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Defensive Lineman The Cleveland Browns Are Targeting At The Senior Bowl
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Defensive Lineman The Cleveland Browns Are Targeting At The Senior Bowl
The Cleveland Browns are targeting Byron Young and Keeanu Benton as possible draft picks in this year's NFL Draft. In this news update, we discuss the Browns' plans for the two players and update you on all the latest news from the Cleveland Browns. Don't miss our latest episode of the Locked on Browns podcast, where we discuss the Cleveland Browns' plans for Byron Young and Keeanu Benton and update you on all the latest news from the team! Subscribe now to stay up-to-date on all the latest Cleveland Browns news. The Cleveland Browns need major upgrades upfront to the defensive line. Most of the Browns rumors have revolved around targeting top Defensive Lineman during the NFL 2023 Free Agency period. The Browns also will target young talent in the trenches in the NFL 2023 Draft. Below are a list of Defensive Lineman The Cleveland Browns Are Targeting At The Senior Bowl. Top 2023 Senior Bowl Interior Defensive Linemen NFL Draft Prospects 1) Keeanu Benton, Wisconsin Keeanu Benton is already one of the highest-rated defensive linemen at the Senior Bowl, but even he has plenty to prove in Mobile. He’s a dense 6’4″, 315-pound lineman with nose tackle capabilities who was dominant down the stretch for the Wisconsin Badgers in 2022. Benton’s run defense is phenomenal. He’s a stack-and-shed master with outrageous strength. What evaluators will watch in Mobile, however, is his pass-rushing ability in one-on-ones. Benton has violent hands and the necessary burst, but consistency will be key. 2) Byron Young, Alabama Alabama will be well-represented in the trenches at the Senior Bowl this year. On the offensive side, tackle Tyler Steen and interior lineman Emil Ekiyor Jr. will be present. And on the defensive line, veterans Byron Young and DJ Dale will hold down the fort. Dale is an intriguing prospect in his own right, but Young has a higher ranking on the 2023 NFL Draft board. Already, Young is a high-level run defender. His stay at the Senior Bowl will allow him to showcase his pass-rushing upside, something he gave bright flashes of in college with his athleticism and torque. 3) Keion White, Georgia Tech One of the biggest riser candidates heading into the 2023 Senior Bowl is Georgia Tech defensive lineman Keion White. He’s still a sleeper in the context of his counterparts. But he has perhaps the most to gain from getting his talents in front of NFL evaluators in Mobile. White is a 6’4″, 286-pound wrecking ball with explosiveness, lateral agility, and awesome power across alignments on the defensive front. He can play at 3-tech or move outside the tackle, and his athleticism and motor make him a menace in pursuit, as evidenced by his two seasons with 14 or more TFLs. 4) Adetomiwa Adebawore, Northwestern The 2023 NFL Draft class is flush with hybrid defensive linemen who can play from both interior and EDGE alignments. Adetomiwa Adebawore falls within that category. But of that group, he has one of the most compelling combinations of explosiveness, proportional length, and functional strength. Adebawore put up five sacks and nine tackles for loss this past season. But each week, it felt like the box score didn’t do his impact justice. He’s a constant disruptor on the line, whose high-end traits allow him to consistently generate pressure downhill. One-on-ones will be big for him. 5) Karl Brooks, Bowling Green Just as the Senior Bowl is a place where big names converge and clash, it’s also a place where lesser-known small-school prospects can prove themselves against top-tier competition. That’s the opportunity that Bowling Green’s Karl Brooks will have. Brooks is quietly one of the most intriguing defensive linemen in the 2023 NFL Draft. He’s a 6’4″, 300-pound defender who can rush from 3-tech or on the edge. And he was insanely productive with the Falcons, tallying 27.5 sacks and 46 tackles for loss across five seasons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Browns Need Upgrades At WR, But 2023 Free Agent Market Is Terrible!
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The Browns Need Upgrades At WR, But 2023 Free Agent Market Is Terrible!
