Zach Brown an immediate upgrade for Redskins’ run defense

Analyst John Breitenbach explains how new Redskins linebacker Zach Brown can improve Washington's run defense.

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Zach Brown

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Zach Brown an immediate upgrade for Redskins’ run defense

  • In 2016, the Washington defense struggled against the ground game on third down. On 43 third-down rush attempts, the Redskins’ defense surrendered 24 conversions, for an unsatisfactory run-conversion percentage of 55.8.
  • Inside linebackers Mason Foster and Will Compton saw the majority of snaps against the run last season, managing run-stop percentages of 7.8 (24th at the position) and 6.3 (32nd), respectively.
  • New signing Zach Brown ranked fourth among all inside linebackers in total stops, with 38 in 2016. His run-stop percentage of 8.9 percent betters Washington’s incumbents. Brown put on a stellar performance against New England in Week 4 of the 2016 season, where he accounted for 11 solo defensive stops.

Zach Brown against the run in 2016

  • crosseyedlemon

    Zach Brown was among the top 10 free agent acquisitions in my opinion. The Bills are going to regret letting him walk.