Last season, in Pettine’s first season, the Browns had the 9th-best defense in points allowed.
Also, O’Neil is close to the Pettine family, as he played high school football with his father in Pennsylvania.
As the new defensive coordinator, he’ll be in charge of helping the team improve from last season’s results under former defensive coordinator Eric Mangini. O’Neil will have to understand that his defensive unit will have to be asked to be on the field more as Kelly is going to use an uptempo offensive scheme.
In two of Kelly’s three seasons, his defensive unit under former defensive coordinator Billy Davis was on the field for the most plays in the league. In the year that thy weren’t first, they were second.
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