Had the pleasure of speaking with Executive Editor, Chris Pokorny, the past couple days, as we shared questions and responses about our respective teams. Below, you’ll find Chris’ thoughts about Week 1, Week 2, their quarterback and their first overall pick!
Cleveland is competitive this season because of their defense. It’s weird to say that because for much of last season, the Browns’ defense looked historically bad with not much optimism in sight. The team was able to retain outside linebacker Jamie Collins, extended outside linebacker Christian Kirksey, draft two defensive studs in the first round (defensive end Myles Garrett and safety Jabrill Peppers), and miraculously watched a lackluster fourth-round pick from a year ago (middle linebacker Joe Schobert) all of a sudden look like an All-Pro type of player.
Tying everything together is new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who changed the team to a 4-3 defense and is getting a lot better usage out of his personnel. Last week’s defensive effort only built off of what the team did all preseason, when they allowed one touchdown in four games. Not having Garrett hurts the team’s pass rush in the short-team, but the Browns’ defense will keep them competitive in more than half of their games.
2. DeShone Kizer is the man under center this season. Does he have the tools to becoming a starting quarterback in the NFL? Is he a part of the Browns future?
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