How about that Cleveland Browns defense? Led by defensive coordinator Dick Jauron, the young defense continues to play great when it matters the most. Even though Brandon Weeden, Josh Gordon, and company put up astounding offensive numbers yesterday, it was the brown and orange defense that controlled the pace of the game. Game after game, this defense is becoming very dangerous.
What can be completely thrown out the window yesterday was the Oakland Raiders‘ final drive of 84 yards and a touchdown in basically garbage time. Jauron set his defense in a very soft umbrella zone and let Oakland have short passes over the middle. So counting the final Raiders’ drive, the Browns’ defense gave up 429 total yards.
What does matter is the Cleveland defense forcing Oakland to punt five times and keep them from moving the chains on a handful of occasions. Or how about the discipline displayed yesterday by the defense in not committing one penalty. What does matter is the way Jauron’s crew comes to play and continues to put fierce hits on opponents. And finally, what does matter is the fact that over the past three games, the defense has found a way to make multiple momentum turning plays.
For the season, the Browns’ defense has forced a multitude of turnovers. The Browns have 14 interceptions and 14 forced fumbles on the campaign. One can only imagine how many more wins the Browns may have had with both Joe Haden and Phil Taylor for the entire season? At least two for sure.
Numerous times this year, the orange and brown defense has almost single handily won football games. It is clear that there is a nice nucleus of veteran and young players are gelling together. The “D” hopes to continue their aggressive play this Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs invade Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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