A cat with only nine lives has nothing on Tank Carder, who for now is starting at middle linebacker for the Browns.
Left tackle Joe Thomas (11th season, 160 career starts) cornerback Joe Haden (eighth season, 81 starts) and guard John Greco (seventh season with the Browns, 66 starts) are the only Browns with more tenure than Carder.
What makes Carder’s situation unique is he has started only twice while playing in 78 of a possible 80 games for the Browns since being acquired on waivers from the Bills on Sept. 1, 2012.
That, though, is changing this summer.
Carder started against the Saints on Aug. 10 in the preseason opener. Now that he has the job he plans to hold onto it, although he is being challenged by second-year player Joe Schobert.
“It’s kind of been put into my hands to run the defense and make the checks and do what we need to do to win games,” Carder said recently. “I’m going to take it on full bore. I’ve never really been in this position, but you take it as it comes. It’s great. I love it. I love the challenge. We’re working hard. We have a lot of work to do.”
Carder is taking his new leadership role seriously. He indirectly took a swipe at the defensive coordinators he has worked with in the past – Dick Jauron in 2012, Ray Horton in 2013 (and 2016) plus Jim O’Neil in 2014 and 2015 when he talked about the attitude brought by his new boss, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
“I love the way it’s going because he makes everyone accountable,” Carder said. “In the past, we talked about accountability, but…
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