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4 Reasons the Browns May Win

Throughout the season I have always done my best to remain positive and focus on the reasons the Browns could do well. Today I’m doing the same thing, but because no sane person would pick the Browns to beat the streaking Seahawks, I’m giving myself a little handicap. I’m looking for 4 reasons the Browns may win against the +14.5 spread.

1. The Seahawks don’t have a running back. After Thomas Rawls went down last week with a broken ankle the only remaining running backs on the roster are third down back Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown, and the newly signed Christine Michael. One of the main strengths of the Seattle Offense has been their ability to move the ball on the ground but injuries may not allow them take advantage of the Browns poor run D. Plus it is very hard to run up the score and cover large spreads without a solid running game.

2. The Browns pass rush has stepped up immensely. Last week the Browns sacked 49er QB Blaine Gabbert 9 times and young players like Nate Orchard, Armonty Bryant, and Xavier Cooper accounted for half of them. These young players could give the Seattle O-Line, which has allowed the third most sacks, plenty of trouble. Russell Wilson has been performing great over the past 4 games mostly because he hasn’t been pressured. If Orchard and Bryant can generate pressure we can do what the Vikings and Ravens couldn’t, which is stay within 14 points.

3. Gary Barnidge presents problems Seattle hasn’t dealt with. Seattle’s defense is very solid and should be able to stifle our practically weaponless offense. Luckily for us though Seattle usually allows lots of receptions to TEs. Plus Kam Chancellor is questionable which could give Gary Barnidge more space to make plays.

4. Johnny Manziel presents unique challenges for any defense, Seattle is very good at hindering QBs but they haven’t gone against a QB with his mobility since Cam Newton put up . Manziel’s play-making could be the key to creating big plays to keep the game close. If all these things happen and the Browns play a clean game we can keep within 2 touchdowns of the mighty Seattle Seahawks.

 

The Browns Hope to Rebound Against the Chargers

The Browns looked awful against the Raiders on almost all facets. Now we have to go the west coast and play a game against the San Diego Chargers. Here are five things to watch for and maybe get excited about for this game.

  1. Our defense has a great shot of bouncing back this game. The Browns have rare opportunity of going against one of the worst O-Lines in the NFL one game after they lost 4 linemen to injury, all but but one of them, (right guard D.J. Fluker who is questionable), are out for this game. This gives us a chance to actually stop the run game and generate the real pass rush that was lacking in the Raiders game. This could completely break the offense and give our offense chance at keeping this game close or perhaps even winning it.
  2. Gary Barnidge showed himself to be a force  against Oakland. The Raiders have been the worst team in the NFL defending tight ends so Barnidge needs to prove that he can be a weapon in the Browns depleted armory.
  3. The Browns pass protecting unit was awful against the Raiders and schematic changes must be
    Linebacker Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders sacks and forces quarterback Josh McCown #13 of the Cleveland Browns to fumble during a game . (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
    Linebacker Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders sacks and forces quarterback Josh McCown #13 of the Cleveland Browns to fumble during a game . (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

    shown. On Monday, I always love checking Pro Football Focus’ recap of the Browns game which shows the top five highest graded players on the Browns and our opponent. There, I was surprised to see that three of our lineman had received excellent grades. I then re-watched the game and saw that a lot of pressure was generated by miscommunication allowing players to run free in the backfield. One time I saw Khalil Mack, one of the best defenders in the game, getting picked up by our rookie fullback. That’s not a good idea. Mack just spun away quickly and sacked McCown before he could do anything. Hopefully the line can recover against a sub-par rush unit and move forward with new O-Line coach George DeLeone.

  4. The secondary looked awful against the Raiders and now they need to play the Chargers potentially explosive passing game. The Browns secondary knows they haven’t been playing well enough to justify their lofty preseason expectations. This tweet by Donte Whitner shows that they see a problem with their play.
    https://twitter.com/DonteWhitner/status/648623537029148672
    In order for the Browns to win the secondary must step up and cover the Charger’s talented receivers. And even more importantly, not miss tackles.
  5. Brown’s fans are not happy right and they have every right to be. But a win against the Chargers on the road could silence critics, (for at least a week). I personally believe that this Browns team is better than the 3-13 projections some fans are making. I also believe that the Jets and Raiders aren’t the pushovers we thought they would be. This team still has a chance to show people this organization is moving in the right direction even if it feel like all hope is lost.

