A mere 381 days ago, I announced that this was officially the worst Browns team ever and the worst time to be a Browns fan other than "The Move. "
In the meantime, the team has won exactly one football game. They would somehow have to win another one just to be good enough for Coach Jackson to take a January swim in Lake Erie.
With even ironman Joe Thomas waylaid for the first time in his 11-year career, the Browns' greatest consistency has been shown by Owens.
Owen One. . .
Owen Two. . .
And sOwen. . .
Now Owen Eleven.
Less than two years ago, Moneyball man Paul DePodesta climbed aboard what he foresaw would be a roller-coaster. But if your car never gets out of the tunnel, what kind of ride is it really?
And how long 'til ownership converts it back into a merry-go-round, with another spin at another coach, GM, quarterback, schemes, visions, platitudes, ad nauseam? As I wrote…
In the past 11 weeks, not only have the Browns lost every game this season, but three people I know in real life, all middle-aged guys like me, have sustained and survived major cardiac events. Sadly, former Brown John Thierry is gone at 46.
The former Bears first-round pick suffered a heart attack Friday.
He led the hapless 1999 Browns with a career-high seven sacks in his only season in Cleveland. His best game came in a December 5 loss in San Diego, where he sacked Jim Harbaugh three times and forced two fumbles.
The second fumble gave the Browns the ball just 40 yards away from erasing a six-point deficit, with over 19 minutes to go. They immediately went three-and-out, punted, and failed to get a first down the rest of the game. So it goes.
Another missed opportunity (unless Chris Berman tried it without me noticing) was not calling him John "Big…
The regular season kicks off in just a few hours, and the Browns are perched on a very strange fulcrum.
It's Year Two of Hue, Sashi, and the Moneyball youth movement. Today's battle at the Stadium features a pair of 7s from northwest Ohio. Wearing the gangrene and urine is Big Ben The Unindicted, the guy the Browns eschewed oh-so-many regimes ago. Suiting up for Cleveland is raw rookie DeShone Kizer, who'll need a bit of the luck of the Fighting Irish (nicknames of both his high school and college teams) to do what no Browns QB has done in 16 years: start 16 games.
(Superfluous team trivia: the first Brown to sport number 7 was indeed named Luck. Not Andrew or his dad Oliver, but Terry, a mere 40 years ago. He played just that one year, starting one game, throwing one TD pass, and catching another from Greg Pruitt. )
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