What's next for Browns' offense?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 9:59 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

At his introductory press conference on Friday, Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski shed some light on his offensive philosophy. While he avoided specifically talking about any players on the current roster, he indicated a willingness to tailor his offense to his personnel.

“The thing … is adjusting to who you have and what you do,” said Chudzinski, the Panthers’ offensive coordinator the last two seasons. “You’re not taking away from the principles of what you’re trying to do offensively, but the plays may be a little bit different, the personnel groups that you use may be a little bit different from year-to-year and those adjustments, I believe, are the key to being successful on a year-to-year basis. Finding roles for players that you have is critical. If a guy has something that he can do special, to find a role for him is important.”

Now, the focus turns to what personnel changes on offense will come with Chudzinski at the helm.

The Browns have building blocks in OLT Joe Thomas and RB Trent Richardson, with C Alex Mack, WRs Josh Gordon and Greg Little and ORT Mitchell Schwartz other potential key components. That said, a few new faces on offense wouldn’t surprise anyone, considering the Browns were No. 25 in yards and No. 24 in points this season.

If the Browns want to shake things up, they have the means to do in short order. Per an ESPN.com projection, the Browns have $48.9 million in salary-cap space, which gives them the ability to make a splash in free agency if they are so inclined. The Browns weren’t especially active in free agency in Tom Heckert's three years as general manager, preferring to build via the draft. The result is a young, low-cost roster.