Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/5/13
Since 1999 and the rebirth of the Cleveland Browns, the road has been more bumps than smooth pavement. New management in CEO Joe Banner and GM Mike Lombardi has brought some hope to the team, but it seems like the same song playing over again. However, once again the Browns are gutting the old model in order to start a new one, kind of like ground hog day. A repeat of what already has been done, over and over again. A new short offense, then a deep passing game, a 4-3 defense and then a 3-4. The team seems to be spinning their wheels in what direction they want to go in. According to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plains Dealer, here goes another year of out with the old, and in with the new, hopefully with better results. Pluto writes: ‘At the moment, the 49ers are everything the Browns want to become. They are a physical team with a discernible game plan and a sense of purpose from the front office to the last guy on special teams. The new Browns front office views Colt McCoy as not having the arm strength and durability of Jason Campbell. They ended up signing Campbell (a better fit) as a free agent, and then added a fifth and seventh round pick from the 49ers in exchange for McCoy and a sixth-round pick. While some fans are upset about the switch from the 4-3 to the 3-4 defense, the new Browns don’t consider it a big deal. They ask this question, “How much has the defense really lost with Kaluka Maiava, Frostee Rucker, Usama Young, Chris Gocong, Sheldon Brown and Scott Fujita being cut or departing as free agents?” Yes, they create holes. The Browns aren’t just thin in the secondary; they are almost invisible beyond cornerback Joe Haden and safety T.J. Ward. The only other defensive back worth discussing is safety Tashaun Gipson. Eric Hagg opened the season at safety, but lost the job and he seems nothing more than a special teams player at this point. Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner looks better every day as a possible pick at No. 6.’   var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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