NFL 25 Dream Teams that ended up being failures: 18. 1990 Cleveland Browns
It’s not surprising that the Cleveland Browns are on a list of teams that were a disappointment, but it is surprising to see the Browns on a list of “dream teams”. This is a franchise that’s been the butt of all jokes for the better part of 50 years. However, there were times in those decades where these teams were pretty good.
In the late 80s, the Browns were a dominant team. They won their division four out of five years between 1986 and 1989. In the other year, they won 10 games and made the playoffs. They were coming off a season when they lost in their third AFC Championship Game in three seasons. It was time to take a step forward and start actually competing for Super Bowls.
The team just had one of the worst defenses of all time. They allowed 462 points. No team in the 90s allowed that many points. It didn’t help that Bernie Kosar went on the decline seemingly overnight. His 54% completion percentage was not suitable for a player seemingly always trying to come back. He was also throwing interceptions at a higher clip than he did ever in his career. He ended the season with 15 interceptions in 13 games.
The Browns won three games on the season. It was the end of an era, and it spiraled into a string of terrible seasons that eventually led to the team moving to Baltimore. Was this collapse the start of putting that in motion? It is much harder to move a team that’s won a Super Bowl.