Chris Palmer was named the ninth full-time head coach in Cleveland Browns history Jan. 21. The Cleveland Browns were awarded the rights to the first pick in the 1999 NFL Draft and used the pick to select Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch. The first game at new Cleveland Browns Stadium was played on Aug. 21 against the Minnesota Vikings with the Vikings prevailing, 24-17. In the first regular season game in the Cleveland Browns' 1999 commemorative season and the first regular-season game at Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Cleveland Browns lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 43-0. The Cleveland Browns recorded their first victory of the '99 season on Oct. 31 with a last-second Hail Mary pass from Tim Couch to Kevin Johnson.
The Cleveland Browns selected Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown with the first pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. The Cleveland Browns notched their first regular season victory at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sept. 17 with a 23-20 win over the Steelers.
Chris Palmer was fired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 11. The Cleveland Browns hired Butch Davis as the franchise's 10th full-time head coach on Jan. 29.