Cleveland Browns got faster
A big reason the Browns struggled a year ago against the Chiefs was there inability to stop the Chiefs in big moments where the defense was asked to get a stop. Much of that had to do with the Browns lack of speed on the defense.
This off season and through the draft the Browns concentrated on this area and got better. On paper, and at least by watching these first few preseason games, the defense’s overall speed was noticeable faster. Drafting a player like Jeremiah Owusu Koramoah out of Notre Dame, has certainly been noted by fans because he’s simply fast and aggressive. We also brought in a veteran linebacker like Anthony Walker who’d been over at Indianapolis playing with the Colts. He has a next level gear as well which we aren’t accustomed to seeing from our linebackers in Cleveland.
The back end of the defense is also littered with more speed. Newly drafted cornerback Greg Newsome II, from Northwestern, has shown flashes of that speed in the preseason and his ability to close out on his opponent has been on display.
The other speedster on the back end of the defense is the rookie safety Richard Lecounte III, the former Georgia Bulldog, who has snatched a couple interceptions already. His knack for seeking out the ball is impressive. You just don’t get that feeling so far, that the Browns defense is one step behind its opponent, like in years past.
The Browns know that to get to a Super Bowl and win it, they’re going to have to be able to contain the speed in the league.