AFC North: On the Radar 52010

On the radar: Browns' offense

May, 20, 2010
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Al Pereira/Getty ImagesDelhomme will likely lead an offense that is a hybrid of the West Coast and Patriots' systems.
How will the Cleveland Browns' offense look in 2010?

At this point, it's anyone's guess.

Cleveland's offensive scheme is "constantly evolving," according to Browns head coach Eric Mangini. The lack of success -- the Browns were ranked last in total offense last season -- combined with the addition of influential team president Mike Holmgren have resulted in an exchange of ideas of how to run things more efficiently.

Holmgren is a firm believer in the West Coast offense, which has led him to three Super Bowls as head coach of two franchises. But Mangini and current Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll are coaching the team and believe in the New England Patriots' system, where they worked up the ranks and also won Super Bowls.

By the end of training camp, Cleveland probably will have a blend of the Patriots' system mixed with some West Coast principles.

"There's been an influx of ideas between the new people of the organization," Mangini explained. "There's been an influx of ideas with offseason studies and things that we liked from other teams that they did ... Now it's a function of trying to figure out where does it fit."

One key to making it all work will be veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme, who signed as a free agent from the Carolina Panthers.

Delhomme is learning a new system in Cleveland this season. But it's not completely foreign because he knows the West Coast portion of the scheme from the time he spent with the New Orleans Saints under former assistant Mike McCarthy, who is now the head coach of the Green Bay Packers.

"I think I have a very good background in it," Delhomme said. "Some of the plays, Seneca [Wallace] and I will speak some of the West Coast language, because it's very similar to the system he ran in Seattle and what I ran with Mike."

Cleveland's offense looked dominant during Wednesday's organized team activities that were open to the media. Both Delhomme and Wallace made several nice throws for big gains against Cleveland's defense.

It's early, but perhaps that's a small sign that Cleveland's offense has the potential to improve in 2010. Considering last year's ranking, the unit has nowhere to go but up.

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