Even if it was. So what. What does it prove? They haven't been .500 since 2007. How many years do you need to tank? Following the Browns model suggests it takes at least 8 years. And that is if the team is a winner this year which is certainly questionable. Could be 9 years. Can I buy a 10?
Last season was a genuine tank for the Browns. Most seasons before that they were actually trying. They were a case study in how not to draft up until this most recent regime. Meddling by the team owner, unnecessarily risky high picks and going off board to take players that coaches wanted rather than following the hard work of the scouts has been the norm for them since '99. The new regime has been impressive in their patience and willingness to hold true to their scouting and analytics. They've got a long way to go (obviously), but they should give Browns fans real hope in the long term.