The Cleveland Browns joined the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams in National Football League history to go 0-16 when they failed to find a way to beat the backup-laden Steelers in a 28-24 loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Some fans of the team have already raised some money for a flawless season parade should the Browns lose Sunday to the Steelers.
"It hasn't been brought up team-wide, but at the end of the day we all know, " said cornerback Jason McCourty. "There's nothing else to say". "That's why we're able to be close in some of these games and a year ago win one of our last couple games, because Hue is able to keep everybody motivated, even in a tough season".
From Coleman's dropped pass to two late turnovers, a season of self-inflicted wounds and missed opportunities continued on a frigid afternoon at Heinz Field.
"Have you come to grips with the possibility of going 0-16?" The Browns' widespread struggles certainly don't fall on Jackson's shoulders alone.
"This (memory) will last forever", Coleman said.
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"He brings toughness and energy to everything we do and that reflects on the players in here, " he said. Midnight and "Happy New Year" will carry special meaning for McCourty and his teammates.
"I'm thankful we got the win, but we got to bury a team like that man", Mitchell said. Who we choose to employ or utilize or activate, we're in the process of discussing.
It was Higgins' second receiving touchdown of the game, as he hauled in a 56-yard score from Kizer in the first half.
Coach Hue Jackson will be back. Owner Jimmy Haslam announced multiple times that Jackson would be back, while newly anointed general manager John Dorsey has told associates that he plans to retain the coach, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Now his name will be forever linked to 0-16. They haven't won in Pittsburgh since 2003 when Tim Couch was the quarterback and Butch Davis was head coach. "A team like that we got to bury". "I think I'm just the guy to do it". It was his 22nd of the season.
Rookie safety Jabrill Peppers wasn't around past year, and isn't beaten down by 0-15.
"No, I'm going to give that pep talk, " he said. "It's going to be tough to swallow". They join the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only two teams ever to go 0-16. They went 2-14 in 2009, 6-10 in 2010, 10-6 in 2011 and 4-12 in 2012. Quarterback Kirk Cousins scored on a 12-yard run for Washington (7-9), which has missed the playoffs the past two years.