With the switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense in the offseason, the Cleveland Browns will have to rely heavily on the defensive line to set the tone in training camp. The group of men has impressed head coach Rob Chudzinski so far, but they have a long ways to go in order to match up against opponents in the competitive AFC North. The good news is their intensity should fire up the rest of the defense, which will ensure a very productive camp.
“I love that group,” Chudzinski said, according to ClevelandBrowns.com. “I think (defensive line coach) Joe Cullen is doing a great job with them. They are high-energy, high-effort guys. Their individual drills are fun to watch. They are getting after it and I love the attitude of that group.
“I’ve really been pleased with what (Phil Taylor) has done, both from just understanding what he is doing to a technique standpoint to setting a tempo and the pace. You will see him as the first guy in line down there in the drill work, all of the things you would ask him to do.”
The Browns are hoping that the 25-year-old will be able to set the tone for the rest of the defensive line over the next few weeks. In just two years in the league, Taylor has registered 73 total tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 24 games. There is no question his production is off the charts when he is healthy.
It will take a lot of hard work to make a successful transition between the two defenses, but the coaches are confident they have the right personnel to do it with ease.