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Browns will expect Taylor, Sheard to start right away

Jabaal Sheard AP

When the Browns moved back from No. 6 to No. 27 in the Julio Jones trade, they had a very specific target for their new first round pick: Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor.

They were so anxious to get Taylor, in fact, they traded up to No. 21 to make sure they nabbed him.

“I know Tom [Heckert] and Mike [Holmgren] really liked him. So that was kind of the plan,” defensive coordinator Dick Jauron told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “The rest is kind of revisionist history. If we didn’t, what would have happened? I think we’d still have a good draft, but it would have been disappointing for us at the moment, because that’s a guy we had targeted.”

Taylor will be expected to start right away in Jauron’s 4-3 defense.  So will second round pick defensive end Jabaal Sheard, according to a pair of articles by Tony Grossi.  The Browns are so thin up front, they will be looking for the starter opposite Sheard via free agency.

It reminds us how difficult it can be to transition defensive schemes.  The Browns defense wasn’t that bad last year and now they have more holes than they did under Eric Mangini.

It reminds us a bit of the approach in Buffalo last year, when they transitioned away from Jauron’s reasonably effective 4-3 defense. Cleveland’s defense may need to take a step back before they take a step forward.

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18 Responses to “Browns will expect Taylor, Sheard to start right away”
  1. brownsfn says: May 15, 2011 2:52 PM

    We will have a rough adjustment period this year but 2012 the Browns will be SOLID….those 2 1st rounders and a year in both new systems they will improve by leaps and bounds…

  2. bw82b says: May 15, 2011 3:13 PM

    dude is gigantic

  3. runtheball says: May 15, 2011 3:48 PM

    Sheard is better in a 4-3, Taylor is probably better in a 3-4.

  4. dynasty233118488 says: May 15, 2011 3:55 PM

    Julio Jones will out-produce both of them, greg little, and whatever scrubs the Browns pick with ATL’s picks next season.

  5. dbellina says: May 15, 2011 4:06 PM

    I could see them signing Ray Edwards to play opposite of Sheard, even though I want Edwards back in Minnesota…

  6. ArtModellsPimp says: May 15, 2011 4:17 PM

    runtheball says:

    “Sheard is better in a 4-3, Taylor is probably better in a 3-4.”
    —————–
    I don’t know how you came to that conclusion. Paired with Athyba Rubin, the Browns have run-stoppers in the middle. On passing downs, Taylor will probably draw a double-teams, while Rubin goes for the QB…and allows the LB’s to run free and cover the middle or blitz.

    Besides, Phil Taylor has had success at Baylor in the 4-3. Why do you say he would have more success in a 3-4?

  7. ArtModellsPimp says: May 15, 2011 4:25 PM

    dynasty233118488 says:

    “Julio Jones will out-produce both of them, greg little, and whatever scrubs the Browns pick with ATL’s picks next season.”
    ————–

    Julio Jones has a problem hanging onto the ball. Greg Little catches balls thrown anywhere within his reach. Check the youtube videos.

    Jones is a little quicker and runs sharper routes, but Little fights CB’s for possession and usually wins.

    I’ll take the sure hands and winner’s attitude any day over Jone’s speed, especially in a West Coast system. Jones reminds me too much of Braylon “Hands of Stone” Edwards.

  8. jimmybrock says: May 15, 2011 4:36 PM

    “Cleveland’s defense may need to take a step back before they take a step forward.”

    That’s a familiar theme in Cleveland.

  9. carson9 says: May 15, 2011 4:48 PM

    This has 2006 written all over it. In the 2006 Draft the Bills traded back in the 1st round to snatch up DT John McCargo. In 5 yrs he has 29 Tackles and 2.5 sacks. The Browns will be drafting Taylor’s replacement in 2013. Coming from a bad football school like Baylor this guy has B-U-S-T written all over him…

  10. takemytalentstosoutheuclid says: May 15, 2011 4:56 PM

    “Julio Jones will out-produce both of them, greg little, and whatever scrubs the Browns pick with ATL’s picks next season.”

    Yes, that was a genius move on Atlanta’s part. Aaron Rodgers went through their defense like crap through a goose, but hey, let’s trade away a bunch of picks to get a butter fingers WR..

    Brilliant, ATL!

  11. dynasty233118488 says: May 15, 2011 5:02 PM

    artmodellspimp:

    If Greg Little was so great he wouldn’t have slipped to number 59, big guy. And don’t give me the suspension excuse garbage cuz Quinn went 14th overall.

    Winner attitude? That’s what Julio has, bud…he’s the one who received accolades and awards for leadership…Greg Little is a “me guy” who lied to everybody at the combine. I think you’re a little bit mixed up…

    Julio Jones was a guaranteed top 10 pick and Greg Little almost slipped to the 3rd round…to say you would rather have him than Jones is just a ridiculous statement.

    Funny screen name though

  12. bigtrav425 says: May 15, 2011 6:04 PM

    Of course they do Rubin is the only guy we have up front besides them and switching to a 4-3 is going to make being short handed even worse. And as a Browns fan im still not sold on the trade and/or draft picks yet,altho i am willing to give it a chance because Heckert is pretty damn good at drafting.I just hope Taylor doesnt eat his way out of the league or end up just wanting the money and not really playing

  13. ppdoc13 says: May 15, 2011 7:14 PM

    @artmodellspimp – typical Clown fan. did you book your tickets for the Superbowl yet?

  14. mvlonergan says: May 15, 2011 10:51 PM

    It also reminds me of Mangini’s approach in New York, McDaniels’ approach in Denver, and Shanahan’s approach in Washington. It’s amazing how people paid so much money to make smart decisions can be so stupid. If you don’t have the personnel, DON’T RUN THE SYSTEM.

    Parcells, Belichick, and Tomlin are the only three system guys who’ve handled this correctly in recent years. Parcells and Belichick collected the right personnel before switching to a 3-4 and Tomlin stuck with what was working in Pittsburgh. All three guys have multiple Superbowl rings.

    Seriously, this should be an owner’s first question when interviewing for a new head coach. “Are you going to immediately switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 or vice versa?” If the answer is yes, show the guy the door. All that does is guarantee one year of ineptitude and at least another year of mediocrity. Then by year three the coach is praying for a top 10 defense and the owner is feeling like he wasted his money.

  15. tashkalucy says: May 16, 2011 12:10 AM

    It’s amazing ow many of you know all about these college players and how they’ll do in the pros.

    I’d bet that 2 months ago the only player in this article that any of the people making comments knew about is Julio Jones.

  16. tmillhone says: May 16, 2011 3:26 AM

    @bigtrav425:

    Phil Taylor’s twitter “about me” before being drafted by the Browns read: “Always truckin’ to make that $$$!!!”

    There’s a PRETTY good chance he just wants the money and won’t give it his all..

  17. brownsclown says: May 16, 2011 7:56 AM

    These dudes have what it takes to be great!

    A combined Wonderlic score of under six!

  18. biglebronski says: May 16, 2011 8:14 AM

    “It reminds us how difficult it can be to transition defensive schemes. The Browns defense wasn’t that bad last year and now they have more holes than they did under Eric Mangini.”
    ——————————————————————-
    The Browns have more holes now because last year they had the oldest defense in the league. Mangini did the Browns no favors by sticking with guys in their mid-30s.

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