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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Browns are having another disastrous season but linebackers Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey have been giving everything they have this year. Schobert and Kirksey have combined for 250 tackles and just imagine if Cleveland got some other guys around these two outstanding LBs. Myles Garrett was supposed to be a big contributor, he has under-produced as a rookie but there’s no doubt Garrett will be special down the line. Outside of that though Cleveland doesn’t have many good players on either side of the ball and that’s why the Browns are 1-29 in their last 30 football games. Schobert is a second year middle linebacker out of the University of Wisconsin. So he is just bringing that gritty Wisconsin mentality to the table for Cleveland. Christian Kirksey is from Iowa which makes it obvious that these Big 10 guys are really translating over to the professional game. Not only that but Schobert is 24 years old and Kirksey is 25 years old so these two players could be in the mix for the next six or seven seasons. By achieving the identity of having strong linebackers Cleveland has a core that they can build upon. This franchise is ranked 16th defensively and 26th offensively. What that means is the offense side of the ball is what needs to be addressed this off-season. You better believe Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey are a big reason why the defense has been competitive while the offense has been nonexistent. A couple more playmakers around Schobert and Kirksey will allow this team to get into the top half of the league defensively. Expect to see Schobert shooting gaps and Kirksey wreaking havoc off the edge for the foreseeable future in Cleveland. The question now is whether or not the Browns will part ways with Hue Jackson? Their head football coach who has continuously underachieved during his two year stint.
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