Every year at this time, with training camp just around the corner, expectations are at their highest point. This is especially true for Browns fans. With all the changes involving the Browns this off season, there will be plenty of excitement in Berea starting July 31st.
With the hiring of Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert, the Browns now have a very respectable front office. It’s not one man trying to do too many jobs. No dictators with egos getting in the way.
Probably the thing that excites me the most about this year’s Browns team is the way they finished in 2009. Four straight wins, including one over Pittsburgh. They displayed great heart in not giving up on the season.
Last year’s team was a team with very few stars, a team with probably too much youth. That team also developed a work ethic that no Browns team has had for many years. It paid off in that four-game win streak. It is one reason for much excitement and optimism in 2010.
A new and improved wildcat offense with Seneca Wallace back there to help Josh Cribbs is a reason for excitement. Cribbs was a marked man and still performed well. Wallace should help take some of the focus off Josh.
An offensive line led by Joe Thomas and Alex Mack could be as good as any in the AFC. They are definitely a major strength on the Browns.
The running game is also cause for excitement. Not long ago the Browns were looking for a way to rush the football. Now they have a surplus of good physical backs including Jerome Harrison and rookie Montario Hardesty. If the quarterbacks struggle, put Cribbs back there and run the wishbone. (just joking)
How good will Jake Delhomme be? Is Colt McCoy the heir apparent? No one knows yet but it’s going to be fun to finding out.
All the competitions going on on defense will be fun to watch. The Linebacker and secondary should be deep and talented. Who will start and who else will contribute?
There are many things involving the start of Browns training camp to be excited about. At this time of year, the positives always out weigh the negatives.