CLEVELAND- The Cleveland Browns did a great job upgrading the defense overall. The team addressed the secondary with thee new additions to the team with the signings of Safety John Johnson III and Cornerback Troy Hill as well as selecting former Northwestern Cornerback Greg Newsome II. The second-round selection of linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah will also play a vital role in how the defense performs during the 2021 regular season. Is there a chance the Browns could break the NFL regular season sack record previously set by the 1984 Chicago Bears? Cleveland needs 73 sacks this season to make it happen. It’s a monumental task for any defense.
Although the team’s depth of defensive tackle remains a mystery since losing both Larry Ogunjobi and Sheldon Richardson, the Browns upgraded in the secondary, linebackers, and defensive end positions assuming JaDaveon Clowney stays healthy this season.
One critical element of the Browns defense will be the pass coverage which was an issue last season. The Browns ranked near the bottom in the league as they struggled to defend against passes particularly the deep passes. The defense did a job against the running game.
However, General Manager Andrew Berry addressed the pass coverage needs which could give Garrett and Clowney plenty of opportunities to sack quarterbacks multiple times in multiple games. Cleveland may also use the linebackers on blitz plays and may even get creative with Safety Grant Delpit who missed his entire rookie season due to an injury. Cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Newsome may get opportunities on blitz plays as well. This rebuilt Cleveland Browns defense could be a fearsome unit that pressures quarterbacks and they have a lot of quickness this year in the linebacker core and secondary.