A quarter of the 2012 NFL season is over, and once again Cleveland Browns fans wonder whether, by the time the halfway point comes around, they will have to turn their attention to the 2013 draft.
History suggests that an 0-4 start means there will be a 10th straight season without any chances for postseason football for Browns fans.
Since 1992, only the San Diego Chargers have come back from such a deficit. It should be noted however, that the Chargers not only came back from 0-4, they actually won their division, winning 11 out of 12 games. And if the Chargers did it, it means it is possible.
Now, after that blast of sunny optimism, lets come back to reality. This is Cleveland, after all, and even when the sun shines in December, it's still bitterly cold. This is a young team of players still learning their potential and still learning to play together.
It is unlikely that we will be chanting "Super Bowl" come playoff time. That doesn't mean they won't be worth watching if it is, indeed, determined by the halfway point that there won't be a postseason bid.
The first four games of the season have certainly had their share of bad and ugly, but there have also been signs of good things to come as the season progresses.
The slides that follow show the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the first quarter of the 2012 season for the Cleveland Browns.