A four-game winning streak to end the 2009 season may have helped save the job of head coach Eric Mangini.
But it also filled Cleveland football fans with false hope.
(If the very idea of hope in Cleveland isn't oxymoronic.)
The addition of Mike Holmgren as team president is reason for more optimism. It's not unrealistic to think he'll build Cleveland a winner, but it is unrealistic to think it will happen in 2010.
Jake Delhomme is an intriguing figure. He won in the past in Carolina, then saw all that success go down the drain with a 5-interception performance against Arizona in the 2008 playoffs. 2009 was a continuation of that post-season performance - Delhomme had just eight touchdowns and threw 18 interceptions. Did the playoff game kill his confidence going into last season? And if so, is his confidence back for this year, his first as a Browns quarterback? And if he has fragile confidence, was it very wise to bring in Seneca Wallace, kind of a Mike Holmgren guy from Seattle, as the backup/challenger for the starting job?