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    Browns still undecided on future of Phil Dawson, Joshua Cribbs

    Posted by Curtis Crabtree on January 25, 2013, 1:32 AM EST

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    Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson and kick returner/wide receiver Joshua Cribbs are both in Hawaii this week representing the Browns in the Pro Bowl.

    Whether they will remain with the Browns beyond Sunday’s game is still undetermined.

    According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Browns have yet to discuss the future of their free agents-to-be.

    “They’ve obviously had success,” head coach Rob Chudzinski said. “We’ll just have to wait and see and see how everything fits together on that.”

    Both Dawson and Cribbs will be unrestricted free agents in March. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam praised both Dawson and Cribbs for what they’ve brought to the Browns over their careers.

    With Chudzinski and new general manager Michael Lombardi still settling into their new roles in the Cleveland front office, the decisions on personnel will take a few weeks to be considered.
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...joshua-cribbs/

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    With Ray Horton being brought in as the Cleveland Browns’ new defensive coordinator, a switch to an attacking 3-4 defense seems to be in the cards. With the switch, most of the players in the front seven are in line for a position change. None of these projections are sure things. I could be way off on a few of them, but I am simply looking at the players’ skill sets and projecting them the best I possibly can.

    Ahtyba Rubin:

    When the Browns previously employed a 3-4 defense, Ahtyba Rubin was the nose tackle. I expect him to return to the position. He may have the athletic ability to hold up as a 5-technique (defensive end in a 3-4), but I feel that his best fit is at nose. Rubin isn’t ever going to be an elite nose tackle, but he’s a solid starter and his skill set fits the position well.

    Phil Taylor:

    When Phil Taylor came out of Baylor, many draft pundits hyped him up as a pure nose tackle. Due to the hype, many expected Taylor to be drafted by a 3-4 team. In watching Taylor at Baylor, I always felt he had the athletic ability and versatility to play anywhere from nose tackle to 5-technique on the defensive line at the next level. Simply using him as a nose tackle and not moving him around at all would be wasting the freakish athletic ability that he possesses for a man his size. I expect Ray Horton to use Taylor in multiple spots on the defensive line, but in the base defense, I think that he’ll start at 5-technique (defensive end). Taylor has the combination of athletic ability and strength to really thrive at the position.

    Billy Winn:

    In being drafted in the sixth round, Billy Winn wasn’t expected to be a big-time contributor during his rookie season. Now that the 2012 season is in the books, his future looks very bright. Winn showed impressive athletic ability for a defensive tackle and also showed a great deal of versatility. He dropped into coverage on 18 snaps and lined up as a defensive end on 43 snaps in 2012. This versatility will help Winn in transitioning to Ray Horton’s defense. I expect Winn to compete for a starting position at 5-technique opposite Phil Taylor. I also expect Horton to take advantage of Winn’s versatility and athletic ability by moving him around.

    Jabaal Sheard:

    When Jabaal Sheard was in the 2011 NFL Draft, many expected him to be a good fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. After playing his first two seasons at left defensive end, it’s time for Sheard to make the switch. Sheard’s role won’t change a ton as he makes the transition. Rather than being in a 3-point stance on most downs, Sheard will be standing up the majority of the time now. He will still be asked to rush the passer most of the time. Also, this may be surprising to many, but Sheard stood up on 22.1% of pass plays in 2012 and dropped into coverage on 6.1% of those plays. Sheard will undoubtedly have to drop into coverage more often and he may have to lose some weight (may not have to), but his skill set fits the position well and I expect him to play well in Ray Horton’s defensive scheme.

    D’Qwell Jackson:

    In transitioning to the new defense, D’Qwell Jackson will likely be moved to the weak inside linebacker position as the Mike linebacker. Jackson’s skill set fits the position well, but not quite as well as it fit the Mike linebacker position he played in the 4-3. Jackson will be asked to shed blocks more often in the 3-4 because there won’t be as many bodies in front of him to keep him clean. Jackson will have to improve his ability to get off blocks and make plays in the backfield if he wants to thrive in the 3-4 defense.

    James-Michael Johnson:

    After starting eight games at strong side linebacker as a rookie in 2012, James-Michael Johnson will likely transition to the strong inside linebacker position as the Ted linebacker in Ray Horton’s defense. Johnson does a decent job of getting off blocks and making tackles. These are both important skills for the position, as he will be asked to take on lead blockers on a regular basis. I don’t expect Johnson to simply be handed the starting job, but I definitely think he will be in the mix for the starting Ted linebacker position.

    John Hughes:

    John Hughes should transition to nose tackle in switching to the 3-4 defense. Hughes is strong at the point of attack and he rarely takes plays off. He should provide excellent depth behind Ahtyba Rubin at nose tackle.

    Chris Gocong:

    Although Chris Gocong tore his Achilles tendon and missed the 2012 season, he is still under contract at this point in time. Gocong’s best fit in the 3-4 is undoubtedly at the Ted linebacker position. Gocong is good at taking on blocks and he can make an impact as a pass rusher from the inside. Horton likes to send his inside linebackers on creative blitzes and Gocong could be very valuable in this role if he is under contract. I expect Gocong to be in the mix for the starting Ted linebacker position with the aforementioned James-Michael Johnson.

    Kaluka Maiava:

    Kaluka Maiava is an impending unrestricted free agent. Although he had a very under appreciated season starting every game at weak side linebacker in the base defense, I don’t expect him to return. If Maiava were to re-sign, his best fit would be at Mike linebacker in the new defense due to his athletic ability. Maiava would bring solid depth behind D’Qwell Jackson.

