The Dawg Pounds Defensive Front

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In the game of football we all know that the battle of the trenches is extremely important and normally projects the outcome of the final score, so what do the Browns have to offer on the defensive side of the battlefield? This years big men have a lot more potential then we as fans have seen in the past, when it came to total tackles just a season ago Ahtyba Rubin had the highest amount of all the defensive lineman in total tackles with 52, which gave him the number 8 spot on the list. This is an area that needs to be addressed as 5 secondary players tallied higher than him. If the ball is getting passed the line of scrimmage so frequently we have little to no chance of holding the offense off of the scoreboard. However this years mad dawgs are off the leash!

Phil Taylor is somebody to watch for this upcomingdefense-taylorjpg-6139e799cf307679 season as I believe he will have a breakout year, as coach Pettine and defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil have introduced the 335 pound bulldog to a defensive scheme that puts him at more of a three technique around the ends as he has developed a lot more strength and speed this offseason, he will also continue to play a little bit of nose next to the veteran interior lineman Ahtyba Rubin. In the past this duo has shown impressive game together as they are a powerful force creating a steady pass rush and being very lethal in stopping the opposing running game, I know for certain I wouldn’t want to run the ball up the middle with those two beast there.

As for Desmond Bryant I expect him to have a lot more chances at bringing down the quarter back this year, with Phil Taylor playing at a three tech next to him it will cause the field to dramatically open up as Taylor and his brute strength give the opposing lineman a hard time it will allow Desmond quicker and easier routes to the quarterback. Expect Desmond Bryant to have more than 3.5 sacks this year, my guess is he will put up around 6.5 which would be a career high for the 6 year veteran.

7824758In Saturdays scrimmage against the Lions, the 6’4″ 265 pound defensive end Armonty Bryant showed his tremendous leap of improvement as a pass rusher as his powerful bull rush allowed teammate Barkevious Mingo to slide in and pickup the sack. Bryant also ended up with a tackle for a loss later in the game. Expect huge things from the second year man out of East Central Oklahoma University as Mr. Bryant will see more then just special teams as he has earned more playing time in the defensive line rotation.

Last but not least, the depth of this years defensive line is quite impressive as we have some quality backups in Billy Winn, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen and John Hughes. Both Winn and Hughes have shown flashes of their pass rush skill set and have only been showing improvement in this years camp, it is expected for them to be rotated in on certain scenarios and special pass rush situation packages. As for Kitchen he will play a valuable backup roll to both Rubin and Taylor if one of them needs a quick break from the game at least we know Kitchen can be optioned in and still be productive to the run stopping game. Cam Henderson and rookie Calvin Barnett also add more depth but they have a lot of work to do if they intend on seeing the bright lights of Sunday night.

In conclusion the defensive front for your Dawg Pound can be quite the terrifying group to the opposing offense this coming season as they offer the perfect amount of bull like stopping power and the speed and agility to get into the back field during the pass rush. This deadly bunch will look to anchor down the defense and be the front men to battle it out in the warzone we like to call the trenches.

-Cameron T. Lopez (follow me on twitter @CST_Clopez)

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