Defensive change for Browns causing confusion
The good news for the Cleveland Browns, new defensive coordinator Ray Horton interviewed with eight NFL teams for a head coaching position. The bad news? Obviously no one signed him.
That could be a problem for defensive end Jabaal Sheard, tackle Ahtyba Rubin and linebacker D’Qwell Jackson who have all excelled in the 4-3. Or will it?
“It’ll be a 3-4 defense, the same defense we ran (in Arizona),” Horton told 910 AM in Arizona. “It won’t be a hybrid unless you’re playing golf.” The scheme will be similar to what the Pittsburgh Steelers run as he worked there from 2004-2010 under Dick LeBeau who runs the same 3-4.
But when new head coach Rob Chudzinski was asked at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards he stated that the Browns will run both the 3-4 and 4-3, more of a hybrid of the two fronts.
Owner Jimmy Haslam chimed in with “we’ll probably we’ll switch to the 3-4 defense” under Horton. I think it’ll be an attacking defense.”
So the hell is it? Can you at least get on the same page?
The Browns might want to figure out what they are doing and all agree before the 2013 NFL Draft to address the needs of linebacker.
According to NFL.com, the Browns ranked 10th in overall yards allowed, but in the end that doesn’t say much. They gave up 245 yards passing yards per game (ranked 25th) and 118 yards rushing yards per game (ranked 14th).