Cleveland Browns team president Mike Holmgren and GM Tom Heckert have their work cut out for them this offseason.
When the Browns failed to make as much progress as expected toward their ultimate goal of building a team that will be a lasting success for years to come during the 2011 season, rumblings began that perhaps Holmgren wasn't quite the miracle worker many believed him to be when he was hired in 2010.
"The Plan" (as Holmgren's supposed masterminding of the Browns' resurrection has been called), with its all-too-appropriately vague title, was giving rise to more questions than answers, and the Cleveland fanbase worried that the team would have to be razed and rebuilt yet again.
Still, the time line on the plan that was laid out initially has not expired; Holmgren and Heckert have, essentially, one more season to prove that the team is at least headed strongly in the right direction, even if they don't make it all the way to where they need to be that quickly.
If Holmgren and Heckert can get the team moving quickly and in a positive way in 2012, there will be reason to have hope for The Plan after all.
The Browns took a good first step last week, hiring Brad Childress as their offensive coordinator and allaying some of the concerns that the team could never succeed with the clearly-overwhelmed Pat Shurmur acting as both head coach and offensive coordinator.
Shurmur has, disappointingly, retained play-calling duties, but that is a topic for another time. Today, we look at roster moves the Browns need to make this offseason to put themselves in a position to finally make some real progress in 2012.
There are many small tweaks and many individual players who need to be evaluated as far as the roster is concerned, but at this early stage in the offseason, mostly, we need to think bigger picture.
Following are six of the biggest roster adjustments Holmgren and Heckert need to make before the first snap of 2012.