In 2014, the Cleveland Browns finished the season with a 7-9 record, their highest win total since 2007. It was a rough year, as their offensive line was decimated with injuries and the quarterback position did not exactly produce stellar numbers.
This season, they get a fresh start and have some new key additions and subtractions that could propel this Browns team to new heights in the AFC North. Under center, Brian Hoyer has moved on and they acquired Josh McCown from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McCown certainly has the potential to lead this team and will be given every chance to do so. Second year quarterback Johnny Manziel will be looking to learn the system and contribute any way that he can. Their wide receiving corps will get an upgrade in 2015 despite being without Josh Gordon for the entire season due to another failed drug test. Via free agency, the Browns acquired Brian Hartline from the Miami Dolphins and Dwayne Bowe from the Kansas City Chiefs who both have multiple 1,000 yard receiving seasons under their belt. Combined with Andrew Hawkins who led Cleveland in receptions in 2014, they should make for a solid unit. In the backfield, Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell emerged as a dual threat last year and should improve upon those numbers as they gain experience.
Last season, the Browns defense was solid versus the pass but struggled to defend the run. They used their second draft pick on massive nose tackle Danny Shelton who should step in right away and contribute. They also drafted several other members of the defensive line that should provide a lift for and revamp them for the better. Cleveland’s linebackers are in great shape as they have Paul Kruger back who had 22 sacks in 2014 and Karlos Dansby who racked up 93 tackles last season and was a top 10 inside linebacker in the league.
Cleveland Browns’ fans are some of the best in the NFL and have a lot to look forward to for the future of the franchise. This season brings a new logo, new uniforms and the optimism that they can reach the post season in a clouded AFC North. Be sure to secure your Cleveland Browns tickets for the 2015 season and cheer these guys on.