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State of the DTs: Rogers, Browns’ Defense Must Sync to Improve in 2009

Article By on 26th June, 2009

... Jack Harver's "State of the DTs" series, introduced here.

Shaun Rogers' first season in Cleveland was a tale of two contrasting stats lines.

One was Rogers' individual production: 76 tackles—61 of them solo—to go with 4.5 sacks (second-most in the NFL by a nose tackle) and four passes defensed.  Pro Bowl voters showed their approval by sending Rogers to Hawaii for the third time in his career.

The other was the Browns' run defense.  With Rogers in the middle of their line, Cleveland allowed a 100-yard rusher in eight of their 16 games and gave up over 150 rushing yards per ga...

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