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Dick Jauron Talks About the Browns' Defense

In an article posted by the Plain Dealer's Tony Grossi, Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron spoke on a variety of topics concerning the defense. After a jump is a summary of what he had to say.

  • Phil Taylor was very high on their draft board from the get-go. Once they moved down from No. 6 to No. 27 overall, they were dead set on making him their pick. If they would have missed out on him, it would have been disappointing.
  • They plan on playing Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin at the same time at the tackle positions, with one of them playing the 1-technique and one of them playing the 3-technique. They liked Taylor's physical toughness and believe the inside force will help them defend against the run.
  • They love the speed that Buster Skrine has; it's something you can't teach. It sounds like they anticipate Eric Hagg being able to contribute as a nickel back or dime back, since he referenced his college experience in those roles.
  • They think they are fine at the linebacker position with tough veteran guys in Scott Fujita, D'Qwell Jackson, and Chris Gocong; they just have to make sure Jackson is healthy enough to go.
  • Jauron talked about his confidence in the team's current defensive backs. He referenced that Eric Wright had a great year in 2009 and they need to get him back to that level of play; sounds like another vote of confidence to retain him.