Friday, March 05, 2010

What don't the Cleveland Browns need?

This morning before work I was reading an article on my favorite football team, the Cleveland Browns and found this bit amusing:
The Browns have made no secret about what they need. They want to upgrade quarterback, wide receiver, the offensive line and running back on offense. They could use a tight end, too. They need an inside linebacker, an outside linebacker, a cornerback, a safety and an end on defense.

If you read between the lines the only positions the Browns don't need are kick-off/punt returner and kicker/punter.

So the Browns are re-building their team around Josh Cribbs and Phil Dawson.

This should make for an interesting off-season.


Jeff said...

Cribbs is something special. The way the Browns played early on he should have had the ball in his hands at all times. By the way, what do you think of Mangini, I know it didn't take long for the fans to turn against him in Clev. but they racked up some wins at the end of the season. I'm just happy he's out of NY.

Perplexio said...

Mangini was the wrong coach for the Browns team he took over at the beginning of the 2009 season. The Browns needed a West Coast offense oriented coach and Mangini is a Wildcat coach.

It does seem that towards the end of the season the team was starting to click with Mangini's Wildcat offense... it's too bad that it took so long for that to happen.

It will be interesting to see how the Browns rebuild in this off-season and how well the new players fit into Mangini's Wildcat offense. I'll give a quarter to half season before I make an assessment of whether or not Mangini's style fits the 2010 Browns.

I'm not sure how long Holmgren will give Mangini though. If Mangini stumbles I could see Holmgren catching that coaching bug again and taking on the dual coach/team president role for the remainder of the season before relinquishing one or the other of his job duties to focus solely on either being coach or president.

I don't know whether or not he'll pull it off (and I know it's a different sport) but I'd like to see Holmgren turn the Browns around the way Rocky Wirtz has turned the Chicago Blackhawks around since his father's passing.

drewzepmeister said...

That WOULD be interesting if Holmgren took over he coaching job and turned the Browns around. Take a look what he did for my team in the '9o's. and later for the Seahawks.

Perplexio said...

drew: I was hoping that the Browns would make another pitch for Bill Cowher. Cowher understandably turned down the Browns last year (before they inevitably hired Eric Mangini). Given the general disarray of the Browns at that time I can't blame him for turning them down. But with Holmgren at the helm I really thought coaching the Browns would be a more attractive opportunity for Cowher, possibly one that would lure him out of retirement. I also like Jon Gruden and thought he would make a good coach for Cleveland too. I'm still not sold on Mangini but if the Browns are able to sign and/or draft a team more to Mangini's strengths that might assauge my reservations on Mangini. At any rate most Browns fans are a bit more optimistic with Holmgren in the front office than they have been in years.