Cleveland Browns: A Coach's View of How Close to the Playoffs They Are Part 1

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Cleveland Browns: A Coach's View of How Close to the Playoffs They Are Part 1
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In this article, we will look at the defense.

The Browns’ defense played pretty well under defensive coordinator Dick Jauron. The switch from the 3-4 to the 4-3 went about as well as could be expected. 

The team did not have the personnel to run a 4-3 effectively. But it did not have any outside linebackers for the 3-4 in 2010 either.

One measure of a playoff team is how many players on the roster are playoff and starter quality. Here are the players I believe are playoff quality. 

The team needs at least eight playoff quality players on D to be competitive for a spot in the post season.  A team needs three on the D line, two at LB and three in the D backfield. 

But the team must also have at least 14 starting quality players on the defense. That includes six on the D line including rotational guys, three LBs and five in the D backfield including a nickel back.



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