Cleveland Browns - An Unstable Sports Franchise
Thoughts after the 2013 NFL season.
The number of Super Bowl appearances for the Browns: zero.
For the 2014 season, the Browns will have its 3rd head coach in 3 years.
Now compare Cleveland to two of the Browns' divisional opponents: the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens in 1996. Over the past 18 Ravens seasons:
- 3 head coaches
- 2 Super Bowl appearances
- 2 Super Bowl wins
Seems like a fairly stable and successful organization.
- 3 head coaches since 1970 (44 seasons)
- 8 Super Bowl appearances
- 6 Super Bowl wins
Pitt and Balt
Since 1970 for the Steelers and Ravens combined:
- 62 total seasons
- 6 head coaches
- 10 Super Bowl appearances
- 8 Super Bowl wins
Average head coach lifespan: 10.3 years.
In the late 1990s, the NFL granted Cleveland a new Browns team which began play in 1999.
With the firing of Chud earlier this week, the Browns have already digested 7 head coaches in the past 15 seasons.
Average head coach lifespan since 1999: 2.1 years.
I think being unstable works for pro wrestling but not for pro football.
For the Browns since their return in 1999, it's been too many years now for this to be attributed to simply bad luck.