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The veteran cornerback stepped in front of receivers to knock away passes _ when he wasn’t making interceptions.
Brown looked completely comfortable in new coordinator Dick Jauron’s defense. He should. Having four down linemen and three linebackers in front of him is the same basic concept he learned in eight seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before being traded to Cleveland a year ago.
Brown is eager to play in it again.
“This is my system,” Brown said. “I love the quicker tempo. Everything is sharper, faster.”
Brown said that’s one big difference from the old regime that included a 3-4 defense under Eric Mangini, fired after last year’s 5-11 finish.
“Both ways can be successful,” Brown said. “I’m just more comfortable in this one, not to say that I didn’t like the other way. This is a little crisper, from my standpoint. Every day, we finish on time or ahead of schedule. We’re fresh. We’re organized. We’re getting ready.”
Brown came to camp ready after having offseason shoulder surgery, and the 32-year-old believes he hasn’t lost a step.
Two years ago, he returned five interceptions and one fumble recovery for a career-high 212 yards. He had zero return yards on two picks in 2010 when he was hampered. He tweaked his shoulder in mid-November, but two weeks later had a season-high 10 tackles in a win over Carolina. He tore the rotator cuff in the shoulder in mid-December against Buffalo, but didn’t miss a start, extending his consecutive-game string to 144, second among active defensive backs to Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber (208).
“I made adjustments to compensate and got by,” Brown said. “Everything is fine now. It’s not an issue at all.”
“He leads leadership to that group,” Shumur said.
Brown says the unit will get chances to react quicker and make plays, though it may not necessarily result in more interceptions. That’s fine with him, as long as Cleveland gives up fewer points overall.
“I think if we execute this defense right, a lot of subtle things will happen that don’t always show up on the stat sheet,” Brown said, adding that his duties have not changed.
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