Buying or Selling Cleveland Browns as NFL's Next Explosive Offense

Jeremy SickelContributor IIIOctober 22, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 21:  Brandon Weeden #3 of the Cleveland Browns breaks away from John Hughes #93 of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Browns 17-13.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns are coming off a 17-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon. With a 1-6 record, the 2012 season will now be used to determine what pieces will be able to help this team in the future.

After spending first-round picks on running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden in this past April's NFL draft, the Browns have two of the most important positions in place.

Where Cleveland lacks offensively, however, is literally everywhere else on the roster.

Wide receiver Greg Little has shown flashes but will never reach his full potential in this league if Cleveland doesn't have other viable receiving threats around him.

The Browns entered Week 7 ranked 25th in the NFL, averaging 324.8 yards per game and 19th in scoring at 22.3 points per game—numbers not quite synonymous with being explosive. And their 13-point, 319-yard performance against the Colts will only make matters worse.

Cleveland's offensive success this season will more than likely be the product of trailing on the scoreboard. Conversely, that will also raise questions as to whether Weeden is indeed the Browns' quarterback of the future; increasing his chance at making critical mistakes that could stunt his development or how he is viewed by the organization's brass.

In the NFL, a franchise's success is largely tied to the quarterback. With a team as young as the Browns, that position becomes even more important.

Although Weeden has done some nice things this season, there is no guarantee that he will continue to progress the way Cleveland needs him to. But the organization must also provide the quarterback with plenty of weapons to work with.

The NFL is a pass-happy, video-game-like league now. It is imperative that teams continue to add as many playmakers as possible—especially on the offensive side of the ball.

For the Browns to keep up with the New England Patriots, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and the other elite offenses in the league, they must continue building around Weeden and Richardson.

Right now, this Cleveland team is too young, and the rest of the league is just too good for this group to be considered one of the NFL's up-and-coming explosive offenses.


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