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Ray Horton: We’ll use Barkevious Mingo differently

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During Ray Horton’s first stint as the defensive coordinator in Cleveland, he helped break linebacker Barkevious Mingo into the lineup after the Browns made Mingo the sixth pick in the 2013 draft.

Mingo had five sacks that season, but added just two over the next two seasons while playing a role less focused on rushing the passer for former coach Mike Pettine and defensive coordinator Jim O’Neill. The Browns reportedly dangled him in trade talks before last year’s deadline, but Horton said Thursday that Mingo’s very much in the team’s plans for next season.

Horton said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, those plans will be “different than in past. Got to use his God-given ability.” He didn’t specify exactly how the usage would be different, but he also said that the team “to give [linebacker Paul Kruger] help on the other side” as a pass rusher.

That desire and Mingo’s relative pass rushing success under Horton in the past would seem to give some idea about how the Browns want to use Mingo, who will need a strong season to turn around a career that’s fit right in with the recent trend of underperforming first-rounders in Cleveland.

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18 Responses to “Ray Horton: We’ll use Barkevious Mingo differently”
  1. floratiotime says: Feb 18, 2016 2:08 PM

    His name says it all.

  2. manzielf says: Feb 18, 2016 2:09 PM

    First person to use the phrase, “Factory of Sadness” is a rotten egg. Ready Set Go!

  3. jjb0811 says: Feb 18, 2016 2:10 PM

    Browns philosophy: draft a blitzing LB and make him play coverage.

  4. daysend564 says: Feb 18, 2016 2:18 PM

    “Factory of Crap”

  5. godofwine330 says: Feb 18, 2016 2:38 PM

    The Browns need to deploy a 4-3 scheme because the passive 3-4 scheme doesn’t work. Mingo needs to have his hand in the dirt as a LDE against the opposing RT or TE. Put him and #Armonty Bryant there and rotate til one of them emerge because they are similar players.

    Ditch the 3-4 Defense

  6. steelerben says: Feb 18, 2016 2:41 PM

    The Browns plan to use him completely differently. Instead of rushing the quarterback, he is going to BE the quarterback.

  7. 2mccloud says: Feb 18, 2016 2:47 PM

    jjbo811: Browns philosophy: draft a blitzing LB and make him play coverage.


    The former HC and DC (now the Niners DC/problem) came up with that disastrous scheme.

    Like to believe this new staff will get it right.

  8. dcapettini says: Feb 18, 2016 2:51 PM

    The Browns should contract out their draft. Whoever they get could not possibly do as bad as they have done. Kiper would probably be willing to get them rolling and he seems to have a better handle on the value of these young players than the Browns do.

  9. slash714 says: Feb 18, 2016 3:00 PM

    Get the guy in the weight room and make him work his ass off for once. He’s has talent, just no heart.

  10. mitchellb55 says: Feb 18, 2016 3:16 PM

    Cleveland sports is a joke just like the city!

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 18, 2016 3:33 PM

    Every time I see an article about this guy my first thought is “who the hell names a kid Barkevious”?

  12. NRG Stadium's Wonky Grass says: Feb 18, 2016 3:47 PM

    What a name. When he was drafted I though how ridiculous. Barkevious? Now it’s kind of grown on me.

  13. logicaldawg says: Feb 18, 2016 4:29 PM

    Good to see the new regime thinking about assigning duties based on skill sets.

    Next up, Paul Kruger to rush the QB. Make it happen!

  14. oldcracker says: Feb 18, 2016 4:33 PM

    I believe the Defense will be much improved just by changing the D-coordinator.

    Watch Kreuger’s numbers to jump back up, too.

    Hell, maybe Horton can get the real CB Gilbert back.

    I still believe Pettine and his high school buddies were intentionally hired and left behind by Joe Banner and Mike Dumbardi as a time bomb for the Browns because they knew they were getting fired.

  15. tonybot3 says: Feb 18, 2016 5:59 PM

    i’m not down on the guy at all. Dude does have athletic ability.

  16. oneiblnd says: Feb 18, 2016 6:33 PM

    Might as well get it started. It’s not too early. Who do the Browns take in the 2017 Draft lottery? 2016 is just filler.

  17. kwjsb says: Feb 19, 2016 8:21 AM

    “We’ll use Barkevious Mingo differently”

    ‘Bobby’ Boucher Jr. was a linebacker too……

    Waterboy ?

  18. gonakgod says: Feb 19, 2016 8:36 PM

    That’s an awesome name.

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