Barkevious Mingo bullish on strength of Browns defense

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.

21 responses to “Barkevious Mingo bullish on strength of Browns defense

  1. 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. 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!!!

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

  4. 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.

  5. Coolest names in sports:

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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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