Futility, thy name is Cleveland.
While they share the league cellar with teams like Tampa Bay (1-12), Detroit (2-11), the Rams (1-12) and the Chiefs (3-10), the Browns have shown a futility for most of the year that is far more embarrassing.
All four of the aforementioned teams were young and knew going in they would post poor records whilst rebuilding.
Cleveland was seeking to prove last year’s bump in the road was the fluke, not the 10-6 playoff Browns of 2007. They brought in recent firee Eric Mangini to coach the team, and promptly traded out of the fifth overall pick and unloaded tight end Kellen Winslow.
Mangini spent the offseason not announcing a starting quarterback before finally deciding on Brady Quinn to start the year.
After a mere three games, Quinn was yanked for Derek Anderson, who played far worse than Quinn (without the benefit of reasons like inexperience and limited time as the starter).
Quinn has now returned to the lineup, and is even helping the team look respectable in a close game against San Diego and a win over the reeling Steelers.
Cleveland fans have to be frustrated to see a franchise that looked a few pieces short of relevance spending so much time at 32nd on many pundits’ power rankings.