The line of thinking is that with all that talent, the coach should've won more than four games. Overlooked is that fact that most of those guys had never made the Pro Bowl before Chud and his staff got there. Teams typically tout their new hires, including Mike Pettine, by crediting them for Pro Bowlers who played for them, as if that individual success reflects positively on the "mentoring" or "tutelage" they received. Yet Chud sending six guys to Hawaii is somehow a demerit. That's what scapegoating will do to perceptions.
So in the interest of balance, here are a few other facts about the Browns' 53-man roster that I think better explain their 4-12 record.
- 49% consists of UDFAs (20) or 7th-rounders (6)
- 36% rookies/first-year players
- 72% came into 2013 with 16 or fewer career starts, including 23 with zero
- 28% acquired 8/27/13 or later, so they weren't even in camp with the Browns.