3 Things That Must Change for the Cleveland Browns in 2013
The Cleveland Browns are on schedule to change a lot of things as soon as the season is over. The Browns could have a new general manager and coaching staff in 2013.
The new owner, Jimmy Haslam, and CEO, Joe Banner, may want to clean house in order to start fresh with people they select.
The current three-game win streak could put the housing cleaning on hold for at least one season in order to see how the offseason would play out with the oversight of Haslam and Banner.
In 2013, no matter who is picking the players and coaching the team, the following things need to change for the Browns.
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Brandon Weeden has done enough in his rookie season to deserve a longer look as the starter for the Cleveland Browns in 2013.
In college Weeden spent most of his time in the shotgun out of uptempo spread offense. His rookie season has been spent mostly under center at a much slower pace. In 2013, the offense for the Browns needs to incorporate elements of the no-huddle offense that Weeden ran in college.
The Browns don't need to make a wholesale switch on offense, they just need to enhance what they already have with a no-huddle shotgun spread package.
The coaching staff may be taking Weeden's rookie year to get him comfortable running plays under center, but in order for the offense to go to the next level the huddle needs to take a break.
The good coaches in the NFL do things their players do well instead of forcing players into a system.
Improve the Secondary
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The Browns are 5-3 when Joe Haden plays and have lost all of the games he didn't play in. The Browns have had close games in the losses in which Haden didn't play, which shows how thin the depth is in the secondary for the Browns.
The Dallas game is a good example of what an opponent does when Haden does play: they attack the Browns in the passing game in order to win the game. The Cowboys didn't try to run their way to victory, they attacked an older Sheldon Brown and the young Buster Skrine.
In the draft or free agency the Browns need to add a starting cornerback. If it is in free agency the Browns should look to a player who is going into his second contract as a four- or five-year veteran. In the draft, the Browns could take the best corner on the board in the first round.
The Browns will have to make some roster changes in the secondary since Sheldon Brown will be a free agent in 2013.
Add a Veteran Wide Receiver
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The emergence of Josh Gordon and Greg Little may have some people thinking the Browns have solved their wide receiver problem. While the production of the wide receiver group is improved, it could be much better.
The presence of a veteran wide receiver who knows all the detail of playing the position would be a great improvement to the receiver group for the Browns. It would provide Brandon Weeden with a receiver who knows how to set up a defensive back on a route in order to get open.
The Browns have veterans at every level of the defense, which helps the young players' learning curve. The young receivers for the Browns still need to refine their game, and a veteran presence could make this group more explosive.
The Browns may have few good options if Greg Jennings or Mike Wallace don't sign new deals with their current teams.