2014 Cleveland Browns Season Preview
The Browns have been the talk of the town since drafting Johnny Manziel at the end of the first round, and he’s starting the season as the backup QB. Brian Hoyer is the man in Cleveland for now, and he’ll try to improve on Cleveland’s 4-12 record in 2013. The Browns also added Ben Tate to take over the running game, and added Andrew Hawkins, Miles Austin and Nate Burleson to the receiving corps. Josh Gordon is facing a year-long suspension from the NFL, so they’ll need that extra production should he not play. Cleveland also picked up Justin Gilbert in the first round, who will look to slot in at cornerback right away to help Joe Haden lock down opposing defenses. Cleveland made some improvements to the offensive line, and was able to resign Alex Mack to a long-term deal. The Browns will open the game in Pittsburgh before having two home games against the Saints and Ravens. The two away games at the end of the season could be crucial if the Browns find themselves in the mix for a playoff spot, with games at Carolina and Baltimore to close it out.
2013 Cleveland Browns Season Preview
The Browns’ most significant addition this offseason was in the coaching staff. Former Carolina Panther offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski was named the new head coach, while former San Diego Chargers headman Norv Turner assumed the position of offensive coordinator. The duo will oversee a young Cleveland offense that includes second-year players at quarterback (Brandon Weeden), running back (Trent Richardson), and wide receiver (Josh Gordon). The elder statesmen of the offense are third-year players Greg Little and Jordan Cameron who will start at wide receiver and tight end respectively. Though changes weren’t made offensively, the Browns did make key signings to bolster the defense. Linebacker Paul Kruger and defensive lineman Desmond Bryant were both signed to step into starting roles. In the NFL Draft, Cleveland further stocked the defense, using the sixth overall pick to select LSU linebacker Barkevious Mingo and a third round pick to grab San Diego State cornerback Leon McFadden. The changes made by the Browns should propel them to a more successful season in 2013.
2011 Cleveland Browns Season 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 Season 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 Season 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 Season 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.