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Why the Browns Will Be Behind When the Lockout Ends

Steve DiMatteo over at Dawgpound Daily writes about the Browns being on of the teams that has been hurt by the lockout, and how the team is going to be behind once the lockout concludes in the next few days.

The Browns will be entering 2011 with a new coaching staff, led by head coach Pat Shurmur. Not only is he the new coach of the Browns, but this will be his first head coaching gig in the NFL. There is no doubt that he has been preparing on his own, but nothing beats the actual interaction he’ll have with his players, injecting his style and philosophy into the team. One can only hope that there will be enough time to do so between now and the start of the regular season.

With the new coaching staff comes a new offense, as the Browns will implement the West Coast Offense in 2011. It’s a completely different dynamic and for players like Ben Watson, who have never played in this type of offense, it will be like starting over. There will be new plays and new assignments, sure, but perhaps a renewed drive to learn the playbook and shine in the system.

This goes along with the second point, but the Browns will most likely be entering the year with Colt McCoy as the starting quarterback. He has experience in the West Coast Offense, which is encouraging, but he’ll essentially be learning a true NFL offense all over again. Whether or not that hurts him remains to be seen, but he seems unwilling to let that be an issue.

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