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Gene J. Puskar, File, Associated Press
FILE - This Dec. 8, 2011 file photo shows trainers tending to Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy after he was hit by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. McCoy missed the final three games of the Browns' 4-12 season that ended New Year's Day with another loss to Pittsburgh.

BEREA, Ohio — As the Cleveland Browns packed up after another losing season, veteran cornerback Sheldon Brown preached patience.

With one of the NFL's youngest teams, the Browns (4-12) endured growing pains in their first season under coach Pat Shurmur, who was brought in to build a foundation. Brown believes Shurmur is the right choice to resurrect the Browns and said the biggest mistake would be to overhaul a mostly inexperienced roster that showed promise. The Browns couldn't win the close games, but Brown said the team isn't far from being a contender and "it's going the right way."

Brown also said it would be foolish to think a player like Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III can ride in and save the Browns.

Cleveland will have the No. 4 pick in April's draft.