Browns end miserable 2017 at 0-16 with loss to Steelers

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Cleveland's offense also outgained the Steelers, 374-354, despite a slow start. I personally don't understand how Jackson can keep his job, but Jimmy Haslam has continually made bad decision after bad decision so it doesn't surprise me. "They just kept pushing, kept fighting all the way to the end". With Ben Roethlisberger getting the day off, quarterback Landry Jones was solid in relief, completing 23-of-27 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown to rookie sensation JuJu Smith-Schuster in the victory.

That specter of firing a coach after just one season continues to loom large over Jimmy Haslam and the Browns.

"They're still paying us". The only way we change the things that are said is to get to winning.

"I don't think that I need to say this". You should know them by now - the Browns have to play flawless to win; quarterback DeShone Kizer's mistakes can't be overcome; and on and on. I don't like it any more than they do. As a lifelong fan, I really shouldn't be surprised. We've got the ability or opportunity to move substantially forward this offseason for next year and that's what we've got to do. Veteran Steve Ridley, in his Steelers debut, tallied 80 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

The first two ended with turnovers, giving Cleveland an NFL-high 41 on the season.

Speaking of miscues, why would Kizer waste a time out with two seconds left in the quarter and the ball on your own one? The win closes the books on a stellar 13-3 season for the Steelers where there's reason to believe the best is yet to come.

Steelers: Will enjoy a week off before hosting the divisional round the weekend of January 13-14.

The Giants will select No. 2 overall, the Colts will pick third and the Browns will pick again with the fourth pick.

Jackson, 1-31 in two seasons on the job, has lived a comfortable existence compared to Belichick.

Up top is a shot of T.J.

Sunday was yet another display of throwing away a winning position, and yet another example of everything that has gone wrong with the 2017 Browns. 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. You can see flashes there at least on the defensive side - the Browns gave up only one 300-yard passing game all season.

"We fought for it", Gordon said.

Things didn't get much better in 2017.

Surprisingly, depsite coaching the team to a 1-31 record since taking the reins in 2016, head coach Hue Jackson will not be let go by the franchise, having the club's confidence to coach on into the 2018 season. Tyson Alualu's second sack was the record-breaker early in the fourth quarter. Jackson called it "awful" and said the label will put the Browns "in a war for talent on every front", including convincing a player like UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen that the Browns would be a good team to join. Tackle Chris Hubbard replaced Finney at center for the remainder of the game.

Kizer was just 5/12 for 131 yards and one touchdown in the first half. Smith-Schuster accumulated 35 yards of 143 receiving total after the catch. Orr had 910 in 1958.

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