JACKSONVILLE – Malcom Brown likes what he sees around him.
That's because the veteran defensive lineman understands the most important task facing the Jaguars' defense: stopping the run. And those players around him?
They absolutely have the ability and the confidence to accomplish that task.
"It all starts with trust," Brown told senior writer John Oehser Thursday as the Jaguars prepared to play the Houston Texans in the 2021 regular-season opener at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, Sunday at 1 p.m.
"You have to trust that your teammates are going to be in their gap, and they have to trust that you're going to be in your gap. We all have to work together and we're all building that relationship where we know how each other plays."
Brown, who joined the Jaguars in a March trade with the New Orleans Saints, joined Oehser for this week's O-Zone Podcast presented by VyStar. He discussed multiple topics in their conversation, including just what he likes about his brutally, taxing physical position.
"One word that comes to mind is it just takes grit," he said. "You've got to want to win the fight. You have to want to be in there. You can't be down there and not want to be in there, not want to play the run and not want to do the things it takes. Then, you'll get blown out of there.
"You have to be built for it and you have to made for it. Everybody's not made to be in the trenches.
Brown, a first-round selection by the New England Patriots in the 2015 NFL Draft, played four seasons with the Patriots and with the Saints. He never has not made the postseason. He was asked his outlook for a rebuilding Jaguars team as his seventh NFL season began.
"One thing I know about being in this league is it's a long season," Brown said. "The team may not be where you want it to be in September, but it needs to be getting better every week at that point. That's all we're trying to do – come in and take it day by day, week by week and stack them all up together. We're just out here working, for real."
To hear the entire O-Zone Podcast with Brown, click HERE.