Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is one win away from getting a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots, but in the lead-up to the biggest game of the season, he was asked plenty of questions about his time under center with his hometown team.
And to Hoyer, the struggles come down to one simple fact: a lack of consistency at any and all levels.
“Look at their track record,” Hoyer said. “They never give anyone a lasting chance, whether it’s coaches, players, whatever it might be. I’m sitting here with a team that’s the model of consistency, and they’re pretty much the opposite.”
PHOTOS: Brian Hoyer says Cleveland Browns lack consistency necessary to win
In the last two seasons, the Browns have posted a league-worst 1-31 record.
With a 28-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on New Year’s Eve, the Browns joined the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams in NFL history to finish a season 0-16. The Browns have not won on a Sunday afternoon since December 13, 2015, and their 33 straight Sunday losses are an NFL record.
Additionally, in 2017, the Browns set the record for the worst 28-game stretch in NFL history, as they “bested” the previous mark of 2-26 set by the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 1976-1977 seasons with a 1-27 showing that got four losses worse over the final month of the year.
Over the last four-plus years, the Browns have gone 4-49, and the record has not been much better since Dee and Jimmy Haslam officially purchased the team in October of 2012.
In five seasons under the Haslams’ majority ownership, the Browns have posted an NFL-worst 15-65 record. Factoring in the remaining games of the 2012 season after the sale was approved at an NFL Owners Meeting in Chicago, the Browns have gone 19-70.
Also, with Buffalo clinching a wildcard berth this season, the Browns now have the longest-standing playoff drought in the NFL at 15 straight years.
“It’s hard to do anything when you have that lack of consistency, whether it’s the head coach, the quarterback, whatever it is,” Hoyer said.
By wins and losses, Hoyer had the most success of any Browns quarterback since Derek Anderson’s Pro Bowl season in 2007.
Hoyer went 10-6 over his two years with the club, the first of which was spoiled by a torn knee ligament in a Thursday Night Football win over the Buffalo Bills. Hoyer’s second season was shortened when the Browns made the change and turned the offense over to then-rookie Johnny Manziel.
“They’re so quick there that if things don’t work out, ‘We’ve got to move on,’” Hoyer said. “Well, it’s hard to win in this league, and when you’re constantly having this turnover or have to learn a new offense, learn a new system, have a new quarterback, it’s hard to win.”