As the 2011 NFL regular season comes to a close, some teams prepare for postseason play and a chance to win it all, while others begin the long, cold wait until next year.
The Browns are among the latter group—a pattern that has become all too familiar in recent decades. They've had one postseason appearance since their return to the NFL in 1999. They haven't even come close many times aside from that since well before they left town in 1995.
Currently, there is a divide among Browns fans as to, well, just exactly how bad things are. Some feel the team is going nowhere once again and will have to be completely redone, as it as been so many times in the recent past.
Others, though frustrated by the 4-12 record and the games that slipped through the team's collective fingers this season, see hope for the young corps the Browns have in place now. They expect things to improve dramatically in the not-too-distant future.
Regardless of which side fans are on in this debate, we all watched the same team play this season. We may not agree on potential for individual players or for the team as a group, but most of us know which players and position groups got their jobs done this season and which ones didn't.
Debates about its future are to be expected, but as for what has already happened? Well, it's safe to say we saw some good, some bad and some very ugly this season.
Following are some of the best and worst players, position groups and performances for the Browns.
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