Cleveland Browns: O-Line will struggle against Jets
By Joel W. Cade
The Cleveland Browns get Josh McCown back for their game against the New York Jets. However, it may not be for long. The offensive line will struggle Sunday.
The Cleveland Browns offensive line will face their worst nightmare this Sunday against the New York Jets’ front-seven. The Jets play a multiple front attacking 3-4 defense. Unlike Ray Horton’s defense, the Jets blitz constantly.
What makes the Jets truly dangerous is the defensive line. In particular, planning for Sheldon Richardson has to be keeping Hue Jackson, Pep Hamilton and Kirby Wilson up at night. The nightmare matchups that he forces opens possibilities throughout the front-seven for pressure on the quarterback and filling running lanes.
It is precisely these types of defenses that the Browns have struggled against all season. Against the Baltimore Ravens, Josh McCown was hit repeatedly because the Browns offensive line was unable to get into the correct protections to avoid hits. McCown suffered a broken collarbone in that game. He is returning just in time for another beating.
Nevertheless, there is hope for the Browns. The return of Josh McCown means a respected NFL veteran who has proven he can beat the blitz will be under center. The Jets will respect his ability to beat the blitz which means there is hope for the return of the power running game.
Let us take a look at the challenges the Jets’ front-seven poses for the Browns offensive line.