Hue Jackson: ‘I totally have the support’ of Browns ownership
The Cleveland Browns fell to 0-8 Sunday following a 33-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in London. That means the Browns now sport a 1-23 record during the Hue Jackson era. Despite the run of ineptitude Jackson has presided over in his season-plus as Browns head coach, he claims to have total support of team ownership.
“I don’t think it was articulated here (in London), but I still feel that (support),” Jackson said after Sunday’s loss, via Cleveland.com. “I don’t sense — you guys would have to ask Jimmy that, but I totally have the support of Mr. and Mrs. Haslam. I don’t feel any change in that. I know everybody is concerned about the losing, my job, this — I mean, there’s all kinds of questions out there. I get all that.
“That’s never been what my thought process is (his job),” he said. “Mine is trying to get this team to be the best it can be, keep this coaching staff working hard, keep these players working hard, and that’s my charge. It can’t be anything else. But no, I totally feel like I still have their support.”
The Browns enjoyed a 13-12 lead over the Vikings at halftime, but costly mistakes undid any chance of securing an upset over a superior squad. Jackson acknowledged after the game the Browns have zero margin for error and ultimately, the Vikings proved too much for the Browns to handle.
And yet, as a coach of an 0-8 team has no choice but to do, Jackson tried to glean positives out of the loss.
“Yeah, I do,” he said. “This is the best thing I do know about this football team: They play hard. They don’t give up. They don’t quit. I think you guys all see this. This is not a group that turns its back, lays down, says, ‘OK, we’re done.’ That’s not what we’re going to do. I’ve never coached a team that has ever done that, and this team will never do that. There’s too much pride in the locker room. So that’s what I’m most proud of.”
Jackson may be accurate in his assertion that he somehow still has the support of ownership. But for how long? Patience is a commodity in short supply in NFL organizations when it comes to head coaches in Jackson’s place.
“… “we’ve got to find a way to win,” Jackson admitted. That may be easier said than done at this point.