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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Thought of the Day: '99 or '09 Browns?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

As usual, we have another interesting "Thought of the Day" in the division.

This week we ask our AFC North community which team is better: The 1999 Cleveland Browns or the 2009 Browns?

Keep in mind, the '99 Browns were an expansion team. It was the first year back after Cleveland lost its team to Baltimore, and the Browns finished the season 2-14. They scored 13.6 points per game that year and allowed 27.3 points per contest defensively.

In '99, Cleveland was led by players such as No. 1 overall pick Tim Couch at quarterback, Kevin Johnson at receiver, and linebacker Jamir Miller on defense. The Browns did beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh that year.

This season the Browns are currently 1-11 and have to win one of their final four games to match the expansion team from a decade ago. They are scoring 12.1 points per game, while allowing 25.5 a contest.

Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson have rotated at quarterback, while Shaun Rogers was the best defensive player until he was lost for the season with a leg injury.

So which team was better: The '99 Browns (2-14) or the '09 Browns (1-11)?

Send your "Thought of the Day" comments below or to our AFC North inbox, and we will run the best responses throughout the week.