Browns hired Bill Belichick on this date in 1991
By: Jeff Risdon | 17 hours ago 2 minutes
If only we knew then what we know now …
On this date in 1991, the Cleveland Browns hired Bill Belichick as the 10th head coach in franchise history.
The Browns lured Belichick from the New York Giants to take over a franchise whose bottom had quickly fallen out. After five straight playoff appearances, the 1990 Browns won just three games under Bud Carson and interim replacement Jim Shofner, who stayed on as offensive coordinator.
At the time, hiring Belichick was more controversial because of his age. He was just 39 and had never been a head coach before.
Of his relatively tender age for taking over a team, Belichick said: “I feel like I’ve been coaching for 30 years, starting at 8, around the films. I’ve done all the jobs in an organization: typing, going to the airport to meet guys, liming the field. In the last two years, since I had my first interview with Cleveland, I got to thinking like a head coach, how I would handle things.”
He would coach the team for the next five seasons with a record of 36-44 and just one playoff berth. His dry personality and matter-of-fact dismissal of local icon Bernie Kosar as quarterback kept Cleveland from ever really embracing Belichick.