Execpt that team left your awful cesspool of a city (it says something when an overview trades up to Baltimore) - the expansion browns aren't much more than a perennial whipping boy. Post Free agency, has any Cleveland team been good, you know now that players know they're only stuck there for so long?
You really need to your research before you make bland statements that hold no merit. The Browns left Cleveland because of one thing. A NEW STADIUM. Art Modell wanted the city to build, construct, and fund completely a new stadium for the Browns when one was not needed. The Stadium had housed the Indians and Browns for years, and was still doing well. The Indians moved into Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field - in 1994) leaving Municipal Stadium just for the Browns. Because the Indians had a new stadium Modell got upset and decided to raise cigarette and alcohol prices at Municipal in order to raise more money. However, Cleveland did not fund the Indians new stadium. Their owner (at the time) (God rest his soul...) Richard "Dick" Jacobs funded it all on his own. (As did Gordon Gund - former owner of the Cavaliers when they built the Gund Arena (now Quicken Loans Arena)). Modell angered many fans with his higher prices and sales of alcohol and cigarettes went down. Now as you all know - alcohol sales in stadiums gain a pretty fair income at every game. So Art Modell turned to Baltimore, Maryland where his friend was Mayor. Baltimore's mayor stated they'd build a brand new stadium for Modell and fund a great portion of it. Modell was happy and then announced the Browns would be leaving Cleveland following the 1995 season. However in order to do as such, Modell and the NFL had an agreement that an expansion team within 3 years, and that the new owner would be the minority owner of those current Browns, Al Lerner. It was all agreed upon and the Browns headed out of Cleveland in '95. Once they moved, Modell fired then Head Coach Bill Belicheck and hired Head Coach Ted Marchibroda. Mind you Modell is also the same guy who fired the legendary Paul Brown once Modell bought the team, which angered Paul Brown so much, he moved south and started the Cincinnati Bengals.
Now why exactly couldn't the city fund a stadium you may ask? Simple reason. The city didn't have the money to help throw for a new stadium. And why may you ask? Well, they had a DEMOCRATic politician by the name of Dennis Kucinich who recklessly spent money on expenses that weren't needed.... brand new cars every single year for the police department was just one of those examples. He did not fund for needed expenditures like schools and roads. Companies started going belly up and banks were struggling. He lost a later election to a REPUBLICAN by the name of George Voinovich who brought in auditors from Cleveland's banks to find out each and every unnecessary expenditure and started cutting off what wasn't needed. He then started putting it back towards the schools, the roads, the parks, etc... Things that WERE needed. But by then, Kucinich and the rest of his crew had hurt the city to the point where Cleveland couldn't afford to throw money at unnecessary things like a brand new stadium. The fact Modell couldn't get what he want, angered him and he left. Modell saw the Indians get a new stadium in 1994 ("Jacobs Field" (which is now Progressive Field)) but that stadium was built and funded by then owner Dick Jacobs. He also saw the Cavaliers leave Richfield Coliseum for a new stadium, Gund Arena (now Quicken Loans Arena), but like the Indians stadium, it was funded and bought by then owner Gordon Gund. Three years later, the Browns came back and had a BRAND NEW stadium built in the place of the old stadium (this one though, like Philadelphia, is one of the only 3 stadiums in the NFL with jail cells on the lowest floor of the stadium (Dallas and Philadelphia are the others). Al Lerner was the one who bought the stadium and funded it. When coming back the Browns had asked the fans what they wanted the uniforms to look like. The 2 options were to keep the same classic orange, brown, and white uniforms or to keep that uniform, but put the "Brownie Elf" on the helmet that they used in the 40's. Needless to say the classic uniforms won by a landslide. Next thing was to hire a front office. Carmen Policy and Dwight Clark (former 49ers) came in as President and GM respectively) and from there, they brought in Chris Palmer, a QB coach, as Head Coach. After 2 years of not escaping more than 5 wins total, Palmer was fired. Policy then brought in University of Miami Head Coach Butch Davis. Butch had a few decent/good years but towards the end when the team was collapsing and not winning...somehow got promoted. Dwight Clark was fired as GM, and Butch Davis then held the title of Head Coach AND GM. That lasted another year and a half until he was fired. Carmen Policy had resigned earlier in the year. Terry Robiskie (who was the offensive coordinator) took over for Butch Davis as interim Head Coach. Al Lerner, who had been battling illness passes away in 2004 and his son Randy Lerner (a huge soccer fan and owner of the Aston Villa team) takes over.
In 2005, the Browns brought in Phil Savage, a rumored genius from the Ravens to become GM. The team hired former Bill Parcells, Chris Palmer, and Bill Belicheck assistant Romeo Crennel as Head Coach. After a lackluster 2005, the Browns went 10-6 in 2006 led by QB Derek Anderson, WR Braylon Edwards, and TE Kellen Winslow Jr. But after that year, the Browns crashed back to mediocrity. At the end of 2008, Savage and Crennel were fired. The team then brought in George Kokinis as GM (another Ravens "genius") (notice a trend here???) and Eric Mangini as Head Coach. Mangini, who was a Cleveland Browns ball boy as a kid, had been recently fired...not less than weeks before, by the New York Jets. Mangini, although he was able to make the Browns the least penalized team in the NFL, did not run the team well, nor draft well. George Kokinis was fired after only 8 regular season games. The Browns fans had created a "Brown out" where fans wouldn't show up for the first quarter of games so that when it was televised, the stadium would look empty due to their displeasure. Fans were extremely upset with the direction of the team and wanted things solved.
A Cleveland Browns fan who has had it!
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Randy Lerner was losing more money and wanted to right the ship. So in December of 2009, Randy Lerner hired Mike Holmgren as President of the Team. Holmgren then brought in Tom Heckert Jr. (who's dad was a very successful GM (Browns in the 80's; Dolphins in the 90's) as GM. Mangini stayed on as Head Coach one more year before being fired as Head Coach. Holmgren then hired Pat Shurmur in 2011 as the Browns new Head Coach. Shurmur, who was the Rams Offensive Coordinator at the time, is the nephew of Holmgren's old assistant, Fritz Shurmur. Shurmur refused to hire an Offensive Coordinator for his first year in Cleveland (the strike modified year) and the team struggled. Dick Jauron was hired as Defensive Coordinator, with Ray Rhodes as Defensive Assistant. Before this year started, and seeing a lackluster offense in 2011, Shurmur hired former Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress as Offensive Coordinator.
After seeing 2 years of good drafting with the Holmgren/Heckert Jr. regime, Browns fans have been more hopeful. This years draft brought players like Trent Richardson, Mitchell Schwartz, Trevin Wade, Josh Gordon, and Travis Benjamin to Cleveland.
Before the year started, Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner sold the team to James "Jimmy" Haslam III (owner of Pilot corp.) for $1 Billion dollars.
Browns fans are one of THE most loyal fans in football. Cleveland is a football town first and foremost, and once the Browns return to prominence, the league will be more exciting.