Final Prediction: Browns defense rebounds and takes advantage of the Charger’s weak offensive line and the offense does just enough to win.

Browns 20 Chargers 17

Browns' Free Agency 2015: First Wave Recap

Well…That was disappointing, to say the least. But I mean I guess it is what was expected. The Browns stuck to their plan and went out, made a few veteran signings at positions of need for reasonable prices, and marginally improved the team. Hopefully at least. They definitely did not do anything sexy though. That being said, welcome to Cleveland…

Brian Hartline (WR – Dolphins)

Hartline was a player who had been linked to the Browns for a couple of weeks before free agency opened, and, as he had been released by the Dolphins (meaning his contract wasn’t simply expiring), the Browns were able to sign him on Tuesday morning before free agency actually formally opened. As the team is right now, it would be reasonable to expect Hartline to start next season, and if, for some terrible and stupid reason, the Browns don’t pick up another free agency between now and August, Hartline will be the Browns #1. Which would not be good. To be clear, I’m not saying that Hartline isn’t a good signing. To the contrary, I expect him to be a significant contributor this next year (to the tune of at least 800 yards and 4 touchdowns) as the #2 for the Browns, but he simply is not a #1 receiver. That position still needs to be addressed in the first round of the Draft. Overall though, this is a strong signing, definitely considering that the contract is a simple 2-year, $6 million deal ($1.5 guaranteed), meaning it doesn’t involve too much commitment if Hartline fails to meet expectations.

Tramon Williams (CB – Packers)

I was extremely bummed to see Buster Skrine walk, but Williams is an adequate replacement. Were he in his prime, he would be more than adequate, but considering the fact that he is already 32, he is past his peak and slightly on the decline. Nonetheless, he will be a solid starter across from Joe Haden, and his 3-year ($21 million) contract will give Justin Gilbert plenty of time to mature and develop into a legitimate starter. Or, if that doesn’t happen, it will give the Browns enough time to find a long-term option at the position. Williams himself was quite effective at Green Bay, and his ability to create turnovers (28 career interceptions) and his skill in coverage (at least 14 passes defended in each of the last 7 seasons) make him an excellent fit for the Browns’ system. Additionally, coming from Green Bay, he is already used to the cold, which is always a nice little bonus.

Randy Starks (DE – Dolphins)

Starks was another veteran player brought in to replace a departing defensive starter. With Ahtyba Rubin on the way out, the Browns needed to bring in another big body for the defense. A two-time Pro-Bowler, Starks is a solid run-stopper who is also stout in the pass game, having racked up 41 career sacks, a significant amount for a linemen who plays primarily on the inside. While not a long-term solution (he’s 31), Starks will hopefully be able to help mentor whichever defensive tackle the Browns draft in the first round this year (since that will happen). Or, if he ends up losing what can be assumed to be a starter’s role during preseason, he will still serve as a solid rotational player.

…and those are the three really important signings so far for the Browns. They also inked Thad Lewis to a contract, but hopefully that will end up being an inconsequential signing, because if he is relevant next season, then the Browns are royally screwed. Additionally, the Browns negotiated a new contract with DL John Hughes, agreeing to pay the 26-year-old $14.4 million over 4 years, bouncing him into the top-20 in terms of pay at his position. This was somewhat perplexing to me. I mean, he is a talented player and all, and he is young, but he is definitely not among the top-20 at his position. Unless Pettine sees some immense amount of potential in practice that the rest of the world simply isn’t picking up, this move doesn’t make too much sense.

One other thing so far doesn’t make much sense: the lack of pursuit of a tight end. I mean, unless the Browns are planning on using a Jim Dray-Gary Barnidge combination for the whole season (an idea that I don’t think anyone is really that hot on), then we have a huge huge hole, especially considering the need to spend earlier draft picks on areas such as DT and WR. Luckily for us, Rob Housler is still chilling on the open market. After a couple weeks where he hasn’t truly been linked to any teams (except maybe the Falcons, but their overall interest is questionable), he will come on the cheap side. And he has the receiving ability to greatly aid whichever poor man ends up starting at QB for the Browns. Sure, his blocking game is weak, but we already have other blocking tight ends, as well as a strong enough line to supplement slight weakness at the position. I maintain he would be an awesome addition to the roster.

