This past week the Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner granted interviews to the local beat writers and most of the questions leaned towards the future. Unfortunately, at this point the most interesting thing about the 2-7 Browns is what will happen after the season is over.
You can't win big without a great coach and a great quarterback, he said. And frankly, if you have a great enough coach and quarterback, you can afford to make a few more personnel mistakes. You've got to lock them in.
So, for 2013, Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner have head coach at the top of the list for the “get it right” plan.
The last seven games of the Browns' season will determine if Pat Shurmur is that head coach. In the same interview, Joe Banner said that the quarterback and general manager are tied for second on the to-do list, so Brandon Weeden and Tom Heckert are under the microscope as well.
The ink is mostly dry for Tom Heckert as the work of the general manager is mostly geared at getting ready for the draft and free agency at this point in the season. The new ownership is not going to allow Heckert to extend a player’s contract or release a player of value. He will be limited to signing a free agent if the Browns incur a season-ending injury. The lock down on Heckert is normal in this situation, it is simply just a matter of Jimmy Haslam protecting his investment.
Pat Shurmur and Brandon Weeden still have game performance to help determine their fate. The head coach must improve his game management skills in order to keep his job. Weeden, on the other hand, needs to rebound from back-to-back bad games. If he can keep the interceptions down and keep throwing touchdowns he could be a keeper.
The Browns have some talent and if they make the right moves in 2013, they can turn things around quickly.
Let’s take a look at five moves the Cleveland Browns must make in 2013.