When a team loses, they make changes. After going winless the year before, the 2018 Browns arrived as a remarkably different team. However, despite all the alterations to the roster and coaching staff, one position was still curiously untouched — head coach.
Hue Jackson now stood 3–35–1 in his tenure with the Browns. Without a long leash to begin with, Jackson needed to turn things around immediately. His opportunity came in the form of a trip to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers, a team the Browns had tied less than two months prior.
Even when they aren’t getting coaches canned, the Steelers have long aided the cause of Browns suffering. Who knocked the Browns out of the playoffs in their last postseason appearance after the 2002 season? The Steelers. What about their prior trip to the playoffs after the 1994 campaign? Also the Steelers. And of course, who beat the Browns in Week 17 of 2017 to set Cleveland’s winless season in stone?