Hue Jackson: Browns ‘are going to find a way not to be 0-16’
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson supports Chris Kirskey “100 percent” for asserting that their 0-9 team will not finish the 2016 NFL season without a victory.
The Browns linebacker arguably made one of the most underwhelming guarantees in the history of sports earlier this week.
“We’re not going to go 0-16,” Kirksey said, via Cleveland.com. “That’s for a fact. We’re not doing that. Things are going to get on a roll, and we’ve just got to keep fighting.”
Jackson on Tuesday went to bat for Kirksey, saying, among other things, that remaining positive in the face of a staggeringly disappointing season is the key.
“Somehow, someway, we are going to find a way not to be 0-16,” Jackson said, via Cleveland.com. “That’s not where we want to be. We don’t want to be 0-9 right now to be very honest with you. We’re going to fight our tails off, and it starts on Thursday night (against the Ravens) again.
“Our guys come in here every week with the mindset of ‘Look, we are going to go back out here, we are going to do it again, we are going to give you everything we have and we are going to go try and change this.’ That is what they have been doing.”
It obviously goes without saying that Jackson’s first season as Browns head coach has been an abject nightmare. Already boasting one of the less talented rosters in the entire NFL, Jackson learned firsthand how the quarterback position has long been the Achilles’ heel of the woebegone organization.
Not only did the Browns see Robert Griffin III go down early, injuries to veteran signal-caller Josh McCown opened the door for rookie Cody Kessler to be inserted as starter, a role he will retain in Week 10.
It may appear to be a stretch to suggest anything positive can be gleaned during an 0-9 start, but Jackson sees encouraging signs.
“I do believe there are a lot of good things that are going on here, he said. “It just hasn’t shown up in the win ledger. That’s unfortunate because that’s why all of us do what we do. It’s about wins and losses.”