COMMENTARY | Goodbye, 2013 Cleveland Browns. Thanks for absolutely nothing.
Goodbye, Brandon Weeden, the franchise's latest first round quarterback flop, a guy who, try as he might, just can't keep up with the pace of NFL football. Don't forget to take Jason Campbell, who apparently doesn't play all that well once the temperature outside dips, with you.
Newsflash to those running the Browns: It gets cold on the Cleveland Lake Erie shoreline halfway through the fall. You should probably look into acquiring a QB who is OK with that fact.
Farewell, Willis McGahee. I'm sure that the veteran running back meant well when he was brought in to "replace" Trent Richardson after Richardson was shipped to the Indianapolis Colts for a future first round pick. The 32-year old just can't get the job done on Sundays anymore.
Adios, Greg Little. I have, throughout his three-year career, defended the wide receiver who has consistently battled with the dropsies. Little reeled in just 41 of 99 potential targets this past season. That's not going to cut it. Maybe Little merely needs a change of scenery in order to succeed. His time as a member of the Browns, however, should be up.
Ciao, T.J. Ward. The 27-year old emerged as a real star and the best safety in the AFC North in 2013. Ward is going to get paid this winter, and he deserves to play for a winner. All the best to you. Go get yours.
Peace out, Davone Bess. I'm not going to bury the wide receiver, as he was seemingly dealing with some serious off-the-field issues for much of the campaign. That said, Bess dropped 14 passes in 2013. His muffed punt helped prevent the Browns from shocking the then undefeated Kansas City Chiefs back on October 27. Good luck in your future endeavors.
See you when we see you, Rob Chudzinski. Chudzinski wasn't even given a calendar year as head coach of the Browns to right the ship before he was booted out the door. Don't feel too bad for Chud, though, as he reportedly cashed in on a $10.5 million payout.
Sayonara, falling apart in the second and fourth quarters of games. Au revoir to a defense that thoroughly crumbled in the second half of the season. Aloha to a team that closed 2013 out with seven consecutive losses and defeats in ten of its final eleven games.
"Thanks for the memories" honors go out to Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts, who burned cornerback Joe Haden en route to catching the game-winning touchdown back on December 1. Cheers to Tom Brady and Jay Cutler, who figuratively punched the defense of the Browns in the face in back-to-back December games.
Last but certainly not least, cheers to a team that rewarded the most-loyal and most-battered fan base in North American professional sports by going 3-5 in home games, 2-4 against division opponents, and 4-12 overall. It's almost hard to believe that we're less than eight months away from restarting this party.
Somebody remember to bring the beer. Fans of the Browns could use a drink.
Zac has been following Cleveland sports since a little before his birth, and thus his heart breaks a little more with every year. He has been covering the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and the NFL for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.