Looking back to the start of this season I remember thinking that the browns could improve on last years 4-12 record only if these 3 things were to happen:
1. Braylen Edwards would have to rebound and play well in his contract year.
2. Brady Quinn would have to emerge and show why he was a 1st rd pick.
3. Injuries would have to be minimized with a lack of quality depth.
Well, the Browns managed to improve on last years record, but none of these things happened.
1. Braylen Edwards never showed up. Not only did he not show up on the field, but he was a distraction in the locker room and an embarresment to the organization. Considering the only other experienced receiver on the roster was suspended (Stallworth) for the year, its no wonder why the passing game was nonexistent this year.
2. I'm not ready to close the book on Quinn, but there are still questions. At least he's shown that he's better than Anderson. But thats not saying much.
3. The Browns had 15 players on IR and a lot of those players were starters. Sometimes you just have to be lucky as a football team. The Browns were definitely not lucky this year.
So how did the Browns improve on last years record??? Mangini has to get a lot of credit. It took a while to change the culture on this team, but its amazing what smart, disciplined players can do for a football team. Even if there is a lack of talent.