Considering what an ungodly mess the offensive line has been in 2011, it's tempting just to say, "Throw the whole thing out and start over." It's also tough to say exactly who the starters really are, given the revolving door at RT and RG.
Still, there are several members of the line who we shouldn't be tossing overboard at all, as well as some who might be useful in the future in backup roles.
LT Joe Thomas
Though he hasn't had as good a season this year as he had in the past, he's still the line's anchor and a solid left tackle. He's one of just two guys on the line who we can say with certainty are part of the long-term plan in the position group.
Thomas will likely be a Brown for many years to come, as he should be.
LG Jason PInkston
It will be interesting to see what happens with Pinkston next season when Eric Steinbach returns. Pinkston has done a nice job filling in, especially considering he's a rookie who wasn't supposed to be anywhere near the starting lineup this year.
We don't know what Steinbach's situation will be next season, but Pinkston could still wind up with the job. If he doesn't, he'd be a very valuable backup.
C Alex Mack
Along with Joe Thomas, Mack is the only other guy on the Browns offensive line whose position is likely very secure.
Aside from the infamous booted snap on the field goal, Mack has mostly been a solid player, and is certainly not a guy the Browns will want to part ways with anytime soon.
RG Shawn Lauvao
I adore Lauvao, but his performance hasn't said "starter" to me at all this season. He's still young, so he gets a little slack on the learning curve, but the Browns can't afford to have him out there protecting McCoy on a regular basis given his inconsistency.
I'd like to see him stick around as a backup, but only as a backup. And if a trade offer crossed the table, I'd listen.
Verdict: Keep as Backup or Trade
RT Tony Pashos
The right tackle position has probably been the biggest mess on the Browns offensive line this season, which, sadly, is really saying something considering what a disaster the whole thing has been.
There have been a number of players in and out of the spot, and no one has done a good job there. Pashos is technically the starter, but I can't wait until that's no longer the case.
The Browns need to make a big move at RT, and Pashos is too old and ineffective to be kept around even as a backup.