2. Joe Woods needs to adjust defense to its personnel
Joe Woods has been around some incredible defenses and incredible defensive players so far in his coaching career. His time in Denver saw him command a really good 3-4 based defense with pass rushers like Von Miller highlight his unit. When he was in San Francisco, he was commanding a secondary with arguably the NFL’s best zone corner in Richard Sherman.
The problem is that the Browns don’t have the personnel to run a 3-4 defense or a 4-3 zone-based defense like Joe Woods helped coach in San Francisco. Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams are both better man cornerbacks than they are at playing in the zone, pretty much the opposite of Richard Sherman.
Currently, not much is known about the defense that Joe Woods will run in Cleveland. With the limited information that he has given out, it seems like he will be adjusting the defense to the personnel the Browns currently have on the roster.
He has spoken previously about wanting to use more defensive backs and fewer linebackers this season, which fits the personnel on the Browns defense perfectly. While much is not known about the defense that he will run in Cleveland, that is a good sign that he will be adjusting to the roster. As we get training camp underway, we will start to learn more about what Joe Woods plans to do this season.