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For Browns fans, this season has been beyond painful. Excruciating, embarrassing even.

But are these Browns — 1-7 at the mid-season break, masters of turnovers and arm-tackling, with a most offensive offense — the worst ever? Worse than the ’99 Browns, who the NFL rushed into service with duct tape, glue and other team’s castoffs to pacify a town whose franchise was stolen?

In assessing the strategy for the 1999 vs. 2009 showdown, expansion team coach Chris Palmer indicated he preferred an emphasis on the ground game.”Back in ’99, there weren’t a lot of good athletes on that football team,” said former Browns tackle Doug Dieken, who, from the radio booth, has witnessed every snap since that first season back. Read more

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