Browns Officially Set To Switch To 3-4 Defense

It’s official: The Cleveland Browns will be moving from a 4-3 defense to the 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on an interview Horton gave with 910 AM in Arizona, in which he confirmed that the Browns will be a 3-4 defense starting this year—not a hybrid-style defense like many had speculated. Horton anticipates his defense to look similar to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ attack-style 3-4 defense, which he himself worked with from 2004 until 2010.

This move will require a thorough evaluation of the players currently on the defensive roster to see who can make the switch and who cannot. It will likely result in a bit more free agency activity than we’ve typically seen out of the Browns in recent years. It might be a defense-heavy draft for Cleveland, too, to ensure the team has enough personnel capable of running the new scheme.


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