Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron talks about trying to defend Kansas City Chiefs running backs Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis.
The Cleveland Browns (4-8) are set to clash with the Kansas City Chiefs (2-10) in Week 14, and defensive coordinator Dick Jauron is focused on trying to contain Jamaal Charles and limit any impact for Peyton Hillis. Jauron spoke with the media on Thursday about his impresisons of the Chiefs' backfield, and here is what he had to say about Charles (via ClevelandBrowns.com):
"He is a very good zone runner. It doesn't mean he doesn't run the scheme plays well also, the other plays well also like the counters and the toss cracks. He does those very well too. He's different and somewhat similar to Ray Rice. Both of them are very good. They are very, very good readers of the defensive scheme and where the holes are. They get there quickly, get in and out of the hole quickly and down the field and really attack a defense and make things happen."
The Browns are ranked No. 16 in run defense, so limiting Charles will be a big factor in the game, but former Browns running back Peyton Hillis is also a concern. Jauron and the Browns are familiar with Hillis, but they are still keeping up with his production and how he fits in with the speedier Charles:
"You know Peyton well. He's a big powerful back, a really good downhill runner. He gets behind his pads. He's hard to stop. Then Charles is just a great zone runner. They do a very nice job in their zone scheme. He's a great runner in everything. In the zone scheme, he's got the ability to stretch the defense and then put that one foot in the ground and make the cut. He's got the speed to go the distance. He's a big threat anytime in the course of the football game. It gives them a really good one-two punch."
Charles has rushed for 1,055 yards and three touchdowns on 222 carries (4.8 yards per carry) -- along with six plays of 20+ yards in the running game -- while Hillis has been limited to 193 yards and one touchdown on 59 carries (3.3 yards per carry).
The Browns are riding a two-game winning streak, while the Chiefs are coming off a win over the Carolina Panthers. The Browns are set to host the Chiefs in Week 14 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.