Last summer, Randy Lerner agreed to sell the Browns to Jimmy Haslam, which led to a season where the external focus on the franchise was largely about the potential offseason changes to come, not the product on the field.
Indeed, big changes did come to Cleveland. Head coach Pat Shurmur was fired at season’s end, replaced by Rob Chudzinski and a largely new coaching staff. Also, president Joe Banner hired Mike Lombardi as general manager.
In an interview with Gil Brandt and FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Browns tight end Jordan Cameron indicated that the prospect of changes after the 2012 season were not lost on the team.
“I feel like last year was a little stagnant and people were kind of wondering what the future of the coaches would be like,” Cameron said. “There was kind of a lot of wonder.”
However, Cameron noted that “there’s a whole new energy” around the team.
“This year, there’s a drive,” Cameron said. “These coaches know where we’re going, and we believe in the coaches, and it’s definitely a step in the right direction.”
Though the president (Mike Holmgren), G.M. (Tom Heckert) and coach (Shurmur) in place when he was drafted in 2011 are now gone, Cameron appears to be a case of a player drafted by one regime who fits pretty well into the next regime’s plans. The third-year pro from USC, who caught a pair of TD passes in Cleveland’s second preseason game, is slated to be a bigger part of Cleveland’s offense than he was in his first two seasons.