BEREA, Ohio—Demario Davis was brought to the Browns to be one of the key leaders of the defense and he welcomes the opportunity, but he says there are several leaders on the defense.“I think the leadership role as a middle linebacker is always natural,” Davis said prior to practice. “It’s by position, but you just talk about leaders in the locker room, leaders on defense – you have got three Pro Bowl guys: Paul Kruger, Joe Haden, Tramon Williams, guys who have won Super Bowls.
“I am always trying to defer to their experience, their guidance,” he said. “As far as structure, keeping everything together, it’s always going to be on the middle linebacker. It’s just like getting everybody lined up. It’s his job, his responsibility. I have to embrace that role, but we have got a lot of guys, and it’s going to take 11 guys with like minds, alpha-male mentality to put together a piece of the defense. That’s our goal.”
Davis (6-2, 248) signed with the Browns as an unrestricted free agent after four seasons with the Jets, where he led the Jets in tackles last season with 114 tackles. Davis was drafted by the Jets in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Davis was asked what kind of defense he expects from the Browns this season.
“It’s 11 guys. That’s what it takes – 11 guys,” he said. “You have got to have great coverage on the back end. You have got have great pressure up front from all seven guys – inside backers, outside backers, D line. You have to have it all. It take’s 11. It starts really with getting good pass rushing. You have got to be able to stop the run because that’s what makes them pass. It takes 11 guys and it is collective.”
Davis is excited to play for Hue Jackson and was asked what he likes the most about his new coach.
“Just his intensity, his intensity and his drive for success, it’s contagious,” Davis said. “You can just see it around the building and in the community. There’s a great feeling around here. That’s what you have got to have. He’s raising our expectations, raising the standard. When you have that, you have a chance.”