New names, new scheme for Browns defense

New names, new scheme for Browns defense
May 20, 2013, 11:45 pm
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The Browns are installing a new defense, and that’s not just the new personnel, such as Ravens free-agent linebacker Paul Kruger and their top draft pick, defensive end-turning-into-a-linebacker Barkevious Mingo. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton is putting in a 3-4.

“It’s a totally different defense, so there is a lot of adjustments — terminology, drops, the way I call games, the way I ask them to learn the defense,” Horton said, according to the club website. “Right now, I am just asking them to trust me and trust the defense and they are doing that.”

Referencing how the Browns used four of their five draft picks and their first three free-agent signings on defense, Horton said: “I am very pleased with how [the club has] stockpiled the defense. We have got a lot of talent, and we are going to try to figure out who fits where best for the Cleveland Browns to play very good defense.”

In addition to Kruger, Cleveland signed linebacker Quentin Groves and lineman Desmond Bryant. And as for questions that Mingo, at 6 feet 4 and under 240 pounds, may not be bulky enough for his position in the NFL, Horton didn’t sound worried.

“I want him to be a dominating player,” Horton said. “Weight? Some guys are too big. Some guys are too small. Some guys aren’t fast enough. Some guys aren’t slow enough, but they learn how to play. We want athletic players. He is an athletic football player, and that’s what we want him to be.”








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