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‘Very excited’ Hue Jackson on Browns: ‘Winning is in this group’

Hue Jackson cannot contain his excitement over the notion that the Cleveland Browns may have turned the corner after going 1-31 over the past two seasons. In fact, the Browns head coach believes big things are on the horizon for the perpetually downtrodden organization in 2018.

“Very excited,” Jackson said after Tuesday’s practice, via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “Probably more excited than I’ve been the first two years because I truly believe that winning is in this group, in this coaching staff, in this group, in the plan that we’ve laid out. I think there’s a chance. Now, we have to go do it. We have to coach well. We have to improve our players, and the players have to buy into what we are all selling.

“At the same time, I’ve never been more confident about a group having the opportunity to have success.”

Jackson went into great detail about the roster-wide improvement the Browns have enjoyed this past offseason, specifically at the quarterback position, with Tyrod Taylor seizing the reins and Baker Mayfield flashing potential as a rookie. The coach also singled out the play of Myles Garrett, Joel Bitonio, Austin Corbett, David Njoku and Denzel Ward.

The prospects of the Browns improving upon a disastrous first two years of Jackson’s tenure obviously will not be difficult to accomplish. That said, there is certainly a lot of buzz surrounding the Browns, and the fact the team is enjoying a lot of coverage courtesy of being on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” certainly helps.

Jackson clearly believes things are headed in the right direction, even referring to his promised leap into Lake Erie in May as a quasi-ritualistic “cleansing” following a winless 2016 campaign.

Still, as Jackson is well aware, the team will now have to go out and prove it on the field, regardless of whether the Browns have been anointed as a team to watch this upcoming season.