Mike: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will see a familiar looking defense as the Browns have some Patriots-like qualities to them. This is a 3-4 defense that is somewhat stingy, ranking in a tie for 12th for fewest points allowed in the NFL.
Tedy: This defense reminds me of the early stages of the 3-4 defense that was played here in New England, the two-gapping, being physical, being aggressive, man-on-man, winning one-on-one battles. One player who stands out to me is Scott Fujita, who they signed in the offseason via New Orleans. I think he has brought some championship attitude to the team, veteran leadership, and he's out there making plays. He wasn't a big two-gapping 3-4 guy before coming to Cleveland and it looks like he's made a nice transition. When they went into New Orleans two weeks ago, they came away with four interceptions against Drew Brees, they are making big plays and sometimes that can be contagious.
Mike: The Browns used quite a few different looks in their upset win over the Saints two weeks ago. At one point, when we reviewed the action, we saw a two-man rush with nine players dropping into coverage. Other times, it was more of a true blitz, with six rushers.
Tedy: This is a team that will make the quarterback think -- two-man, three-man rush at times. Then, right when you think they might be showing a three-man rush, they'll bring seven. They show different looks and disguise coverages, and that's something Eric Mangini always stressed in defensive meetings -- "don't tell the quarterback what you're about to do, don't give him the answers pre-snap." That was a Mangini mantra when he was Patriots defensive coordinator and as defensive backs coach."