D’Qwell Jackson was one of the Browns defensive leaders last season, he knows the Browns are going to face a challenge when the face the Eagles to open the 2012 season. Jackson has prepared for the past week to figure out a way for the Browns defense to contain Eagles Q.B. Michale Vick. Not only do the Browns have to control Vick leaving the pocket and turning himself into a running back the Browns defense who didn’t play the run that great in 2011 will have to stop LeSean McCoy.
Jackson knows both Vick and McCoy can run the football and extend the plays for the Eagles. LeSean McCoy ran for 1,309 yards and 17 touchdowns on 273 carries last season. McCoy also caught 48 passes, which he turned into 315 yards and three touchdowns. The Browns defense are going to have to control McCoy, he is a serious threat both receiving out of the backfield and running. Vick has a great weapon in McCoy and the Browns have a great weapon in D’Qwell Jackson.
The Browns defense added guys like Frostee Rucker who plays well against the run. The key to the Cleveland Browns doing well against the Eagles well be controlling the line of scrimmage. If the Browns can do that and stop the run, we know the Cleveland secondary will hold their own. What we don’t know is how well the defense will stop the run which was their weak point in 2012. One thing we haven’t talked about so far is the absence of linebacker Chris Gocong, the Browns are going to miss him this season, he always brought a high level of intensity to the defense. The Browns caught a break when the suspension of Scott Fujita was overturned yesterday and having a veteran player like Fujita out there should bring some help to Jackson.
If the Browns want to win the game this Sunday they are going to have to control Vick, stop the Eagles running game and in order to do that the Cleveland Browns defense is going to have to step up their game against the run.
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