Cleveland Browns Self Scouting: 6 Play-Calling Tendencies That Must Change

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Cleveland Browns Self Scouting: 6 Play-Calling Tendencies That Must Change
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After nine weeks of play, the Browns are in last place in the AFC North and have logged just three wins in 2011. That alone is certainly frustrating for fans who, though they knew the Browns wouldn't be playoff ready this season, certainly expected better than what they're getting. 

Add to that the Peyton Hillis controversies both on and off the field that continue to persist and the fact that the team doesn't really appear to be making much progress on the offensive side of the ball, and you can see why the frustration level in Cleveland is through the roof. 

Some of this is premature impatience with a young team. Some of it is very well-founded irritation with a team whose forward progress appears to have stagnated or even regressed in recent weeks. 

Either way, fans have had it up to here with the disastrous protection of the offensive line, the total lack of running game thanks to injuries and a lack of depth, and a passing game that doesn't seem to be improving.

But the thing that seems to have fans most incensed is the play calling they've seen from rookie head coach Pat Shurmur. 

It's one of the biggest problems the team has on offense this season, and to many it's also the most frustrating because it's probably the easiest one to fix. 

We could probably sum up how to fix the play calling in one sentence: Hire an offensive coordinator. 

But that's not going to happen during the season, so for the time being, we can only hope that Shurmur will make some much-needed adjustments to his game plan. 

Following are six play-calling changes the Browns should make to help their offense right itself and attempt to save their season.  

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