More Changes On The Way In Cleveland? Careful What You Wish For

gary wertmanCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2010

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Head coach Eric Mangini of the Cleveland Browns leaves the field after their game against the New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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It's that time of year where every Browns fan turns his focus to next year's NFL draft and on who is the next great coach coming to Cleveland. Dreams of making the playoffs usually get buried by week four or five.

In today's NFL, where parity was created to level the playing field, the Browns have once again beat the odds. In the last twelve seasons, Cleveland has made one playoff appearance, in 2002.

Since 1999, Cleveland has hired four head coaches. Their combined record is 64-127.

Eric Mangini's record stands at 10-21 with a game against the Steelers next week as possibly his last as Browns head coach. If Mangini is indeed shown the door, there are no guarantees it will be for the better.

In his two seasons with the Browns, Mangini has instilled a team-first mentality with a strong work ethic. I believe he has the team headed in the right direction, but his way is a slow process. Mangini will not sacrifice his beliefs for shortcuts.

I am a firm believer that the Browns need an experienced offensive coordinator. Someone who can take full control of the offense allowing Mangini to focus on the defensive side of the ball. I do not have much faith in Mangini when it comes to the offense or time management in games.

Cleveland has many pieces in place but needs many more. Joe Haden and TJ Ward were outstanding draft picks to build a defense around. Colt McCoy could be the quarterback Cleveland has coveted. Peyton Hillis is an outstanding back.

With another good draft and off season, the Browns could be ready to make some serious noise in their division. They need help on the o-line, an explosive wide receiver and some more talent in the defensive front seven.

If a head coaching change is made, the Browns had better make sure of what they are doing. This organization has lacked stability for years. Another big turnover in coaches and players does not guarantee success. The Browns have proved this every two or three years.