Blogger Blitz: Browns' run defense
May, 15, 2012
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
It's going to be a challenge for the Cleveland Browns to absorb the loss of defensive tackle Phil Taylor, who tore a chest muscle last week. I explain the impact in this week's Blogger Blitz video.
The Browns' run defense was easily the worst in the AFC North last season. Cleveland allowed 147.4 yards rushing per game last season, which ranked 30th in the 32-team NFL. No other team in the division gave up more than 104.7 yards on the ground, and no other AFC North team ranked lower than 10th in run defense.
What could help Cleveland's run defense this year is the teams on the schedule. The Browns play three games against teams who had rushing attacks ranked in the top nine last season. One date to remember is Dec. 9, when running back Peyton Hillis makes his return to Cleveland Browns Stadium.