If there was such a thing as a “reset” button in the NFL, then the Cleveland Browns could be seen slamming said button about 150 times a minute. After a season that saw the franchise trade away its 2012 first-round draft pick, the Browns have been running on empty nearly all year. Hence, the 4-12 Browns had to make a change at head coach and Rob Chudzinski is now out of a job.
Many NFL pundits questioned the Chudzinski hire when it happened and now, we can all see why the Browns caught so much flack. However, the story is still the same for everyone in Cleveland as the fan base is already game-planning for the 2014 NFL Draft. With that being said, Browns general manager Michael Lombardi has plenty of moves to make before the month of May hits.
In fact, no team in the NFL has more flexibility then the Browns — and it’s not a good thing. Needing a quarterback, running back and another wide receiver, the Browns’ offseason wish list is likely longer than a five-year old’s Christmas list. I fully expect Cleveland to be buyers in terms of the 2014 free agent class, but it remains to be seen if Lombardi is willing to shell out the money for a play-making quarterback like Jay Cutler or an up-and-coming running back like Ben Tate.
Again, the Browns are all about the draft and with two first-round picks in 2014 Lombardi has a shot to be a big winner on draft day. But, that’s likely to be the only time you will see the term “winner” and the Browns in the same sentence.