Thanks to the play of nose tackle Phil Taylor, linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, cornerback Joe Haden and the emergence of tight end Jordan Cameron, the Cleveland Browns finally have a young nucleus of Pro Bowl-level talent to build around. Taylor, a third-year defensive tackle out of Baylor has emerged into one of the best 3-4 nose tackles in the NFL by recording 11 total tackles while creating the dominating kind of pass-rushing
With another new, but more dedicated and focused regime, the Cleveland Browns kickoff their 2013 campaign on September 8th vs. the Miami Dolphins. Between OTAs, Mini Camps, the NFL Draft, Training Camp, and preseason games, the front office and coaching staff has had time to evaluate and determine the 53 man final roster. The injury bug has taken a toll in preseason games so far and have fluctuated some decisions.
In a 3-4 defensive scheme, linebackers are the most important part. The good thing is the Cleveland Browns have plenty of them. Here is a look at the linebacker position. Led by veteran D'Qwell Jackson, the Browns have a nice mixture of experienced and young players. The addition of Barkevious Mingo could pay dividends by the end of the year and the Browns seem very happy with Jabaal Sheard's transition
[caption id="attachment_10726" align="alignnone" width="640"] Courtesy of zimbio.com[/caption] After looking at the offense and it's similarities, let's take a look at the defense. Coordinated by Todd Grantham, the Cleveland Browns defense of 2007 was mediocre at best. The defense ranked 21st in the NFL in points allowed giving up just under 24 a game. How does this year's defense compare to the 2007 team that went 10-6? When I go back