Browns defined by their defense

Posted by Vic Carucci on November 27, 2012 – 3:30 am

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages. Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:

Jason – Always been a fan of great D. The pick six at the beginning made it look like it was going to be just another loss, but the defense stood tall only allowing seven points to the Steelers. Tasty rival win for the Browns.

As a fan of “great D,” you are rooting for the right team in the Browns, Jason.

It’s clear that this team is defined by its defense, which has highly talented players on the line (tackles Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin, and end Jabaal Sheard), at linebacker (D’Qwell Jackson), and in the secondary (cornerback Joe Haden and safety T.J. Ward). And this unit doesn’t only have the ability to make stops, it also makes big plays.

Although I don’t expect the Browns to routinely force eight turnovers every game, as it did against the Steelers, I do think they will have many more multiple-turnover games. Separating opponents from the balls is something defensive coordinator Dick Jauron and the rest of the team’s defensive coaching staff constantly preach and teach.

Jauron also designs exceptional schemes that confound the opposition. That had plenty to do with why the Browns sacked Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo seven times in Week 11. And it had plenty to do with why Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, a 15-year veteran, wound up throwing three interceptions on Sunday.

Lee – With that many turnovers, the game shouldn’t have been that close. But I’m glad they won.

You’re right, Lee. It shouldn’t have been that close.

The Browns’ offense should have been able to enjoy more success given the relatively short fields the defense provided throughout the game.

Some of that was because quarterback Brandon Weeden didn’t play particularly well. Some of that was because the Browns didn’t run the ball all that effectively. And some of that was because the offense drew far too many penalties, especially for holding.

It’s also worth noting that the Browns faced the top-ranked defense in the NFL and one of the greatest defensive coordinators the game has ever seen in Dick LeBeau.

However, it’s reasonable to think that, with greater experience, the Browns’ offense will steadily do a better job of cashing in on opponents’ turnovers.

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