The Browns' LB corps has been transformed almost completely in head coach Eric Mangini's short tenure, with the majority of the linebackers on the roster acquired since Mangini became head coach in January 2009. Several linebackers are able to play multiple positions, including David Bowens, Scott Fujita, Jason Trusnik and David Veikune, giving Mangini and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan considerable schematic flexibility. One of the more intriguing new members of the LB corps is ex-Eagles OLB Chris Gocong, whose biggest contribution could come as a pass rusher. New Browns GM Tom Heckert believes Gocong, once a defensive lineman at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, will be better utilized in Cleveland's 3-4 front than in Philadelphia's 4-3 scheme, where he played on the strong side. The way we hear it, the 26-year-old Gocong, who lost his starting job late last season, is more comfortable rushing upfield than moving backward.
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