My perspective is the Browns are making good progress. The record last year was a fluke of luck based on getting a bunch of teams at the end of the season who had quit. IF they had finished with 4-5 wins we would have said that was good progress. Coming into this season a good prediction would have been 7-8 wins, not playoffs and potential Super Bowl. They'll make that and 8 wins two years after 0 would be a team heading in the right direction.
If you think Freddie is bad, Gregg the Moron would have been far worse, so to me another good trend in they didn't make that mistake. I do think they would benefit greatly from a coach with QB experience who could work with Mayfield. Something like the Rams or 49ers did.