B.J. Goodson “very confident” he can replace Joe Schobert in Browns defense

Getty Images

Linebacker B.J. Goodson started nine of the 15 games he played for the Packers last season, which was enough for the Browns to offer him a one-year, $2.4 million deal to come to Cleveland this season.

The Browns had a hole open in the middle of their defense when linebacker Joe Schobert left for the Jaguars as a free agent and they have a few options to fill it on their roster. Goodson said on Thursday that he expects to make the most of his chance to grab the job.

“Like I said earlier, I feel very confident in my game,” Goodson said, via Cleveland.com. “If you ask me, I will just tell you that I prepare and I’m able to perform as well as any other linebacker in the league, not just to point out one guy. I feel very confident in that with the opportunity given. . . . As a middle linebacker and especially as long as I’ve been playing, that leadership role is something that you just inherit. It’s something that I’m definitely looking forward to being an addition there for those guys.”

Goodson had 37 tackles for the Packers last season. He started 20 of the 37 games he played for the Giants during his first three years in the league.

4 responses to “B.J. Goodson “very confident” he can replace Joe Schobert in Browns defense

  1. I’m not sure why the Browns let Schobert go. Not a spectacular player, but a tackle machine who isn’t someone you can just automatically replace. Nothing against Goodson, but it’s hard to see what the comparison is.

    As I’ve said many times, Jimmy Haslam is the worst owner in the NFL – maybe in all of pro sports. He won’t stick with any one regime, and when the new guys come in they always seem to clean house. We don’t hang on to any of our young, drafted talent.

    I love Mayfield and Chubb and Garrett, sure – but Schobert is the kind of non-superstar player that is productive and hard to replace. I’ll bet he thrives on the Jags. And we should’ve kept Peppers and not brought on OBJ – too much of a headache.

    As I said – this kind of restless, churning nonsense starts at the top and will continue as long as we have the idiot Haslam steering our ship.

    Good luck Joe.

  2. I’m not sure why the Browns let Schobert go. Not a spectacular player, but a tackle machine who isn’t someone you can just automatically replace. “

    Really ???? Let’s look at some real numbers for “the tackle machine”…..

    After earning a grade of 77.2 in 2018 (a career-best), Schobert finished with just a 59.1 last season which ranked 48th in the league for middle linebackers. Schobert also had 16 missed tackles, which tied him for the ninth most in the NFL.
    In addition to the missed tackles, he also had some issues in the passing game. In 2019, he allowed a completion percentage of 69.1 which was a huge drop from the prior year when he allowed just 59.6 percent of the passes thrown his way to be caught.

    I’ve been a fan since ‘64 and will continue to be……I liked Joe too, and he’ll be serviceable at best for his next team.
    Take the blinders off from time time and deal with reality

  3. And I fall dead smack in the middle of AFW AFW’s assessment and fansincecollier. Schobert did have the uncannily ability to make a big play at the right moment. Similar to Clay Mathews Senior. He’s not a hall of famer but he’s also not a liability.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.