Browns, Raiders setting standard for futility

QB busts Tim Couch, left, and JaMarcus Russell symbolize the struggles of the Browns and Raiders. Getty Images, USA Today Sports

The Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders have been the league’s examples of how not to run a franchise.

Neither team has been to the playoffs since 2002. Combined, they have won 31 percent of their games.

As they prepare to play at 1 p.m. Sunday in Cleveland, a brief rundown of the team’s histories since their last playoff season seems in order.

Record since 2003

Raiders: 57-137. Oakland hasn’t had a winning record since 2002, when it lost the Super Bowl to Tampa Bay.

Browns: 64-130. The Browns blew a 12-point fourth quarter lead against the Steelers in their lone playoff appearance since 1999. Had they won, they would have played the Raiders.

Winning seasons

Raiders: 0

Browns: 1

Seasons with at least 10 losses

Raiders: 10

Browns: 10


Raiders: Nine. Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable, Hue Jackson, Dennis Allen, Tony Sparano and Jack Del Rio. Look at this list. It’s incredible. The story of the Raiders’ failures is right here. There has been no stability and no commitment.

Browns: Six (not counting interim Terry Robiskie). Butch Davis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Manging, Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski and Mike Pettine. Compared to the Raiders, the Browns are a bastion of stability. Crennel actually got four years.

General Managers

Raiders: Two. Al Davis and Reggie McKenzie. The post-Davis brain trust entrusted McKenzie, a former Raiders’ linebacker and Green Bay executive. Thus far, it hasn’t worked. The Raiders have won just 12 games under McKenzie. He will likely be on the hot seat if the Raiders don’t show enough improvement this year.

Browns: Pete Garcia, Phil Savage, George Kokinis, Tom Heckert, Mike Lombardi and Ray Farmer. Farmer’s four-game suspension distinguishes his tenure, but it’s hard not to look back on the Kokinis era and wonder ‘what the heck?’


Raiders: Al Davis (until 2011). Mark Davis (2011-15) Mark Davis is not the football man his father was, but he doesn’t appear to be as impatient, either. The Raiders are slowly getting steadier.

Browns: Al Lerner (1999-2002), Randy Lerner (2002-2012) and Jimmy Haslam (2012-persent) Al Lerner died after four years of ownership due to brain cancer. Randy Lerner made a lot of logical hires, but none worked. Haslam is the latest to try to end the futility.


Raiders: Rich Gannon, Kerry Collins, Andrew Walter, Daunte Culpepper, JaMarcus Russell, Jason Campbell, Carson Palmer, Terrelle Pryor, Derek Carr. This list isn’t as troubling as what Cleveland has gone through at the quarterback position. But it’s close. Much like the head-coach list, there has been no consistency on this list over the years. Oakland hope that trouble is over in the form of Carr.

Browns: Kelly Holcomb, Tim Couch, Jeff Garcia, Luke McCown, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Ken Dorsey, Brady Quinn, Bruce Gradkowski, Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace, Colt McCoy, Brandon Weeden, Thad Lewis, Brian Hoyer, Jason Campbell, Johnny Manziel Connor Shaw and Josh McCown. This list speaks for itself, but it’s interesting to see Jason Campbell appear on the list for both teams.


Raiders: The Russell era. The one-year Shell era resulted in a 2-14 record and the No. 1 overall pick. The Raiders took the LSU product and he was awful, netting a 7-18 record as a starter. Russell was overweight, lazy and ineffective. He was cut after three NFL seasons and never played again, making him very arguably the greatest draft bust in league history.

Browns: Where to start. Kokinis being ushered out of the building when his tenure as GM ended. Colt McCoy being knocked out by James Harrison in front of the Browns sidelines, and nobody on the Browns seeing the play. Rob Chudzinski having to start three different quarterbacks, then getting fired after one season.

Reason for hope

Raiders: The Raiders are building a core group of young players. Carr, linebacker Khalil Mack and rookie receiver Amari Cooper all have star potential. It gives Oakland hope that its playoff drought is nearing the end.

Browns: Mike Petting gets major points for leadership and for guiding with a firm hand, but until the Browns find and settle on their quarterback, they will be stuck in reverse.


Raiders: TBD.

Browns: Uncertain.