Pro Football Weekly contributors Jon Styf and Kyle Nabors debate whether the Cleveland Browns are the worst organization in the NFL.
Nabors: So, Jon, the Browns are two weeks away from completing the first winless season in the NFL since the Detroit Lions managed to go 0-16 back in 2008. It's a rare feat that requires an extreme level of ineptitude. The Browns are currently making moves in the front office, but as of now, are they the worst franchise in the NFL in history?
Styf: I don't think there's any doubt. Though you just named two of the four teams that have never made a Super Bowl. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans are the others. Both far better franchises now. This is a close one, but the level of turnover and the overall debacle that is the Browns is second to none.
Nabors: It's hard to disagree with you after watching DeShone Kizer completely melt down again Sunday during the Browns' loss to Baltimore. The Browns are in shambles currently, but overall I still think Detroit is home to the worst franchise. The Lions have a worse winning percentage overall than the Browns. Though, admittedly, the easy choice would be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if we were looking solely at winning percentage. The Bucs are the only team under the .400 mark. Ouch.
Styf: You're young, so you probably don't remember like I do. But both used to be pretty good, before the Super Bowl began. The Lions won three NFL titles between 1952 and 1957. Two of those were by beating the Browns in the championship. The Browns won in 1964, 1955, 1954 and 1950 and also lost in five championship games between 1951-65.
Nabors: You know what they say: Football is a young man's game. And you sound like the Bears, bringing up all your pre-Super Bowl glory because you've been basically inept for the last five decades minus one stroke of brilliance. But I'd like to take a moment to nominate the Los Angeles Chargers. Sure they haven't been the worst team competitively, but uprooting your franchise from San Diego to become L.A.'s second team should at least make you a part of the conversation.
Styf: That's weird because last week you told me they were going to win the AFC West at the end of their first year in L.A. Two of the greatest rushers of all time, Jim Brown and Barry Sanders, played for these storied franchises of which you speak. Wayne Fontes led the mighty Lions for five playoff berths (losing four of them). And the Lions are the first team out of the playoffs right now. The Browns are definitely, unequivocally the worst and you'll see more of that this week when they face the Bears.
Nabors: I was just kidding about the Chargers winning the AFC West. Funny enough, the Browns beat the Chargers in Week 16 last season to avoid an 0-16 season. I'll go out on a limb and say the Browns pull one out again this weekend in Chicago.