The first year of Coach Eric Mangini's reign didn't exactly go as he planned.Seemingly from the moment he declared the quarterback position an open derby the wheels started to slowly ease themselves off the axles. From the deceptively close first game at Minnesota to a new quarterback and a nailbiter at Cincinnati, the Browns couldn't seem to pocket a win.
Then the football gods smiled on us and gave us the mother of all ugly wins at Buffalo. A game in which Derek Anderson went 2-17 was supposed to be our propelling moment, but it wasn't. Seven more losses followed before a miracle happened and we not only beat our longtime nemesis, the Pittsburgh Steelers, we beat them down.
That started a four game winning streak where we relied almost exclusively on the running game and our defense. Don't be fooled, our opponents weren't top notch and teams will have the game film and a whole offseason to game plan for us so we will not get away with it again.
This season there are a number of things that we need to do to avoid suffering through another year like 2009. Some things are obvious and some are common sense, but some required a little thought and hopefully new team Executive Mike Holmgren and GM Tom Heckert's plans will set in motion a number of positive changes that will carry us toward a successful 2010.