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Browns Have Most Key Spots on Defense Filled Entering 2011

Pro Football Weekly reports that despite going from a 3-4 to a 4-3, the Browns seem to have most of their key spots on defense filled as training camps get going as the lockout comes to an end.

Even with the Browns moving from a 3-4 base defensive scheme to the 4-3, most key spots on defense appear filled. For instance, it’s expected that the Browns will be able to stay in-house to fill the three starting LB positions, with Scott Fujita, Chris Gocong and D’Qwell Jackson likely to be regulars. On the defensive line, NT Ahtyba Rubin, one of Cleveland’s top players last season, will remain a key player, with rookie DT Phil Taylor and rookie DE Jabaal Sheard expected to be primary contributors right off the bat.

In the secondary, CB Joe Haden comes off an impressive rookie season, and SS T.J. Ward led the club in tackles. Also, Sheldon Brown remains a solid starting option at cornerback. Some issues to watch once the league year begins, however, include whether the Browns add at defensive end, where re-signing backup Jayme Mitchell is a priority; and at safety, where Abram Elam is a free agent. Safety is one of the deeper positions in free agency.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Dotcommie

    July 22, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Having the roster filled does not mean that there are adequate players in those positions. Pro Football Weekly is apparently listening to management’s official comments.

    They aren’t fact-checking to see that 2/3 of their LBs were on the DL for significant time, and one LB missed the entire season. They also neglected to note that one starting safety and one starting cornerback are currently lost in the nebulous world of free agency.

    Hrmmm, let’s see. That’s 4 of 7 behind the D-line. And, since we haven’t mentioned the D-line, what about the other starting DE, besides the rookie (Sheard)? Yes, there is a player for that position, but he’s a free agent as well. At least 2 other options for that position are also free agents.

    That makes 5 of 11 questionable positions on defense. I guess none of those are “key spots”.

  2. Cobra

    July 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I agree, Dotcommie. This blog is always good for a few laughs. Mostly, it just re-posts news clippings but leans towards acting as if the Browns are legit contenders.

    Far, far from it, my friends. If Cleveland ever makes the playoffs, only a fraction of the players on the 2011 roster will still be on the team.

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