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Rogers giving Browns much-needed nose job

With Shaun Rogers flashing the ability to become a formidable nose tackle, the Browns are optimistic they'll finally field a top-10 run defense in 2008, writes John Clayton.

Originally Published: June 11, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

BEREA, Ohio -- Too many teams the past three seasons ventured into a 3-4 defense with their noses out of joint.

Of the six worst run defenses in terms of yardage allowed last season, three of them ran 3-4 schemes. That mediocrity is incredible when you think about it. An average 3-4 defense should rank among the top 15 in stopping the run because of its alignment, because four linebackers are free to rush to the ball carrier. But if the nose tackle doesn't draw two blockers, ...

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