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In Browns history, only 6 coaches have lasted 5 years or more

Bill Belichick
Posted at 6:33 PM, Dec 30, 2019

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns haven't had much luck with head coaches in the past.

During the team's 71-year history, only six out of 17 head coaches have made it to the five-year mark.

Paul Brown

Paul Brown
Cleveland Browns coach Paul Brown, right, who played quarterback in his younger days, checks the protective mask of his quarterback Otto Graham, who wears a mask to guard a face injury sustained earlier in the season. Graham's quarterbacking and passing have kept the Browns in the top of professional football this year and in past seasons. This photo was taken at an unknown location, on Dec. 8, 1953. (AP Photo)

Cleveland Browns co-founder and first head coach Paul Brown started with the team in 1946 and was coach until 1962.

He is the longest-serving head coach the Browns ever had.

Blanton Collier

Brown's new head coach
Blanton Collier, backfield coach of the Cleveland Browns for 9 years, is pictured at a news conference January 16, 1963 after he was named head coach of the club, succeeding Paul Brown. Collier, 56, rejoined the Browns in 1961 after 8 years as head coach at the University of Kentucky. He credits Paul Brown with giving him his start in professional football. (AP Photo)

The next coach to pass the five-year mark was Blanton Collier.

Collier coached the Browns from 1963 until 1970 and spent his entire head coaching career with Cleveland.

Nick Skorich

Nick Skorich, Don Shula
Cleveland Browns coach Nick Skorich, left, and Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula walk amongst the rejoicing Miami Dolphins fans in Miami on Dec. 24, 1972 after Miami Dolphins defeated Cleveland Browns 20-14, Shula the winner. (AP Photo)

The Browns five-year trend continued after Collier.

Nick Skorich was head coach from 1971 until 1975.

Sam Rutigliano

Steelers Browns Football
Cleveland Browns head coach Sam Rutigliano, left, and Browns wide receiver Ricky Feacher, right, smile broadly after Cleveland beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-26 Sunday, Oct. 26, 1980 in Cleveland. The win puts the Browns in first place in the AFC Central Division. (AP Photo/EAM)

After a few short-term hires, Sam Rutigliano took over the reigns for Cleveland.

Rutigliano was head coach from 1978 until 1984 and spent his entire head coaching career with the Browns.

Marty Schottenheimer

Cleveland Browns v San Diego Chargers
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 16: Head coach Marty Schottenheimer of the Cleveland Browns looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Raiders at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 16, 1986 in Los Angeles, California. The Raiders won 27-14. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Right after Rutigliano came Marty Schottenheimer.

Schottenheimer coached the team from 1984-1988.

Bill Belichick

Browns head coach Bill Belichick
A dejected Browns coach Bill Belichick stalks the sidelines late in the Browns 29-14 loss to Denver, November 8, 1993. (AP Photo/Piet Van Lier)

The team had another round of one-year coaches, until they hired Bill Belichick.

Belichick coached the Browns from 1991 until 1995.

He was the last coach to last five years or more for Cleveland.

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