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Woe-for-16: Browns finish winless season with loss to Steelers

12 Janvier 2018

The Factory of Sadness reached a new low on Sunday when the Cleveland Browns lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the most Brownsian way possible, finishing their season with a record of 0-16.

Browns Nation, which has been reduced to tattered, Third World status, didn't know whether to cry or wind their watches - to coin a phrase used by legendary Pittsburgh Penguins announcer Mike Lange. The hiring of Brown and Jackson was supposed to set off a long-term vision for the franchise, and the Browns basically hit the reset button again after two seasons by firing Brown and bringing in Dorsey.

The Browns faced a fourth-and-2, quarterback Deshone Kizer escaped Pittsburgh's pressure and had a wide-open Corey Coleman, who proceeded to drop the pass. "I think the primary job of an National Football League coach is to provide leadership and I think Hue has provided great leadership".

"Hopefully they forget my name as the years go by", cornerback Jason McCourty said. "There's nothing else to say". The defense has been stout against the run, yielding 97.1 yards per game. Landry Jones completed 23 of 27 passes for 239 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and JuJu Smith-Schuster caught nine passes for 143 yards and a score.

Coleman's drop followed the fumble and interception - three straight turnovers with a chance to take the lead.

Draft season is also underway and boy are the next 4 months going to be chok full of nail-biting, hot-taking agonizing entertainment with Cleveland holding picks 1, 4, 33 and 35 in the 2018 Draft. Some coaches, tired of the losing and culture, might prefer to move on, two league sources said. I'm not walking out on these players or this organization. It's time for him to watch from the sidelines.

He has been blame-shifting to his players and his GM all season, which was one of the things that ended up making Ben McAdoo's job so untenable in NY.

"We're going to get this thing fixed", he said during a post-match press conference, "that's what I'm here for. I don't think Hue has lost his magic on how to run an offense, call plays or coach a team".

And Haslam remains intent on doing it with head coach Hue Jackson.

Staff decisions will come after Jackson takes time to reflect on the staff, but there could be more major changes coming. This year, they finished the job, assuring the "Perfect Season" parade will go on as planned Saturday.

I'm not a huge fan of Todd Haley, but he could be a top option for the Browns. Jackson sees it as rubbing salt in an open wound.

However, the Browns remained one of the worst offensive teams in the league in 2016.

On the field, Jackson said he expects Josh Gordon to stay and "be a contributing member" of the team, and DeShone Kizer definitely will be in the quarterback competition for 2018.

“Being 0-16, the stigma that comes with that is that were going to have to do some recruiting everywhere, ” Jackson said. "We've got a good culture in that locker room", Fox said. Inaccuracy plagued Kizer all season. He was 0-15 as a starter in 2017. "Let's work with the guys we do have and find ways to win games".

Haslam's declaration eliminated any notion General Manager John Dorsey would replace Jackson with a coach of his own choosing. Whether that means drafting one or signing a veteran or both is to be determined, but Kizer could very well be one and done. "If that is the case, I'll prepare myself and make sure I am ready to go mentally and physically".

And Smith-Schuster did it all in just 14 games (he missed Week 12 because of a hamstring injury and Week 14 because of a suspension). The Steelers limited Kizer to 16 completions on 30 attempts (53.3%), but he had a season-high 313 yards to go along with two touchdowns.

Woe-for-16: Browns finish winless season with loss to Steelers