The Cleveland Browns have officially hit rock bottom.
Cleveland joins the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams in NFL history to 0-16 as they fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3) by a final of 28-24.
The team was in it until the final minutes of the game when Corey Coleman dropped a wide open pass on fourth down, sealing the victory for Pittsburgh and sealing the 2017 version of the Browns in football purgatory forever.
It’s not just 0-16, it marks 1-31 in two seasons for Hue Jackson as head coach and 4-49 for the organization in the last 53 games, the worst stretch in the history of the NFL.
The Haslams should be ashamed of the product they’ve produced since taking over the organization in October of 2012. We all hoped they would turn the Browns into a winner after Randy Lerner drove the team into the ground but they’ve made it worse than what Lerner did as an owner.
To make matters worse, they’re bringing Hue Jackson back for a third season and the national media acts like Jackson is not at fault for his record or the product on the field and it’s an absolute joke.
Jackson stands there and says no one else can do this job and I completely disagree with that because he’s been awful as a head coach from play calling, game management and the way he’s handled the quarterback situation from the beginning and yet he’s getting paid $5 million a year and if it wasn’t for Jamie Meder’s block, would be 0-32 over two seasons.
DeShone Kizer threw for 314 yards, two touchdowns and also ran for 61 yards which led the team. He made plenty of plays but also got sacked six times and threw his league leading 22nd interception of the year.
There’s no doubt the team will draft a quarterback at the top of the draft and hopefully will also add a veteran quarterback.
Josh Gordon had his best game since returning to football a month ago with four catches for 115 yards including a 54 yard catch from Kizer which helped set up a Duke Johnson touchdown run.
Johnson had 20 yards rushing on six carries and also had six catches for 75 yards.
Rashard Higgins finally reached the end zone for the first time with a 56 yard catch and run and then reached the end zone again in the third quarter. Higgins finished the game with three catches for 68 yards and those two scores.
The defense played well, granted it was against the Steelers backup offense but they collected three sacks, one from Myles Garrett who finished the season with 7 sacks in eleven games. Caleb Brantley and Carl Nassib also recorded sacks and Brantley also recovered a fumble.
Jabrill Peppers recorded his first interception of career and also collected four tackles (one for a loss).
Zane Gonzalez rebounded from a struggling start to the season to hit eight of nine field goals in the second half of the season including one from 51 yards today.
Now the Browns move along into the offseason with the first and fourth overall picks in the 2018 NFL Draft.
They also have three second round picks and you have to hope John Dorsey will do what he did during his time in Green Bay and Kansas City and add some more talent to this team through free agency and the draft with the assets he has in front of him.
Hang in there Browns fans, it’ll get better soon.