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Brown’s defense bangs out after last loss to Bill’s

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The Cleveland Browns’ defense seemed doomed at times this season, and the reality is that it could be.

The Cleveland defense was slashed again against the Bills on Sunday, allowing Buffalo to run behind 171 rushing yards in the 31-23 win. Browns safety Grant Delpit provided some worrying insights into unity after Cleveland fell to 3-7.

“I have to stop the run. Easy,” said Delphi. “To have confidence, you have to know what you are doing. The team must be able to trust that they know what they are doing. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it never works.”

Delpit provided further insight into the exact meaning of this statement.

“In the running game you have to know how fit you are. If you don’t know your fit or jump out of your gap, the barrel will burst every time,” Delpit said. “You need to know your seizures.”

Along with Delpit, an anonymous Browns defensive player told The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd that there had been internal frustration at defensive coordinator Joe Woods’ lack of adjustments.

“If it doesn’t work, change it,” he said. “We’re not fucking changing anything.”

Myles Garrett was very vocal prior to the matchup with the Bills that the Browns needed to win their next two games to keep their playoff hopes alive. After Sunday’s tough game, that obviously won’t be the case, and the Browns will need significant help if they are to make the postseason.

“That’s always been the idea: win the next two, but it was really about keep winning and keep stacking. That’s still the idea,” Garrett said. “That’s still the mindset. That won’t change. We still feel like we can do it, but we have to prepare and be detailed enough to match that excitement and energy that we have if we want to do it.”

Garrett expressed disappointment with the defense’s performance, especially after a promising start against the Bills. A particular focus for Garrett was the lack of forced turnovers, which he believes stems from the team’s mindset on the job.

“In practice, it just needs to be emphasized more,” Garrett said. “It didn’t matter if we go out and train. It has to be more important to us if we want to enforce these takeaways in the game. We have goals that we have set ourselves in practice and we are not achieving them.”

Woods’ game plan has previously been questioned, particularly by Garrett, who said the Browns didn’t make the right adjustments when they were overwhelmed 45-7 by the Patriots last season.

That year, Garrett hinted that the Dolphins knew exactly what the Browns defense was going to do during their Week 10 matchup, which helped Miami amass nearly 500 yards in offense.

“Honestly, how specific it was to us (is what stood out),” Garrett said. “It wasn’t like a first 15, it was like a first 60. The way they attacked us was very detailed in what they were trying to do and just got us out of position most of the time. When we tried to switch things up, they seemed a step ahead.”

The Browns will face Tom Brady and the Buccaneers next week as they attempt to return to the Victory Column.

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