The 2011 season was supposed to be the the year the Browns took great strides towards respectability. It turned out to be another year of humble pie.
The O-line fell apart, leaving Colt McCoy running all over the field trying to throw the ball to receivers who can't get open or drop it when they do. If only Joe Thomas and Alex Mack could play on the right side of the line at the same time.
The D is showing promise, with Jabaal Sheard, Phil Taylor and Joe Haden leading the way.
If the Browns are on their way, they're just not going to get there this year.
So what to do?
Being a Browns fan (or a Cleveland fan in general) is more than watching the team play. It's a study in endurance, hope, loyalty, faith and all the other ways a person deals with disappointment, frustration and loss.
It's the glue that currently bonds us as community, it's the way we earn our stripes so when that fateful magical season finally shows up, all these memories we accumulate now become the final measurement of how much more we endured than any other fanbase in football.*
By now, it's developed into an art form in Northeastern Ohio. Our team has done it's annual part, falling short of the playoffs, heading straight towards the no-man's land of the draft, reached when you miss the playoffs and still have to wait an hour before your team picks.
So if our team won't create highlights, there's still gotta be something to make this season enjoyable, right?