What We've Been Told

TheOBR.com's Lane Adkins has the latest from the new coaching staff, their thoughts and their plans of attack during the early stages of this crucial offseason.

The Cleveland Browns coaching staff, along with general manager Ray Farmer, have been busy evaluating film of the team's roster in the days and weeks since radical change hit the organization.

Position coaches have been assigned the task of grading their respective positional talent, while each coordinator has been responsible to determine skill-set and fit in the respective scheme.

From what we've been told …

- Quarterback Brandon Weeden will not be a member of the Browns when the pads go on.

- The Browns expect to add no less than one new quarterback this offseason and are debating whether Jason Campbell will return.

- Running back Dion Lewis intrigues the new staff because of his versatility, but there are concerns with size and injury history.

- Running back, then fullback and now running back again Chris Ogbonnaya has caught the eye of the new staff thanks to his versatility, ability to run downhill and display good vision.

- The Browns will add no less than one running back to the equation this offseason, which will be a back to compete and become the starter at some point.

- The staff has concluded the Browns offensive line is much better with center Alex Mack in the fold and they've determined he is a very good fit for the line's new scheme.

- The same cannot be said about guard Shawn Lauvao. The Browns are not expected to bring him back.

- The jury is out on guard Jason Pinkston and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. The staff believes each player has the ability to be successful, but they want to gain a better feel for each player.

- The Browns have aggressively scouted and evaluated offensive linemen in college, as well as upcoming free agents. The Browns appear poised to address the offensive line in the coming months.

- Upcoming discussions with soon to be free agents — Mack and safety T.J. Ward — will determine whether the Browns utilize the franchise tag on either player. The Browns, under the direction of Farmer, will attempt to secure long-term deals with each player.

- The Browns and representatives for cornerback Joe Haden have had some back and forth regarding an extension. Presently there is no deal in place, but the gist of the discussion appears promising.

- The Browns will seek to improve the quality and athleticism at inside linebacker.

- The new coaching staff will want to see nose/defensive tackle Phil Taylor become a consistent presence on the playing field, rather than the part-time player he was a season ago under then defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

- Following film evaluation, the new coaching staff believes outside linebacker Paul Kruger has a much better season than the numbers would lead you to believe.

- Upon initial study, the new defensive staff will move outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo around within the scheme in 2014.

- We hear the Browns did explore an opportunity to workout a deal with the San Francisco 49ers. Whether the talks truly materialized, we are not 100% certain, but the strong possibility this did occur is nonetheless interesting.


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