3 Overreactions from Cleveland Browns preseason win over Jacksonville
1. The Cleveland Browns defense is fixed
The very first snap for the Jaguars was exactly what the Browns wanted to see — a quarterback sack. And it wasn’t one of their high-profile pass rushers either. No, it was a defensive tackle who got the job done as Sheldon Day took Trevor Lawrence down while players such as Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney weren’t playing.
From there, the defense continued to hold their own. The aforementioned Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was flying all over the field, Greg Newsome II made some strong tackles showing he can cover and isn’t afraid to hit, and Richard LeCounte had one interception, although it could have been two.
Having said all that, there’s no reason to just assume all is well on that side of the ball. Cleveland did do incredibly well in this game with their starters out which should give us hope, but the Jaguars are a young team with a rookie quarterback and a rookie head coach in Urban Meyer who is making the leap from college to pros.
They could be better than they were in 2020, but that still doesn’t mean they will be good. And it also won’t happen in their very first preseason game.
Again, this isn’t meant to downgrade anything the Browns did because they took care of business on Saturday. We just need to keep from overreacting and see what happens from here on out.