The Browns are 0-3 and Jabrill Peppers is getting a lot of the blame from Browns's fans.
Via Dawgs By Nature:
Peppers really hurt us in the first half.
I said when Peppers was drafted — and keeping in mind my Buckeye bias — that I wasn’t thrilled with him being a first round pick, but I thought he had a chance to develop into a Ward-type safety with better athleticism and value on special teams. If they really want to make him a textbook free safety instead, they’re going to do it in practice because he is killing the team right now. This was not a good day in any way for Gregg Williams.
Our defense is trash. I want Williams to stop playing the safeties so deep. It isn’t working. This is the first game where Peppers stood out to me, in a bad way.
His lack of ball skills is problematic.
I figured we’d at least see a few amazing athletic plays to compensate for his noted issues in coverage, but it’s been like we’re playing with ten on defense.
Is it his fault? Gregg Williams, the Browns' defensive coordinator, does not think so.
"I've given every single defensive back a chance to prove that you can be the angel of this defense,'' Williams said. "The angel is the person who covers everybody else up. He's the angel. That's the big picture we have in our defensive team meeting room in the back of the room. Why is it in the back of the room and not in the front of the room? Because you're in the back of the defense and you have to be the angel.''
Williams, as seen in the video above, says even someone in the organization asked him why he's playing Peppers so deep.
"'Because I told him to,''' Williams responded. "If he no longer does what I tell him to do, he's going to be your intern or someone else's intern in the building. He is going to play where I tell him to play, and when you take a look at how well he has played, there have only been four passes thrown farther than 20 yards against us this year a two have been interceptions, one has been an incompletion and one was caught by (Steelers WR) Antonio Brown that still (ticks me off).
"That was a punt. That wasn't a throw. That ball should have been knocked down, carted off or turned over. No way should that pass have been complete. Jabrill is doing very well. He is doing very well.''
Any Browns fans on the board want to weigh in?