Ask Vic: Defense’s strength sustainable

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Senior Editor Vic Carucci answers fan questions from the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages, and

You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages, and Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:

Chad says: “Vic, I read and listen to you daily. I can feel your frustration through your articles. I feel like our defense is here to stay. You can’t blame our D for 17 of the Steelers’ points. Our offense needs some serious help. QB, RB, WR, another TE, and a few offensive linemen. That’s a long list.”

I say: You are pretty perceptive, Chad, although I wasn’t trying to be that obvious about it.

Nevertheless, it’s hard not to be frustrated about what we’ve seen in the past two weeks. Losing is one thing. Repeatedly self-destructing is an entirely different matter, and it makes the losses that much tougher to take.

That said, I do agree that the Browns’ defense has established itself as an area of strength for years to come. No, it did not have its best performance against the Steelers. It did not generate the pressure that was needed to help neutralize Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of Pittsburgh’s passing game. 

But it is strong and should only get stronger as young players, such as Barkevious Mingo, gain more experience.

Your list of positions of need is spot on. And if the Browns can find the right kind of help from those additions, that, too, should only make their defense better.

Kevin says: “Do you think Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi are more worried about drafting or winning after losing Sunday?”

I say: I think they’re always more worried about winning than anything else, Kevin.

Winning is the only reason for anyone to be in this game, whether you’re the CEO, the general manager, the coach, or a player.

Nevertheless, Banner and Lombardi also have to be looking ahead while focusing on the present. That’s the nature of their job. As the regular season plays itself out, they are thinking about the draft in May. They’re putting together the draft board, with intense evaluation of the 2014 college crop.

 But I don’t, for a second, believe that they consider winning any sort of afterthought. Seeing the team finish strong is important to them because they want the Browns to have a solid foundation on which to continue building.

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