Cleveland Browns stock analysis: Buy, sell, or hold?
Steve Wilks: Sell
Stock Analysis: Defensive coordinator Steve Wilks was fired by the Arizona Cardinals after just one season. He was brought into Arizona for his defensive prowess during his time in Carolina, but his defense last season surrendered 26.6 points per game.
The Browns defense was nothing worth note last season. They allowed 24.5 points per game and are now up to 25.7. They have regressed, but not by much. Wilks has also had to deal with injuries, missing his two starting cornerbacks the past four weeks. The defense also saw its vocal leader and captain Christian Kirksey placed on injured reserve.
The Browns could be without starting free safety Damarious Randall for their Week 7 matchup against New England, but have tons of experience to rely on at the position in safeties Morgan Burnett and Jermaine Whitehead. But with his two starting cornerbacks returning,
Wilks must begin to make this defense play to its potential.
The defensive line is among the best in the NFL, but the run defense numbers say otherwise. The Browns have the third worse run defense in the NFL, allowing 154 yards per game. The defense has the personnel to be elite, but the scheme has been in question. Wilks knows what he’s doing, but this defense hasn’t performed well. Sell Wilks’ stock.