The 2009/10 season ended brilliantly for the Cleveland Browns.
Running off four consecutive wins, and eliminating a team from playoff contention in the Jacksonville Jaguars left a sweet taste in the mouths of Browns fans that have been thirsty for a winner for a long, long time.
During that win streak, Cleveland fans saw the emergence of a young, talented RB in Jerome Harrison who literally carried his team, and other young contributors like Matt Roth, Kaluka Miava, and Ahtyba Rubin stepped into the spotlight.
Browns fans saw their Head Coach somehow salvage what looked to be the most dismal and disheartening season in recent memory, and a Defensive Coordinator work wonders with a cast of unknowns that many scoffed at when looking at the game day starters.
Yes, the end of the 2009/10 season was special. It gave Cleveland fans hope, it gave US something to look forward to. I say “us”, because after all, I too am a Cleveland Browns fan, and a die hard one at that!
That said, I am a realist as well. And, part of being a realist is taking things for what they are, and the reality is this:
The Cleveland Browns of 2010/11 are only marginally (if any) better, than the team the NFL and it’s fans saw last season.
Now, I understand that building a team doesn’t happen over night, but, there are three very serious issues, in my opinion, that are seemingly being glossed over by many in favor of overly optimistic talk, projections and banter.
When, in reality, that’s only ignoring the issues that are at the forefront right now. Addressing and seeing those issues for what they are is what needs to be done, so, let’s get to it.