As the Browns inch closer to the possibility of ending the 2016 season without a win, there’s been increased attention paid to how the team would react to becoming the second team to pick up 16 losses in 16 tries.
A report that there’s “heightened tension” inside the organization has been balanced by coach Hue Jackson talking about the support he feels from owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam and word that Jackson’s job is safe for the 2017 season. Executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown was the one stating that intention, saying that the Browns want a team of people who will be around for a long time.
Still, 0-16 is 0-16 and the Browns haven’t been known as a particularly patient organization over the years. According to Brown, though, the plan in place for Cleveland isn’t going to be shaken by the team’s record.
“We are not focused on wins and losses this year,” Brown said, via Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com.
That much seemed clear from the way the Browns put this year’s team together, an approach left tackle Joe Thomas calls “one of the most extreme rebuilds” in history. It hasn’t borne any fruit yet, but the word from Cleveland remains that no one is planning a course correction in the near future.