|The Browns Defense is Terrible Despite Having Talented Players. How is This Possible? (Dawg Pound Daily Photo).|
The Browns defense has been getting good players, as evidenced by the fact that when they leave the Browns they go on to have good careers. Amazingly, seven ex-Browns are starters for other NFL teams, including three players that made the Pro Bowl last year.
The Browns never liked Jabaal Sheard, who was a standout 4-3 defensive end in Dick Jauron's defense. They sought to convert him to outside 3-4 linebacker and then replace him with another converted defensive end in perpetual prospect Barkevious Mingo. Sheard has 4 sacks for New England so far.
Ahtyba Rubin had a huge contract with the Browns but had trouble staying healthy. Now with Seattle, he's got 7 sacks so far.
Old friend Frostee Rucker is starting for Arizona, another defensive powerhouse. Rucker has 2 sacks. Let's see, that's 13 sacks from ex-Brown defensive line personnel. That's not half bad. The 2015 Browns entire TEAM has only 16 sacks through game 10.
Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson made the Pro Bowl last year for the Colts, along with Safety Mike Adams.
T. J. Ward also made the Pro Bowl at Safety, playing for the top rated Broncos defense.
Buster Skrine is starting for the Jets at Cornerback.
The Browns replaced these players with credible players. Randy Starks, Karlos Dansby, Donte Whitner, Tashaun Gipson and Tramon WIlliams were all selected for at least one Pro Bowl. With holdover Joe Haden, that makes six Browns that have made at least one Pro Bowl. Other additions such as Danny Shelton, Chris Kirksey and free agent Paul Kruger are highly regarded as well. But the sum total is a bottom five defense (29th as of mid-November).
Could it be that something is wrong with the Browns coaching staff if they are unable to get performance from the highest paid defensive players in the NFL? The signs point towards a continuous supply of quality players on the Browns' Defense but disappointing team play.
DE Jabaal Sheard Patriots
NT Ahtyba Rubin Seahawks
DE Frostee Rucker Cardinals
LB D'Qwell Jackson Colts 2015 Pro Bowl
CB Buster Skrine Broncos
S TJ Ward Broncos 2015 Pro Bowl
S Mike Adams, Colts 2015 Pro Bowl
DE Randy Starks
NT Danny Shelton
DE Desmond Bryant
LB Karlos Dansby
CB Tramon Williams
S Donte Whitner
S Tashaun Gipson