The more things change, the more they stay the same in Cleveland — at least for the city’s NFL team. While the Indians and Cavaliers have given Cleveland plenty to cheer about this year, it hasn’t rubbed off on the Browns.
The Browns have played, well, like the Browns.
Cleveland is 0-8, with oddsmakers wondering whether the Browns will win at all this season.
Since returning to the NFL as an expansion team in 1999, the Browns are 87-193. They have one playoff appearance in that span, with only one other winning season.
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The Browns have had six quarterbacks take snaps this season. Robert Griffin III didn’t make it through the season opener. He fractured a bone in his left shoulder, and the Browns placed him on injured reserve.
Josh McCown, Terrelle Pryor, Cody Kessler, Charlie Whitehurst and Kevin Hogan also have taken at least one snap.
Kessler, a third-round pick, went 0-5 before a concussion Oct. 23 in Cincinnati. He missed last week’s game, with McCown returning to the starting lineup.
Kessler was cleared Monday, but coach Hue Jackson has not named a starter for Sunday.
“I think it is too early to talk about those things,” Jackson said at his Monday press conference in Cleveland. “Obviously, Josh was the starter last week, and we have to make sure Cody is ready to go. He is out of the concussion protocol, but he has to practice football. I will worry about that as we kind of move through the week.”
Cleveland’s first-round pick, Corey Coleman, ranked among the top rookies after two games. The Baylor product made seven catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. But the following week at practice, Sept. 21, Coleman broke his hand.
He was cleared to return this week.
“Everything is perfect, healed up just the way we wanted it to,” Coleman said Monday in quotes distributed by the team. “I am excited to get back out there with the guys. I know they have been working extremely hard trying to get a win, so I am happy to be back out there.”
The Browns traded for Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins on Monday. Cleveland gave up a third-round compensatory pick in 2017.
The Browns hope to sign him to a long-term deal as Collins becomes a free agent in the off-season.
“We’d love to keep him, obviously, but it’s got to be mutual,” Jackson said. “Hopefully, we can move in that direction. I don’t think we would’ve done this if we don’t think there’s an opportunity to move forward with him.”
Collins, a second-round pick of the Patriots in 2013, started 41 of 50 games in New England. He made 285 tackles, 10.5 sacks, five interceptions, 10 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.