The world might never have a real explanation for why the Cleveland Browns decided to switch quarterbacks at halftime of a game they led against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night. After Cody Kessler took a seat and Josh McCown entered the game, however, the Browns' veteran QB threw two interceptions as the Ravens scored 22 consecutive points en route to a 28-7 win.
Cleveland's loss dropped the Browns to their lowest point ever, as this once-proud franchise's all-time NFL win-loss record has fallen to .500(461-461-1)for the first time in the team's history. (For the more attentive readers, it's worth pointing out that all-time record does not include the Browns' four seasons in the AFC.)
Now, you might be curious why that's at all noteworthy. These are the Browns, of course; .500 is a drastic improvement for them, right?
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Yet that stat truly illustrates how miserable Cleveland has been since rejoining the NFL for the 1999 season. Prior to the Browns' initial move to Baltimore in 1996, Cleveland's all-time record stood at 374-266-1, for a .584 win percentage. That mark would top the Dallas Cowboys' current all-time win percentage record (.572, ahead of the Bears at .570 and Packers at .567).
Since the Browns came back into the league, however, they are 87-195. That .308 win percentage is worse than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' all-time record for the worst win percentage for a franchise (244-391-1; .384 win percentage).
In fact, Cleveland is far and away the worst NFL team since 1999. The Browns' 195 losses is 14 greater than the next-worst franchise, the Detroit Lions (181), who suffered through an 0-16 campaign in 2008, and 25 more than the “third-place” Oakland Raiders (170).
And the icing on the cake with all of this? The last time the Browns won a game, Johnny Manziel was their QB.