Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil has set the bar high for Cleveland's deep cast of defensive backs in 2015.
"I think we have the potential to be the best secondary in the NFL," O'Neil told reporters Thursday, per Daryl Ruiter of WKRK-FM.
O'Neil echoed the high praise we heard from safety Donte Whitner in May, when he told The Plain Dealer: "I would have to say us (and) I would have to say Seattle and then based on the players the New York Jets picked up, I'd say you have to put them up there (as the best secondary) but they haven't collectively done anything together so I would say the Cleveland Browns and the Seattle Seahawks."
Cleveland has just as much to prove as the Jets. Whitner claims New York hasn't done anything as a unit, but that's not true: Gang Green went out of its way to reunite cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, who made New York a whirlwind in days past. The Jets also added former Browns cover man Buster Skrine in free agency, giving new coach Todd Bowles -- a master when it comes to coaching up secondaries -- plenty to work with.