Browns' pass rush an area to watch

Posted Oct. 02, 2010 @ 9:12 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

In two of the Browns' first three losses, the decisive touchdown of the game came when the team blitzed and could not get to the opposing quarterback before he delivered the ball. In Week One, the Browns brought seven rushers but didn't come close to bringing down Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman, and WR Micheal Spurlock beat CB Joe Haden for the game-winning score. Two weeks later, another seven-man rush didn't get to Ravens QB Joe Flacco, who found WR Anquan Boldin for his third TD catch of the game against CB Eric Wright. "We haven't been precise on some of those," Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, speaking in the week leading up to Week Four, said of the club's max-pressure blitzes. "... When you max-pressure, someone's band is going to play. Either your band or theirs, and unfortunately, we've heard their music a couple of times. It doesn't mean I'm going to turn into a wimp all of a sudden. We've got to be smart about it." Through three games, the Browns had four sacks, with OLB Marcus Benard recording 2½. When he missed the Baltimore game, the Browns didn't notch a sack, and he's clearly established himself as one of the club's more important pass-rush threats, the way we hear it.