The Cleveland Browns have got to shore up these three issues against the Pittsburgh Steelers
When the Cleveland Browns take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, the Browns will very much be a team in flux. They’re trying to figure out how to shore up some holes in their defense while ironing out their offense to be more effective and efficient. They’re not always going to be able to wear down a team in the heat and will need to just be outright better than the opposition to gain ground.
The Browns know this and know that they have to be better on both sides of the ball for Thursday. It’s why a player-only meeting was held for the defense, to help figure out what is going on there.
The offense is getting Jack Conklin back, so the offensive line should be better, and in turn, the running game should be better. Though these are things we have to wait to see if they’ll actually improve.
Three things the Cleveland Browns need to do better
Communication in the defense
If communication with one another is the issue and not just a lack of talent, then this is obviously a major factor in improving the effectiveness of the team. The issue is, that I don’t think this is communication, I believe we’re just witnessing very mediocre players in action. But, time will tell.
Running to the right more often
Jedrick Wills is a terrible run blocker, and for a man that big you’d be surprised how inconsistent he is. Jack Conklin may be the best-run blocker on the team and having him back should help the team be far more effective, especially if they call his number more often. Running off or inside his hips should be the best way to spring a big play.
Blitzing to create more pressure
We know Myles Garrett tackles like a wet rag, if he wasn’t a great pass rusher he wouldn’t be great at anything really. Yet, even with how great he is as a pass rusher, he still can’t generate enough pressure on opposing quarterbacks on his own. Not his fault, he’s just one man. Even with a healthy Jadeveon Clowney, this would be an issue. The Browns need to blitz more to help out Garrett. Especially against the Steelers, who seem susceptible to making mistakes under pressure.