gained 76  yards on 20 carries. That’s an average of 3.8 yards per carry. Consider this though, 20 yards of that total came on 1 rush. Which means that the defense held Cincinnati to under 3 yards a carry over 19 attempts. [Read more...]

Cleveland Browns Film Room: Game 1, Richardson’s Debut Part 2

This is the second part of our film study on Trent Richardson’s debut. If you missed part 1 earlier go back and read it first. No, really. Do it.

(Like I wasn’t going to use the sweet graphic again.)

Ok, so we’ve been through three running plays already that gained a total of 4 yards. Let’s take a look at Richardson’s best run, and a fan favorite. [Read more...]

Cleveland Browns Film Room: Game 1, Richardson’s Debut Part 1

Like we did last year before it became fashionable, we’ll take a seat each week in our very own WFNY Browns film room and break down a little tape from the game, with a specific focus.  Do enjoy.

Finally. Some actual football to break down. With so many question marks surrounding this team, we should have endless topics for the film room this year. I was curious about several aspects of this game, and debated several topics. Ultimately, my curiosity about Trent Richardson and the struggles of the running game won out. What exactly did happen to the number three pick in the draft, and should we be concerned about his 2.1 yards per carry average?

Let’s start at the beginning- [Read more...]

Cleveland Browns Film Room: Week 3 Crossing Routes

Each week this season, we’ll take a seat in our very own WFNY Browns film room and break down a little tape from the previous week.  Do enjoy.

This week I thought we’d take a look at one of the Browns’ favorite plays. There are many different routes that a receiver can take, but it is the combination of the routes that can help create separation and a small window for the QB to deliver the ball. A staple of the ‘West Coast Offense’ (invented by Paul Brown, not so much a west coaster) is the short crossing route. Against Miami the Browns ran crossing routes from several formations, but we’re going to look at one in particular. We have a successful and a not so successful example to work with.

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