Overall though, the Browns have attacked free agency exactly how they said they would – by making deliberate moves to bring in veteran players that have the potential to start in weak areas. They of course will also address these areas of need through the Draft, but these acquisitions guarantee that the Browns at least have a starting-caliber player at the position. Although they have achieved owner Jimmy Haslam’s goal of not overspending in free agency, I will be interested to see what exactly the Browns do with all of their extra cap space. As of right now, the Browns are still looking at about $35 million dollars in cap space. Some of that will hopefully go towards signing Housler, and a portion may go towards bringing in Dwayne Bowe, but that would still leave them with at least $27 million or so to allocate to incoming draft picks. They don’t need near that much, and if they don’t spend enough this year, then they will have to spend a bit extra next season to stay above the salary floor that exists in the NFL right now.

So who knows, maybe the Browns make a surprise move over the next couple of weeks. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

It's A Happy New Year For The Browns

First off, happy New Year everybody. May 2015 be better than 2014. Especially for us Browns fans.

That five game skid to end the season was painful. I have to admit, when we were sitting atop the division in early November, I really truly believed that we would sneak into the playoffs, and I was 100% certain that we would at least finish with a winning record. Alas, neither of those things happened, and us Browns fans had to suffer through a skid that was reminiscent of past years. But despite that ickiness to end the season, we fans have many a reason to be happy and excited heading into this new year:

1. Our Coaches Don’t Take Bullshit

Mike Pettine’s reaction to Johnny Manziel’s alleged party and its after-math (in which Josh Gordon, Justin Gilbert, and Manziel were all late to mandatory team-related activities) shows that he does not have patience for players who don’t put their team and their job first. Suspending Gordon and forcing the rookie tandem to remain in the locker room for the duration of the game showed that Pettine isn’t willing to waste time on individuals who are unwilling to make sacrifices for the team. Although this sort of attitude has adverse effects on the team in the short-term (I’m sure Connor Shaw could’ve benefitted from Gordon’s presence), over the long-term it will lead to a team that is more… well, teamly. The players will trust each other more without this type of toxicity in the locker room, and as a result the team will play better on the field.

2. The Injury Bug Can Only Eat So Much

Armonty Bryant (11 games missed), Alex Mack (11), John Hughes (10), Phil Taylor (11), Miles Austin (4), Paul McQuistan (1), Desmond Bryant (1), Pierre Desir (1), Barkevious Mingo (1), Jordan Cameron (5), Ben Tate (2), Ahtyba Rubin (3), Billy Winn (3), K’Waun Williams (3), Johnson Bademosi (2), Andrew Hawkins (1), Marlon Moore (2), Karlos Dansby (4), Tashaun Gipson (5), Gary Barnidge (3), Joe Haden (1), Brian Hoyer (1), Ryan Seymour (1), Ishmaa’ily Kitchen (1), Johnny Manziel (1). Every single one of those players was inactive due to injury at some point during the season. Considering the caliber of the players on the list, I think it is fair to say that the Browns got unfairly roughed up this season. And yet still managed to improve vastly from previous years. Sure, there will inevitably be injuries next season, but I just don’t see there being as many as this season. With more of our core players remaining in the game, expect improvement.

3. Ray Farmer is Kind of a Minor Personnel Genius

The number of rookies who contributed significantly this season was astounding. Joel Bitonio, K’Waun Williams, Christian Kirksey, Terrance West, and Isaiah Crowell all played big roles for the Browns. Pierre Desir and Connor Shaw both out played expectations. Both Manziel and Gilbert disappointed, but they are both talented enough to turn themselves around this offseason. Combine the rookies with the free agent signings of the past year (which include Karlos Dansby, Donte Whitner, Miles Austin, and Andrew Hawkins, among others), and Ray Farmer’s first class of personnel changes is astounding. With two first round picks this year and less holes to patch up, Farmer is set up to have another great offseason.

4. The Curse of Eternal Browns Optimism

 This is probably the biggest reason we fans should be excited going into next year – we always are. Realistically we often know that the Browns are not going to have a great year, but nonetheless the most exciting time of the year is when Week 1 rolls around. Even if this team was set for a decline, we would still be excited for next season. Life is just not the same without football, and win or lose we are always going to be there cheering (and complaining).

I’m really bummed that I have to suffer through watching the Steelers, Bengals, and Ravens all play this coming weekend, but I’m still happy with what the Browns did. They are an organization that is poised to keep improving over the next few years, and I have little doubt that we will be playing in January in the next season or two.

