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What the Browns offense will look like next year

Posted on: May 29, 2010 10:01 am

Ever since he was hired as team president, there has been much expected of Mike Holmgren by Cleveland media and Browns fans alike.  Indeed, there is even a national perception that the Cleveland Browns hiring of Holmgren has signaled a change by the Browns from a conservative offense to more of a West Coast offense, like the ones that Holmgren used to coach first in San Francisco, then later in Green Bay and then Seattle.  It has even been rumored that the Browns' decision to select Colt McCoy in the third round of this year's NFL draft was in large part due to the efforts of Holmgren, who viewed McCoy as someone who would be a perfect fit in the West Coast offense.  So, with all of this fuss over Mike Holmgren, the question then becomes, what will the Cleveland Browns offense look like next year?  My guess is that the radical changes that many fans and media types think are coming won't be there.  In fact, I believe that when all is said and done,  the 2010 version of the Cleveland Browns offense will not look much different than the '09 version.

A big reason why I believe that the Browns will not veer from the conservative style of offense they employed sucessfully at the end of last season centers around the acquisition of Jake Delhomme from the Carolina Panthers.  Delhomme, with considerably more experience than either of the Browns quarterbacks last season, was in part brought in to be a game manager. Delhomme can help bring along the young receivers better than his predecessors, and having the vote of confidence from Browns coaches and management means he won't have to be looking over his shoulder every game.  Sure the Browns want to throw the ball more, and Delhomme gives them the ability to open up the offense more than with either Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson.  But in the end Eric Mangini needed a veteran presence who the younger guys could learn from, and that guy ended up being Jake Delhomme.

Secondly, the addition of Montario Hardesty in the draft leads me to believe that the Browns are going to be run heavy again this year. Hardesty, the Browns second pick in this year's draft, has been somewhat of an enigma thus far.  Many of the so-called "media experts" have labeled him to be a reach, and go on to point out he is injury prone.  But despite the knocks againts him, Hardesty has a lot going for him. In his final season with Tennessee, he ran for over 1300 yards despite being injured for a few games.  He also has the size(5'11, 220lbs) that makes him the perfect three down compliment to Jerome Harrison.   Training camp has not even started and already Browns coaches are looking to Hardesty to make a big impact.

Third, the Browns have yet to add a veteran presence at wide receiver, and while they still could, their reluctance to go after names such as Brandon Marshall or Terrell Owens leads me to believe they might be ok with what they currently have.  Again, this does not mean the Browns will not throw the ball at all, as they have high hopes for their young talent at wr, especially second year vets Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie.  Instead, I believe it signals that the passing game will be used as a compliment to the running game.  As the younger receivers develop, we could see more passing plays, but for now the game plan is to bring them along slowly.

So, when all is said and done, Mike Holmgren was brought in to change the culture of the Browns organization, not coach it .  And while he may have brought elements of the West Coast offense with him, Browns fans should not expect the team to become a West Coast offense overnight.

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Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2010 10:44 am

What the Browns offense will look like next year?

nice question... how about GARBAGE!! Eric Mangini is like Midas' evil twin. Everything he touches looks all fine and good, but eventually turns to junk. He drafts like a moron, that's why we're stuck with the 250 lb. paperweight in Vernon Gholston; which picking him was all Mangini and T'Baum didn't want him. You cleveland guys can have em!! Mangini is a bum!! I don't care who's pulling the strings behind the stage!!

Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2010 10:33 pm

What the Browns offense will look like next year

I agree with you here. Very well written. Rome wasn't built in a day, and I know we have been rebuilding since we've come back, but I think this is all very positive. Anyone who read this and thinks we are going to start flinging the ball all over the place is delirious. You made your point very well.

Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2010 4:32 am

What the Browns offense will look like next year

What should be the point?  Well, let me tell you.

What did the Browns do the last 4 games of the 2009-2010 season?  Well, they ran the ball effectively, played decent defense, and won.

What happens when any NFL team does this?  Well, they win.

And what do you think the Browns will do next year?  Well, they will try to win exactly the same way they did the last four games of the season and the way every good NFL team does, run the ball and play good defense.

Holmgren knows this and so does every other NFL coach.  Believe it or not, every snot-nosed, beer-guzzling, former steel-working, tub-a-lard in the Dawg Pound knows this, too.

So, bottom line is you're right.  The Browns will try to keep their momentum going from last season and do exactly what all good NFL teams attempt to do - win games using the aforementioned recipe.


Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2010 12:02 am

What the Browns offense will look like next year

You miss the whole point of my blog.  It is no way intended to be a slam; it is merely stating that to those people who believe the Browns will start running a West Coast offense just because Mike Holmgren is the team president, think again.  The Browns will add some wrinkles to the offense, most notably the wildcat featuring Seneca Wallace and Josh Cribbs, and there is a distinct possibility that they will let Delhomme throw the ball downfield a little more than they let Quinn do last year(a point I also believe I made in the blog).  But on the whole the scheme will be similar to the final four games of last season, and I do not believe that was because they ran a different scheme.  Guess I could have worded it better, but my point is that the Browns will employ a similar style, but hopefully better execution plus better personnel will equal better results.

Since: May 27, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2010 4:50 pm
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