The Cleveland Browns’ losing ways have reached historic proportions, and coach Hue Jackson wasn’t shying away from it Monday.
“I don’t like my record any more than you do or anybody does,” he said a day after a 31-7 loss to the visiting Cincinnati Bengals dropped Cleveland to 2-29 dating to the 2015 season.
According to Elias Sports Bureau research, that record matches the worst record in NFL history over a 31-game span.
Elias reports that only the Houston Oilers (1972-74 and 1982-84) and the Detroit Lions (several times, most recently 2007-09 and 2008-10) have also had a 2-29 mark over 31 games, a win-loss percentage of .065.
Cleveland was supposed to start its turnaround in 2017, but all it’s done is disappoint its fans — many of whom walked out before Sunday’s game ended.
“It is horrible,” said Jackson, on his overall mark of 1-19 as the Browns’ coach. “And I will be the first to tell you that.”
The Browns started the 2015 season 2-3, the second win in overtime in Baltimore. The team in that game was quarterbacked by Josh McCown, who will play quarterback for the New York Jets on Sunday against the Browns in Cleveland.
They finished that season 1-10, the only win when Johnny Manziel started a 24-10 victory over San Francisco at home. Mike Pettine was fired after that season, and Wholesale Jerseys China the Browns won one game in ’15 under Jackson (over San Diego after 14 losses to start the season), and are 0-4 this season.
According to Elias research, only John McKay had a worse first 20 games in his NFL career. McKay lost his first 26 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976-77, and made famous the line “I’m in favor of it” when asked what he thought of his offense’s execution.
Phil Handler of the Chicago Cardinals also went 1-19 to begin his NFL Jerseys Outlet career (1943-45), and Harvey Johnson of the Bills went 1-18-1 (1968 and ’71) — though both had qualifiers.