Clayton: Browns going in right direction

August, 29, 2012
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In his weekly mailbag, ESPN's John Clayton was asked if the Browns were a team on the rise. He believes they are.

Here's what Clayton had to say about the Browns:
In an offensive game, the team is moving in the right direction. But young offenses and inexperienced quarterbacks create turnovers. In a tough division and with a tough schedule, that's where the Browns will pay the price this year. The potential problem for the future is whether new owner Jimmy Haslam will make too many changes. I think the Browns are going in the right direction.

When talking about the future, Clayton hit the biggest question that will shape it. How much will Haslam change the front office and coaching staff? One of the reasons why the Browns have been so terrible since rejoining the league in 1999 has been the lack of a consistent vision. The Browns have been too quick to rip down the rebuilding project and start from scratch.

It's clear that general manager Tom Heckert has the Browns on the right track. You only have to look at his drafts in Cleveland, where they've developed talent on defense (cornerback Joe Haden, defensive tackle Phil Taylor, safety T.J. Ward and defensive end Jabaal Sheard) and laid a foundation on offense with running back Trent Richardson, quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Josh Gordon. But many believe Haslam wants to put his own stamp on this franchise.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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