The Browns defense is just flat out awful right now, and head coach Romeo Crennel will look at making changes to improve the unit for Sunday’s home matchup with the Ravens. The numbers don’t lie, and if your Crennel, a former defensive coordinator with the Pats, they have to make you sick to your stomach. The team is 31st in run defense, and Sunday vs the Raiders allowed LaMont Jordan to run wild for 121 yards. The team is allowing 176.3 yards per game on the ground. The Raiders overall had 186 yards rushing Sunday.
The pass defense is not doing all that much better, allowing a league high 11 passing scores already in 2007. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger had 4 opening day, and Bengals QB Carson Palmer had 6 in week two. Considering the Browns allowed 20 passing TD’s last season, this number is as alarming as any on the team. Rookie corner Eric Wright has been wrong more times than not so far this season, and Crennel might want to sit the rookie for awhile, as again on Sunday he was burned for a 41-yard TD. Wright has allowed four TD passes already this season.
So what else can the team do? You can bet that with the prospect of going 1-3 and a game next Sunday in New England, Crennel will shift personal on the D-line and at the linebacker spots to try and stop the bleeding. Ted Washington is basically nothing more than a body out there right now, and his position on the D-line will be looked at. The linebackers, which was thought to be an area of strength, need to tackle better and make plays, and the secondary needs to stop allowing the big plays. Considering that Oakland’s offense is one of the worst in football, the Browns made it look much to easy Sunday.
Look for the team this week to shore things up, practice hard on stopping the run and taking away the big play, and work on freeing up guys to make better pushes at the QB. “It’s a combination of things,” Crennel said. “We play good early and then we get out of position.” The defense has to remember, it’s a 60 minute game, they can’t afford to play 45 good minutes and allow a team to go wild in the other 15. It’s already cost them 2 games, and will cost them a lot more if things don’t improve.
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