Cleveland Browns fans are some of the most battle-tested and opinionated fans that the National Football League has to offer. Despite rooting for a perennial loser, Browns fans always support their team on a yearly basis and never seem to stop finding optimism when most fans would simply just give up and possibly move their loyalty to a different franchise.
The Cleveland faithful have been treated to yet another dismal performance by their team during this football season and should be looking to hold someone accountable for their franchise's poor performance. Mike Holmgren is at the head of what used to be this respectable organization and has done seemingly nothing in order to help the Browns climb their way back to football relevance.
Holmgren took over the Browns shortly after the conclusion of the 2009 season. In his first year, he retained Eric Mangini as head coach, only to fire him one year later and search for the coach that could lead Cleveland into the future.
That "extensive" search led the Browns to a second-tier head coach in Pat Shurmur and failed to offer an offensive coordinator with any sort of competence in the West Coast system. Shurmur has re-paid the franchise with a season of poor coaching decisions and has looked completely in over his head on numerous occasions with the media.
Now, if the fan base does not want to blame the team's coaching incompetence on Holmgren, there are plenty of other area's to focus their attention while weighing this decision.
Cleveland is one of the few teams during the 2011 off season that failed to acquire a starting player during free agency. Despite having a glaring hole at the wide receiver position, the front office neglected to pursue talent and now the Browns have one of the worst passing attacks in the past five NFL seasons. In fact, the only quality free agent acquisition the team made was Brandon Jackson, who ended up on injured reserve before the regular season even began.
The Browns have struggled to find consistency on either side of the ball during this season, and the lack of talent on the field is really starting to become evident. Even the players that are performing well are in the final years of their deal and will likely leave the team next season. The Browns extended the contracts of Evan Moore and Chris Gocong during the 2011 season, but are neglecting to sign the team's best players like D'Qwell Jackson, Peyton Hillis or even Phil Dawson.
Even the public relations department seems to be in shambles as they are starting to push their campaign for 2012 season tickets while the team on the field is not even performing at an NFL level.
The fact that the entire organization is running poorly reflects badly upon Holmgren and puts his ability to lead the franchise in serious doubt. The Browns did not appear to be going anywhere fast before Holmgren was hired, but now the franchise looks as if it is regressing instead of staying stagnant.
It is understandable that fans want consistency in this organization, but one would have to wonder at what cost that consistency will come. Right now, the only consistent thing about the Browns is their inept offense and their losing record.