Two Players Could Make Cleveland A Contender

gary wertmanCorrespondent IFebruary 26, 2010

CLEVELAND - JANUARY 03:  Eric Wright #24 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates with Kamerion Wimbley #95 after an interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Most experts like to talk about all the weaknesses of the Cleveland Browns. It’s funny to read about all the different positions  Cleveland needs to fix. Running back, wide receiver, offensive line, quarterback, tight end, corner back, safety, linebackers (both inside and out), defensive line. Whew! With all those needs, the Browns won’t be a legitimate contender for another five years.

I’m not saying the Browns should just stand pat.  Teams should always look to improve, but it’s not as bleak as some people would lead you to believe.

Imagine what Cleveland would look like if you could add Peyton Manning and Troy Polamalu to what they already have. Just two players.  How would the offense  look with Manning at QB.  How did the Colts offense look when he was taken out of the Jets game? A lot like Cleveland’s. It cost them their undefeated season.  With Manning at QB, maybe the receivers wouldn’t look so bad. Look at how all the young WRs have been developed in Indianapolis since Manning has been there. Having a franchise QB means a lot. Having a leader on offense means a lot.

The same with the defense. An outstanding safety like Polamalu would instantly improve the defense immensely. A leader and play maker like a Polamalu or an Ed Reed could transform the Browns defense into a very formidable unit. How did Pittsburgh’s defense look when Polamalu was out with an injury? Very average. It cost them a spot in the playoffs.

Cleveland needs to upgrade at one corner back position opposite Eric Wright, who is improving each year. Another wide receiver is needed as well. Maybe a big, punishing, inside linebacker should also be addressed. Another offensive lineman to plug in on the right side, at either tackle or guard, should be looked at also. These are a few things that Cleveland needs, but none would help as much as getting a good QB and safety.

I know getting Peyton Manning or Troy Polamalu isn’t going to happen. The point I’m trying to make is how valuable those two positions are on a football team. Two positions that are Cleveland’s biggest weaknesses. Safety and Quarterback, or Quarterback and safety, should be the two top priorities of the Browns this off season.


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