The Cleveland Browns have been the doormat of the AFC North for a little over a decade if not more. The Browns have made a coaching change, and more importantly, a culture change on defense with the addition of Ray Horton as defensive coordinator.
One person in particular who likes the way the Browns are going is stud middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. The Browns were top 10 in sacks last season and they are looking to improve.
As Jackson told the Beacon Journal, “he’s looking forward to the Ravens and Steelers getting a taste of their own medicine.”
“It’s going to be good to finally get after Baltimore and Pittsburgh and actually give them a little dose of their own medicine.”
“I watch all the top defenses,” Jackson said Wednesday, the Akron Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich reported Wednesday. “Baltimore, Pittsburgh, they get after people, and that’s what Ray (Horton) brings here. Baltimore has been highly successful with their cross-dog, sending the two inside linebackers on stunts, and we run a ton of it.
“Thus far, I haven’t been in a defense where it’s an aggressive, attack-style defense,” said Jackson, The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot reported Wednesday. “I’m excited to see how I react to it, let alone the guys around me. It gives everyone a chance to be a playmaker from the strong safety to the outside linebackers. In this defense, he gives everyone an opportunity to either rush, cover or make big-play opportunities.
It will be interesting to see if the simple addition of Horton as defensive coordinator changes the Browns fortune.