Cleveland Browns Plan to ‘Mix and Match’ Defensive Line

Nov 25, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (71) during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Cleveland won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns front seven will be very improved this season and they have some plans that could make it difficult for opposing offensive lines to keep their players in check. New defensive coordinator Ray Horton is very innovative with his aggressive style and his ideas of how to handle the versatility of the Browns defensive linemen could prove to be a great thing for the team’s future success.

We’re not necessarily going to pigeonhole people,” Horton said, via the National Football Post. “We can mix and match and we’ll be able to mix it up with offenses.”

Two of the players who will see a lot of movement along the defensive line are Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin. Both men come in at around 330-pounds, but they are light on their feet and have the ability to be a force at defensive end.

Cleveland’s expected use for Taylor and Rubin is drawing comparisons to what the Green Bay Packers have done with B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett over the past few season.

It will be interesting to see how this Browns team translates to the field.

There have been so many optimistic reports surrounding the team that have surfaced this offseason, so they have a lot to live up to.

Topics: Cleveland Browns

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