Cleveland Browns: Have They Hit Rock Bottom?

ExJx BrooksContributor INovember 23, 2009

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: A Cleveland Browns fan looks on against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 22, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions came from behind to defeat the Browns 38-37. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Although the Cleveland Browns aren't the only 1-9 team right now, they are the worst team in the league.

They lost to the only team in NFL history to go winless in a 16—game season this past Sunday. Yes—they lost to the Detroit Lions.

From top to bottom this organization is horrible.

The ownership is cheap, the general manager was crap, and now their "lack there of" head coach has shown not to be as good as thought. With their best player, Josh Cribs, being mainly a return specialist, this team is just plain bad.

Not that it would make much difference, but with a lot of their supposed better players banged up things aren't going to change.

Bad play calling, inexperience, and simply a lot of bad decisions have driven a team that finished 10—6 two years ago and barely missed the playoffs to a 1—9 start this year.

I'd say they have a chance to redeem some dignity with the last three games of season against Kansas City, Oakland, and Jacksonville, but at the rate they are going I'd be stupid to even speculate one win against these games.

As we all know anything is possible, so who knows? One thing is for sure with the next three games against Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and then San Diego they are theoretically looking at a 1—12 record going into the last three games.

So what's next?

They need to take a hint from their cross town baseball counterparts, the Cleveland Indians, and just clean house. From top to bottom they need to make changes.

The quarterback situation has been an issue since coming back into the league. They signed Tim Couch in the 1999 draft then proceeded to beat the crap out of him for five years by failing to hire him a decent offensive line.

Other quarterbacks have suffered the same fate—Jeff Garcia, Kelly Holcomb, and Charlie Frye.

The combination, and I say combination because the Browns have failed to designate a true starting QB the past two seasons, is now terrible. It probably has fans wishing for the days of Tim Couch.

Brady Quinn is way overpaid and way overrated. Dereck Anderson has proven that the 10—6 season was the fluke, and not last year's poor effort.

The Browns have second string and third string quarterbacks rotating in and out of the starting position. With no true starting QB in Cleveland the team lacks identity and a leader. This is the first thing that needs to be addressed as far as the players.

Since the passing game is struggling you would think that the running game would be decent. Yeah right!

Even with the once dominant Jamal Lewis, the Browns have failed to establish any sort of a run game. Lewis, there leading rusher, has yet to break 500 rushing yards after ten games and the only rushing scores have come from Anderson.

This only shows the Browns unending inability to put together a good offensive line or at least keep a good one healthy.

As always the defense is a whole different story. Well not really, they stink too.

Rated 32nd overall in yards per game and 28th in points allowed per game, what more needs to be said.

The defense as a whole needs restructuring.

The coaching staff is atrocious. Many of the the mistakes made on the field are due to bad design. Eric Mangini needs to go and so does the rest of the staff.

The fans are looking for someone to blame. Just pick someone, anyone and you'd be right. That is how bad it has gotten.

In a city where the only hope of a championship is the Cleveland Cavaliers, something needs to change. Something needs to give.

The reality is that this year's team is a dud. There are the bad attitudes and resentment and a 1—9 record, plus ten years of failure. It's time for big changes, a lot of them and quickly.