The Cleveland Browns are really letting it all fly this year on offense, and it’s showing as they unveil a series of new packages that contradict last year’s boring, one-dimensional offense.
The Browns have been running a typical “wildcat” package with Seneca Wallace coming in for Jake Delhomme, and have even installed a special package with Wallace taking the snaps when inside their own three yard line.
I will go out on a limb here and say that at some point in the season, after running out of this package over and over again, Wallace will fake the run and hit Josh Cribbs on a post route for a 99-yard touchdown.
The latest twist in the offense is what the Browns are calling the “Cyclone” package, named after Wallace’s Iowa State Cyclones, which will feature Delhomme, Wallace, and Cribbs on the field at the same time.
This package will be deadly if run correctly.
Defenses will have to prepare for the threat of a normal pass play with Delhomme, but with the twist of Wallace running a route and creating match-up issues.
The Browns have been putting Wallace with the wide receivers, and coaches say that he has the hands and skill to play the position.
There is also the threat of Wallace or Cribbs taking the snap, in which case the defense has to watch for the pass and run options like a typical “wildcat” option.
There is the option of either Wallace or Cribbs taking the snap and running an option play with the other, which would definitely require speed on defense to stop it.
There is also the triple threat of pass, as all three of these guys played quarterback in college.
Expect some razzle-dazzle, backyard, drawn up in the dirt type plays that will drive defenses crazy.
No matter who takes the snap, or who gets the ball on a run, option, or reverse, the pass is always an option.
I anticipate quite a few double passes, reverses, or a combination of the two as Mangini and Holmgren seem to be holding nothing back as they try to rejuvenate the franchise.
The only given out of the "Cyclone" is that if Delhomme gets the ball, it is going to be a pass.
Regardless, this offensive package will give defensive coordinators fits in 2010 and hopefully contribute to a key play here and there that will help the Browns on their way to the playoffs.