There have been significant differences recently; the Browns became younger, faster and more athletic. But the bottom line was the same in 2012.
The annual loss in Pittsburgh this year will be remembered as the farewell for Browns coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert. The most intriguing scenario played out on Sunday was certainly off the field, though the only mystery that remained seemed to be whether the pair would be fired that night or the next day.
After 14 seasons and 304 field goals, Browns kicker Phil Dawson is finally headed to the Pro Bowl.
Outclassed by the Broncos in every phase on Sunday, the Browns lost 34-12 and secured another season with double digits in the "L" column.
Though new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner will remain true to their promise that no personnel decisions will be made until after the season, one suspects that the terrible performance Sunday against Washington officially doomed head coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert.
The Washington Redskins boosted their postseason hopes with a win on Sunday in Cleveland over the Browns, who are now officially playing for pride after being eliminated from playoff contention.
The next step in the development of the Browns had to be blowing out an inferior opponent. They did just that Sunday in dismantling Kansas City 30-7 for their third straight win.

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