Ray Horton on Barkevious Mingo: “I want him to be a dominating player.”

Following mini-camp on Thursday, defensive coordinator Ray Horton met with the media. When asked about first round pick Barkevious Mingo’s weight (a popular topic for discussion lately) Horton talked about what he wants from the linebacker.

“I want him to be a dominating player,” he said. “Weight? Some guys are too big, some guys are too small. Some guys aren’t fast enough, some guys aren’t slow enough, but they learn how to play. We want athletic players. He is an athletic football player and that’s what we want him to be.”

It was clear from Horton’s comments that the Browns are focusing on the very basics of the defense during the mini-camp and aren’t going to rush Mingo’s progress.

“It’s a totally different defense so there is a lot of adjustments – terminology, drops, the way I call games, the way I ask them to learn the defense,” Horton said. “Right now I am just asking them to trust me and trust the defense and they are doing that. We are pleased with where we are at day three of OTAs.”

Not only are Mingo and Jabaal Sheard learning a new defensive system, but a new position as well.

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  • Foghorn Leghorn

    This screams of rebuild season. Let me hypothesize the interviews we will hear this season, and then next season:

    This year: “We’re learning the defense and its coming along great. Coach Horton has this defense moving in the right direction, and we’re ready to compete now”.

    Next year: “Last season was a big adjustment to a new scheme, terms, etc and I think that’s why we didn’t produce in games like we wanted to. This year, with the experience we gained, we’re actually ready to compete for the division”.

    So frustrating, and I feel about 95% confident we will hear this quotes in some form. We have seen it all before. Please tell me Im wrong.

  • Bourn, Michael Bourn

    Obviously one shouldn’t expect the browns to be top dawgs in the division and go 10 & 6, so in a sense it’s another rebuild year.

    I truly believe that the defense will be effective this year though. Our defense was slightly above average last year and this year we added Kruger, Bryant, Mingo and a much better coordinator. Our defense could easily crack the top 10 this year.

    The overall success of this year is completely dependent on Brandon Weeden. If Brandon has a good sophomore year, we could easily sneak into the playoffs like Indy or Washington last year.

    Bottom line: defense will be good, run game will be good, hopefully Weeden steps up. (A lot better outlook than any season since 99)

  • Might not have to worry about it if Horton gets himself a HC position next season. Then it’ll just be the first quote again with a new name in his place.

  • Toddyus

    …And a shift to a 4-3 defense, you know, because it’s better suited to defending the zone read offense that no one in the AFC Central will be running…

  • paulbip

    Mingo had better get more sacks than Marcus Benard who had 7.5 sacks and was cut. Forget about the run or coverage because mingo is a “one trick poney”.