The Cleveland Browns started off 2013 as the laughing stock of the league, when the Browns traded away Trent Richardson to the Colts which had the makings of a move that admitted defeat for the Browns early in the season. Well… Richardson has under performed thus far in Indy, and the Browns were able to use this pick as ammo to get back into the first round of the draft this past year and get quarterback Johnny Manziel.
The Browns offense finished last season ranked 26th in the league. Cleveland is hoping that the addition of Manziel will give some spark to a franchise that has been basically a laughing stock ever since rejoining the league in 1999. That being the case, the job is not at all Johnny Football’s as the talk around the camp has been currently staring quarterback Brad Hoyer is more than capable of leading the team. Superstar wideout Josh Gordon has been suspended by the league this season, and that means that often injured Miles Austin will have to pick up the slack left in his wake. Also keep an eye on superstar TE in the making Jordan Cameron.
As bad and inept as the Browns offense is, the defense has been outstanding. Cleveland has one of the best secondaries in the league, and I see nothing that should change that in 2014. Cleveland could be run on last year, giving up an average of 111.3 per game, and if that can improve this season, the Browns defense alone will keep them in many games this season.
The schedule is doable for the Browns this season, but road games against the Ravens, the Falcons and the Panthers will be tough.