With a lot of football still left to play in 2011, it seems early to be talking about the 2012 season. But in a town like Cleveland where we're perpetually waiting 'til next year, it's never too early to look a bit farther down the road.
2012 is supposed to be a big year for the Browns; Holmgren's plan promised significant and noticeable improvement then. All eyes will be on who the Browns draft next spring, as well as on the young core members of the team, who should have enough experience by then to start to look like contenders if they're ever going to be capable of reaching that point.
But equally intriguing for the Browns in the offseason leading up to 2012 will be which players they decide they won't be bringing back.
Obviously, we can't say anything definite about who the Browns will likely part ways with during the offseason at this point in time. Players who currently look like locks to be cut might redeem themselves enough to earn a stay of execution for 2012. Others who aren't yet on the ropes might find themselves there after Week 17.
What we do know is whose job appears to be in potential jeopardy as things stand right now. Following are five Browns who need to get their game together over the next six weeks of football, or they'll likely be losing their jobs in February.