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Barkevious Mingo bullish on strength of Browns defense

Barkevious Mingo, Emmanuel Stephens AP

With all due respect to the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears and others, Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo believes the Cleveland Browns could have the best defensive unit in the league this season.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mingo believes the Browns have the pieces in place to be among the league’s best.

“If everything is going well, I think this defense could be the best in the league,” Mingo said.

“We have a lot of players that can contribute and help this team win. We’ve got a lot of rushers. We’ve got corners on the back-end. We’ve got D-linemen that can hold those blocks and get off and make plays. We’ve got linebackers that can come up and tackle the run and get back in coverage as well. So we have a lot of tools that we can use.”

It would be a pretty significant climb from where the Browns finished in 2012. Cleveland was ranked 23rd in the league last season in total defense and 19th in points allowed.

The Browns do have some strong pieces on the defensive side of the ball and the potential to be especially strong in the front seven. Joe Haden has Pro Bowl potential at corner and the addition of defensive coordinator Ray Horton could help solidify the group as a whole.

Still, it seems a little premature for anyone, let alone a rookie, to claim the Browns belong in that conversation. The potential could be there, but they’ll have to prove they belong to be considered one of the league’s best defenses this fall.

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21 Responses to “Barkevious Mingo bullish on strength of Browns defense”
  1. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 19, 2013 12:42 AM

    With a few more pieces, this could be a formidable… Naaaaah! Who are we kidding? This is the Browns we’re talking about.

    5-11

  2. ibleedblackandgold1979 says: Jun 19, 2013 12:49 AM

    Wow. I guess Pittsburgh and their Number 1 defense in the league last year are left entirely out of the conversation huh? It’s ok. We like to be underestimated.

  3. cali49er707 says: Jun 19, 2013 12:50 AM

    Im not going to say he is wrong nor will I say he is right but, how about Barkevious play a snap in the NFL first before barking some BS!!!

  4. slumdog66 says: Jun 19, 2013 1:03 AM

    With all due respect to the browns, you’re still the browns.

  5. beelicker says: Jun 19, 2013 1:07 AM

    You can always tell a rookie (who should be seen & not heard) but you can’t tell them much …

  6. alchemistcirca1979 says: Jun 19, 2013 1:08 AM

    worry about being the best defense in your division before you start yapping about being the best in the NFL.

  7. hsteacher says: Jun 19, 2013 1:30 AM

    Hmmm, does he know the Cleveland offense was ranked 25th in yards per game and 24th in points. Have fun running around on the field most of the day Mr. Mingo.

  8. sarentack says: Jun 19, 2013 1:40 AM

    The day the Browns reach the playoffs, hell will freeze over.

  9. cnote82 says: Jun 19, 2013 1:51 AM

    They’ll be lucky to finish in the top 20.

  10. nyfcat says: Jun 19, 2013 2:49 AM

    The #6 pick in the draft SHOULD respond in this way if asked

  11. oldskoolson1 says: Jun 19, 2013 3:09 AM

    Not getting my hopes up!!! Tired of having anxiety attacks over my Browns.

  12. greenmeattruck says: Jun 19, 2013 6:34 AM

    Coolest names in sports:

    1) Barkevious Mingo
    2) Cocoa Crisp
    3) Craphonso Thorpe
    4) Dikimbe Mutumbo
    5) Kabeer Baja-Biamilia

  13. boyshole25 says: Jun 19, 2013 6:52 AM

    They’re defense was good last season it’s the offense that needs help

  14. ausernamethatisavailable says: Jun 19, 2013 7:28 AM

    Bears? What is this 2009?

  15. packfntk says: Jun 19, 2013 7:48 AM

    The Bears? Why are they in this conversation anymore? It will be a different unit.

    That being said, wake up Mingo, this is the big boy league. We know everyone is better than college.

  16. steeelfann says: Jun 19, 2013 7:55 AM

    Just try to be ahead in defense of the other 3 teams in the division. Rookie.

  17. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 19, 2013 7:59 AM

    I would love to see that. I often feel bad for Cleveland fans.

  18. camdenyard says: Jun 19, 2013 8:19 AM

    So who is this guy that he’s qualified to make an assessment of NFL defenses when he’s never played a snap?

    Oh, that’s right – they have a lot of rushers and corners and linemen etc. etc. And hey, they can contribute! They must be the best in the league!

    Clowny sure knows how to pick ‘em.

  19. mancave001 says: Jun 19, 2013 2:00 PM

    I wonder if rookies who HAVE NEVER PLAYED IN THE LEAGUE realize how dumb they sound making comments like “we could be the best in the league.” Yes, Bark…you have all those “tools.” But so does every other NFL team. Apparently this is a guy who doesn’t yet understand the level of competition he is going to face. We’ll see what he thinks when he’s up against even SECOND TEAM vets, much less the elite players.

  20. Dream_Machine says: Jun 19, 2013 9:26 PM

    What Mr. Mingo Doesn’t Know Is That Every Year, The Browns Could Be Viewed And Are Viewed As The Sexy Playoff Pick. I Just Hate It When They Prove Me Wrong, Every Year.

  21. clebrowns216 says: Jun 20, 2013 10:02 PM

    Man you guys are cry babies. He is just showing confidence in his team, you guys are just reading way too much into it because you feel like hating on the browns.

    If someone on your guys’ team said this you would love the confidence and talk about how great it is. So just relax and quit reading so much into every little comment. He’s just showing confidence in his Defense.

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