    Frostee Rucker:

    I am uncertain of how good a fit Frostee Rucker is for a 3-4 defense. Rucker has held up well in the run game as a base defensive end in a 4-3 throughout his career, but the double teams he will face in a 3-4 are a different animal. Rucker’s best fit, position-wise, is undoubtedly as a 5-technique. Rucker will probably be in the mix with Billy Winn to start at 5-technique, but I give Winn the edge due to the fact that he is much more stout at the point of attack.

    Craig Robertson:

    I expect Craig Robertson to keep the same role in the new defense as he had in 2012. Robertson was a nickel linebacker throughout the entire season due to his abilities in coverage. Robertson is a restricted free agent, but he should be back in 2013. In the base defense, Robertson will probably transition to Mike linebacker, but I don’t expect to see him very often, if at all, in that role.

    LJ Fort:

    LJ Fort played 98 snaps in 2012, splitting time at both strong side linebacker and middle linebacker. Due to his length and physicality, I expect him to transition to Ted linebacker in the new defensive scheme. With a strong offseason, Fort could challenge for the starting job at the position.

    Ishmaa’ily Kitchen:

    Ishmaa’ily Kitchen played 212 snaps in 2012, mostly as a 1-technique defensive tackle. Kitchen is strong at the point of attack and his best fit in the new scheme will undoubtedly be at nose tackle. Kitchen should provide solid depth at the position.

    Emmanuel Stephens:

    Emmanuel Stephens was actually putting together a pretty solid campaign in 2012 before being placed on injured reserve with a neck injury. He produced one sack and 8 quarterback hurries in 149 snaps as a rotational defensive end. Stephens will be joining Jabaal Sheard in making the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker. It is hard to tell how comfortable Stephens will be dropping into coverage and standing up because he hasn’t done much, if any, of it in his career up to this point. If Stephens is comfortable standing up, he has a chance to be a contributor because the Browns simply don’t have very many pass rushers on the roster at this point in time.

    Other projections:

    Tank Carder- Ted linebacker

    Brian Sanford- 5-technique

    Auston English- Outside linebacker

    In my opinion, the Browns shouldn’t have as much trouble making the transition to a new defensive scheme as they did in the past. The Browns have a lot more talent in the front seven now than they did back then. Additionally, Ray Horton is a great defensive mind and he should do an excellent job of adapting his scheme to his personnel. The Browns currently have two huge needs in the front seven. An elite pass rushing talent at outside linebacker and depth everywhere.
    http://www.draftbrowns.com/2013/01/p...ensive-scheme/

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    Josh Cribbs had a touchdown catch in the Pro Bowl. I personally don't think he caught it but you can judge it for yourself:



    With no review in the Pro Bowl once they called it a touchdown they couldn't change it. Either way, good for Cribbs. That's likely the last time he'll be wearing an Orange helmet.

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    No way he caught it.

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    in case you missed Dawson's onside kick attempt last night.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLgLU5b3c9o

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    Gil Brandt said he counts the # Browns among the teams who didn’t make the playoffs this season who should next year http://*****/h9LUG
    It always seems like Gil Brandt is talking good about the Browns during the offseason. I can't remember the last bad thing he has ever said about this team.


    TIME TO GET ANOTHER ONE. #DALLAS2DALLAS #BALLISLIFE

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    Quote Originally Posted by ottograham14 View Post
    It always seems like Gil Brandt is talking good about the Browns during the offseason. I can't remember the last bad thing he has ever said about this team.
    Hopefully he is right. Depending on our FA activity, and the D's transition to the 34 playoffs are not out of the question in my mind.

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    Do any of you guys watch The League? If so, I'm going to see Taco, Kevin and Andre do a stand-up/skit routine tomorrow night. They're coming to Ohio State and we get free tickets. Can't wait to see Taco perform all of his songs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melo15 View Post
    Do any of you guys watch The League? If so, I'm going to see Taco, Kevin and Andre do a stand-up/skit routine tomorrow night. They're coming to Ohio State and we get free tickets. Can't wait to see Taco perform all of his songs
    I'm so Jealous!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melo15 View Post
    Do any of you guys watch The League? If so, I'm going to see Taco, Kevin and Andre do a stand-up/skit routine tomorrow night. They're coming to Ohio State and we get free tickets. Can't wait to see Taco perform all of his songs
    No Kroll sucks but either way thats pretty cool. Be great if Rafi makes an apperance. Those two are my favorites on the show with Dirty Randy of course.


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    I'd love to see a Rafi bomb but I don't think he's scheduled to be there, same with Kroll. From what I've heard Kevin is supposedly the best at stand-up and Taco is the funniest in the group setting. Neither really surprises me.

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    Let us know how it goes.

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    Will do sir

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    Good deal brotha!!

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    5. Cleveland Browns (14)


    PB – 3rd, RB – 11th, PEN – 25th

    Stud: In the upcoming weeks or so we’re going to do a piece on how often (per second) Joe Thomas (+25.6) gives up pressure compared to the rest of the league. It’s stunning how shutdown he is. Now, if only his run blocking matched up to his work in the pass game.

    Dud: You can get by with players like Shawn Lauvao (-7.3) when the rest of your line is so good.

    Summary: It’s not the done thing to give praise to Cleveland. That said, their line is extremely talented and when they were forced to introduce John Greco into the lineup they got even better. The stars are Thomas and Alex Mack, but the play of rookie Mitchell Schwartz bodes well for this line for a long time to come.
    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blo...nsive-lines/4/

    Ranked #5 OL in 2012. I really hope Pinkston can come back healthy and take over for Lauvao and hopefully Miller continue to progress. If those two things happen I really don't feel that Guard will be a huge need in the offseason as they can get by with this unit especially with the vertical offense they are gearing towards.


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