The Browns drafted Schwartz in 2021 to add a speed element lacking at the position. With Schwartz unable to carve out a significant role thus far, the Browns could look to add a player who can stretch the field vertically. It is an area that could be improved on and make this group more dynamic. Mecole Hardman is a player who could fill that role. Hardman has 500 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons and was on pace to do it again this year, but an ankle injury landed him on short-term IR. Hardman exhibits blazing speed and ranked second in yards after the catch per reception in each of his last two seasons and currently ranks eighth in 2022. Paris Campbell, Noah Browns, and DeAndre Carter are some guys that will be on the cheaper end and could provide depth and potential upside at the same time. The 2023 Free Agent wide receiver class isn’t anything to write home about, and the market exploded last off-season. With large portions of the Browns' cap space already spoken for, it is hard to imagine them swinging big in the Free Agency market. We saw different approaches last off-season with teams like the Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, and Green Bay Packers electing not to pay their stud wide receivers and attempting to duplicate that production with less expensive players. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, Las Vegas Raiders, and Los Angeles Rams signed wide receiver contracts between $25 and $30 million, resetting the market. Jakobi Meyers, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Allen Lazard are the headliners of the free-agent wide receivers available in the off-season and will likely get overpaid. Darius Slayton is an intriguing name depending on the price. He took a $1.57 million pay cut to stick in New York, and after multiple injuries, Slayton is essentially the No. 1 receiver on a Giants team that is better than most expected. The 26-year-old has a career-high 74.8 PFF grade and is on pace to record a career-high in receiving yards. NFL DRAFT WIDE RECEIVER PROSPECTS The Browns could look to add another wide receiver in the 2023 NFL Draft. They have no first-round pick and eight picks in total. If the front office thinks David Bell can step forward as their third wide receiver, this is likely the route they will look to go. The amount of urgency Berry and his staff have for adding to this room will be driven by their evaluation of what they have in Bell, Woods, and Schwartz. The NFL Draft has been deep with wide receiver talent over the last few years, and having young wide receivers on rookie deals is extremely helpful when building a roster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Browns Legend Leroy Hoard Has A Special Wish List For The Browns Offense In 2023
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Browns Legend Leroy Hoard Has A Special Wish List For The Browns Offense In 2023
In this video, Watson and Stefanski both confirm they will run a "totally different" offense in 2023. This news comes as a relief to Browns fans, who had been worried about the direction of the team under Watson and Stefanski. The Browns struggled with transitioning from a power running team with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to a vertical Passing attack with Deshaun Watson. The Browns offense struggled under Watson and Stefanski the last 6 games of the season. Fans were worried that the offense they used in 2022 would be continued in 2023 and beyond. However, it seems as though Watson and Stefanski have decided to switch things up and use a more wide open offense passing offense. This news is sure to make Browns fans happy and relieve some of the pressure they've been under. Thanks for watching! The Cleveland Browns were hoping to get a major boost to their offensive attack when quarterback Deshaun Watson returned to the field. In the first 11 games with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback, the Browns averaged about 25 points per game. When Watson took over, the offense averaged about 13 points per game. The most points the offense scored was against the Commanders in his fifth game when the Browns scored 24 points and Watson threw second half touchdowns and had a rating of 122.5. Kevin Stefanski was asked by The OBR in the season-ending press conference what gives him hope the offense can be more explosive, in both the running and passing game. “I think that is part of this offseason is making sure that we are putting all of those things together," Stefanski said. "Obviously, having the true offseason with Deshaun and starting the season with him is I think will be obviously, a big deal as it relates to that. We want to make sure that we are scoring points in any which way we can. We want to give our guys a chance to play fast. "I thought there were really moments with Deshaun in there that were some high-level football," he said. "I thought guys were playing really well. It was the run game, and it was the passing game. Those really exciting parts of this offseason, just tapping into those things even more and drilling down specifically into what Deshaun does really well and put together and offense around it.” Watson said it was important to him to get to work on the 2023 season and he wants to give his input as to what he thinks can help the offense. "Met with (Stefanski) today," he said. "We are going to have a man to man conversation. Nothing negative or anything like that, but just what can we do to be better offensively and as a team." Watson said after he meets with the coaches the next couple of days, he will then take a break, but then get back to work. "Being able to relax a little bit and decompress," he said. "Once all of that pretty much settles down, then get back to work, watching the tape, watching the film and mastering this offense. Like I said before, mentioned meeting with Kevin and AVP (Alex Van Pelt) and (quarterbacks coach) Drew (Petzing) and being able to figure out what we need to do better and then mastering those before we come back for OTAs.” Stefanski was asked if he expected the offense to be drastically different in 2023 than it was in the six games to finish the season. “I hope year to year you are different – different being better," he said. "How drastic that is depends so much year to year. Ultimately, we do want to maximize Deshaun’s talents, maximize Nick Chubb, David Njoku and Amari (Cooper). We want to make sure that we are putting all of those guys in a good spot. Yes, there are things that yes we want to get to this spring and summer that we haven’t gotten into just yet.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Browns Secret Plan To Beef Up Talent In The Trenches
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Browns Secret Plan To Beef Up Talent In The Trenches
