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“I asked him, ‘What am I doing wrong? I can’t block you,’” Moore said. “He said, ‘No tight end will ever block me. You’re not doing anything wrong. It’s just not going to happen.’ So I said, ‘Well, you can’t guard me, so I guess we’re even.’”

Roth has a unique coverage style. It’s called bump and can’t run.

“My whole philosophy is if I can knock them on the ground, I don’t got to cover them,” he said. “It makes my job easier.”

Coach Eric Mangini loves what Roth brings to his defense. Mangini wants the Browns to be tough and physical, and Roth has tough and physical down to a science.

The Browns are the only AFC team that hasn’t given up a rushing touchdown this season, and Cleveland hasn’t allowed a player to run for more than 100 yards in six consecutive games. It’s a carryover from last season, when the Browns’ rushing defense improved from the moment Roth arrived.

A former defensive coordinator, Mangini knows Roth is more than a handful.

“He’s hard to block with a tight end, he can challenge any tackle that they put out there and he’s just angry,” Mangini said. “It’s a good angry.”

Roth knows people think he’s a little, well, off. He doesn’t mind.

“My mom won’t like it,” he said. “But I’ll take it.”

With the Browns clinging to their 23-20 lead in the fourth quarter last week, Roth pursued Palmer across the field and dropped him for a four-yard loss. The sack forced the Bengals to punt, and they didn’t get the ball back as the Browns were able to run out the final 4:41.

Roth didn’t celebrate his sack with a dance. Instead, he flexed like a body builder _ not creative, but effective.

“I don’t get too fancy out there,” Roth said. “The flex is more my style. I learned over the years you don’t want to burn up too much energy, so that’s the way to go.”

He may want to try something new next time.

“We made fun of his flex,” Thomas said.

Not to his face.