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The Browns Biggest Need That Nobody is Talking About


Alex Mack and Joe Thomas have been the cornerstones of our offense for years but neither of them was glamorous. We live in an age where we want the QBs, WRs, and RBs but fans get disappointed with an offensive lineman.

Football is a team game and you get better by making the team better. Why take a QB if he doesn’t have anyone to throw to or block for him. Instead maybe have a year where you get pieces in place that way when you add that QB or WR your team is bound for a takeoff to the playoffs.

Look at basketball to the OKC Thunder for that. When you consistently are below 0.500 there is a chronic problem and you are not one piece away. Farmer always talks about taking lineman over receivers because they have an impact on every play. Why not have the same philosophy on defense.

Why not get a guy who can be in on every tackle. The two most underrated positions in the NFL to me are an instinctive tackling linebacker and a cover all safety. If you think of some of the best defenses of the last decade they have both of these. Inside our division, the Steelers had Troy Polamalu and various linebackers like James Harrison and Lawrence Timmons.

The Ravens have had Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. The Seahawks now have Bobby Wagner and Earl Thomas.

Even though the Redskins didn’t have as revolutionary of a defense as these teams they still had Sean Taylor and London Fletcher. The Browns already have one piece to that puzzle.

They have a great young cover safety in Tashaun Gipson that could have led the NFL in interceptions last year. They would be stupid to let him walk after the season.

When you get a guy who can help cut the field in half and force the QB to hesitate and look for him and can make up ground to help your other backs it’s huge. If you can take away the run with another tackling linebacker then you have a double whammy.

I truly think that a healthy Browns defense next year can make a huge leap if they keep Gipson and add a young stud linebacker. However, knowing the Browns we will end up screwing this up like always.

Just remember there’s always next year Cleveland.

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While a pharmacy major at Toledo by day, Brandon Urasek is now making his mark in the journalism scene specializing in fantasy football and all things Cleveland sports. A five time fantasy football league champ and two time runner-up in ten tries, Brandon strives to help people with their lineups each week in both personal and weekly fantasy leagues in addition to covering the other various Cleveland teams. Follow Brandon on twitter @burasek10



  1. Dave

    October 29, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    That honestly was the best and on point browns article ive read in years. Our linebackers are terrible all cover guys nobody thats going to smack u in the mouth and for sure no sure tacklers and im not talking about 20 yards down the field everyone else in the division gets it ravens draft cj mosley soon as ray lewis retired Pittsburgh draft shazier bengals have burfict all young aggressive lbs we overpay dudes past their primes maybe someone in berea reads this and takes a long hard look at Alabamas Reggie Ragland or Jaylon Smith but like you said it the browns they will find a way to disappoint us once again. Smh

  2. Avaunté

    October 30, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Great article… I have been saying the same for three years ever since lavonte david was drafted. I thought kirksey would be but he has missed a lot of tackles or taken bad angles. What do you think of Darren Lee from Ohio State? He is a sure tackler and is faster than shazier. Maybe undersized but jus what Browns need.

  3. Seth Neale

    October 30, 2015 at 11:20 am

  4. Brandon Urasek

    October 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Thank you everyone.
    Avaunte-I wouldnt go as far as to say Lee is a sure tackler. He definitely is a big hitter though. He is undersized and would need to fill in at OLB if we drafted him, most likely on the weak side. He likely will be a late 1st to 2nd round pick so he may not be there and what complicates things the most is that the Browns drafted Orchard to be that same kind of guy last year. I think he only comes into consideration if the Browns move on from Kruger or Mingo.

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