Thursday, August 4, 2011

Size matters in Browns defense

Phil Taylor practiced today for the first time since ending his holdout Tuesday. He won't put on the pads until this afternoon, but he is huge. He weighs 338 pounds and Ahtyba Rubin weighs in at 315. That is a lot of beef inside at tackle in the 4-3 defense the Browns will play.

Run defense has been a problem for the Browns most of their first 12 years. Last year they were 27th against the run. They finished 5-11 for the second straight year.

As big as Taylor is now, he was even bigger before he changed his diet. He\once weighed 388 pounds until a coach got hold of him and made him change his eating habits - no more late night feasts. He is much quicker at a svelte 338.

Taylor immediately started working with the first team defense today. General Manager Tom Heckert said the Browns have to get younger, and Taylor plus end Jabaal Sheard, both rookies, are part of that youth movement. The Browns should be better defensively in October than in September as the rookies learn their craft.


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