Brandon Weeden #3 of the Cleveland Browns passes against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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CLEVELAND - It’s time for Browns fans to be optimistic. It’s the one day you can dream big for the Browns.
The hopes of going to the playoffs can’t be diminished when the gates open at 3.
It’s a chance to look at if guys who played last year are better.
It’s also our first look at free agents and rookies, and your first glimpse at the new culture trying to be created by Owner Jimmy Haslam, CEO Joe Banner, GM Michael Lombardi, Head Coach Rob Chudzinski, Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner, and Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton are trying to build.
Here are five things I’m looking forward to checking out a Browns camp.
1. Pace, tempo, and energy
So many times when you watch a new coach take over things just don’t look right. Based on mini-camp, this won’t be a problem.
We have seen what Coach Chud was able to do with the Browns offense under Derek Anderson. When you combine Chud and Norv Turner running the show, the Browns offense should be more exciting
2. Is Brandon Weeden really the man?
Last year, he looked like a rookie. The scheme didn’t work for him. He was a round peg in a square hole. At least that is what I hope. They are going to give him every chance in the world to make this work. Let’s hope that he takes advantage of the situation and runs with it.
3. How deep is the defensive front seven?
Now that the Browns have switched back to a 3-4 defense, under Ray Horton, we are going to expect them to fly. It’s nice to see that the front seven will have depth. After we normally think that the Browns first pick has to be a starter by game one. This year, I don’t think Barkevious Mingo has that pressure.
4. What is going to happen with the defensive backs?
While Mingo may not be pushed into a starting role, cornerback Leon Mcfadden may get the call. It will be a competition out of the gate with McFadden, Buster Skrine, and free agent Chris Owens on the right side.
5. We haven’t really had to worry about it, but for the first time we will have to keep our eyes on the kickers
Phil Dawson is gone. The battle will be between Shayne Graham and Brandon Bogotay. Good luck boys, you have huge shoes to fill (or is that Phil?).
Dream big Browns fans, today is your day.
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