7 Early Winners and Losers of the Cleveland Browns' Offseason

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7 Early Winners and Losers of the Cleveland Browns' Offseason
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"...I would have one priority above all others: to acquire as many of the best people as I could. I'd put off everything else to fill my bus...the single biggest constraint on the success of my organization is the ability to get and to hang on to enough of the right people."— Jim Collins, Good to Great

The Cleveland Browns will fill their bus with some new faces in 2012. In less than two years, the organization managed to turn over 15 out of 22 starting positions inherited by head coach Pat Shurmur, upgrading at every slot.

Media theatrics revolving around the quarterback position monopolized much of the Browns' media coverage approaching and closely following the draft. While in the public eye characters like Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden play out the local sports soap opera, movers-and-shakers like team president Mike Holmgren, head coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert will attract considerable attention if the 2012 edition of Extreme Makeover: Cleveland Browns Edition bucks the trend and delivers Cleveland a palatable football season.

With one of the NFL's most difficult schedules heading into the 2012 season, according to ESPN, these new-look Cleveland Browns have their work cut out for them.

In Mike Holmgren's third year at the helm, the former Super Bowl champion head coach's vision has began to matriculate and the front office has played their hand in the form of rookies Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden and Mitchell Schwartz.

Assigned to assimilate the rookie offensive trio to NFL speed is freshly-hired offensive coordinator Brad Childress, whose experience with Brett Favre wasn't quite as peachy as Holmgren's.

Childress replaces Shurmur as the team's primary play-caller, a role in which the rookie head coach appeared overwhelmed at times during the 2011 campaign.

Defensively, the selection of John Hughes out of the University of Cincinnati turned heads until 2011 rookie sensation Phil Taylor suffered a torn pectoral muscle during offseason training. Hughes projects to break in next to seasoned veteran Ahtyba Rubin at defensive tackle, though the Plain Dealer reports the 2011 first-rounder Taylor could return this year.

The Browns 2012 offseason entered like a lamb with a relatively quiet free agency period, but between injuries, personnel changes and the draft, by the time Cleveland hits the exhibition season the offseason could exit like a lion.

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