The Browns finished the 2022 season with one of the worst interior defensive line groups in all of football. Much of the blame for the struggling defensive line could be on the scheme that now former DC Joe Woods ran in Cleveland, however, the Browns just never had the talent at the position anyways. The two starting defensive lineman for the Browns were Jordan Elliot and Taven Bryan, who ranked at 118 and 66 respectively at their position, according to Pro Football Focus. Against the run, the Browns defense allowed 135 rushing yards per game and 1.3 rushing touchdowns per game, both statistics near dead last in the NFL. Elliott played in around at least half of the Browns snaps on the defensive line every game last season. He finished the year with 36 combined tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 3 quarterback hits and 2 sacks. In addition to Elliott, Bryan was a big part of that room this past season. He was signed to the team last off-season on a one-year contract. Bryan, a former first-round pick by the Jaguars in 2018, was brought to Cleveland last off-season in an attempt to bolster the team up-front. However, the starting duo of Bryan and Elliott simply wasn't effective enough. Perrion Winfrey was another guy in the rotation for the Browns this past season. Winfrey was a fourth-round selection by the team in the 2022 NFL draft. Winfrey showed flashes throughout the season but is still not viewed as a starting caliber defensive tackle in the near future. In order to make a push towards the postseason next year, the Browns will need to aggressively add talent to their roster through free agency, the draft and test out the trade market. Cleveland is expected to be heavily involved in the defensive tackle market this off-season. In Schwartz's past, he's almost always had a dominant force on the interior defensive line when he found success. One player who would certainly fit the bill is Washington Commanders defensive tackle Daron Payne. Payne, a 5-year veteran and former first-round selection by Washington, was recently named to the 2023 NFL Pro Bowl roster and led the Commanders dominate front four in sacks last season. Over the course of his career, Payne has played in at least 15 games every season. Payne will come at a great cost, however, after finishing out the last year of his rookie deal. If Washington elects not to re-sign him and he hits the open market, Payne will likely draw interest from almost every NFL organization. A 25-year-old Pro Bowl caliber player doesn't hit the open market very often, especially at the defensive tackle position. Defensive tackles Javon Hargrave and Fletcher Cox, unless they re-sign with the Eagles, will be unrestricted free agents in March and are both extremely talented tackles who could be on the Browns radar. Cox, a six-time All-Pro, is a 32-year-old veteran who has produced at high level for a long time in the league. Cox would likely be signed to a shorter-term deal and could be significantly cheaper than other players at the top of the market. Cox played under Schwartz in Philadelphia where the two won a Super Bowl together. Hargrave, on the other hand, is a player who is expected to receive a big-time contract this off-season. Whether that is from Philadelphia or not, a team will be interested in giving the 29-year-old interior lineman a nice pay-day. Hargrave finished the 2022 regular season with several career best marks, including sacks and tackles for a loss. He tallied 11 sacks, 60 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and 16 quarterback hits during the 2022 campaign. Hargrave would be an ideal fit for the Browns and Schwartz as a player they can rely on to wreck havoc up the middle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Watson & Stefanski Both Confirm They Will Run A "Totally Different" Offense In 2023
Jan 28 2023
Watson & Stefanski Both Confirm They Will Run A "Totally Different" Offense In 2023
In this video, Watson and Stefanski both confirm they will run a "totally different" offense in 2023. This news comes as a relief to Browns fans, who had been worried about the direction of the team under Watson and Stefanski. The Browns struggled with transitioning from a power running team with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to a vertical Passing attack with Deshaun Watson. The Browns offense struggled under Watson and Stefanski the last 6 games of the season. Fans were worried that the offense they used in 2022 would be continued in 2023 and beyond. However, it seems as though Watson and Stefanski have decided to switch things up and use a more wide open offense passing offense. This news is sure to make Browns fans happy and relieve some of the pressure they've been under. Thanks for watching! The Cleveland Browns were hoping to get a major boost to their offensive attack when quarterback Deshaun Watson returned to the field. In the first 11 games with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback, the Browns averaged about 25 points per game. When Watson took over, the offense averaged about 13 points per game. The most points the offense scored was against the Commanders in his fifth game when the Browns scored 24 points and Watson threw second half touchdowns and had a rating of 122.5. Kevin Stefanski was asked by The OBR in the season-ending press conference what gives him hope the offense can be more explosive, in both the running and passing game. “I think that is part of this offseason is making sure that we are putting all of those things together," Stefanski said. "Obviously, having the true offseason with Deshaun and starting the season with him is I think will be obviously, a big deal as it relates to that. We want to make sure that we are scoring points in any which way we can. We want to give our guys a chance to play fast. "I thought there were really moments with Deshaun in there that were some high-level football," he said. "I thought guys were playing really well. It was the run game, and it was the passing game. Those really exciting parts of this offseason, just tapping into those things even more and drilling down specifically into what Deshaun does really well and put together and offense around it.” Watson said it was important to him to get to work on the 2023 season and he wants to give his input as to what he thinks can help the offense. "Met with (Stefanski) today," he said. "We are going to have a man to man conversation. Nothing negative or anything like that, but just what can we do to be better offensively and as a team." Watson said after he meets with the coaches the next couple of days, he will then take a break, but then get back to work. "Being able to relax a little bit and decompress," he said. "Once all of that pretty much settles down, then get back to work, watching the tape, watching the film and mastering this offense. Like I said before, mentioned meeting with Kevin and AVP (Alex Van Pelt) and (quarterbacks coach) Drew (Petzing) and being able to figure out what we need to do better and then mastering those before we come back for OTAs.” Stefanski was asked if he expected the offense to be drastically different in 2023 than it was in the six games to finish the season. “I hope year to year you are different – different being better," he said. "How drastic that is depends so much year to year. Ultimately, we do want to maximize Deshaun’s talents, maximize Nick Chubb, David Njoku and Amari (Cooper). We want to make sure that we are putting all of those guys in a good spot. Yes, there are things that yes we want to get to this spring and summer that we haven’t gotten into just yet.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
