Cleveland Browns 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – When GM Mike Holmgren took over the reins to the ship in Cleveland, things suddenly improved and improved drastically. From a team that was 1-11, the Browns rolled off four straight wins to end the season and enter this year with the longest winning streak in the game (tied with the Houston Texans). As a result, HC Eric Mangini kept his job, but there were other sweeping changes made in the offseason.

Key Addition – QB Jake Delhomme – Someone badly needed to take over as the starting quarterback for this team, and though Delhomme isn’t the long term answer, he has the potential to at least keep the ship afloat for awhile until a permanent replacement can be groomed. This also represents a second chance for the former Carolina Panther, as he was exiled from town for poor performances over the last few seasons.

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Key Loss – LB Kamerion Wimbley – Wimbley thought he earned a ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’ by getting out of Cleveland, but ultimately, he was only sent to Oakland. However, the Browns are losing one of their top tacklers from last season, as Wimbley picked up 48 tackles and 6.5 sacks on a team that had very little talent at the position to start off with. He’ll be sorely missed, but Holmgren knew that he had to try to implode this defense and start over.

2010 Will Be a Success if... – Some excitement returns to the Dawg Pound. For years, Cleveland fans have been dying for a winner. They know that this won’t be the year that the Browns are going to return to the playoffs, but a seven win campaign isn’t out of the question. Delhomme isn’t a flashy quarterback, but options like RB Jerome Harrison and WR Joshua Cribbs are.

The Crucial Game – The October 3rd game at home against Cincinnati might be a big, big game for the psyche of this team. Starting at 2-0 seems like a relative realistic prospect with the first two games coming against Tampa Bay and Kansas City, and a win at home against the Bengals could set the stage for some excitement into the winter. The Browns had better enjoy that game, as the next five after that are all almost certainly losses against Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, New England, and New York.

Predictions – Cleveland is well on its way, but it just isn’t quite there yet. They are +850 in AFC North odds and +8500 in Super Bowl odds. There will probably be a bit of a quarterback rotation this season, especially if Delhomme falters early on, but there are certainly enough chances here to win enough games for Mangini to keep his job yet again. The Cleveland Browns have plenty to look forward to with Holmgren as their GM.

2010 Cleveland Browns Regular Season Schedule

9/12 @ TB
9/19 vs. KC
9/26 @ BAL
10/3 vs. CIN
10/10 vs. ATL
10/17 @ PIT
10/24 @ NO
Bye
11/7 vs. NE
11/14 vs. NYJ
11/21 @ JAC
11/28 vs. CAR
12/5 @ MIA
12/12 @ BUF
12/19 @ CIN
12/26 vs. BAL
1/2 vs. PIT

 

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