Stopping the run continues to plague Browns defense

The Browns have given up 151- and 224-yards rushing in the first two preseason games.

BEREA, Ohio--It's been just two preseason games, but there has been a familiar trend. 

The Browns are still not stopping the run on defense. 

The Browns gave up 151 yards on the ground against Green Bay and gave up 224 yards rushing against Atlanta.

Overall, the Browns gave up 498 yards of offense to the Falcons.

"Obviously, defensively we have some work to to do," Hue Jackson said on a conference call Friday. "We have to do better against the rush. Most teams are going to think they can move the ball on us that way.

"There were some things our first team defense did (well), but overall we just have to tackle better."

After the game, Jackson said he was anxious to see how many missed tackles the Browns had. When asked how many he counted, he declined to say.

"We had too many," he said. "I promise you that. We had too many to my liking. We have to do a better job of tackling. That's pretty obvious."

Since it's been just two preseason games, Jackson isn't willing to say stopping the run is a ongoing problem.

"We just need to improve on," he said. "I'm not going to say it's a consistent problem because we've only played two games. Obviously, its a sore thumb we need to work through it and we'll get back on the practice field and get after it."

Jackson said he believes the problems are fixable.

"It showed us things we need to work on," he said. "We just need to do a better job of taking proper angles, wrapping up and finishing our tackles."

Danny Shelton has been a focal point of the defense because being the nose tackle, his job is primary in disrupting and stopping the run. However, Jackson didn't want to lay the blame on Shelton.

"I don't the it's just about Danny," Jackson said. "It's about our defense, our unit. Our unit needs to play better. I don't think it's about one guy. It's the whole unit."

Shelton was the only defensive starter playing into the second half, but Jackson said that wasn't about being disappointed with Shelton's performance. Shelton was credited with one tackle. Shelton went up against former Browns center Alex Mack for most of the first half. 

"That wasn't about that," he said. "We were truly looking at different combinations. It had nothing do do with being disappointed in his performance."

However, Jackson didn't rule out using Jamie Meder more at nose tackle.

"We'll continue to look at different combinations to see if we can get the best guys out there," Jackson said. "I  don't think we have all the answers right now. I think our guys know we need to improve and will come in chomping at the bit (to do so).

"As a whole there are things we need to improve upon pretty quickly," he said. "This is the time to evaluate what is the best for us as we head into the season."

Extra Points

Good Signs: Jackson singled out Robert Griffin and Terrelle Pryor for their play in the offense and likes the way the offense played.

No Injuries: Jackson said there were no injuries of note coming out of the game. 

"The big plays were evident," he said. "We want to be a dynamic offense and be able to score by land or by air."

Gilbert and Mingo:Jackson was asked about the play of two former No. 1 draft choices, CB Justin Gilbert and LB Barkevious Mingo.

On Gilbert, Jackson said. "He didn't play as well as I think that Justin can play," he said. "He'll continue to play and I think he'll continue to grow and work at some of the things he needs to get better at."

Gilbert had two tackles and a pass broken up, but also committed a holding penalty that negated a sack by DL Carl Nassib.

On Mingo, Jackson said. "We want to see more out of all of our players so we can have the best players on our football team."

Mingo was credited with four tackles, a tackle for loss.

Big Week: The Browns head to Tampa Bay Tuesday to practice with the Buccaneers two days before playing them in the third preseason game next Friday. Jackson said he expects WR Corey Coleman and CB Joe Haden to practice and hopefully, play in the game.

"I think it's a big week for both of them," he said. "We haven't had a chance to see them against live competition."

K'waun's Status: Jackson was asked about suspended DB K'Waun Williams, but he didn't want to talk about him.

"K'waun right now, it's a little early to even talk about him," he said. "Right now, he's suspended. When that's done, we'll take it accordingly from there."

Williams was suspended this week for two weeks for multiple violation of team rules.

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