No 'O' in Browns

No 'O' in Browns
June 23, 2013, 7:00 pm
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If the Browns put together a decent offensive showing this season, new coordinator Norv Turner should get some kind of award. As outlined by CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, Cleveland has barely enough ingredients for Turner to whip up a decent omelet, much less a full-course meal.

La Canfora writes: “Turner — maybe the NFL's best offensive play-caller — will need all of his creativity to overcome a dramatic lack in talent on that side of the ball. … Aside from center Alex Mack and left tackle Joe Thomas, the new regime didn't inherit one above-average offensive talent. No one has proven he is, as training camp looms, a standout skill player.”

As Shaggy of “Scooby Doo” used to exclaim: “Zoinks!” Surely there is some talent at the skill positions.

What about quarterback Brandon Weeden, last year’s No. 1 draft pick?  He “hasn't exactly put a stranglehold on the job,” La Canfora writes. The 2011 first-round selection, running back Trent Richardson? He is “a running back who seems highly over-drafted given modern offenses [and] has done little this off-season as concerns about his durability grew.” Top receiver Josh Gordon? He “got himself suspended for two games [in 2013] by testing positive for codeine. And he didn't exactly put together the kind of excuse [it was medication for strep throat] that will appease skeptics.”

The Browns have brought in Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell to challenge Weeden, who remains the starter for now. However, La Canfora writes, “The reality is the quarterback of the future for the Browns probably isn't on this roster and the quarterback of the present may not even be the guy drafted in the first round a year ago.”

In fact, the Browns may again be looking more toward the future with a new front office and head coach, Rob Chudzinski. That’s probably not what Browns fans want to hear. But don’t blame the guys running the show now. For the immediate future, they will be “paying for the misdeeds of those who came before them,” La Canfora says, referring to former team president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert.