NFL: Browns defense wilts under pressure

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Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton has watched his charges get scored upon in eight of the past nine fourth-quarter possessions.

BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton prides himself on being a look-in-the-mirror kind of guy, and the man staring back at him can’t deny that his defense has choked in the fourth quarter of the past three games.

“We have failed the last three weeks,” Horton said. “You cannot play well for three quarters and then, come crunch time, tighten up. We talk about being the backbone of the team; well, you can’t do that. You don’t do that. … It’s very disappointing.”

Horton acknowledged that some of his players are crumbling under the weight of a close game.

Read more at Cleveland.com.

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