If we all get our wish and there is football this year after all, it will be a make-or-break season for the Browns.
The long and arduous rebuilding process is not slated to be finished this year, culminating in a Super Bowl victory or even a playoff berth, but the franchise, if it is to be successful under its current trajectory, has to turn the corner this season. 2011 will likely be the year when we all find out if Holmgren and Heckert's master plan is indeed the one that will turn the Browns back into the winning franchise they haven't been for a long time.
As with the team as a whole it is a make-or-break year for many of its players as well. From the injury-riddled to the unproven to the aging, the Browns have their share of players whose careers will reach a breaking point this season.
Following are six such players for whom 2011 will be a critical year in deciding whether or not they have what it takes to succeed in the NFL. While the reasons the pressure is on each varies from one player to the next, they are all in the same boat in that this year may be the one which decides how the rest of their future in football plays out.