The Cleveland Browns have compiled a 9-23 record in the first two years of the Mike Holmgren era. When the Super Bowl winning coach came to Cleveland there was hope he'd bring stability to a franchise that had been in turmoil since coming back into the league in 1999.
But after a solid draft, it seems there is hope. The Browns plucked running back Trent Richardson with the No. 3 pick and then took 28-year-old quarterback Brandon Weeden with the No. 22 pick in last month's draft. Both looked great in shorts and playing against air at a recent rookie camp.
But just as things looked like they could be going the Browns way, second-year defensive tackle Phil Taylor tore a pectoral muscle and may be out for the year.
Sometimes it seems like the team is jinxed.
Be that as it may, there is a season to play and a schedule that is rank third toughest in the league. The Browns play in a division where every team, with the exception of them, made the playoffs in 2011.
That said, we'll peer into our crystal ball and see how the 2012 Browns will fare: