The Cleveland Browns, after setting a franchise record for futility in 2016 by finishing 1-15, sunk lower in 2017 by becoming only the second team in National Football League history to end a season 0-16.
In a league designed for parity, the Browns remained a parody to the end, poetically sealing the 28-24 loss after wide-open receiver Corey Coleman dropped a ideal fourth-down pass from DeShone Kizer in the red zone.
Team owner Jimmy Haslam met with the media on December 31 after the Browns lost, 28-24, to the Steelers to finish 0-16 and repeated what he said on December 7 when he fired Sashi Brown - Jackson will return as Browns head coach in 2018. The Browns join the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only two National Football League teams to ever finish 0-16.
"I think that's probably one of many different things that have gone on throughout this season that stopped us from winning a game". Haslam needs to look in the mirror, and Dorsey needs to steel himself for a fight, because it looks like this franchise is going to have to be dragged kicking and screaming out of the pit of dispair it has been in for so many years.
"I don't think anyone else could have stayed in this job and be 1-31". When he was drafted, he came with the caveat that he needed to get time to develop, and you could argue that putting him in this offense immediately only hurt that development. "It's just saying we know what type of talent we have, and we've just got to learn how to finish games", linebacker Christian Kirksey said. "I have been very disappointed in all of it, but at the same time, we are going to fix it". "Nobody wants that. I can't do anything about it".
"It's been so long for me that I've played in a game that we won that it's like, 'Man, I just can't get that feeling back, '" he said. I'm not surprised about the outcome today.
Even without starters including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell, wide receiver Antonio Brown - who were inactive as Pittsburgh prepares for the postseason - the Steelers moved the ball easily.
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After falling behind early, the Browns rallied thanks to big throws through the air. The Steelers led 21-14 at halftime.
Fourth down. Trailing by four.
However, a late-season win over the San Diego Chargers saw the Browns finsh 1-15 in 2016.so the money raised was donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank instead. Despite clawing their way back to 21-21, and then entering the fourth quarter down just four, the Browns found a way to Browns it up once again. He might never start another game for the Browns. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown and finished with 265 all-purpose yards on the day. After giving up 66 sacks last season, the Browns allowed 50 in 2017. The Browns also did themselves no favors as self-inflicted wounds - turnovers, penalties, missed tackles and other miscues - hampered their most-earnest efforts.
Coleman spoke in the same Steelers locker room where Dennis Northcutt stood and tried to explain a drop in a 2002 playoff game that contributed to the Browns losing their only playoff game since restarting the franchise in 1999.
The Pittsburgh Steelers feel fortunate to have JuJu Smith-Schuster in their life.