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Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur likes way defense is taking shape

Players returning to the field for Browns helps bolster Shurmur's confidence in defense.

Matt Sullivan

The Cleveland Browns will try to win consecutive games for the first time this season when they travel to play the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

The Browns beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday thanks in large part to gathering eight turnovers from Pittsburgh's offense led by quarterback Charlie Batch. Any success Cleveland has this year will rely on how well the defense plays in support of the young offense led by rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur addressed the media on Monday and spoke about the progress his defense have made of late as a few key players return from injury and begin producing as expected.

"I think you see a couple of components that are taking shape now that we didn't have earlier," Shurmur said. "We have more defensive linemen that are healthy. When you have that, it all starts up front there. Then we had Joe Haden back in the lineup."

Combine the improved health with a few young players figuring out how to make a bigger impact and Shurmur likes what he sees on the defensive side of the ball.

"We've got some young players at the second level at the safety position and the linebacker position that are getting more time and are getting more comfortable with playing the game," Shurmur said. "I feel like based on what I saw earlier in the year when we were out there playing defense, I see things coming together like you would have visualized it starting training camp if everybody was healthy and out there."

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