What did we learn about the Browns’ defense this season and what does it means for next year?


CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns defense probably deserves more credit than they’re getting considering all defensive coordinator Joe Woods overcame in 2020.

Virtual off-season craziness aside, Woods commanded a unit that lost their second-round rookie safety and their first selection from 2019 before Week 1 began. Purposely cheap at linebacker, the Browns counted on creating pressure with four linemen and playing excellent backend coverage.

Without Greedy Williams, No. 3 corner Terrance Mitchell stepped up by playing more snaps than any Browns defender (1,225). It seems fitting safety Andrew Sendejo played the second most (999 snaps). Browns fans wanted him off the field all season but that’s what happens when injuries strike. Instead of a dynamic rookie safety and a budding second-year corner, Woods deployed two veterans, one with plenty of quality football ahead of him and the other ripe for retirement.

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