Are the Cleveland Browns the most dysfunctional organization in the NFL?
Even though the Cleveland Browns have been the kings of dysfunction, they may not be the most dysfunctional team in the NFL in 2022.
Even though there was some slight mathematical hope at the playoffs for the Cleveland Browns the last two weeks, the team was officially eliminated last Saturday after a loss to the New Orleans Saints. While this team has suffered multiple traumatic losses, this one was up there on the list of terrible losses this season.
I’m not sure it trumped the Jet’s meltdown but letting a dome team come into your stadium when the windchill was negative 10 degrees and overcoming an early 10-0 deficit is a tough pill to swallow. On top of that, the Saints were missing their two top receivers and had guys playing meaningful snaps who were on the practice squad just last week.
As the Browns now turn their focus to tuning up the 2023 roster, the question must be asked. Are the Cleveland Browns the most dysfunctional organization in the NFL?
No. 3 – Houston Texans
In a real neck-and-neck race, the Houston Texans are just above the Browns when it comes to dysfunction. Although they have been going through a rebuild for the last three years and have treated some situations in a bizarre way (Brandin Cooks), the fact they got what they did from Deshaun Watson moves them ahead of the Browns.
Not arguing that Watson won’t be worth the picks the Browns gave up, but he’s a public relations nightmare and certainly brings a dark cloud with him and his past accusations.
The Texans still appear to be in the 2013-2015 era of the Browns. They have had four head coaches (one interim) in the last three seasons, and there aren’t more than one or two guys on this roster that fans are excited to grow with.
The real question is if the Texans hit the bottom as the Browns did in 2016/2017, or if they can turn some of those first-round draft picks into talented franchise-changing players.