Just some quick facts on the firing of coaches:
The last four coaches fired in the AFC North have been by the Cleveland Browns.
Since January of 2009, the Browns have fired Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski.
That’s four coaches fired in five years.
Two of those coaches fired were given two seasons to win, one was given one season.
Mike Tomlin, John Harbaugh and Marvin Lewis have all been on the job in Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cincinnati since before 2009.
The number of coaches in Joe Thomas’ seven-year career? Soon to be five.
The number of coaches in Cleveland since the team returned in 1999? Soon to be eight.
Five plus eight equals 13, which is the exact number of games the Browns have won the past three seasons.
The number of coaches fired since January 2012: Two.
The number of coaches hired since January 2012: Soon to be two as well.
The Browns have lost 10 games in a season in 10 of the last 11 seasons.
This season marked the sixth in a row that the Browns have lost more than 11 games. According to Elias, only the Raiders did that for a longer period -- they lost 11 every season from 2003-2009, seven in a row.
The Browns will have a chance to match that mark in 2014. With a new coach, new systems (is there any doubt we’ll all be writing and talking about the switch back to the four-three defense?), new coordinators, new quarterback and new running back, the odds would have to favor matching this mark.
There’s nothing like it.