BEREA– Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslam held court while at training camp today, and addressed the elephant in the room– Cleveland’s 1-15 record during the 2016 season.
The Browns lost their first 14 games last season, before getting their lone win of the year in week 16 against the San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve. Haslam said that despite their record, the organization learned from the experience.
“I don’t think we ever would have thought we’d be talking about coming off winning four games in our last two years in our third and fourth years in,” Haslam said.
“It’s tough. It’s hard. I think I’ve said it’s embarrassing. At the same time, we have learned a lot. In life, I’ve learned you learn a heck of a lot more through the hard experiences than the easy ones. I now think we’re positioned to put the organization, the team in a much better place than we’ve been.”
Haslam wouldn’t say much about what he expects to happen during the 2017 season, but he did say he expects to define the season by more than just wins and losses, and that the team should be “substantially better” in 2018 and 2019.
“Listen, wins and losses are a part of it. There’s no doubt about that,” Haslam said. “But I think it’s how our team performs. Do we come back? Do we win close games? Do we come from behind and win a game? Do we beat a good team? Do we win a game on the road? Are younger players getting better? It’s a collection of all those types of things.”
You can watch Haslam’s entire press conference via the Browns below.
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