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[url=]Youth Duke Johnson Jr Jersey[/url] , nearly impossible.Gregg Williams' chances, on the other hand, have improved.Since being elevated to Cleveland's interim coach when Hue Jackson was fired on Oct. 29, Williams, the team's in-your-grill defensive coordinator, has guided the Browns to four wins 鈥?two on the road 鈥?and has a team that didn't win once last season playing meaningful December games, believing anything is possible.Seven weeks ago, Williams was a long-shot candidate. He now looks like a serious one."He deserves credit for a lot of stuff that's going on now, just the fire and the energy that he's bringing to this team has been incredible," Browns wide receiver Breshad Perriman said Monday, two days after a 17-16 win in Denver. "I feel like you can't put a limit for the amount of credit you give him."Williams has won over his players, who feel his attention to detail and demand for accountability has brought out the best in them. He's also endeared himself to a segment of battle-scarred Cleveland fans, who would hate to see Williams leave and prosper elsewhere after his successful substitute stint.General manager John Dorsey, who is heading the team's coaching search, will interview Williams for the full-time job once the season ends. Until then, the 60-year-old Williams won't discuss his future.The gregarious coach loves to talk 鈥?about anything. But with two games to go, Williams is not going to address his interest in coaching the Browns (6-7-1) in 2019 and beyond."I appreciate to answer that, and all honesty, I do not think it is fair to the players or to anybody here," he said. "The most important thing is making sure that these guys understand how we continue to win and how we get ready for the Bengals (on Sunday). Really. When they see the mindset is that way 鈥?that is the way that my mindset has always been. We will talk about that at the end."There is no denying Williams' impact in less than two months.The Browns were in shambles when he took over, headed toward further disgrace. But Williams has helped salvage this season 鈥?Cleveland is technically still alive for a wild-card spot 鈥?while providing a glimpse of a future that hasn't looked nearly this promising in years.Williams has more wins in six weeks than Jackson got in 40. He has demanded [url=]White Jarvis Landry Jersey[/url] , and the Browns have responded."I just think it was just more attention to detail, and just us in the locker room just not letting all the outside elements affect us and affect how we play," said safety Jabrill Peppers. "It would have been easy to crumble and blame everything else that was going on, but we stuck together, fought it out and we're on the cusp of having our first winning season around here in a long time, so everything falls how it may."Peppers said he didn't have any "ill will" toward Jackson, but indicated the Browns have been better prepared by Williams, who stresses competition at all times."We just practice real-game situations competitively now instead of having the game be the first time that situation arises," Peppers said. "Let's say it's a two-minute drive, instead of the game being that first time our offense goes into two-minute mode, we do it in practice 鈥?competitive. We're the ultimate competitors, so we all want to win that period, both offensively and defensively. I think that's been the main thing that he's brought that helps us win."It's possible that Dorsey, who recently celebrated his one-year anniversary with the Browns, already has his next coach in mind 鈥?his wish list may include former Packers coach Mike McCarthy and Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley 鈥?and there may be nothing Williams can do to dissuade him from selecting another coach.However, if Cleveland wins its last two games and finishes with a winning record for the first time since 2007, Williams could make it very difficult for Dorsey not to hire him.That once seemed a far-fetched scenario. Turns out, it may not be far off.NOTES: Rookie CB Denzel Ward has not yet cleared concussion protocol. He has missed the past two games. ... Peppers and his teammates were motivated by meeting former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who spoke to the team on Friday in Denver. "That was probably one of the dopest moments since I've been in the league," Peppers said. "It was just a good experience, man [url=]Youth Jabrill Peppers Jersey[/url] , and his message really hit home. It gave me that extra little oomph that I needed for prime time." Peppers had an interception, and his first NFL sack in the closing minutes clinched Cleveland's win.Browns’ pass rush gets no love from Pro Football Focus The numbers are what they are, so no data-minded analytical organization is going to tell you the Cleveland Browns are going to field a dominant pass rushing defense in 2018.That’s why Pro Football Focus’ Gordon McGuiness has the Browns ranked all the way near the bottom, coming in at No. 28, heading into the season. McGuiness doesn’t see much room for improvement for a unit that will essentially be the same group—plus rookie Chad Thomas, and added experience for everyone else—that struggled to generate pressure without added help from additional blitzers last season.In case you forgot, the Browns blitzed a ton last season, especially on third-down passing plays.So it’s not surprising the majority of their sacks came from blitzing than from not sending any additional pressure. What about in general? Well, they blitzed a lot pretty much always, really, sending five or more pass rushers on 44.1 percent of defensive plays. That was tied with Carolina for the most in the NFL, with the New Orleans Saints coming in at a distant third with 38 percent.Despite those numbers, the Browns’ pass rush finished the 2017 season with just the 30th-best pressure percentage in the NFL, coming in at only 29.5 percent.That is, well, something to say the least. Even with the added bonus of having additional pass rushers, the Browns just are not getting to the quarterback in Greg Williams’ scheme. And PFF and others have measured the numbers, so there’s no real debating that.However, there is just one small factor that the analytical powerhouse is overlooking: there are 11 players on defense, not seven.As ESPN’s Louis Riddick so eloquently surmised, a pass rush cannot and will not be effective without the support of all 11 players. And if you watched the Browns last season at all [url=]White Terrance Mitchell Jersey[/url] , you know their secondary was a porous dumpster fire for the better part of the year.Here’s a look at a Matt Stafford touchdown last season, a play where the Browns sent heavy pressure—6 rushers—and left their defensive backs in Cover 1, with four defenders in man coverage underneath and one free safety playing the middle top zone. The result was shockingly bad, as tight end Eric Ebron burned safety Derrick Kindred. Kindred sold out on a double move, stumbled, and Stafford had an easy touchdown connection.The pressure never got to Stafford. Maybe if Kindred didn’t fall and was locked into Ebron down the sideline, Stafford would have hesitated and the Browns may have gotten there.This isn’t an indictment on Kindred, but it is a symptom of the heavy blitzing the Browns defense was called to execute. Would the outcome have been different if the they only sent four or five rushers? Maybe, but Stafford audibled to that play because he knew the Browns were bringing heat. He knew this because everyone in the building knew this, because that’s what the Browns repeatedly did last season. He knew this because they didn’t generate pressure without it, and their secondary didn’t hold long enough—even with added defenders—to give them a shot.Luckily for Williams’ pass rush, the Browns’ secondary has help on the way. New general manager John Dorsey basically gutted the entire defensive backfield, bringing in multiple new faces who have found success in the NFL. Dorsey also drafted Denzel Ward with the No. 4 pick.If the new additions can hold up for even one or two more seconds without giving up big plays, or at least making a quarterback second-guess his release for even a passing moment, the Browns’ pass rush should be able to dramatically improve its effective pressure percentage this season. That is, however, dependent on them improving and winning their individual battles more consistently.Blitz more, or blitz less, everyone needs to do a better job winning against the guy in front of them, or none of this will matter and PFF’s projection will easily become reality.

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