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Know your Enemy: Interview with Dawg Pound Daily

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For today’s matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals, I spoke with Mike Ristano, assistant editor of Dawg Pound Daily, and he offered some great insight on what we should expect to see today.

Oct 13, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson (39) returns an interception against the Detroit Lions during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

1. Talk about the defense and who’s standing out other than Joe Haden.

MR: Well right now, the defense is the stalwart of this team and just playing lights out. The unit as a whole are playing great football and it’s the reason they are in the position they are at this point in the season. A couple of guys you could look to as standouts thus far would be undrafted second-year free safety Tashaun Gipson. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton had high praises for him earlier this week calling him the defensive MVP on the team.

To quote Horton, “He’s got fantastic hands, and he’s tough and he makes very few mistakes. He’s protected some guys that may have been out of position.” Another guy playing great football is the guy playing across from Joe Haden, cornerback Buster Skrine. Having been thrown onto the field the past few years, in a learn on the job kind of role, Buster has worked extremely hard and has turned into a really good corner opposite of Haden. I could add a few other guys as well, but these two have really stood tall so far this season.