New Packages Create New Options For Versatile Cleveland Browns Offense

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IJune 22, 2010

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 01: Joshua Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns takes the snap from center in the 'wildcat' formation against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 1, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Browns 30-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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When Josh Cribbs lines up in the notorious "Wildcat" formation, the eyes of Cleveland Browns fans all over the world become glued to the game.

The chances that Cribbs creates when he becomes a ball carrier sometimes seem endless and now he has even more weapons around him.

The offseason additions of Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace are helping the Browns mold an offense that can be effective from many different standpoints. 

Even though head coach Eric Mangini has not publicly endorsed Delhomme as the starting quarterback in 2010, all indications point to Jake as the man under center when Cleveland takes the field in Week One.

That leaves Wallace, Ratliff, and McCoy to round out what many believe will end up being a four quarterback depth chart heading into the season.

With that being said, Cleveland has many options when it comes to what they can do on the field.

In certain packages, it is even possible to have three or four quarterbacks on the field at one time. How is this possible you ask? Well here is a sneak peak into what you can expect from the Browns.

First off would have to be the basic offensive system.

Assuming that Delhomme will be the starter, Cribbs will most likely become an inside slot receiver or could even be used in a running back formation. Cleveland is not shy about letting Cribbs take over a game, which was shown last season as he carried the offense through some terrible slumps.

Wallace would also have an opportunity to line up as a receiver because of his speed, and would provide some interesting looks if the Browns were to try a few "trick plays" over the course of a game.

If Wallace will ever line up in the wide receiver formation, it will most likely be seen when Cleveland runs in the "Flash" formation.

The "Flash" has become the Browns' version of the popular "Wildcat" that has been run by many teams, most notably the Miami Dolphins. In the "Flash," Seneca could would line up as a receiver while Cribbs would be behind center.

The newest and most interesting concept that has come out recently would be the adoption of the "Cyclone" formation.

The Cyclone is being developed as a system where Wallace and Cribbs can be lined up in the backfield while Delhomme would still be on the field lined up in a receiver spot.

The "Cyclone" could quite possibly cause many problems for defenses because of all the options it presents.

Other than the obvious play of taking the snap and running (which was the main Wildcat play last season), the Browns would have the option of letting Wallace or Cribbs take the snap and use the other player as a runner or possibly a short receiver.

All three players, Delhomme, Wallace, and Cribbs, can basically be interchanged at will and create different looks for defenses. In best-case scenarios, the different packages should at least keep defenses back on their heels.

All the hype surrounding the Browns right now revolves around what the offense will be able to produce.

If Cleveland struggles to score points, the Browns will struggle to win games. At least the Browns will have options when it comes to the offense in 2010.