Browns staggering to end of another dismal season

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm •  Published: December 16, 2013
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BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Rob Chudzinski and his wife, Sheila, welcomed a baby boy on Monday.

Everyone is doing fine.

Now, if the Browns coach could only get his team to start walking.

With five straight losses and eight in nine games, the Browns (4-10), who just a month ago were considering a possible playoff push, are crawling to the end of yet another miserable season.

For the third week in a row, they blew a fourth-quarter lead and lost on Sunday to the Chicago Bears, who scored 21 points over an 8:42 span in the final period to keep their postseason hopes alive.

The Browns simply can't finish.

"It's very disappointing, very disappointing," said star cornerback Joe Haden, "especially when you have a team that you know that can win. It's frustrating, but you always try to stay positive, you always try to look ahead and we still got two more games left.

"We just got to finish the season off strong. We don't want to go into next offseason with this bad a taste in our mouths."

It's a familiar bitter flavor for the Browns, whose losing has reached historic proportions.

They have lost at least 10 games in six straight seasons and have reached double-digit losses in 10 of the past 11 years.

According to STATS, the Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only teams in NFL history with 10 double-digit loss seasons in an 11-year span.

The 38-31 loss to the Bears followed a season-long script for the Browns. They gave up a late score before halftime to lose momentum, took the lead in the second half and then buckled with the game on the line.

It went the same way against Jacksonville two weeks ago, at New England last week and then again against the Bears, who were able to overcome allowing Cleveland to score two defensive touchdowns.

"It's tough," linebacker Paul Kruger said. "I think the thing that makes it, for me, the hardest is just — we're in it. We're in every game. We're right there and I feel like a lot of times we're actually controlling the game most of the time and just letting it slip away like that is tough. I wish I had an answer for it."

At 4-5 following a win over Baltimore, the Browns emerged from their bye week with so much in front of them.

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