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Cleveland Browns:“Teammates expect sustained excellence from Myles Garrett Youth David Njoku Jersey , and he’s ready to give it to them” (C-T) - “He ignited the comeback that turned a certain loss into an aggravating tie in the opener against the Steelers. His teammates reacted with a collective yawn.”“New Browns DT Devaroe Lawrence would ‘run through a wall’ for Gregg Williams” (ABJ) - “Devaroe Lawrence has a chance to become a help to the Browns. Maybe a real surprise. Someone in the know compared him to an All-Pro defensive tackle.”“Todd Haley puts the focus on mental errors as Browns offense regroups for Saints” ( - “The tally marks kept piling up as Todd Haley watched and re-watched the Browns’ season-opening tie to the Steelers.”“Clay Matthews, Eric Metcalf among nominees for Hall of Fame Class of 2019” (WKYC) - “The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its list of 102 modern-era nominees for the Class of 2019, and several former Cleveland Browns...”NFL:“Injuries: Joey Bosa (foot) ‘probably’ out a few weeks” ( - “Joey Bosa will miss his second game of the season. The Los Angeles Chargers pass rusher could be out even longer due to a bone bruise in his foot.”“Mychal Kendricks visits Seahawks” (PFT) - “He has pleaded guilty to federal charges of insider trading. But that hasn’t completely derailed his NFL career. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks has visited the Seahawks, according to Field Yates of ESPN.”“Ben Roethlisberger misses second straight practice” (CBS) - “Steelers’ veteran quarterback suffered an elbow injury near the end of overtime, though coach Mike Tomlin described it as part of the ‘bumps and bruises’ associated with normal play...”“Raiders WR Martavis Bryant appreciates Jon Gruden’s tough love” (ESPN) - “Yes, Martavis Bryant heard Jon Gruden’s backhanded compliment, the Oakland Raiders coach calling the receiver a ‘white tiger’ during training camp.”Browns’ pass rush gets no love from Pro Football Focus The numbers are what they are, so no data-minded analytical organization is going to tell you the Cleveland Browns are going to field a dominant pass rushing defense in 2018.That’s why Pro Football Focus’ Gordon McGuiness has the Browns ranked all the way near the bottom, coming in at No. 28, heading into the season. McGuiness doesn’t see much room for improvement for a unit that will essentially be the same group—plus rookie Chad Thomas, and added experience for everyone else—that struggled to generate pressure without added help from additional blitzers last season.In case you forgot, the Browns blitzed a ton last season , especially on third-down passing plays.So it’s not surprising the majority of their sacks came from blitzing than from not sending any additional pressure. What about in general? Well, they blitzed a lot pretty much always, really, sending five or more pass rushers on 44.1 percent of defensive plays. That was tied with Carolina for the most in the NFL, with the New Orleans Saints coming in at a distant third with 38 percent.Despite those numbers, the Browns’ pass rush finished the 2017 season with just the 30th-best pressure percentage in the NFL, coming in at only 29.5 percent.That is, well, something to say the least. Even with the added bonus of having additional pass rushers, the Browns just are not getting to the quarterback in Greg Williams’ scheme. And PFF and others have measured the numbers, so there’s no real debating that.However, there is just one small factor that the analytical powerhouse is overlooking: there are 11 players on defense , not seven.As ESPN’s Louis Riddick so eloquently surmised, a pass rush cannot and will not be effective without the support of all 11 players. And if you watched the Browns last season at all, you know their secondary was a porous dumpster fire for the better part of the year.Here’s a look at a Matt Stafford touchdown last season, a play where the Browns sent heavy pressure—6 rushers—and left their defensive backs in Cover 1, with four defenders in man coverage underneath and one free safety playing the middle top zone. The result was shockingly bad, as tight end Eric Ebron burned safety Derrick Kindred. Kindred sold out on a double move, stumbled, and Stafford had an easy touchdown connection.The pressure never got to Stafford. Maybe if Kindred didn’t fall and was locked into Ebron down the sideline, Stafford would have hesitated and the Browns may have gotten there.This isn’t an indictment on Kindred, but it is a symptom of the heavy blitzing the Browns defense was called to execute. Would the outcome have been different if the they only sent four or five rushers? Maybe, but Stafford audibled to that play because he knew the Browns were bringing heat. He knew this because everyone in the building knew this, because that’s what the Browns repeatedly did last season. He knew this because they didn’t generate pressure without it Authentic Chris Hubbard Jersey , and their secondary didn’t hold long enough—even with added defenders—to give them a shot.Luckily for Williams’ pass rush, the Browns’ secondary has help on the way. New general manager John Dorsey basically gutted the entire defensive backfield, bringing in multiple new faces who have found success in the NFL. Dorsey also drafted Denzel Ward with the No. 4 pick.If the new additions can hold up for even one or two more seconds without giving up big plays, or at least making a quarterback second-guess his release for even a passing moment, the Browns’ pass rush should be able to dramatically improve its effective pressure percentage this season. That is, however, dependent on them improving and winning their individual battles more consistently.Blitz more, or blitz less, everyone needs to do a better job winning against the guy in front of them, or none of this will matter and PFF’s projection will easily become reality. Custom Green Bay Packers Jerseys
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