The relatively small sample size appears to state what every Browns’ fan has seen with their own eyes: The Browns secondary is profoundly better with Joe Haden on the field.
This from ESPN’s AFC North Blogger Jamison Hensley:
“The Browns are a different pass defense when cornerback Joe Haden is on the field. During his four-game suspension, the Browns allowed quarterbacks to complete 66.4 percent of their passes with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. With Haden on the field, Cleveland has held quarterbacks to a 58 percent completion rate with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. In three games this season, Haden has intercepted two passes and has broken up four throws.”
It’s not only the interceptions and passes defended with which Haden directly influences the game. Additionally, it’s the mistakes of others he can cover for as well as the ability to bump Sheldon Brown, Buster Skrine, and others down the hierarchy on a less talented receiver.
(H/T: Terry Pluto, The Plain Dealer)