I agree with everything you said and I think most fans were prepared for the team to be bad this season, but I'm not sure anyone expected us to look THAT inept against the Ravens. I mean, even in 2017 when the Browns went 0-16, the most points they gave up in any game was 38. We gave up 42 in the 1st half. The Browns largest margin of defeat that season was just 24 points. I think the shock some of us are feeling is that even historically bad teams aren't usually as bad as the Dolphins were last Sunday.Soooooooooooooo, lemme make sure I've got this right.
1. The owner, GM and entire front office hire this guy for 5 years with a plan in place to tank and build the team in years 2 and 3.
2. The GM and owner let it slip pre-draft that they're tanking, then try to walk back their statements with some tepid mealy mouthed BS about competing, which everyone sees through and knows is a smokescreen.
3. The Coach talks about competing and still acknowledges that it can't all happen over night.
4. We gut the roster removing ALL of our pass rushers without replacing them whatsoever, get rid of ALL of our veterans except the most problematic contract we can't get out from under until next year (Reshad Jones), but we still try for a long time to trade that guy.
5. We drastically overhaul our roster literally less than a week before the season begins trading our best offensive player and bringing in a total of 4 new OL, 3 of whom played in week 1, and we shift our RT to LT with less than a week to prepare.
6. After telling the world in every conceivable way that we're tanking, we play the first game--and lose badly--now all of a sudden something has changed?
W. T. F. ?!?!?!?!!?!?
Things are going according to the script … why would anyone be fired? Everyone signed off on this, why would they change opinions now? We literally changed every single scheme and system we had, fired our OL coach late in the preseason, blew up the OL during the week before the first game, and never once even looked at a single guy who could provide a pass rush in the draft or FA. Ummmm, this is how we expected it to go. This is how we planned for it to go. Sure, losing 20-17 would have been easier to stomach … but we intentionally made ourselves bad, because we want to tank.
Coach Flo might be fired, but it's not going to be in 2019, I'm very confident of that.
With that said, it's only Week 1 and I don't think coach Flo is getting fired, nor should he. Like you said, this was management's plan. I just hope the front office doesn't dig a hole that is too deep for us to get out of in future seasons.