The Cleveland Browns are not the worst team in the NFL. Yet, front office chaos, locker room drama, and a lot of lousy football have made them exemplars of what it means to be a terrible sports franchise.
So let us lead you on a journey through their violent, messy and loss-filled 2009 campaign. It's sure beats a January swim in Lake Erie. (Barely.)
After failing to making the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, the Browns begin the 2009 offseason by firing head coach Romeo Crennel and replacing him with Eric Mangini—who had been fired himself just days earlier after leading the New York Jets to the non-playoffs. One of his first acts as coach is to order a mural depicting former Cleveland football greats be painted over. [AP]