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PFF’s 10 highest-graded Browns’ defensive players vs. Texans

The calling card of the 2023 Cleveland Browns defense was nowhere to be found on Saturday as the team only managed nine quarterback pressures and zero sacks as a team. Linebackers Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Sione Takitaki were the only noticeable players to step up.

It looked like a good chance for the dominant pass rush to make a rookie quarterback look flustered, but it was the opposite that happened.

Offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik had Browns defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s scheme figured out from the start. He knew what Cleveland was going to throw at them and exactly how to beat that and the Browns looked lost on that side of the ball.

The Browns’ defense just looked unprepared and almost like they thought they could just show up and they would dominate. Now they are on their coach looking towards the future with their 2023 season now complete. Here is a look at the top 10 performances from the blowout loss on the defensive side of the ball according to PFF.

LB Sione Takitaki

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Browns Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Sione Takitaki Texans

Overall: 79.1

Run Defense: 78.4

Coverage: 69.5

LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

Browns Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Sione Takitaki Texans
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Overall: 76.9

Run Defense: 52.1

Coverage: 83.7

DE Za'Darius Smith

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Browns Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Sione Takitaki Texans

Overall: 72.4

Pass Rush: 61.4

Run Defense: 72.2

DE Myles Garrett

Browns Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Sione Takitaki Texans
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Overall: 72.3

Pass Rush: 73.9

Run Defense: 71.2

LB Jordan Kunaszyk

Browns Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Sione Takitaki Texans
Browns Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Sione Takitaki Texans

Overall: 66.7

Run Defense: 62.9

Tackling: 71.7

DT Shelby Harris

Browns Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Sione Takitaki Texans
Browns Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Sione Takitaki Texans

Overall: 66.3

Run Defense: 64.0

Pass Rush: 62.2

CB Cameron Mitchell

Browns Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Sione Takitaki Texans
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andrei Iosivas (80) turns downfield after completing a catch as Cleveland Browns cornerback Cameron Mitchell

Overall: 66.0

Coverage: 65.6

Run Defense: 60.0

DE Alex Wright

Browns Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Sione Takitaki Texans
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Overall: 65.1

Pass Rush: 52.3

Run Defense: 69.0

DT Jordan Elliott

Browns Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Sione Takitaki Texans
Browns Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Sione Takitaki Texans

Overall: 62.2

Pass Rush: 76.1

Run Defense: 53.6

LB Tony Fields II

Browns Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Sione Takitaki Texans
Browns Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Sione Takitaki Texans

Overall: 61.8

Run Defense: 56.8

Coverage: 65.2

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Story originally appeared on Browns Wire