Cleveland Browns Season Preview History
2011 CLEVELAND BROWNS PREVIEW
While they may have finished a disappointing 5-11 in 2010, the Cleveland Browns showed flashes of potential that have many optimistic for their success this season. With a powerful running game and a talented quarterback in Colt McCoy who knows how to win, the Browns may make some waves in the AFC North in 2011.
McCoy knew nothing but winning as quarterback of Texas, and although his rookie season in Cleveland was full of ups and downs, he demonstrated he could be the future leader of the team. He was certainly aided by running back Peyton Hillis, who powered his way to more than 1,100 rushing yards last year. McCoy will also have the help of wide receiver Joshua Cribbs, who has emerged as a deep threat as well as a return specialist.
The defense, which struggled at times in 2010, added a new coordinator this offseason–former Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron. Though he will have his hands full, he has several talented players who will be able to lead the way. Linebacker Scott Fujita has been an elite player in the NFL for several years, and the secondary recently bolstered its veteran leadership as well thanks to the acquisition of former Eagle Sheldon Brown.
2010 Cleveland Browns Football Preview:
It has been a long time since fans of the Cleveland Browns have had anything to celebrate. Aside from a playoff appearance in 2002, the Browns have been woefully under-productive for the last decade and have recently been hard-pressed to find a consistent quarterback. This year, coach Eric Mangini finds himself in the hot seat once again.
The offense changed things up during the offseason, trading away quarterbacks Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn and installing former Panther signal caller Jake Delhomme under center. Delhomme may be a nice addition if he can cut down on his penchant for throwing interceptions, and he'll have a number of dynamic receivers including speedy return man Josh Cribbs and Brian Robiskie.
The Browns defense struggled last year as they ranked toward the bottom of the league in both run and pass defense. The squad has an inexperienced linebacking corps that will need leadership from veteran Scott Fujita to be successful. The defensive line may be an issue as well, as the returning starters only combined for five sacks in 2009.
Although fans would like to see a change in Cleveland, chances are it will not come this year, as their division is too good and there are too many uncertainties on offense and defense.
2009 Cleveland Browns Football Preview:
Will this finally be the years the Cleveland Browns reward their fans with a trip deep into the playoffs? Browns fans must be hopeful after watching long-suffering Arizona Cardinal fans follow their team to the Super Bowl. The hope of those Cleveland fans will rest squarely on the shoulder of their 2009 quarterback Brady Quinn...or will it be Derek Anderson? Quinn is the most likely opening day starter, but with the injury history of both players there is no telling who will be the QB that ends the season. The Browns will try to ride a strong running game, led by Jamal Lewis, and a surprisingly salty defense a long ways in 2009. Maybe even all the way to the big game in Miami, Florida.
2008 Cleveland Browns Football Preview:
The Cleveland Browns have surprised many in the NFL recently with a 2007 run at the AFC Wild Card slot. They've had surprising play as well from quarterback Derek Anderson who somehow has managed to turn the Browns offense into a formidable machine. Jamal Lewis looks like he has a future with the team at running back. The Browns could very well be a surprise team to beat in the AFC next season. You can bet that a game this coming season at Browns Stadium will be an exciting experience for any football fan.