When Chris Kiffin first examined the players he inherited for his first season as the Browns’ defensive line coach, he knew the playbook possibilities and schemes could be immense.
At defensive end, Kiffin has Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon, two Pro-Bowl players capable of reaching the backfield every play. In the interior, he has Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi, who combined for 102 tackles and 8.5 sacks last season. Behind them all are young players who might be on the verge of breakout seasons if they crack the 53-man roster with impressive training camps.
Kiffin has no shortage of weapons in his first season in Cleveland, and he plans to use them all in a variety of formations and play designs, depending on the scenario.
“When you are game-planning, when it really dives into game planning and scheming things up as far as third down rushes and putting your guys in the best position to have success, you are always making it to the individual,” Kiffin said Tuesday in a video call with local reporters. “We have some different combinations where we can move guys around and put them in their best position to have success. What do we look like on first down? What do we look like when we have a lead? What do we look like in a short-yardage situation?”
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