Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/10/13
Cleveland has long been a city of "maybe next year" across all major sports, though 2012's Browns team showed visions of a future capable of a massive culture change. Although the team only managed a 5-11 record, one better over 2011's campaign, there were bigger reasons for the optimism taking place behind the scenes. Most importantly, Jimmy Haslam's acquisition of the team in October 2012. New Browns CEO Joe Banner, former President of the Philadelphia Eagles, is no stranger to making a team into a perrenial contender and cited the desire to do exactly that as a key reason he left the Eagles.Of course, a new regime typically means wholesale changes, and former General Manager Mike Holmgren and former head coach Pat Shurmur are looking for work because of it. The coaching search has not gone smooth so far, with both Oregon's Chip Kelly opting to stay in school after rumors that he would be signing on (and the following day, Philadelphia), while Syracuse's Doug Marrone signed a deal with the Buffalo Bills while the Browns were waiting on Kelly's decision. While I won't be covering potential candidates in this piece, the good news for Cleveland fans this go-round is that it will not take a total rebuild of the active roster to do significant damage in the AFC North. With a good hire at head coach, a once-dismal franchise should be in good standing to consistently make the postseason as long as they follow these three New Year's Resolutions.
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