Which Cleveland Browns coaches have been the best all-time?
For the 11th time since they returned to the NFL in 1999, there’s a new coach for the Cleveland Browns. This season, it will be Kevin Stefanski who comes over from the Minnesota Vikings where he spent the past season as an offensive coordinator.
Like many of the previous coaches before him, Stefanski comes in with an impressive resume and has done everything he can in the offseason to win the fans over. While all that is good, what will really matter is whether or not he can get the job done on the field — and in recent years, no coach has been able to do that.
In fact, the Browns have had just two winning seasons since returning to the league in 1999. However, that wasn’t the case historically.
There used to be a time when the Cleveland franchise was one of the best in the NFL. Here we look back over those years and identify the five best coaches they have ever had leading their historic franchise, as well as an honorable mention that really found his groove once he headed to a new team.
Honorable Mention: Bill Belichick,1991-1995
Arguably the greatest coach to ever walk an NFL sideline, Bill Belichick’s first head coaching gig came with the Cleveland Browns. From 1991 through 1995, he was on the sidelines and even led them to a postseason win in 1994.
Unfortunately, that was his only winning season which is why he just misses the cut. Overall, Belichick was 36-44 in Cleveland and was fired by the franchise when they moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens. So just remember that when people point at the Browns and laugh about them firing the best ever.