The bad news? The 49ers are going through what could be a lengthy stretch of insignificance. Sure, we look to be in a bit of a quandary with our front office, and the well-stocked team we had nigh 2 years ago is shedding talent like my dogs shed hair, but at least we aren’t the Cleveland Brown.
This is the good news. Talk about a team in the shitter. Going back to (only) 1990, the mistakes by the lake have had 16 double-digit loss seasons out of 23. This of course spans 2 separate teams and 3 seasons without football as the original Browns packed up and left the shores of their own lake of fire in 1995 and set out for the greener pastures of (!) Baltimore. Sadly for Browns fans, the Ravens won a Super Bowl 5 years after leaving the unfriendly confines.
The newly minted Browns got to keep their records and their losing ways. Barring a trip back to the Otto Graham salad days, and not including the heartbreaking Rutigliano / Sipe years of the Kardiac Kids, nor the Schottenheimer / Kosar close calls among the Elway comebacks, the Browns have been members of their own Dawg Pound. They’ve had 2 winning seasons since 1994, and ’94 was the last year of a playoff win for them as well.
They’ve had their share of great coaches, including the inimitable Paul Brown, their founding head coach back in the AAFC days. A major figure in San Francisco football circles for bad-mouthing and discarding of Bill Walsh as his successor in Cincinnati. Which led to his hiring by Eddie D. Even Brian Belichick was a casualty of the Browns as the team splintered, crashed and burned as the move to Baltimore was announced after the 4th game of the season. The team that had started 3-1 went 2-10 after the announcement.
More good news is Johnny Eightball is starting for the Browns this game. Johnny (peewee) Football is trying yet again to overcome his own stupidity as he was benched following videos of him partying during the bye week.
I’ll leave you with Barry Switzer regarding Manzeil before the 2014 draft:
“I don’t like his antics. I think he’s an arrogant little prick. I’ve said that and I’ll say it again.”
Johnny B. Goode? Don’t think so. Either way, it’s either redemption time for a bit, or another nail in his coffin.