DPJ, to pay or not too pay  The State of the Browns Wide Receiver room
Jan 26 2023
DPJ, to pay or not too pay The State of the Browns Wide Receiver room
The Browns have a lot of questions regarding their wide receiver room, the biggest one is regarding if they are ready to commit long term money to Donovan Peoples Jones. If Jones is not in the long term plans then Andrew Berry and company need to add to the room through free agency or the draft. Several young wideouts are in the mix but none have stood out to this point. Adding a vet receiver seems rational until you look at the market of what is underwhelming free agent class. The draft offers a few solid names but none that should be available when the Cleveland brass will be on the clock. #Browns LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONNFL Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. PrizePicks First time users can receive a 100% instant deposit match up to $100 with promo code LOCKEDON. That’s PrizePicks.com – promo code; LOCKEDON Ultimate Football GM To download the game just visit Ultimate-GM.com or look it up on the app stores. Our listeners get a 100% free boost to their franchise when using the promo LOCKEDON (ALL CAPS) in the game store. FanDuel Make Every Moment More. Place your first FIVE DOLLAR bet to get ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS in Free Bets – win or lose! Visit Fanduel.com/LockedOn today to get started FANDUEL DISCLAIMER: 21+ in select states. First online real money wager only. Bonus issued as nonwithdrawable free bets that expires in 14 days. Restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.fanduel.com. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit FanDuel.com/RG (CO, IA, MD, MI, NJ, PA, IL, VA, WV), 1-800-NEXT-STEP or text NEXTSTEP to 53342 (AZ), 1-888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (WY, KS) or visit ksgamblinghelp.com (KS), 1-877-770-STOP (LA), 1-877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369) (NY), TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nick needs help- The #Browns Running Back room assessment
Jan 25 2023
Nick needs help- The #Browns Running Back room assessment
Nick Chubb is a tremendous running back, but major changes are coming to that room due to QB play and underachieving talent with in that room. As the #Browns transition to throwing the ball more, overpaid and underperforming talent in the RB room will be moved on from creating 8.5 million in cap savings. Andrew Berry will rely on Jerome Ford to step up, and look to add in a rookie through the draft. Host Jeff Lloyd gives three potential fits at the RB position that should fit the needs. The Running Back room in Cleveland will change a ton in 2023 and even though some former big time players are leaving the room as a hole should be better off. LinkedIn LinkedIn Jobs helps you find the candidates you want to talk to, faster. Post your job for free at LinkedIn.com/LOCKEDONNFL Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKEDON15,” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. PrizePicks First time users can receive a 100% instant deposit match up to $100 with promo code LOCKEDON. That’s PrizePicks.com – promo code; LOCKEDON Ultimate Football GM To download the game just visit Ultimate-GM.com or look it up on the app stores. Our listeners get a 100% free boost to their franchise when using the promo LOCKEDON (ALL CAPS) in the game store. FanDuel Make Every Moment More. Place your first FIVE DOLLAR bet to get ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS in Free Bets – win or lose! Visit Fanduel.com/LockedOn today to get started FANDUEL DISCLAIMER: 21+ in select states. First online real money wager only. Bonus issued as nonwithdrawable free bets that expires in 14 days. Restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.fanduel.com. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit FanDuel.com/RG (CO, IA, MD, MI, NJ, PA, IL, VA, WV), 1-800-NEXT-STEP or text NEXTSTEP to 53342 (AZ), 1-888-789-7777 or visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (WY, KS) or visit ksgamblinghelp.com (KS), 1-877-770-STOP (LA), 1-877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369) (NY), TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Browns Free Agency Preview | 4 Top-Of-The-Line Defensive Tackles To Target In Free Agency
Jan 18 2023
Browns Free Agency Preview | 4 Top-Of-The-Line Defensive Tackles To Target In Free Agency
The Cleveland Browns have the worst defensive tackle room in the NFL. It was apparent during training camp, and it derailed their season as teams routinely gutted the Browns on the ground. And now as the offseason is underway in Cleveland, rookie Perrion Winfrey may be the only name to return to the room in 2023. This means they will have to spend some money in free agency to re-tool this room before the 2023 NFL Draft. Not every signing will be a big name, but given the urgency in the defensive trenches for the Browns, defensive tackle may be a position they will splurge on. If they do, here are four names that sit at the top of the market for the Browns to highlight. Daron Payne  Payne is the white whale of the trenches in the 2023 Free Agency class. And with another Crimson Tide alum in the locker room in Cleveland already, maybe Amari Cooper can persuade Payne in the right direction. And that direction is in the Northwest direction from Washington D.C. His production took a massive leap in 2022, racking up 11.5 sacks from his defensive tackle post, adding 18 tackles for loss and another 20 hits on opposing quarterbacks. It is anticipated that Washington utilizes their franchise tag on him, but if they let him walk expect the Browns to be top competitors for his services. Javon Hargrave A big reason for the defensive success of the Philadelphia Eagles can be attributed to defensive tackle Javon Hargrave. As they capture the top seed in the NFC and look to make a run at a Super Bowl, Hargrave is experiencing a massive breakout campaign of his own. After setting a career mark with 7.