CLEVELAND - The last time the Browns won a season opener it was 2004. It's been too many years since the Browns have started off on the right foot.
So now with a new owner, a new coach, and new coordinators the Browns will try to break that string when they open up the season with the Miami Dolphins at home.
New coach Rob Chudzinski will trust the arm of Brandon Weeden and the legs of second year running back Trent Richardson to try to break the jinx.
The offensive line will be missing starter Shaun Lauvao. He is out with an ankle injury. They will also be missing the most valuable weapon in wide out Josh Gordon. Gordon is suspended by the NFL for a violation of the substance abuse policy. On Saturday the Browns activated wide out Tori Gurley to add a fifth wide out to the roster against Miami.
Tight end Jordan Cameron is dealing with a groin injury and is listed as probable. Under first year offensive coordinator Norv Turner fans are looking forward to seeing how high powered this offense can be this season.
On Defense, the Browns have switched back to a 3-4 set up . They added free agent Paul Kruger from the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. They also picked up Desmond Bryant from Oakland to add pressure from the right defensive end spot.
The Browns top pick Barkevious Mingo will sit this game out with a bruised lung. Ahtyba Rubin is dealing with a calf issue, linebacker Jabaal Sheard (illness), defensive backs Chris Owens (foot), and Buster Skrine (shoulder) are all listed as probable. Still high hopes that this Browns defense will pressure the opposing quarterbacks more this year than ever.
New defensive coordinator Ray Horton, will probably land as a head coach somewhere else next season. But, this could be a fun year for Browns fans that will see a high risk, high reward defense all season long.
The Browns settled on former Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff after starting the week without a kicker on the roster.
Miami is coming off a 7-9 record last season. Losing doesn't happen for long stretches down on South Beach. It's four bad years in a row. The Dolphins are banking on second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill and wide outs Mike Wallace from Pittsburgh and Brandon Gibson from St. Louis.
The Browns ended the preseason 3-1. Those wins don't count. Let's see if Chud can not only change the culture of this team, but the culture of a city that is tired of seeing 4 and 5 win seasons.