I think if everything is going well, I think this defense could be the best in the league. We have a lot of players that can contribute and help this team win. We’ve got a lot of rushers. We’ve got corners on the back end. We’ve got D-linemen that can hold those blocks and get off and make plays. We’ve got linebackers that can come up and tackle the run and get back in coverage as well. So we have a lot of tools that we can use.
— Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo, Tuesday, in front of a gaggle of local media members following a youth football camp at FirstEnergy Stadium. Though switching to a 3-4 defense under the watch of Ray Horton and adding plenty of ammunition, the Browns defense cracked the top 10 (in terms of yardage per game) in 2011, though the entire AFC North was represented favorably. In 2012, the Browns were 22nd in the league, allowing 363.8 yards per game. A best-in-the-league finish would represent an extreme improvement.