Featuring Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Duke Johnson, and Dontrell Hilliard all sharing the backfield, the Browns’ Diamond formation is similar to a Wishbone formation, though it is slightly different. And though we had seen this formation from the Hue Jackson/Todd Haley offense earlier in the year, the Browns never deployed it quite like this.
Though the drive ended in a bad interception, the idea of using a formation to catch the opposition off-guard and not giving their defense time to adjust is sound. I’d love to see the Browns continue to expand this idea through the use of a fast tempo and no substitutions as many college and NFL teams have done (notably, the New England Patriots).
Here is the breakdown:
The Diamond formation vs. the Wishbone: