It is incredibly difficult to go winless in the NFL, and yet, I think the Browns have it in them.
After a 27-13 loss to the Giants, there are just five chances left to avoid the ignominy of not only going 0-16, but of not even being the first team to go 0-16, which would be a very Browns accomplishment. Please join us in this week’s edition of Brownswatch: The March to 0-16: Countdown to Glory.
After the loss, coach Hue Jackson had a 40-minute meeting with management. He said it was just a typical postgame assessment that ran late, but when he finally met the media, he was choking back tears:
The Plain Dealer says that Jackson had to pause his press conference eight times to compose himself. “Being 0-12 is probably the hardest thing ever,” Jackson said, and I fear how he’ll handle 0-13.
Cleveland mercifully gets their bye next week, and after that they’re home against the Bengals, which might be their last best shot at a win. Then it’s at Buffalo, home against the Chargers, and a New Year’s Day finale in Pittsburgh. All it takes is one game, but are these Browns even good enough to fluke their way into a win? We watch, rapt.
In other Browns news, Robert Griffin III and his girlfriend Grete Sadeiko had money stolen from their wallets, which were left in their car during the game.
Griffin is back practicing with the team and is nearly healthy enough to play. There’s a good chance he steps back into the QB job in two weeks, meaning the Browns can’t go 0-16 without him.