Cheers and Happy New Year.

Bridging the Gap: The Midweek Report, Week 10

When the Cincinnati Bengals roll into town in Week 15, there is one thing that I’ll be listening for from our home crowd. It is a chant that should sound something like this:

“Two-point-oh … Two-point oh … Two-point-oh”

That, ladies and gentlemen, is the incredible and rarely-paralleled passer rating that Andy Dalton put up a week ago today. That, ladies and gentlemen, is also the lowest passer rating that a QB attempting at least 30 passes has posted since former New York Giants QB Scott Brunner finished with a 2.0 in a contest against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1983. Yep, that’s right folks. No quarterback has been given the opportunity to play that poorly for so long in a game since St. Louis was the home of two Cardinals teams (which, by the way, is real confusing in my opinion; why would you do that to yourself as a city? It’s just silly). At first I really was questioning why Marvin Lewis would keep an obviously useless Dalton in the game so long. But then I realized that Jason Campbell is Cincy’s backup, so…well, yeah, I don’t even need to explain that one.

Anyway, I think I am done ragging on the Bengals. Everyone witnessed the schellacking that took place, so I don’t need to go into it that much. Instead, I’m going to take this time to rag on myself:

Wow, Wow, Wow was I wrong!!! So so so so so so wrong!!!

Let me just show you a few direct quotes from my article last week:

I’m going to come out and say that the Browns have no running game anymore….We have no functional offense anymore….Thus, realistically, the Browns have very little chance of coming out on top tonight.”

“I think it is safe to expect a repeat of Jacksonville.” 

Yeah, my bad y’all. I was a bit off. I mean I’m really glad that I was wrong in this case, just a bit embarrassed to be. First off, the run game put up a very respectable 170 yards, so it is a bit hard to stand by the claim that we have no run game anymore. And then we obviously came out on top as well, so that was wrong too. In a way though it was a repeat of Jacksonville though. Just with the Browns acting as Jacksonville this time around. So I guess, at least when you take that quote out of context, I was actually on to something. Good work Nico. Self-five.

However, despite the running game getting going against the Bengals, I still am quite worried for this upcoming week for a few reasons:

– First, the Texans are coming off a bye, which means that they have had two weeks to prepare to take on the Browns, something that is always a little scary. However, this effect is somewhat lessened by the fact that the Browns had a long week this week after playing on Thursday.

– Second, JJ Watt is a scary scary human being. And Jadeveon Clowney is basically fully healthy again. And I still have doubts about our offensive line and running game. So, basically, my doubts from last week still, at least to an extent, hold for this week. The run game should be able to move the ball, but not on the level that they did last week. Plus, Brian Hoyer will not have much (if any) time in the pocket this week, so there is going to be high pressure on the receivers to get open quickly. Andrew Hawkins should be back this week though, which will be great as it will allow Kyle Shanahan the opportunity to utilize a game plan that features a fair number of quick dump-offs to both Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel. It is still unclear if Jordan Cameron will be returning this week, but in his absence both Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge should be able to handle things.

– Third, safety Tashaun Gipson may well be forced to miss the game due to concussion-like symptoms, leaving our defense without the league leader in interceptions. Houston QB Ryan Mallet has a monster arm, so having the slower and older Jim Leonhard, who can’t cover nearly as much ground as Gipson, in could possibly leave a few holes in the deep areas of the field. Considering the fact that the Texans’ run game is among the top 5 in the league and the Browns may have to stuff the box a little to slow it down, I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least a couple of big plays deep downfield off the play-action. These types of plays tend to swing momentum in a game, meaning they could be quite bad for the Browns.

After last week though, I can’t help but be hopeful. The Browns are in first place in the AFC North and have been playing like they deserve it. Houston is most definitely a beatable team, and I believe that the Browns will be able to win this game, albeit not in quite as convincing of a manner as last week:

Prediction: Browns 27 – Texans 20

Bridging the Gap: The Midweek Report, Week 8

It’s nice seeing a win. Or actually, I should say that it’s nice to see that the Browns won. Unfortunately, I had to spend the weekend working on a project in Washington DC, so I was unable to tune into the game and watch the Browns come out on top. On the bright side though, y’all will be spared my rambling about what went wrong, who I was disappointed with, and what needs to be improved looking forward. So instead I will just touch on a bit of other Browns news from the past few days, as well as give a short preview of this weekend’s game:

