5. Browns’ LBs
This letdown will certainly open up more criticism of defensive coordinator’s Steve Wilks’ 4-2-5 base defense. Linebacker is one of the Browns’ biggest weaknesses, so Wilks tried to mask the blemish with an extra defensive back.
That member of the secondary, Jermaine Whitehead got beat at least a couple times, once for a touchdown. Meanwhile, the opposition’s running game is rushing at will.
Schobert was credited with eight tackles, while Wilson was credited with four. Schobert also missed some plays in coverage. It’s been a rough two weeks for the Browns’ backers.
It makes you wonder when the Browns will regularly go with a third linebacker, particularly Sione Takitaki. The BYU product missed some time in Training Camp, and it appears that time off set him back considerably. Too bad, because there’s certainly an opportunity available for a linebacker capable of playing sideline to sideline.
With two weeks to go until the Patriots, it will interesting to see if Wilks makes any kind of adjustment, because the opposition’s running game is cutting through the defense like a knife through hot butter.