The number 16 is usually often associated with the word sweet, but not this time. There's nothing sweet about the 16 that could happen for the Browns Sunday if they lose to the Steelers in the season finale. "It hasn't been brought up team-wide, but at the end of the day we all know,'' said cornerback Jason McCourty. "We don't want to be on that side of history, so guys are preparing to go out and win a game on Sunday.'' If the Browns lose in Pittsburgh for the 14th straight time, they'll become only the second team in NFL history -- along with the 2008 Detroit Lions -- to go 0-16. "I'd say there's probably been a sense of desperation for a while now, but this is the most desperate,'' said McCourty. "Obviously, there's no more opportunities after Sunday, so if you don't win Sunday, there's no way around it.'' Steelers cornerback Joe Haden said the Browns would go 0-16 if they didn't beat the Bears last week. He's dragged himself out of Heinz Field too many times to think it could end any other way. Even if Mike Tomlin rests the Killer Bs for the second straight year -- Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, who's been ruled out with his calf injury -- it probably won't matter. Backup QB Landry Jones beat them 27-24 in overtime last year, throwing three TD passes.
Jason McCourty says Browns desperate to avoid 0-16: 'We don't want to be on that side of history'
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Dec 31