Chapter VI in the ancient Chinese book “The Art of War”, explains military tactics in finding the enemies weaknesses in a given area. Although, the game of football isn’t anything like the horrors that happen in war, ideas can be taken from this book. That’s exactly what the Cleveland Browns must do in the coming weeks, weaken the enemy.
There are two players on the Baltimore Ravens that would look great in brown and orange: Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe. I know many of you were thinking Joe Flacco, but frankly, I just don’t see that happening. I would be stunned if Flacco landed in Cleveland. The players that would be more realistic are Kruger and Ellerbe.
In 2009, Kruger was considered one of the top defensive ends in the country. The Ravens selected the former Utah Utes‘ star with 57th pick overall in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. A native of small town Rexburg, Idaho, Kruger raised his stock this past season during the Ravens’ Super Bowl run amassing four sacks in the post season, including two against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. The 6’4″ and 270 pound beast finished the regular with 42 tackles and nine sacks.
Ellerbe is a different story. The former Georgia Bulldogs defensive player was signed by Baltimore as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2009. Playing in 13 games, this season was a career year for him. Ellerbe recorded 92 tackles, four and a half sacks and two forced fumbles. He was also fined $10,000 for an illegal hit on Browns running back Trent Richardson. The 240 pound linebacker also had a nice post season, including the game sealing interception in the AFC Championship against the New England Patriots.
I could see both of these guys wearing orange helmets in 2013. They are the type of players that new defensive coordinator Ray Horton wants. Add them to the fine mix of potential young stars James-Michael Johnson, Craig Robertson, LJ Fort and Emmanual Acho, and the Browns defense could make some noise this season.
We all know the Browns have money to spend, weaken the enemy and start spending.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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