The Browns were 25th in yards and 24th in points in 2012, but most of the core personnel from that offense returns this season.
In a Q&A with Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer published Saturday, Browns CEO Joe Banner explained why the club didn’t want to shake up the offense just yet.
“On offense, we want to see what develops before making big changes, other than the scheme,” Banner told Pluto.
Banner also noted that the Browns’ personnel on offense is on the inexperienced side.
“It’s hard to know their potential because so many of them — not just [QB] Brandon [Weeden] — are so young,” Banner told the Plain Dealer. “Also, the coaches looked at Brandon and some of the others and saw enough there to want to see more.”
By contrast, the Browns were ready to shake up their defense, Banner told the paper. The club signed defensive lineman Desmond Bryant and outside linebacker Paul Kruger, drafted outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo No. 6 overall and changed to 3-4 scheme.
“We knew we had to change our defense,” Banner told Pluto. “We had to get faster and get more pressure on the quarterback. We went out and got players to do that. We were ready to charge ahead on defense.”
With a new head coach (Rob Chudzinski), offensive coordinator (Norv Turner) and offensive scheme, the focus turns to how the Browns’ personnel fits into the new regime’s new ways on that side of the ball.