Holy shit…. The Browns take the field in only 8 DAYS for their first preseason game when the Rams come to town! I know it’s only preseason, but I don’t care! It’s football and I’ve been waiting for a long time!
They have their 4th practice today at 4:00. It’s the first in which there will be pads and some contact!
Just because they haven’t been in pads doesn’t make this game less dangerous.. Offensive lineman Ryan Miller got knocked the fuck out at practice yesterday during blocking drills.
It was pretty scary when it first happened because the team wouldn’t release his name until the family was notified. He was released from the hospital last night and is doing just fine.
I wanna talk about the defense a bit today and some players to watch for. Last year’s defense, coordinated by Dick Jauron, was horrible. We hardly ever pressured the opposing QB. It was that 4-3 bend but don’t break sorta defense. It was boring. I prefer a team that tries to win as opposed to “trying not to lose.”
Well… Dick Jauron was kicked to the curb when Ray Horton was hired as defensive coordinator!
Horton has switched the defense over to a 3-4; a defense that will constantly pressure the QB. When Horton was with the Cardinals the last couple years, his defense blitzed 43% of the time… second most in the league! I’m looking forward to that!
So who’s gonna make this happen?
Perennial bad ass Ahtyba Rubin…
He’s #71… dislodging the ball from Michael Vick! He’ll play defensive end opposite Dez Bryant… with Phil Taylor at nose tackle. God I hope Taylor can stay healthy…
My boy Jabaal Sheard…
Jabaal caught my eye at training camp when I went in ’11. He’s was fast, physical and aggressive. He went on to have 8.5 sacks and 5 forced fumbles his rookie season. Last year he had 7 sacks and 1 forced fumble. That was as a 4-3 defensive end. This year, with the 3-4, he has to make the transition to outside linebacker. From the reports I’ve seen he’s doing really well. Look for his sack count to rise this year… I’m thinkin’ 15 or better!
I like this kid at inside linebacker. He’s all over the field and a sure tackler! Under the tutelage of fellow ILB and leader of the defense, D’Qwell Jackson, this kid has nowhere to go but up!
I’m a bit worried about how thin we are as far as defensive backs go. Look for future Hall of Fame cornerback, Joe Haden, to have an outstanding season!
Dudes gotta redeem himself after his 4 game suspension to start the season last year. Unfortunately, there’s not a ton of proven talent behind Joe. We signed former Falcon’s CB Chris Owens in the offseason, so he will probably start opposite Haden. Buster Skrine is on the roster, but that dude blows!
I hope he stays healthy, because he’s a pretty good safety when he’s on his game..
Overall, I think our defense is gonna dominate this year… The speed and strength of our front seven will apply pressure and allow our defensive secondary to make some plays.