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss a year ago with the Eagles, Hargrave further topped those numbers this year with 11 sacks and 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Entering free agency at the age of 30, Hargrave is going to cash in again. And it might just be the Browns who get him. Their competition, however? General manager Andrew Berry’s mentor Howie Roseman, who has proven extremely capable of manipulating the cap to keep his significant contributors. Dre'Mont Jones A former Ohio State Buckeye, the Browns could try to lure Dre’Mont Jones back to the state of Ohio this offseason. As the Broncos go through a weird transition where they have the guy they presume to be a franchise quarterback, but are about to hire their second head coach in as many years, they could be willing to let some valuable players walk. A former third rounder in the 2019 NFL Draft, Jones has stacked up three consecutive and consistent seasons of at least 5.5 sacks from the interior, seven tackles for loss, 40 pressures (in the last two seasons), and 10 hits on the quarterback. Just 26 years old, Jones would give an instant boost to the defensive line in Cleveland. Dalvin Tomlinson While he is not as much of a pass rusher as the three who came before him on the list, he is a plug that the Browns are desperately missing. Dalvin Tomlinson provides so much relief for his linebackers in Minnesota due to his ability to consistently take on double teams along the defensive interior. The linebackers in Cleveland are not as bad as the public perceives them to be, but they get no help from their defensive tackles to keep them clean. We truly have no idea what these linebackers would look like with a stout nose tackle like Tomlinson because they have never had one in three years under Joe Woods. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Breaking NFL News | Cleveland Browns Hire Jim Schwartz As Defensive Coordinator
Jan 18 2023
Breaking NFL News | Cleveland Browns Hire Jim Schwartz As Defensive Coordinator
Former Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is returning to Cleveland. The Browns plan to hire Schwartz as their new dc, NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday, per a source informed of the situation.Schwartz got his NFL start with the Browns under Bill Belichick as a personnel scout from 1993-1995. Schwartz rose to prominence as the Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator (2001-2008), which helped him land the Detroit Lions head coaching gig. Schwartz helped the Lions return to the postseason for the first time in over a decade but bottomed out, going 29-51 in five seasons. After his stint as a head coach, the fiery Schwartz returned to defensive coordinator duties. He spent one season as DC in Buffalo in 2014. He then moved to Philadelphia, where he spent the next five seasons as the coordinator, helping the Eagles win their first Lombardi Trophy in 2017. Schwartz left Eagles following the 2020 season, returning to Tennessee as a senior defensive assistant for the past two campaigns. Now he's back in Cleveland to help turn around an underperforming defense under former DC Joe Woods. Schwartz's scheme meshes well with Pro Bowl edge rusher Miles Garrett, but the Browns must spend the offseason upgrading a unit with holes at every level. Schwartz replaces Joe Woods, who was fired last week after the Browns ranked 19th in defensive efficiency, finished with a record of 7-10 and missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season. Schwartz was the head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2009 to 2013, going just 29-51 over that stretch but leading the Lions to the playoffs in 2011. He won a Super Bowl as defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018. Schwartz, 56, spent the past two years as a defensive assistant with the Tennessee Titans.Schwartz also had defensive coordinator stints with the Titans (2001-08) and Buffalo Bills (2014). He was a personnel scout for the Browns from 1993-95 under then-Cleveland head coach Bill Belichick.The Browns also interviewed Pittsburgh Steelers defensive assistant and former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores for their defensive coordinator.job, as well as Seattle Seahawks assistant Sean Desai and Philadelphia assistant Dennard Wilson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nick Chubb, Myles Garrett, and Joel Bitonio Named To NFL All- Pro Team
Jan 13 2023
Nick Chubb, Myles Garrett, and Joel Bitonio Named To NFL All- Pro Team
In this video, the Cleveland Browns have been named to the NFL All- Pro Team! Nick Chubb, Myles Garrett, and Joel Bitonio have all been named to the NFL All- Pro Team, which is an incredible achievement for the trio. The three players have been dominant throughout the NFL this season. We discuss their success in the latest episode of the locked On Browns Podcast. Thanks for watching! For the third straight season, the Browns are represented on the Associated Press' All-Pro first team. G Joel Bitonio, the Browns' longest tenured player who just keeps getting better, earned the top honor for a second consecutive season. DE Myles Garrett and RB Nick Chubb earned second-team honors. Bitonio continued to be a key blocker in every facet of the Browns' offensive attack and was one reason why Cleveland finished sixth in the league in rushing, which marked the third straight season the Browns' run game has ranked in the top 6. Bitonio was the second-highest graded defender by Pro Football Focus with an 87.6 overall grade for the season and played every snap for the sixth consecutive season. He was named to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl last month. For his career, Bitonio has made the AP's first-team twice and also has three second-team honors. Garrett, who was selected to his fourth career Pro Bowl last month, tied his own single-season franchise record with 16 sacks, his same total from 2021. He played in 16 games and tallied 60 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss and four pass deflections — all those stats were career-bests for Garrett. He also added two forced fumbles, and he recorded at least one sack in all but five of his games this season. He's the only player in the NFL to record at least 10 sacks in each of the past five seasons. Garrett now has four All-Pro honors for his career, including two first-team selections. Chubb was bested by the Raiders' Josh Jacobs for a role on the first team but still built a career-best season with 1,525 rushing yards, his highest ever in his fifth NFL season, and 12 touchdowns, which tied his career high from 2020. Chubb joined Jim Brown as the only two Browns players to eclipse 1,500 rushing yards in a season, and he was also named a Pro Bowler for the fourth consecutive year. This is Chubb's first-ever All-Pro selection. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Browns To Interview Veteran DC Jim Schwartz | What To Expect From His Scheme?
