The Cleveland Browns are the NFL’s biggest mess this season. By far.
Their 0-10 record is looking like a safe bet to ultimately become 0-16. The organization’s higher ups seem to think so too.
“We are not focused on wins and losses this year,” said executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown via NFL.com/a>. Players and coaches have taken on a similar outlook, calling it a rebuilding year. And, let’s face it, the word sounds far more promising than the alternatives, of which there are many and none are the least bit flattering.
Left tackle Joe Thomas, who’s been with the Browns for ten seasons, agreed, calling this season “one of the most extreme rebuilds in NFL history.”
But the reality is that each week takes the team closer to that most undesirable 0-16 distinction, which, aside from the Detroit Lions in 2008, no team in NFL history has ever slumped to.
In spite of the attacks that are likely about to rain down on first-year head coach Hue Jackson’s head, he feels that his job is safe for that same reason — rebuilding.
“I never would have taken this job if I didn’t know that, and if I didn’t have assurance of that,” Jackson says. “I know that, without question. That’s not what I have ever been concerned about. They said, ‘Hue, we are going to do this the right way. It might take a little time to get it to where it needs to be, but we are comfortable and confident in you, and you are the guy we want to have here to lead this team and this organization.’ That’s comforting.”