by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/30/14) The Browns DST unit has not had an impressive start to the season, scoring double figures in just one of their first three games before the bye. However, they could be worth a look for Fantasy purposes in Week 5, with the Titans on the schedule.
The Colts notched just their second double-digit scoring effort of the season last week against the Titans, with an assist to backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. Whitehurst started in Jake Locker's place last week, and though Locker is expected back this Sunday, the Browns might still find some success on defense against him.
Opposing DST units have racked up at least 12 points in three of four games against the Titans, including each of Locker's two starts. The Titans have had trouble protecting the quarterback, so the Browns will look to feast in Week 5. Consider them a solid weekly fill-in.
Browns not looking to change defensive playcalling plan
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/23/14) The Browns head into their Week 4 bye looking to work on some things defensively, as they are allowing 425.7 yards (31st) and 25.7 points (t-24th) per game.
Though, head coach Mike Pettine -- who is a former defensive coordinator -- said he won't become more active in calling plays on gameday and first-year defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil will continue to work from the sidelines.
"We collaborate on (the calls)," Pettine said, per Cleveland.com. "The most important thing that we do is we build the game plan together. We build the call sheet together. Sometimes, calling the game is -- for us defensively the way we're set up -- it is very overrated because in a lot of way the call sheets are like a flow chart.
"(O'Neil) has a really good feel for it, and at this point, I don't see any need to change it. As we go on this week and do our self-scout and evaluate a little bit and Jim and I get a chance to spend a little time together, we'll discuss it. At this point, I would say he's calling the majority of it, but like I said, it's something that I'm very involved with, very much on board with. If he doesn't feel good about a call he'll ask me for one or I'll overrule him if I have to."
Browns DST all but blanked Sunday against Baltimore
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (9/21/14) The Browns DST didn't exactly rack up big points Sunday against Baltimore. The defense allowed 23 points and 377 yards without recording a sack. The lone points recorded for Fantasy teams were courtesy of safety Tashaun Gipson, who managed his second pick in two games.
Browns DST salvages something in Fantasy play
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) The Browns DST yielded too many points and yards to crank out big Fantasy numbers Sunday agaisnt New Orleans. But safety Tashaun Gipson and outside linebacker Paul Kruger made certain they scored something
Gipson snagged an overthrown pass in the second quarter and raced in for a touchdown. Kruger, who hurred quarterback Drew Brees on that throw, added one of two Clevelend sacks.
Browns list three on defense questionable
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/12/14) The Browns have three defenders listed on the injury report for Week 2 against the Saints, and all three are questionable for Sunday's game. Linebacker Barkevious Mingo headlins the group, along with defensive linemen Desmond Bryant and John Hughes.
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Browns fans have gotten used to the notion of their defense changing schemes and personnel -- it's like the seasons changing. Maybe there will be some stability now that Mike Pettine, a disciple of Rex Ryan, is in charge of the team. Typically defenses associated with Pettine have played well, and this unit has a chance to do just that given the offseason upgrades made at middle linebacker (Karlos Dansby), safety (Donte Whitner) and cornerback (first-round pick Justin Gilbert). They'll join a team that's actually loaded with good players and some youngsters with high upside. If Pettine can put it all together then the Browns DST will actually be useful for Fantasy. Problem is that there are safer options out there, so owners can afford to take a wait-and-see approach with the Browns DST. They shouldn't be in your thought process when you're in the last two rounds of your draft.