Browns finish off perfect season, lose to Steelers to go 0-16

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The Browns did it. They were perfect.

Perfectly awful.

Despite flashes of competence Sunday, they lost to the Steelers 28-24, finishing the season a sparkling 0-16.

The Browns were actually driving late with something resembling a chance, but after quarterback DeShone Kizer evaded a fourth-and-2 rush, his pass went right through the hands of wide receiver Corey Coleman.

It was a fitting end to a season gone wrong from the start, or really from their return to Cleveland in 1999.

The Browns are the first team to go winless since the 2008 Lions, and just the fifth team since 1944 to do so. They join the 1982 Colts (0-8-1), the 1976 Buccaneers (0-14), and the 1960 Cowboys (0-11-1) in that regard.

They’ve also lost 17 in a row heading into the offseason, with their last victory on Dec. 24, 2016 against the Chargers. The Browns haven’t had a winning season since 2007, and only two since they returned after Art Modell took his version to Baltimore.

And yet for some reason, they’ve declared confidence in bringing back coach Hue Jackson, he of the 1-31 record the last two seasons. He’s going to jump into Lake Erie after promising they wouldn’t go 1-15 again (hey, they didn’t!), and then he’s going to apparently get a chance to rebuild with new General Manager John Dorsey. They’ll have the first and fourth overall picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, thanks to last year’s trade with the Texans.

The Steelers improved to 13-3, but were already locked into the second seed in the AFC playoffs.

54 responses to “Browns finish off perfect season, lose to Steelers to go 0-16

  1. For the love of all that is holy, be done with Hue. One win in two years is beyond embarassing. Browns fans need to revolt.

  2. my condolences to the long suffering browns fans. This is downright pathetic. DeShone avoids the sack, and throws a PERFECT pass and its DROPPED. I mean it does not get much better than that.

  3. Hue Jackson is not a good coach, but this is not all his fault. Ownership is a disgrace. Focused on saving money and capspace rather than putting competitive team on field.

  4. A great day for Pittsburgh.

    Dominant against Cleveland.

    Harrison gets only two sacks for New England

  5. While the mighty Browns were giving the Steelers fits James Harrison with a strip sack and had a great game today! LOL Steelers! Should have treated him better, yes?


  6. Honestly, I feel bad for the Browns. Today was the first time I ever rooted for my team to lose. We had nothing to gain win or lose. I mean, it is a bully matchup for the past few years, with the Browns not even competing. Sorry Brown, better luck next years.

  7. HURON, OH — Paul Stark died Dec. 27 with the Browns’ ineptitude on his mind. The Huron man’s obituary said that he died “due to complications from a brief illness exacerbated by the hopeless condition of the Cleveland Browns.” Stark, a Mansfield native, moved to Columbus for a time before moving to Huron in his later years.

  8. Congrats to the Browns. Good on you Corey Coleman to preserve the perfect season. Way to do the most Brownsiest thing possible to ensure immortality.

  9. Shout out to Kizer for lifting his receiver’s spirits after that dropped pass.

    On another note the Steelers treated that game like the 4th preseason game, and still won. The easiest thing to beat is a team that beats itself.

    A great man once said:
    “Winning is a habit. Unfortunately so is losing.”

  10. The people talking about Harrison do realize that the Steelers lead the league in sacks don’t you? Sure you do. But yeah, they should sit some of their young guys down for a 38 year old that was apparently disgruntled in the locker room and let everyone know it.

  11. Patsie fanboys ragging about the Steelers playing the Browns. Did you forget about the Jets, Fins and Bills?

    Bragging about Harrison against the Jets……pathetic.

  12. The looney Rooney rule must protect terrible head coaches. Jackson was a disaster in Oakland and has now compiled the worst record (1-31) ever in the history of the NFL. And the Pilot Travel guys feel compelled to punish Browns fans with another year of guaranteed losing. Terrific.

  13. logicalvoicesays says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:07 pm
    The Browns would be a playoff contending team with RGIII. This is what you get for letting him go.


    RGIII should sue Dan Snyder and Mike Shannahan for ruining his career

  14. Browns finish off perfect season, lose to Steelers to go 0-16
    When did Minnesota change their mascot to the Browns?

  15. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    How about that Steelers defense that almost gave the Browns their first win?

    And yet the Browns will play in just as many playoff games as your dollyfins will this year chip.

  16. LyinRogerMustGo says:

    Why did The a Steelers cut Harrison again? I forget.

    From what I understand it was because he was lazy and would fall asleep during team meetings. I would have cut him, too. See how long he lasts in NE doing that.

  17. We are going to have a parade around First Energy Stadium. I will be there. I hope someone pulls an empty flatbed trailer with a sign that says “Cleveland Browns Football Players Who Actually Care”.

  18. I watched the Pats game and while I agree the Pats needed a DE badly, I’m not sure Harrison is that guy. His 2 sacks were at the end of the game with a few seconds remaining, against Bryce petty, and all he had to do was rush the QB. Everyone in th stadium knew the jets were passing. A DE needs to hold the edge all game, and not just rush the QB. Here’s hoping that Harrison’s still got enough left in the tank. If seeds play out he will get to go against the Chiefs who he owns.

  19. nhpats says:

    Good game by the “washed up” James Harrison….4 tackles and 2 sacks…..

    Awesome, and the 1st was a strip sack, recovered by the Jets.

    Steelers FO is either asleep at the wheel or incompetent. I vote the latter. Thanks Trip.

  20. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:11 pm
    Somewhere the ’08 Lions are raising their glasses…

    Dilly, dilly!

  21. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:16 pm
    Why did The a Steelers cut Harrison again? I forget.


    20 24 Rate This

    We felt sorry for the sad sack of linebackers you guys were parading around, so a gift to you

  22. 4 steps to making the Browns competitive:

    1) Sell the team to someone who knows football, not just shady truck deals, and is ready & willing to spend to win.

    2) Fire the entire loser coaching staff! Let John Dorsey pick from the best OCs and college coaches available.

    3) Get rid of the repeated, proven failures, from Kizer to Coleman & beyond. Some stated that Kizer played his best game ever today. Sure, against the 2nd team of a real pro franchise! If Beg Ben & Company had been in, he would have thrown 4 picks and they would have lost 42-0. Kizer couldn’t even start in college. That’s pitiful!

    4) Start using top college teams as sources for your players. Their coaches know how to pick players. You don’t.

  23. nhpats says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:12 pm
    Good game by the “washed up” James Harrison….4 tackles and 2 sacks…..


    Yet, shockingly, the Steelers still managed to break their team single-season sack record with hardly any contribution from him. His loss is clearly a colossal detriment.

  24. onemorethentherest says:
    December 31, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:16 pm
    Why did The a Steelers cut Harrison again? I forget.

    We felt sorry for the sad sack of linebackers you guys were parading around, so a gift to you

    We feel sorry for the sorry state of your team’s coaching but only your owner can help us help you with that

  25. odd how the only 2 teams never to go to a super bowl are the only 2 teams in the Newengland Football League to go 0-16…

  26. The Steelers has 56 sacks this year. How much would James Harrison have raised that number? Love the guy. Don’t get me wrong. But probably not a whole lot.

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