This thread is designed to take a look back at the progression of the Browns rise from worst team in the NFL to a capable contender, the evolution of myself as a coach and how the Browns have impacted the league. Prior to the start of the file, I was given the opportunity to announce my own team and did so here. The Browns were a laughable franchise with potential. A strong offensive line (Thomas, Mack, Bitonio) and a solid secondary (Haden, Williams, incoming legacy player Adenji) with an underwhelming offense. As people found out quickly, however, the Browns new owner took rebuilding very seriously. The biggest takeaway from this was the trade of Joe Haden to the Titans, which gave the Browns the ammunition to begin forging what could be potentially the best overall group of drafted players this cycle. As you can see here, the Browns first season was so terrible they stopped bothering to update everyone on just how bad it was. Finishing as worst in the league, we saw the edition of the Cleveland Blues hit the stores in the offseason, The Browns immediately traded their #1 overall selection to the Cowboys for a horde of draft picks. While one of the best QB prospects this entire cycle, Jimmy Russel, was being drafted as HaW's first selection of that very cycle the Browns knew that they could not field a competitive team without the talent to surround the QB, ultimately focusing on acquiring building blocks of the future. An offseason review reveals the trading continue, with a heavy emphasis on building a powerful, destructive defense. Season 2, the Browns moved from 2 wins to 5. Woopity Doo. However, they were still 100% focused on rebuilding the team and put the final touches on a Browns team that would take the North by storm in season 3. Following the terrible season 2 finish, which was entirely expected, we saw a huge offseason for the Browns. The Browns had managed to put themselves in the position to do whatever they wanted, with 8 picks in the top 3 rounds and picking up free agent sharpshooter Drew Brees. Once again, the Browns played voodoo with draft picks and walked away with 3 starting players and horded the rest of their picks into the next seasons draft. The Browns finished season 3 11-5, losing in the wild card to the Steelers in quite possibly the most heart breaking loss in HaW history: an intercepted 2 point conversion ran back all the way, allowing the Steelers to win by exactly 1 point. The Browns took some time afterwards to calm down, and proceeded to completely dominate the next draft. All and all, the Browns took away a starting QB, 2 starting CBs, a starting WR, their backup QB of the future, a depth end they traded for a SS HB, and a corner that was ultimately traded for a starting offensive lineman. Completely reloaded, the Browns hit the playoffs 10-6, losing in the wild card after starting LT Joe Thomas got injured in w14, triggering a drop from 10-3 to 10-7 (WC Loss). With 2 games left in season 5, the Browns are 8-6. A few narrow losses in the books, and a shot at the playoffs for a 3rd season in the row a real possibility it's fair to say I'm incredibly proud of the team I have built and have 0 regrets with the wheeling and dealing it took to build this team. This team is a testament to the hard work, dedication and persistence of wanting to compete in the league. Even more importantly, it's just 1 story of dozens, with dozens more like it for every single member of HaW who has spent their time, energy and given their attention to building a fun, enjoyable league. Despite the ups and downs, it's been one hell of a ride. I'd love to hear how you built your team, but it's not a requirement. Hope you enjoy the content, and hope we can keep more coming your way.