2. Demario Davis/Christian Kirksey
This is the second time both of them have been on the Dawg House. The Browns are in dire need of two inside linebackers that can successfully drop into coverage, and move from sideline-to-sideline. Oh yeah, and tackle correctly.
The Browns haven’t covered tight ends well at all this season–and it starts with Davis and Kirksey.
Bennett finished with six receptions for 67 yards and three touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski had five receptions for 109 yards, and averaged 21.8 yards a catch. That’s deplorable. On the intermediate routes, Gronk and Bennett were left wide open.
Nobody was in sight of covering them.
That wasn’t the worst part. While Davis was running to stop James White for gaining extra yards, he blocked Briean Boddy-Calhoun down to the ground while falling down, and still missing the tackle.
You can’t make this up.
The block led to a few extra yards for White. Even worst, on the goal line, Bennett was able to catch anything he wanted.
On his second touchdown, Kirksey overplayed the ball, and it led to an easy score by Bennett. They also missed numerous tackles and were late on plays.
I’ll say it again, Karlos Dansby mean’t a lot more to this team than he’ll ever get credit for.
He didn’t play at the same level he did with the Arizona Cardinals, but he was impactful and made the right plays–and more importantly, he brought veteran leadership to the team.
He was able to get players in the right place, which is something Davis has been incapable of. It’s something that must be addressed in next year’s draft.
No more second or third round backers, it’s time to use one of the first round picks on inside backers that are rated high on everybody’s boards.
This can’t continue to happen.