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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The 2008 Detroit Lions can officially pop their champagne because the Cleveland Browns just let them off the hook. Hue Jackson’s 2017 Browns will go down in history as the second team to ever finish an entire NFL season without a single win. It’s been a dumpster fire of a year and you have to wonder if Jackson will make it through the off-season? The Lions fired Rod Marinelli immediately after they the went winless 9 years ago. One thing is for certain this historic low isn’t helping anyone employed by the Browns right now. Cleveland’s ownership is going to have a “clean the house” mentality moving forward and everyone from the top of the staff to to the bottom of the staff will be evaluated. This franchise has publicly stated that they would keep Jackson but it’s just hard to believe that will be the case. The winners get paid and the losers get fired in the National Football League and nobody has struggled like this organization has over the past two seasons. The Browns have compiled an awful 1-31 record under this regime and it just feels like it’s time for new leadership in Northeast Ohio. If there is any good news for Cleveland it’s the fact that they will have the number 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They can begin to turn their struggles around by drafting Josh Rosen and getting better at the quarterback position. The Jimmy Garoppolo situation has shown us first hand how much a great QB can improve a team. Rosen will help open up the offense and he will also serve as the face of the franchise. That will be huge for the culture surrounding this team and the Browns will most likely win a game next year having a much more competent player behind center.
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