– The loss of Jordan Cameron (again) is big. But how big? While Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray have performed well when they have been targeted (5 catches for 54 yards on 8 targets and 9 catches on 11 targets for 118 yards and a touchdown, respectively), neither can really be considered a receiving tight end in the way that Cameron is. Although he has been relatively quiet and ineffective this season so far, his loss for the next game or two will have a significant impact on the offense. Brian Hoyer has been struggling over the past few weeks, and with no running game to lean on ever since the loss of Alex Mack, he has started to lean more heavily on Cameron. If the running game repeats last week (25 carries for 39 yards) against the Buccaneers on Sunday, then this game will be quite ugly for Cleveland. Although Andrew Hawkins has been playing well, Miles Austin has been consistently making key plays, and Taylor Gabriel has been out-performing everyone’s wildest expectations, an offense that expects to be successful and consistently move the chains while depending just on those three players is not at all realistic. The running game needs to step back up to early season form this week in order to make up for the absence of Cameron, otherwise a repeat of Jacksonville should be expected.

– Defensive Coordinator Jim O’Neill has instituted a really cool system in the Browns’ locker room. Each defensive player has been given a dog collar that hangs in their locker. For each “Play Like A Brown” play they make during a game, they are gifted a dog bone to hang from their collars. Now, I’m not quite sure what the heck a “Play Like A Brown” play is or means, but I love this idea. Being the overly competitive freak that I am, the idea of receiving some type of little reward to symbolize my dominance and success at whatever I am doing is beautiful. This type of system creates a lot of healthy competition among players in the locker room, as each tries to outplay and outdo the others in order to win a bone. Although systems like this could potentially be detrimental to a team’s on-field cooperation, the way this system is set up has the opposite effect. From my understanding, a “Play Like A Brown” play doesn’t only refer to things like sacks or forced turnovers, but also can refer to acts such as absorbing multiple blockers at the line of scrimmage or successfully disrupting the timing of a receiver and causing the quarterback to make a poor pass or decision. This kind of system enhances the functionality of a squad by successfully incentivizing players to create opportunities for their teammates to make big plays and get the glory, thus making the team as a whole better. The other added benefit, at least in my eyes, of this system is that it gives players extra reason to play hard even when they are comfortably ahead in a game and have room to relax a little. Similarly, it incentivizes players to continue to give it their all even when the came seems out of reach, helping create the opportunities for comebacks like the one that occurred against the Tennessee Titans. Basically, what I am trying to say here is props to O’Neill for coming up with a brilliant and simple system to keep his players invested in playing well.

– As for this week, the Browns face a third bottom-dweller in a row. With injuries really hindering them right now, this is quite fortunate for the Browns. Sitting only one game out of first place in the division, this game is a must win for the Browns, and realistically it is one that they can and should take. The Buccaneers have been spectacularly bad this year, with what was lauded as a talented defense falling disgustingly short of expectations. Lavonte David has been playing very well, already having racked up 80 tackles on the year, while Gerald McCoy has also been performing at a high level. But two players do not make a defense, and there have been times where it has appeared that they were the only two actually on the field. Unfortunately for them, their offense has been nearly as poor as their defense, with the passing unit ranked 28th this year while the ground attack is 29th. Doug Martin has been a non-factor this year, and Vincent Jackson has been disappointing all season as well. The Browns defense should be able to continue to come up with turnovers this week, and a weakened offense should be able to do enough against a poor defense to give the Browns the victory this week:

Prediction: Browns 27 – Bucs 13

If I Were Joe Banner…

The Browns proved last night that they are indeed a hot mess and that got me thinking…

What would I do about this if I were Joe Banner?

How would I address the problems that currently decimate this Cleveland Browns franchise?

Clearly, things aren’t right and need plenty of fixing, so what could I do to turn this franchise around?

Well, I guess this is my plan.

First and foremost, I would keep Rob Chudzinski. This is the guy to do the job in Cleveland, there’s no doubt in my mind. You can see it in his attitude week after week. The guy gives his best no matter the circumstances, takes risks and never gives up- as evidenced last night. Jimmy and Joe did a phenomenal job with this hire and it’s something I wouldn’t even consider changing.

