Top Five Things Holmgren Needs To Address This Off Season

gary wertmanCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2010

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 04:  A fan of the Cleveland Browns cheers on his team as they play the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Mike Holmgren has made his first major decision since becoming the President of the Cleveland Browns. His decision to keep Eric Mangini and his staff for the 2010 season was a smart move in my opinion.  Constant turnover is never a good thing and the Browns have made huge strides since the beginning of the 2009 season.

Now that he doesn’t have to spend time hiring a new coach and coaching staff, Holmgren can now focus on other team needs.

General Manager- The rumor is Tom Heckert, the Eagles G.M., will be moving to the Browns in the same capacity. Also, Holmgren has interviewed Will Lewis,  Seattle’s director of Pro Personnel for the G.M.job as well. It looks like a chain of command is being established in Cleveland, something that hasn’t been present for a long time.

Sign Josh Cribbs- This has gone on long enough. Josh Cribbs has become what every coach and fan of an NFL team wants. A player who gives his all every play and does whatever is asked of him. A player who holds the NFL record for kick return touchdowns and is just entering his prime. He’s only 26. Not to mention he plays WR, RB, QB and is the Browns best at covering both punts and kickoffs. A two time Pro Bowl player who has become the face of the Cleveland Browns. Don’t be foolish enough to underestimate Cribbs’ value on the field, in the locker room and to the fan base. Get him signed.

Quarterback- Who is the Browns quarterback for 2010? Brady Quinn? Derek Anderson? A draft pick? A QB acquired through a trade? Mike Holmgren needs to evaluate what we already have, what they can become and the coaching they need. If he feels he needs to look elsewhere, then so be it but no more QB competitions. Lets make a decision and stand by it.

Offensive Coordinator- It looks like Brian Daboll will get another year. Daboll needs to spend as much time with Holmgren as possible. Hopefully he can help him where  Mangini failed. Offense is not Mangini’s strength and Holmgren can be invaluable to Daboll.

2010 Draft- Cleveland has eleven picks and needs to make good use of them. In past years the draft has not been kind to the Browns. With the number seven pick, Cleveland should be able to get an impact player. My choice would be a safety. The defense desperately needs an enforcer, someone who can make plays. Other areas of the most need are at cornerback, right tackle and wide receiver. Hopefully we can acquire a veteran WR through free agency. If Holmgren feels the need to draft a QB, I like Dan LeFevour or Tony Pike in the middle rounds.


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