Reasons to be Cautious:
Weeden – While he had some decent rookie numbers, the guy will be 30 a few weeks into the season, had 17 picks to his 14 TDs, had 6 fumbles, and a 57.4% completion percentage. By the time they develop him, it will be time for him to retire.
Management – I don’t trust the vision of the franchise. They traded away the pick which could have landed them Julio Jones and they pick up a 29 year old rookie? I am not a big fan of their new coach (Chudzinski) or GM (Lombardi), and question the money they gave Krueger based off a late season run. Oh yeah, and their owner is being investigated by the Feds.
Potential – This team does have potential – Weeden, Richardson, Gordon, Little, Cameron, and the new additions on defense – and are a sleeper pick for many “experts.” However, the reason they are a “sleeper” pick is because these guys have little to no track record of success in the NFL. To expect all of them to break out at the same time is a tall order.
Receivers – Gordon could be good, but he is suspended for the first 2 games due to a failed drug test….he also tested positive for marijuana 3 times in college! This sounds like an ongoing problem and ticking time bomb. One more positive test and he may face a 1 year suspension. Little also has potential, but he hasn’t seen a ball he doesn’t want to drop.
While I see the Browns being better in 2013 and entering the level of competiveness and respectability, I still don’t see this team getting more than 6 wins. Still too many question marks and unknowns to predict anything better.