My next order of business would be to get rid of Greg Little and Josh Gordon as soon as possible. You might be rolling your eyes or clicking out of this article, but I’m absolutely serious.

Josh Gordon is an absolutely talented player, but the kid has far too much maturing to do if he’s ever going to be an NFL player. The bottom-line is, the return you could get for him would be much more valuable than the growing pains and the waiting period that you’re going to have to put up with.

Greg Little is much the same way. Little parties like he’s a Pro Bowler and plays like he’s a Pop Warner week in and week out. He’s not a good route runner, he doesn’t have great hands and, obviously, he has to continue to mature if he ever wants to be useful in this league.

I would package the both of them up and get another first rounder and a third rounder or get a third rounder and another slot receiver.

The return on these guys is much better than the production you’re going to get. In a league that’s all about value, that trade is a very easy one to make.

My next order of business would be to address the backfield and it’s seemingly endless array of issues.

First of all, I would sign a fullback. To this moment, I still don’t understand how Chris Ogbonnaya has become the Browns fullback. He’s small and can’t block a soul- essentially the opposite of what you want in a fullback. I would sign Lawrence Vickers as a stop gap and find the best fullback in the 2014 draft and pick him up early. I don’t understand how the Browns expect to have efficiency out of the backfield without a fullback? It makes absolutely no sense.

Other than that, however, I love the McGahee signing and I think Ogbonnaya could be a quality backup for now. Obviously, that position needs to be heavily addressed in the future- thank you Mike Holmgren- but for now, the McGahee/Ogbonnaya tandem should be plenty efficient.

Then, finally, we come upon the worst of any of the situations. A situation that continually haunts the Browns year in and year out- the QB carousel.

Brandon Weeden is done. There’s no future for him in this franchise. That was evident last night. He’s simply too old and too slow to get anything done.

While Brandon does have a howlitzer of a right arm, with good size and pocket presence, his feet are atrocious and he’s too slow to effectively move in the pocket. His mental capacity seems to be draining and his inability to cope with the media and Browns fans is now nearing it’s peak.

In other words, he’s toast.

With Weeden done, the Browns have a decision to make: what do we do about this season. Realistically, the Browns could hover around .500 with a halfway-competent quarterback thanks to their defense. The question is, however, is that a worthwhile venture- grabbing a free agent QB- with no true franchise QB answer in sight?

No, it’s not.

In regards to us, the viewers, the rest of this season is going to suck. I still think that Weeden should be the guy. At least under Weeden, the Browns will struggle enough to where they’ll be in a good position to draft the quarterback of the future.

For all of the Campbell people out there- don’t even think about it. Do you really want an older, slower quarterback that’s thinner and has less of an arm than Brandon Weeden leading the Browns the rest of the way? You shouldn’t. There’s a reason that Weeden has played so much and there’s a reason that Hoyer jumped him when Weeden went down. Jason Campbell is BAD, there’s no other way around it.

Play Weeden, tank and give Joe Banner the opportunity to hand select the Browns next “franchise” quarterback.

The last thing the Browns want is to finish in the middle of the road when there are so many offensive issues at hand that need addressing. Let Weeden finish this tank job and finish his professional sports career with two full NFL seasons under his belt.

When it’s all said and done, the Browns will be better off that way.

As for the defense, I would keep the status quo minus the linebacking situation. The Browns are continually burned by tight ends and it’s thanks to the massive decline of Craig Robertson as a pass defender.

I would at least give Tank Carder a shot to see what he could do in pass coverage. It couldn’t be that much worse than what Robertson is doing now.

Overall, as you can see, I think the defense is set, but the offense needs a MASSIVE overhaul. For so many years, the Browns emphasized their offensive line as the foundation of their offense.

That’s great, but when the offensive line isn’t blocking for anybody, what good does that do?

The Browns haven’t had a legitimate playmaker since Braylon Edwards and look how that turned out.

Offensively, Jordan Cameron, Davone Bess and Gary Barnidge are the only offensive “skill” players worth keeping for the long haul. Everyone else should find their way out of town.

That fact, however, is absolutely putrid.

Joe Banner has made some good decisions during his Browns tenure- Barkevious Mingo, Trent Richardson, Rob Chudzinski- but still has a long way to go before turning this franchise around.

Continue to stockpile draft picks, find THE quarterback, find offensive talent and continue to take this franchise in the right direction.

That’s what I would do, if I were Joe Banner.