Jan 11 2023
Browns To Interview Veteran DC Jim Schwartz | What To Expect From His Scheme?
Browns To Interview Veteran DC Jim Schwartz | What To Expect From His Scheme? Get To Know Jim Schwartz Age: 56 Position: Senior defensive assistant NFL coaching experience: Cleveland Browns, personnel scout, 1993-95; Baltimore Ravens, outside linebackers coach, 1996-98; Tennessee Titans, defensive assistant, 1999; Titans, linebackers coach, 2000; Titans, defensive coordinator, 2001-08; Detroit Lions, head coach, 2009-13; Buffalo Bills, defensive coordinator, 2014; Philadelphia Eagles, defensive coordinator, 2016-20; Titans, senior defensive assistant, 2021-present. About Schwartz: The unquestioned graybeard of the group of known targets. Roots in the NFL date back to the original Browns, when he was one of Bill Belichick's famed "slappies" that also included the likes of Eric Mangini, Phil Savage, Kirk Ferentz, Scott Pioli and Thomas Dimitroff. … A proponent of the 4-3 defensive scheme Woods also ran, and which best fits the talents of Browns All-Pro end Myles Garrett. … Believer in man-to-man coverage in secondary. That could play to strengths of Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward and rising-star cornerback Greg Newsome II, who just finished his second season with the Browns. … Was a defensive assistant on Titans' 1999 AFC championship team. … Called a "mastermind" by Titans' All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth for his schemes while running the Titans' defense from 2001-08. … Went 29-52 as the Detroit Lions' head coach. … Did reach the NFC playoffs in his third season as the Lions coach, losing to the New Orleans Saints in the wild card round. … Turned around an Eagles defense that ranked in the 30s before his arrival as defensive coordinator, with the unit ranking fourth by his second season in 2017. That season, Philadelphia won the Super Bowl, defeating the Patriots 41-33. … Has spent the last two seasons helping with the Titans' defensive staff, essentially serving as a sounding board for the coaches in the meeting room. What they're saying about Schwartz: Titans coach Mike Vrabel, via TennesseeTitans.com: "I think what his role is, it's just like everybody else: To help the team, to help us win. No job is too small for any of us, and I am confident that is what he'll do. As he works his way into what we are doing, it has been good to see him meeting with different guys and meeting with the defense and meeting with me. I would imagine that maybe he would look at players for the draft, as we get down here and we get a different set of eyes, a guy that has been around the league for a lot of years and has been successful." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Deshaun Watson and Kevin Stefanski | Can They Turn The Browns Into A Elite Passing Team?
Jan 10 2023
Deshaun Watson and Kevin Stefanski | Can They Turn The Browns Into A Elite Passing Team?
Deshaun Watson going to have ‘man-to-man’ talk with Kevin Stefanski about future of offense, welcomes high expectations for 2023. Deshaun Watson quickly slammed the book shut on the 2022 season. Less than 24 hours after a 28-14 loss in the finale in Pittsburgh, his focus had shifted to the changes necessary for him and the Browns to finally meet expectations next season after going 7-10. The process started Monday with a discussion with coach Kevin Stefanski and will continue Tuesday with another meeting about an offense Watson expects to look “totally different” in 2023. “We’re going to have a man-to-man conversation, nothing negative or anything like that,” he said as players cleared out their lockers. “Just what can we do to be better offensively.” Watson felt he couldn’t fully establish himself as a player or leader in his first year with the Browns because he was suspended for 11 games to open the season after more than two dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions. He was banned from Browns headquarters for six weeks and didn’t play until Dec. 4. “My next step in taking that leadership role is really stepping up there and really taking this whole locker room under my wings,” he said. “I’m looking forward to that. This year was kind of tough with being in the building, being outside the building, all the different changes and all the unknowns.” Stefanski said he was undeterred despite going 15-19 over the last two seasons. “I am in no way discouraged for the future of this football team,” he said. “We are determined to put in the work this offseason to shape this team and make sure that we really are just playing good football come next September.” Watson is the key. The Browns gave up a net of five draft picks to acquire him from the Texans, then gave him a five-year, fully guaranteed $230 million contract because they believe he can be among the elite quarterbacks in an AFC loaded with them. Watson went to the Pro Bowl in 2018-20 and led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards in 2020. This year he completed 58.2 percent — well below his career average of 67 percent — for 1,102 yards, 6.5 per attempt, seven touchdowns, five interceptions, 20 sacks and a 79.1 rating. He also rushed for a touchdown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5 possible Candidates To Replace Joe Woods As The Browns Defensive Coordinator
Jan 9 2023
5 possible Candidates To Replace Joe Woods As The Browns Defensive Coordinator
