Sunday, September 27, 2015

Lee's Keys 9.27.15: #Browns vs. #Raiders

By @cleeverizon

Have you ever wanted to know what the Browns coaches points of empathize is  to their players heading into a game? Come inside the mind of the coaches with Lee's Keys.

1. STOP THE RUN The Browns rank 32nd in the league which is dead last in run defense giving up 160 yards per game. With Paul Kruger being the primary edge rusher, Barkevious Mingo has the assignment of outside contain on his side. After reviewing the game a few times over, Mingo needs to create better angles while in pursuit of the quarterback and set the edge. He gets sucked to the inside way to often and running backs have been bouncing to the outside and picking up chunks of yards from the edge.

2. DON'T GIVE UP THE BIG PLAY Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree had over 100 yards receiving last week in the Raiders win over the Baltimore Ravens. The Raiders offensive line allowed Carr to have too much time in the pocket. The Browns defense needs to play tight press coverage on the outside with cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Joe Haden. Haden was solid last week, rebounding from a slow Week 1 start. Williams was the highest graded cornerback in the NFL from Week 2 with a +3.4.

3. PUSH, PUSH, PUSH! The offensive line needs to explode off of the ball and win the battles in the trenches to establish a good running game. The Browns are only averaging 3.8 yards per carry and have ONE rushing touchdown on the season. Isaiah Crowell needs to touch the ball 18-23 times to get into a rhythm. Using Duke Johnson on screens and flare patterns out of the backfield will also slow down the aggressive Oakland front 7.

4. SPEED KILLS! Use Travis Benjamin as a decoy downfield to keep the safeties out of the box. This will open up patterns underneath for Brian Hartline and Rob Housler. Most importantly, this will create space for Isaiah Crowell in the second level of the defense.

5. MINIMIZE PENALTIES! In the Browns first game of the season against the New York Jets, the Browns committed 12 penalties that resulted in 109 yards. Last week versus the Tennessee Titans, they improved to just 4 penalties for 40 yards. They need stay on that track since we all know that penalties can quickly kill a drive and the momentum of a game. Especially those committed on a 3rd down. Third and 3 can turn into third and 13 from a simple, avoidable, holding penalty.

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