When a team like the Cleveland Browns fails to make the NFL postseason, the players can experience two different emotions in their off time. The first is joy and relaxation after a long, tough season. The second is panic and uncertainty about their future. Today, we examine the Browns players who should be feeling the latter.
Anytime a team only wins four games, there will be turnover on the roster. In fact, every team, including the Super Bowl winner, will experience roster turnover. The amount of roster turnover usually tells you how close you are to competing the next season.
Luckily for the Browns, they have a solid core in place and will not be receiving a complete facelift this offseason. With five Pro Bowl players and many other young talents under contract, the Browns have built a nucleus.
Obviously, the Browns will need to find the right coach and quarterback to pair with that nucleus; otherwise it is all for not.
Even with a solid base to work from, the Browns will want or need to jettison some guys who played key roles during last season. During my analysis, you will see a lot of advanced analytics referenced. This is because the Browns front office uses them, and by studying the 2013 results, we can accurately see who is on the bubble.
Remember, no coaches remain in Cleveland to vouch for players anymore. The only things left are stats and memories.
Here are five players who should be very worried about their 2014 roster spot because they are on the bubble for one reason or another.