Position by Position: How the 2012 Cleveland Browns Stack Up in the AFC North

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Position by Position: How the 2012 Cleveland Browns Stack Up in the AFC North
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The Cleveland Browns are coming off another tumultuous season, finishing 4-12 in 2011. All the excuses of no offseason, a new coaching staff, and new systems implemented on both sides of the ball have been redundantly documented.

The franchise is at a pivotal point entering this season, in its third year under the Mike Holmgren-Tom Heckert regime. Question marks continue to lurk at nearly every position on the roster. All three opposing teams in the AFC North division qualified for the playoffs last year, which only intensifies the pressure on the Browns organization to win now.

While the Browns have solid special teams players in kicker Phil Dawson and punter Brad Maynard, as well as impressive kick coverage units, it won't matter without a good offense and a solid defense to back them up. These are the vital areas where the Browns have continued to fall short in recent years, with last year being no exception.

Here is how the 2012 Cleveland Browns stack up against their divisional foes, position by position. These match ups will serve as context to assess the state of the franchise, the quality of the roster, and where the team projects to finish in the AFC North this coming season.

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