The Cleveland Browns fired Joe Woods on Black Monday. On this episode of The Locked On Browns Podcast we discuss 5 possible candidates to replace Joe Woods as the Browns defensive coordinators we're considering. As the Browns prepare for their next season, it's important to keep an eye on the defensive coordinator position. With Joe Woods now fired, it's time for the team to look for a new coordinator. In this video, we're discussing 5 possible candidates to replace Joe Woods as the Browns defensive coordinator. Stay tuned for more updates! 1. EJIRO EVERO – DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR, DENVER BRONCOS Evero is already a Defensive Coordinator with the Denver Broncos, but it looks like Head Coach Nathanial Hackett is unlikely to see a second season. This would leave Evero looking for a job unless the Broncos hire him as their next Head Coach. Evero has been one of the only bright spots in Denver this year, heading up the 4th ranked defense in DVOA. Evero is widely regarded as a rising star in the NFL at 41-years-old. 2. MIKE ZIMMER - CONSULTANT, JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY Mike Zimmer was Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2014-2021; Stefanski was on his staff for six seasons. In 2018, Stefanski was promoted to interim Offensive Coordinator and later named the full-time Offensive Coordinator. Zimmer is 66 years old and served as a consultant for one of his favorite former players, Deion Sanders, at Jackson State University this season. 3. JIM SCHWARTZ - SENIOR DEFENSIVE ASSISTANT, TENNESSEE TITANS Jim Schwartz is now in his 12th season with the Titans and his 29th in the NFL. After eight years on the staff as a defensive coordinator (1999-2008), he returned to the team in 2021 as a senior defensive assistant. Schwartz has been a defensive coordinator in the NFL for 14 years and was a head coach for the Detroit Lions for four years (2009-13). In addition, Schwartz worked for the Philadelphia Eagles as their defensive coordinator from 2016 until 2020, helping them win a Super Bowl in 2017. 4. ERIC WASHINGTON – SENIOR DEFENSIVE ASSISTANT/DEFENSIVE LINE, BUFFALO BILLS Eric Washington joined the Bills in 2020 as the team's defensive line coach and was promoted to senior defensive assistant/defensive line coach before the start of the 2022 season. In Washington's first season with the Bills, they went to the AFC Championship game, and in his second season, he helped lead a defense that ranked first in the NFL in the fewest points allowed per game (17.0) for the first time in franchise history. In 2018, Washington led the Panthers' defense from 28th to 12th in interceptions, 32nd to 13th in passes defended, and 18th to 9th in tackles for loss. Washington reunited with McDermott in Buffalo after Rivera was fired from the Panthers. 5. JIM LEONHARD - INTERIM HEAD COACH, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN Jim Leonhard is one of the top defensive minds in the college game. He went 4-3 as the interim Head Coach of the Wisconsin Badgers, replacing Paul Chryst halfway through the season. Still, Wisconsin has elected to hire Luke Fickell as their new head coach. Over the last five seasons running the Badger defense, he led them to top five in total defense five times and top 10 in scoring defense four times. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
SECRETS Behind the Beef Between Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney
Jan 6 2023
SECRETS Behind the Beef Between Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney
In this episode of the SECRETS Behind the Beef Between Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney, we talk about Clowney's comments towards Kevin Stefanski, Myles Garrett, and Joe Woods. Clowney was sit home after he voiced his frustration with the defensive scheme in Cleveland. We also discuss Joe Woods Brown's and whether he will be fired at the end of the year. We give predictions for Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers. Don't miss this episode of the SECRETS Behind the Beef, where we reveal the secrets behind the drama between the two stars of the Cleveland NFL sports scene. Tune in to find out what's really going on! Myles Garrett said Friday that he was "disappointed" and "a little bit confused" by comments from fellow defensive end Jadeveon Clowney that prompted the Cleveland Browns to send Clowney home before Friday's practice. "I knew he was frustrated. We've all been frustrated; we're not winning," Garrett said. "I wish we could've talked about this man-to-man. ... I wish he would have handled it a little bit differently." On Thursday, Clowney told Cleveland.com that he was "95 percent sure" he would not be re-signing with the Browns, in large part because he believes the team has favored Garrett over him. Clowney did not play on the opening series the next weekend on "Monday Night Football" against the Cincinnati Bengals, although he entered the game on Cincinnati's second possession. Garrett said he didn't even realize Clowney was refusing to play on first or second down against Baltimore until the next week. "I assumed he was hurt," Garrett said. "I just assumed something was holding him back." Clowney has had a disappointing second season for the 7-9 Browns, who were eliminated from the AFC playoff picture two weeks ago. After racking up nine sacks with the Browns last season, Clowney has only two sacks this year. He also sat four games with ankle and concussion injuries. Clowney is a free agent again this offseason, having signed back-to-back one-year deals with the Browns. Garrett, meanwhile, has a team-high 15 sacks, fourth-most in the NFL, and was named to a fourth Pro Bowl. Garrett also has faced the highest double-team rate (31.3%) of any edge rusher in the league this season. Despite that, he's second among edge rushers in pass rush win rate (27.8%); Clowney's pass rush win rate is just 16.5%. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Deshaun Watson Will Have His Best Game of The Year Against the Steelers
Jan 5 2023
Deshaun Watson Will Have His Best Game of The Year Against the Steelers
