The Cleveland Browns are a very bad football team. I know it's not a nice thing to say. The team is filled with good people trying their best to be a winning franchise, and they have a dedicated a loyal fan base who put up with horribly cold weather at times to root for their team. But if you ask any of them, they'd probably tell you the same thing… the Browns are a very bad football team.
In 2015 they went 3 and 13 and fired their head coach. Hue Jackson was brought in and the team made some drastic changes, taking their record in 2016 to 1-15. The only game they won was a 20-17 match against the San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve. They've won one regular season game since December 14th, 2015. That's a whole lot of losing.
But they went into 2017 with hope. They had drafted the best player in the draft, Myles Garrett… who almost immediately got hurt and missed the majority of the season. They had an expensive quarterback that the choose to pay not to play. Cutting Brock Osweiler and turning to rookie DeShone Kizer. Who has a season quarterback rating of 23.9 having thrown nine touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Oh, and nine fumbles. They also won all four of their preseason games — but those games don't count.
They fired their general manager, Sashi Brown, earlier this year and replaced him with John Dorsey. The owner, Jimmy Haslam says he will keep Hue Jackson around another year — but after today, I wouldn't hold him to that promise.
They went into the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers as the underdog. Pittshburgh is a good team heading for the playoffs. But they had nothing to play for, so they decided to rest some of their starting players like Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell — their starting quarterback and running back. But if you were just watching the results it didn't matter. Back up Landry Jones completed 23-27 passes for 239 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He led the team to a 28-24 victory, leaving the Browns without a single win for 2017.
For those of you that like to find a silver lining in every cloud and want to point to at least they had a perfect winless season. But sadly, they don't even win for being the worse. The 2008 Detroit Lions had a perfect losing season already. The Browns don't even have that to hang their helmet on.
The best thing Browns have to look to for next year is they have a boatload of picks in the draft. They have 2 First Round picks, 3 Second Round, 1 Third Round, 2 Fourth Round, 2 Fifth Round, 1 Sixth and 1 Seventh. That's 12 total picks, but the team has had a lot of picks over the last few years, and so far most of those picks haven't panned out very well. Will they use one of those early picks on yet another quarterback? I mean, they've just had bad luck with Brady Quinn, Colt McCoy, Brandon Weeden, Johnny Manziel, Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer in the last decade of drafts… right?
As the season for Browns fans comes to an end and they wait to see the fate of their head coach, they begin looking for that new shining light in the sky: a new hope.