Browns 2011 Offseason: How a Few Pickups on Defense Could Make a Big Difference

February 4, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Cleveland Browns have a big task ahead of them. They must completely overhaul a team in an offseason where a lockout seems imminent. They also have recently changed most of their coaching staff, which will only add to the chaos. However, the Browns are not totally without hope. There is some talent on the team on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

With the emergence of Colt McCoy and Peyton Hillis, the Browns had just enough offense to win games against the Saints and Patriots and stay in games with the Ravens and Jets. The Browns offense was not a total trash-heap as has been the case in years past. The defense, too, has some solid players or trade-worthy assets, to help them compete. If the Browns were in any other division than the AFC North, I could see them going for an extra two to three wins per season.

The fact of the matter is, the Browns ARE in the AFC North. The AFC North is a division dominated by powerful defenses. The Steelers and Ravens...

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