Deshaun Watson continues to improve on a weekly basis. The Cleveland QB had a strong game in Week 17. He completed 9-of-18 passes for 169 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Despite attempting the fewest passes of the season, Watson was highly efficient. He averaged 9.4 yards per attempt. This was also his first multi-touchdown performance of the season, with touchdowns thrown from distances of 46, 13, and 33 yards. The Cleveland Browns already eliminated the Washington Commanders from playoff contention last week. They can eliminate another team this coming weekend if they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 18 on the road. The Steelers need this win to stay alive for a playoff berth, but the Browns would be all too happy to kick their division rivals out of contention. Keep in mind that the Browns and Steelers have a longstanding rivalry. That’s despite Cleveland’s history of struggles on the field. Remember also that in the recent past, Cleveland has managed to secure a playoff spot thanks to the Steelers and even defeated Pittsburgh in the playoffs. However, this year, the tables have turned. Now, it’s the Steelers who need to win against Cleveland in the final week of the season. Aside from that, Pittsburgh also needs both the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins to lose their games so the Steelers can make it to the playoffs. Additionally, Pittsburgh’s head coach, Mike Tomlin, has a streak of winning seasons on the line. That said, Cleveland has the opportunity to end their season on a high note by kicking a rival out of playoff contention and ending Tomlin’s streak. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
What The Entire NFL Can Learn From The Damar Hamlin Tragedy
Jan 4 2023
What The Entire NFL Can Learn From The Damar Hamlin Tragedy
The Bills took the day off and were unsure when they might resume practicing, putting Hamlin above everything else, including their quest to clinch the AFC’s top seed. The NFL’s schedule is now in flux after the game between Buffalo (12-3) and Cincinnati (11-4) — a showdown with AFC playoff race implications — was postponed indefinitely. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed both teams that their game would not resume this week. No decision has been made on whether it will be played at a later date, with the league not making any changes to its Week 18 schedule, a week before the playoffs are set to begin. Numerous NFL teams canceled their media availabilities, including the New England Patriots, who are scheduled to travel to Buffalo for the teams’ season finales on Sunday. “Please pray for our brother,” quarterback Josh Allen posted in a tweet. Added offensive lineman Rodger Saffold: “He is more than an athlete. He is a son and brother. And I pray God gives him mercy and brings him back to us.” Hamlin is from McKees Rocks, a hardscrabble exurb of Pittsburgh, and was selected by Buffalo in the sixth round of the 2021 draft. He spent his rookie season limited to special teams roles, and took over the starting job in Week 3 in place of veteran Micah Hyde, who remains sidelined by a neck injury. Overnight, Hamlin went from being a relatively unknown second-year player to receiving an international outpouring of support. His Chasing M’s Foundation eclipsed its modest goal of raising $2,500, exceeding $5 million by Tuesday evening. The Bills now face perhaps their most difficult hurdle in a calendar year filled with on- and off-field adversity. The team has seen its schedule disrupted twice by major snowstorms in the past month, including a blizzard that led to at least 40 deaths in the region over Christmas. The Bills also rallied to support the community in the aftermath of a racist shooting rampage that left 10 dead at a Buffalo supermarket in May. On Tuesday, it was the region’s turn to rally for the team on both sides of the New York-Ontario border. The Ontario-based Niagara Parks commission announced it will illuminate Niagara Falls in blue in honor of Hamlin. “Our collective thoughts are with him, his family, his team and the City of Buffalo,” the commission wrote. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Cleveland Browns vs. Washington Commanders Reaction | Watson Throws 3 TD's In Win!
Jan 1 2023
Cleveland Browns vs. Washington Commanders Reaction | Watson Throws 3 TD's In Win!
Deshaun Watson gave Browns fans a sneak preview of the future Sunday against the Commanders, and the future looks bright. On a sunny, 62-degree day at FedEx Field, Watson threw three touchdown passes in the second half to secure a 24-10 victory over the Commanders and improve the Browns to 7-9. Both quarterbacks struggled in the first half. Watson went 3-of-8 for 23 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions for a 45.8 rating. Wentz went 6-of-10 for 62 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions for a 38.3 rating. Watson was also sacked four times, and Wentz once. The Commanders, who needed a victory to maintain a realistic shot at the playoffs, dropped to 7-8-1.Nick Chubb was dominant on the ground for the Browns but that's it. Literally it. On offense, the Commanders defensive line dominated and there wasn't much to get excited about on offense for the Browns. Watson, who made some sensational throws in last week’s 17-10 victory over the Saints despite minus-16 wind chills and 30 mph wind gusts to leave the Browns encouraged, flourished on the gorgeous day here. He had two touchdown passes to Amari Cooper (3-of-4 targets for 105 yards, 2 TDs) and one to Donovan Peoples-Jones (1-of-3 targets, 13 yards, 1 TD). Watson finished 9 of 18 for 169 yards, three TDs, and a 122.5 rating. Next, The Browns close out their season Saturday or Sunday in Pittsburgh. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. In this episode of the Ultimate Cleveland Sports Show, we react to Deshaun Watson's impressive performance in the Browns' win over the Washington Commanders. Watson threw for three touchdowns. We discuss the implications of this win, and speculate on the next move for the Browns. If you're a fan of the Cleveland Browns, then this is the episode for you! Join us as we react to Deshaun Watson's impressive performance, and discuss the implications of this win. You won't want to miss this episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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