Outlining the off-season

The Browns organization was embarrassed and dismayed by their 1-15 record this past season. Expectations for the second year of the Sashi Brown/John DePodesta/Hue Jackson team — and the sixth year of the Haslam regime — are for a quantum leap toward success. It’s pithy to say that there’s nowhere to go but up, but […]

Former Browns in the playoffs

Several former Browns could be suiting up in the playoffs this weekend, when the final eight teams all compete to advance to the conference championship games. Among them are four of Cleveland’s first-round picks, two second-rounders, and one third. Four of these ex-Browns were signed as unrestricted free agents by these playoff teams. Saturday: Seattle […]

That cold steel finish

Fourteen years ago today, the Browns last participated in the playoffs. They couldn’t stanch a Steeler comeback. The season ended there, near the Confluence, as it did in their previous post-season appearance eight years earlier as the original Browns. This current playoff drought is approaching double the length of that 1994-2002 dry spell that included […]

Onward and upward

On this, my last chance to comment on the Browns in 2016, I have appallingly little to offer. But I need to thank those who have fed my Browns fandom through this famine. Foremost is my father, who, truth be told, practically dragged me to a game this year. Fortunately, it was last week’s Christmas […]

The nadir is here

We interrupt this radio silence to announce the nadir. Flashing irrational hope that things won’t — couldn’t! — get any worse, we simply take sad note that the Browns are today a worse football team than they’ve ever been other than the existential crisis of 1995 and the three-year hiatus, it’s now the worst period […]