Cleveland Browns: What They Need to Win Super Bowl XLVI

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IJanuary 3, 2011

BEREA, OH - MAY 01:  Team president Mike Holmgren of the Cleveland Browns looks on during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 1, 2010 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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This is a series of articles explaining what each of the 31 teams that did not win Super Bowl XLV need to do to win Super Bowl XLVI.

After the Cleveland Browns' strong finish to the 2009 season, fans had a lot of reason to believe they were going to be a better team in 2010.

The Browns finished the regular season with four straight wins, including one that kept the hated Pittsburgh Steelers from reaching the playoffs.

Mike Holmgren believed in Eric Mangini and gave him another chance, and Mangini could not bring his team more victories in 2010 than it had in 2009.

This caused Holmgren to relieve Mangini of his duties and begin a new coaching search.


Who will be head coach?

Though I am sure many would be thrilled to have someone like Mike Holmgren coaching the Browns, odds are that is not going to happen.

The reason that Holmgren took the president position with the Browns is because he did not want to spend the countless hours necessary to be a successful head coach.

Even though Holmgren will not be the head coach, expect him to bring in someone with experience—someone that can instantly earn the respect of the players.

Someone like Jon Gruden.

Gruden is similar to Holmgren as far as their coaching styles. They are friends and have coached together in the past.

The current rumor is that Holmgren is interested in bringing in Marty Mornhinweg.

Personally, I think the Browns would have been better served keeping Mangini than bringing in Mornhinweg for the simple reason that the team supported Mangini. Mornhinweg's only professional head coaching responsibilities were with the hapless Detroit Lions and Matt Millen.


Get some weapons!

The Browns have started building their team the right way. They started in the trenches, where they have a great left side to their offensive line.

They have a great young QB who has a bright future ahead of him, provided that they give him some weapons to develop.

Peyton Hillis is a great running back, and if Montario Hardesty can bounce back from a torn ACL, they will have a great one-two punch in the backfield.

If they don't get a deep threat, they will never be able to fully maximize their potential with either their QB or running game.


Defensive help

The Browns struck gold with their first two picks in the 2010 NFL Draft. With Joe Haden and T.J. Ward in the secondary, they need to improve the play in front of them.

The linebacking depth with the Browns is suspect, and they need an upgrade at most of the positions. Their defensive line is improved, and another year of seasoning is only going to make them that much better.


Josh Cribbs.

Josh Cribbs is an amazing talent, but the Browns need to find a way to get him more involved in the game plans. A player with that much talent needs a lot more touches than he has been getting.


The Browns are a much better team than their 5-11 record indicates. They beat two of the best teams in the NFL in 2010, spanking both the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints.

If they could continue that trend, they could be competitive in 2011.


Here is a link to where you can find the rest of the NFL teams.