The Cleveland Browns haven’t been great since returning to the NFL, but there was a time they had high expectations. Here we look over the 5 times they fell short of those lofty goals with the most disappointing seasons of all-time
What were the five most disappointing seasons in the storied history of the Cleveland Browns This is the question posed by Dawg Pound Daily’s Randy Gurzi to contributors Christopher Markoch and Elliot Kennel. Narrowing it down to only five disappointing seasons was difficult because there were several worthy contenders.
The nature of sports is that your team suffers excruciating defeats more often than they win it all. Only one team is truly happy at the end of the year, and everyone else’s season was disappointing in some sense.
Nevertheless, after much discussion, analysis (and probably a few beverages consumed) they came up with the following list, in order of emotional angst. While an entire generation of Browns fans has only known the Browns since the expansion era, we felt that it was important for fans to get a sense of the history of this iconic franchise. That meant we looked back over the time when they were a team that had lofty goals, which of course hurt much more when those goals were missed.
Therefore, the only post-1999 team to make the list was the 2017 winless wonders — although that did end in quite the parade, so that was something. Either way, we hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane — which starts with arguably the most iconic play in the team’s history.