While rookie DeShone Kizer made some of his best throws all year -- with deep strikes to Josh Gordon (4/115) and Rashard Higgins (3/68/2) -- the Browns couldn't keep pace with a Steelers defense that piled up six sacks and saw backup passer Landry Jones throw for 239 yards and overcome a pair of turnovers while guiding Pittsburgh to four touchdown drives.
Jackson has now dialed up the most defeats by a coach over a two-season span in NFL history, but he's not going anywhere. Owner Jimmy Haslam announced Sunday that Jackson would return as head coach, saying, per Aditi Kinkhabwala: "I don't think Hue has lost (his) magic."
Cleveland lost four tilts this season by just three points, but consistently shot themselves in the foot with one of the worst red-zone offenses in memory. The overwhelmed Kizer led the league in turnovers for an offense that lacked identity from wire to wire and made life easy for opponents.
These young assets have shown flashes, but all played their part during a season that saw the roster crumble in key moments while Jackson offered up a litany of baffling in-game coaching decisions.
Point the blame wherever you wish in assessing this winless, autumn-into-winter disaster in Cleveland.
Blame the coaches. Blame the players. Blame the front office. Blame ownership. And last but not least, blame the severe football gods who have peered down on the Browns with utter disdain since their return to the league in 1999.
From a win-loss perspective, it gets no darker. This season won't soon be forgotten for what it represents for this once-glorious franchise: A total embarrassment.