Don’t you hate it when the facts in the way of a good narrative?
For further context, the Baltimore Sun reported Feb. 9, 1996, about the agreement forged between the NFL and the city of Cleveland allowing Modell to take his team east – with the stipulation it wouldn't be the Browns anymore.
Modell’s team eventually became the Ravens and won the Super Bowl following the 2000 season.
Belichick landed on his feet as a Patriots assistant and after a stint with the Jets has led New England to championships.
In retrospect, this all worked out pretty well for everyone... except the new Browns of course.