Now Jackson is "reflecting" on what changes to make on his coaching staff and it is expected that there will be a few once he's done reflecting upon them over the next week or so.
The Browns had tied the game 21-21 just prior to that in the third quarter after trailing 21-7 in the first half.
The Browns fell to the Steelers, 28-24, locking up an 0-16 season.
With the loss, they became just the second team ever to go 0-16. Even weirder, the team's post-game press conference was like something out of the Twilight Zone as owner Jimmy Haslam and head coach Hue Jackson said some eyebrow-raising things. "I ain't old enough to think about retiring!" We tried. We didn't do it. "I promise you that". They also had fallen into a 14-0 deficit early and amassed minus-14 yards on their first two drives.
A costly drop by Corey Coleman late in the Browns' season finale against the Steelers is one he thinks will stick with him for a while. "It's tough. That play will be remembered".
"I feel for the fans", he said.
At no point this year did the Browns look competent.
"They're still paying us". He said they've been working well together already. "I'm sorry and I apologize if people think that we are not distraught about it, but I don't think us talking about it over and over and over again because I think everybody else will".
From annual staff changes through free agency and the National Football League draft on into training camp, optimism reigns before the reality of failure in the regular season sets in again for fans. He finished16/30 for 314 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
And even with Cameron Heyward, Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro rested, Mitchell wasn't interested in any of the psychology of playing a dead rubber game against the league's worst team. Landry Jones hooked up with JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 46-yard gain on first down, and then he hit Martavis Bryant with a 14-yard pass. Worn down by years of losing, one group has planned a parade around the team's downtown stadium on Saturday to "celebrate" the imperfect season. On third down, Myles Garrett sacked Jones and forced a fumble that Caleb Brantley recovered at the Cleveland 40-yard line.
If you still didn't believe it was true, it was confirmed minutes later when Haslam conducted his annual season wrap-up interview outside the Browns locker room. Kizer tossed a 56-yard touchdown strike to Rashard Higgins in the second quarter while a 54-yard pass to Gordon set up Cleveland's first touchdown.
Brown was diagnosed with a partially torn calf muscle, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The biggest plus in the 16 games that followed was the vast improvement in run defense. You said it, we all have to wear it. "We really fought for it".
The only good news for the Browns is that the draft order falls favorably for them. "Unfortunately we couldn't get the W, but you could see how close we were". Out injured was WR Antonio Brown. Cleveland might not have that quick of a turnaround (Detroit made the playoffs three years after going winless) but it can't be counted out. I don't like it any more than they do.
MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: Quarterback DeShone Kizer. The Steelers ended up scoring their second touchdown of the afternoon after taking over possession. Tackle Chris Hubbard replaced Finney at center for the remainder of the game.
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