Rob Chudzinski: Barkevious Mingo has “really improved”


In the first three weeks of the season, the Browns traded their starting running back and threw open the competition for the starting quarterback job.

But that’s not all that should define September for the Browns.

The beginning of 2013 might have spelled the start of a promising era for the Browns’ defense, which has been outstanding in the first three weeks of the season. Entering Week Four, only the Jets are allowing fewer yards per play than Cleveland. Moreover, the Browns’ pass rush has been strong, notching 12 sacks thus far.

Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo has done his part to bolster that pass rush, recording a sack in each of his first two regular-season games. Now, with starter Jabaal Sheard doubtful with a knee injury, Mingo could very well make his first NFL regular-season start Sunday against Cincinnati.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has liked what he has seen from the Browns’ first-round pick.

“All parts of his game have really improved,” Chudzinski said Friday, according to the club.

Chudzinski has been pleased with Mingo’s progress defending the run.

“A lot of that is just learning the defense and learning the techniques and getting better,” Chudzinski said. “He plays with real good leverage. That shows in his strength.”

In Mingo, Sheard and Paul Kruger, the Browns have a wealth of rush talent at outside linebacker. In short, this looks like a defense that could be fun to watch protecting leads while facing teams in must-pass situations.

Which, of course, brings us back to the Browns’ offense. We know the story. It’s a work-in-progress. The good news is the defense looks to have turned the corner.

14 responses to “Rob Chudzinski: Barkevious Mingo has “really improved”

  1. I think Ray Horton will be on afew more short lists next off-season. When he finally does get his shot, hopefully he doesn’t make the same mistake of his promoted defensive coordinator brothers and employ some ancient conservative philosophy offensive coach.

  2. realfootballfan says:
    Sep 28, 2013 10:39 AM
    I think Ray Horton will be on afew more short lists next off-season.

    THIS explains why the Browns are not going to be trading any of their d-line/linebacker surplus this year. Who knows what kind of defensive system our new defensive coordinator will run next season. I, for one, am happy to sit back and enjoy one season of great defense. Go Browns!

  3. Sorry, but I’d give up our first pick right now for Mingo. This guy is a talented pass rusher. The Ravens had a hard time blocking him.
    I’m glad for the Browns. Finally a draft pick with a very high ceiling. Want to trade him???
    I don’t think so !!

  4. Let me start by saying that I am NOT a Browns fan.

    But since everyone in the media is playing follow the leader as usual and just constantly rehashing the “Browns are tanking the season by trading their starting running back” position, let me give you a different take.

    So far the new regime in Cleveland has:

    1) Managed to get a 1st round draft pick in exchange for a RB averaging 3.5 YPC who sat for two years in college behind Mark Ingram, who has rushed for 1,100 yards in THREE SEASONS. What the previous regime gave up to get him is irrelevant. Richardson was the 17th best back in the NFL last year and the Browns traded him for a 1st round pick. That is a WIN.

    2) Shown that they are ready and willing to move on from the other disastrous first round pick from last year, 75 year old Brandon Weeden, who oh-by-the-way is older than Matthew Stafford.

    3) Drafted a guy in the first round who looks like a real potential game changer on defense in Mingo.

    4) Hired a HC with a good reputation around the league and OCs and DCs that are considered amongst the very best in the league.

    And what haven’t they done? Conduct the “fire sale” that every pundit in the country predicted after the Richardson trade.

    They are NOT trading Gordon. They are NOT trading Joe Thomas.

    Will the Browns be good this year? Probably not. But the idea that current management is incompetent or trying to lose is simply not defensible factually.

  5. You know what is a waste and has been a waste? Andre Johnson with the Houston Texans….even with DeAndre Hopkins on board, the Houston Texans have choked with Matt Schaub at QB. All of these years, he has been a beast. Schaub just does not seem to be able to get the job done. A.J. Green is in the same boat. Both Cinncy and Houston are overloaded with talent, yet can’t seem to get over the hump.

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