- Super Bowl Championships: 0
- Last Super Bowl Appearance: N/A
- Claim to Fame: Jim Brown’s 12,312 career rushing yards was a record that held for more than 20 years
- Claim to Shame: Pick one from a hat. The most recent is their 1-31 over the last two seasons
The Cleveland Browns’ history dates back to 1944, when the team was formed and began play in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) in 1946. Cleveland was a dominant franchise, winning all four AAFC championship games while posting a 52-4-3 record.
The league folded in 1949 and Cleveland would go on to join the NFL in 1950. Their dominance continued in reaching six straight NFL Championship games from 1950-1955. They won the championship during the first year in the league in 1950 and also in ‘54 and ‘55.
Soon after, future Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown joined the team in 1957. Brown would go on to lead the league in rushing in eight of his nine seasons, and also in total touchdowns in five seasons. He currently ranks as the NFL’s 10th all-time leading rusher.
All that winning left with Jimmy Haslam taking over ownership, though. Under Haslam, the Browns have the lowest winning percentage in their history (20.8%). Current Head Coach Hue Jackson only has one win on his Browns’ resume and it didn’t come last year.
The Browns went 0-16 last year with an equally unimpressive 4-12 mark ATS.
Their defense was at least competitive ranking seventh in rushing yards/game and 19th in passing yards/game. However the offense was anemic in the red zone and ranked 18th in rushing and 22nd in passing. They also set a new modern-day record in turnovers with a -28 differential.
2018 sees a new starter under center in QB Tyrod Taylor, who has the lowest turnover percentage in the NFL the past two seasons. Backing him up will be Heisman Trophy winning QB Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma, whom they drafted with the first overall pick.
On the coaching side Todd Haley was brought in as the new OC, along with four other new position coaches.