Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It's a Woe and 16 Year for Bumbling Browns

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It's a Woe and 16 Year for Bumbling Browns

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PITTSBURGH * It was a lost season distilled to one play, filled with hope and achingly familiar anguish for a franchise that's known little else for two decades.

Fourth down. Trailing by four points. One last shot at avoiding NFL infamy. Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer somehow escaped pressure. He worked to his left and flicked the ball to receiver Corey Coleman all alone on the sideline, well past the first-down marker. The ball smacked off Coleman's hands, then fell harmlessly to the frigid Heinz Field turf. Two minutes later, the clock hit zero. Pittsburgh 28, Cleveland 24. Woe and 16.

The Browns joined the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to go winless during a 16-game season when they couldn't overcome Pittsburgh's backups or the kind of mistakes that have become their trademark the team had an NFL-high 41 turnovers. Yet owner Jimmy Haslam remains positive.

"Is it disappointing?" he asked. "Hell, yeah, it's disappointing. Is it discouraging? …

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