Browns Terrible Decision No. 1 – Not fixing Defensive Tackle
For three years I have watched the Cleveland Browns struggle at defensive tackle, and the team had a chance to fix it in 2022 and they didn’t.
Not only did Berry have the money to spend in free agency, but he also had plenty of draft picks and he chose to ignore not having a run-stopping defensive tackle on the roster.
Instead, he doubled down and signed Taven Bryan, a former first-round pick who has been criticized since entering the league about his run support. And he took Perrion Winfrey in the later rounds of the 2022 draft who is a hybrid defensive end/defensive tackle and truly a pass-rushing specialist.
So, for an entire season, fans had to watch this defense get torched up the middle for what felt like seven yards per carry every time the opposing team handed off the ball. I know the NFL is all about passing the ball, but when you can’t stop the run, you don’t have a chance to be a real competitor for a title.
Now we head into 2023 and Berry is limited on cap and draft picks, but the hole at defensive tackle is bigger than ever. I don’t care how he fixes it; I just want to see the issue fixed in 2023.