With all the changes that have been made, probably more important is what has stayed the same.
Eric Mangini and his entire coaching staff remain for their second season. With the way the team finished last season, I’m glad Holmgren decided to keep the coaches intact. That decision will pay big dividends this year.
Some things I expect to see from the Browns this year are
Brian Robiskie will have a break out season. He has been impressive in OTAs and this year the game will slow down for him. Robiskie has great hands and should be a favorite third down receiver for Jake Delhomme.
The secondary should make a tremendous improvement over last season. The Browns have some real competition at both safety and cornerback.
Rookie Joe Haden, Eric Wright and Sheldon Brown give the Browns more talent at the corner position than they’ve had in recent memory. No matter who starts, the Browns should be strong.
At safety, the Browns add rookies Larry Asante and T.J. Ward to veterans Abe Elam and Mike Adams. This position needed the most help last year.
This year, the Browns will be more physical and deeper. I look for the defense to improve on the amount of turnovers they created last season and the safeties will be the reason why.
Ahtyba Rubin will continue to improve while taking over the nose tackle position. He’s a natural, more so than Shaun Rogers.
I look for Jake Delhomme to conjure up memories of another former Brown who wore No. 17.
No, not Braylon Edwards.
If Delhomme can make a few of us old Browns fans think of Brian Sipe once in a while, the offense will take a major leap ahead.
Leadership is something the offense has lacked along with someone to believe in at QB. Delhomme may not be Sipe, but he knows how to lead a team.
The offensive line will become one of the best in the NFL this year.
With all everything Joe Thomas at left tackle, along with improving second year center Alex Mack, the Browns could possibly have two Pro-Bowlers upfront.
Guard Eric Steinbach is steady. New comers Tony Pashos, Scott Kooistra and rookie Shawn Lauvao will join veterans Floyd Womack and John St. Clair to add depth and competition for the right side of the line.
Two players that will inject excitement into the offense will be Seneca Wallace and the Browns "do everything," Josh Cribbs.
Wallace will help make Cribbs even more dangerous. The wildcat should have plenty of options in 2010. They will be two players opponents must prepare for.
Power football with a solid group of running backs can be expected.
After finishing with four straight wins in 2009, I look for a lot more positive things from the team this season. Hope with higher expectations are again alive in Cleveland.
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