Hue Jackson riding Indians’ coattails in bid to inspire Browns
Hue Jackson is as excited as anyone over the Cleveland Indians’ American League record-setting 21-game winning streak. And it sounds like the Cleveland Browns head coach would like to take advantage of all the positive mojo surrounding the city’s red-hot MLB team to get his own team pumped up.
Jackson weighed in on the Indians’ remarkable run after Wednesday’s 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers, praising the club while also mentioning how the Cavaliers have played a huge role in restoring Cleveland’s positive pro sports vibe.
“Oh, absolutely I will take that,” Jackson said of the Indians’ streak, via Cleveland.com. “I will take half of that right now. They’ve done an outstanding job and my hat is off to them.
“Everything they have done, they are on their way back again. They have great management. They have done a great job acquiring other players. They are what it is all about. This city is rockin’ now, there is no question. We have had the Cavs, we have the Indians. Come on Browns, let’s go.”
The disparities between the Browns’ recent history and that of the Indians are of course dramatic. The Browns, after all, went 1-15 last season while the Indians came up just short of winning their first World Series since 1948, losing in seven games to the Chicago Cubs last fall.
But the case can be made that the Browns may have at the very least a plan in place to shed their laughingstock label in the coming years. It may not happen this season, but perhaps the Indians can inspire their fellow Cleveland pro sports squad to bigger and better things.