Why the Browns could surprise

Despite lack of stability, Cleveland has the talent to compete in 2014

Updated: February 11, 2014, 6:43 PM ET
By Khaled Elsayed | Pro Football Focus

Josh GordonAndrew Weber/USA TODAY SportsJosh Gordon, who hauled in 87 catches last year, is one of several young stars on the Browns.

Since the reformation of the Cleveland Browns, the Dawg Pound has suffered through some tough years. The team has become synonymous with losing, propping up the AFC North season after season. Many surmised that the Browns had hit a new low when they fired coach Rob Chudzinski at the end of the 2013 season after just one year on the job and despite the team taking a step forward. The lack of stability at the top of the organization appeared to get even worse on Tuesday when the Browns announced the parting of the ways with both general manager Mike Lombardi and CEO Joe Banner.

Yet despite the apparent turmoil, all is not in bad shape in Cleveland. The Browns head into the 2014 season with plenty of cap room, two first-round picks (and seven picks in the first four rounds) and the kind of roster that new GM Ray Farmer and new head coach Mike Pettine should be extremely excited about.

Here's a deeper look at the club's recent struggles, its positive momentum moving forward and why it could become a surprise contender in the near future -- provided the Browns can find a solution at the most important position on the field.


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