Cleveland Browns right tackle Shon Coleman spoke with 92.3 The Fan’s Bull and Fox show on Monday before practice to detail, among other things, how he’s managed the transition from his first and second seasons. A year ago, Coleman saw his Browns career get off to a slow start; most of his first preseason was spent working his way back from knee surgery and he didn’t take the field as a right tackle until Week 17 in replacement for an injured Cameron Erving.
But now Coleman is a starter at right tackle and he may be the only one not feeling the pressure that promotion entails. Instead, Coleman’s focus “is to come out here and get better every day.” He took a similarly pragmatic approach when asked to grade his performance in the Browns’ 20-14 win over the New Orleans Saints in the preseason. Coleman described his outing as “alright,” adding “I did some good things, a couple of things I could have done better. But that’s what we’re out here trying to account for: Just trying to be better.”
As a first-teamer on the offensive line, Coleman has seen his fair share of 2017 Round 1 draft pick Myles Garrett’s pass rush, but Garrett wasn’t the only defender who has been a standout. The other? Emmanuel Ogbah, who will be serving as a starting defensive end with Garrett this year. But no matter who the would-be rushers are, either right now in training camp or once the regular season begins, Coleman isn’t worried about who Cleveland’s quarterback will be this year. “You’ve got to block for whoever’s back there. We just got to go out there and protect whoever they put behind us,” said Coleman when asked about the status of the position.
The best news, though, is that Coleman is feeling “a lot more comfortable,” in his second year. He noted that the biggest differences between college football and the NFL are that it’s faster, that the playbook is more complex and “everyone’s good and best technique wins out.” With Coleman earning the starting right tackle job, it appears he’s now not just ‘good,’ but ‘NFL good.’