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Browns offense improves at snail's pace

By Marla Published: December 27, 2010

Since it's taken him nearly two full seasons to show what he can offer the Browns' offense, Browns receiver Brian Robiskie was not about to come out with guns blazing after Sunday's 20-10 home loss to Baltimore. 

But a comment from Robiskie showed how slowly the Browns' offense has developed in its second year under coach Eric Mangini and coordinator Brian Daboll.

Of course, part of the reason for that is that the Browns have started five different quarterbacks in two years -- Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn, Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace and Colt McCoy. It's hard to develop an identity that works off the quarterback's strengths when the man behind center is changing every week.

Asked Sunday what's missing from the Browns' offense, Robiskie said, "I don't know if there's one word. We're trying to keep working every week. We're building towards what we want to be. Every week we get a little bit closer. These are the weeks where you have to go back and watch the film and learn and grow from it. Hopefully we can keep growing and keep building and get to where we want to be.''

Asked what kind of offense the Browns wanted to be, Robiskie said, "A good one.''

Going into Monday night's and Tuesday night's games, the Browns offense ranks 29th in the league, 30th passing  and 19th rushing. In 2009, the Browns finished last in total offense (based on yards per game), 32nd passing and eighth rushing. With those numbers, it will be hard for Mangini and Daboll to make a case to president Mike Holmgren that there has been offensive progress, especially if the Browns finish 5-11 for the second consecutive season.

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