Former third overall pick Trent Richardson was traded to Indianapolis after Week 2 of the season, and that left head coach Rob Chudzinski with the ongoing chore of cobbling together some sort of ground attack.
As it currently stands, the Browns primarily hand off to 32-year-old Willis McGahee while sprinkling in touches for Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker. Cleveland ranks 28th on average carries per game (22.2) and 26th in rushing yards at an 81.6 average per matchup.
It's a chicken or the egg scenario for this 2013 team. Is the backfield ineffectiveness because the players don't get the football enough, or is it due to lack of talent by the carriers?
One thing that Browns fans must remember is that Dion Lewis will be a part of the club's plans next season, assuming he fully recovers from a fractured fibula.
Lewis was set to be featured as a dual-threat change-of-pace back to Richardson's bulldozer style. It looked to be setting up similar to how offensive coordinator Norv Turner used Darren Sproles in San Diego as a dangerous pass-catching and running weapon.
For the purpose of this article, let's say that Lewis' quick-slashing abilities do return in 2014. This leaves the void of a power rusher that can wear down defenses, grind out important fourth-quarter yardage and also catch the ball.
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