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Film Study: It’s All in the Fundamentals

Derrick KindredJabrill Peppers (Photo: Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports)

There are plenty of positives to take from Sunday’s opening-season 21-21 tie with the Pittsburg Steelers.

Rookie Denzel Ward came away with two interceptions and recorded six tackles in his NFL debut.

Genard Avery (who looks to already be a steal) recorded a sack and forced a fumble.

Last year’s first overall pick Myles Garrett recorded six tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and found time to defend a pass.

As a unit, the squad forced six turnovers (three fumbles and three interceptions) to keep the team in what was a *very* winnable game.

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Defending the Run: When ‘Block Down, Step Down’ Goes Wrong

This post is an excerpt taking from a much-longer breakdown of the Cleveland Browns’ poor run defense posted at The Orange and Browns Report

Our final example examines both the schematic weakness and the information overload Browns’ defenders complained about throughout the season.

The Bengals utilize 11 personnel with an inline tight end and twin receivers to the right-side. The Browns’ set the strength of their defense to the tight end, utilizing a 1, 5, and 9-technique. The entire front is 1-gapping, as ILB Craig Robertson will run blitz his left A-gap at the snap. To his side, the 3-technique will play the B-gap and the 5-technique will play the C to cover all run fits.

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