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Hue Jackson says Browns will focus on, fix run game

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 18: Running back Isaiah Crowell #34 of the Cleveland Browns against the Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Broncos defeated Browns 26-23.  (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images) Getty Images

Earlier this week, Browns coach Hue Jackson said he wanted to see his starting running back, Isaiah Crowell, “turned loose.”

Friday, Jackson said that starts with opportunity.

“We just have to hand it to him enough times,” Jackson said, per the team’s official transcript. “If you have a runner you believe in, you have to give him the ball. He has to get a feel for the game and be able to play within the structure of what you are trying to accomplish with the offensive line. That’s why I said I take responsibility for that. I think he is off to a good start. We just have to give him opportunities to go show his ability.”

Crowell ran 12 times for 62 yards last week, but got 40 of those yards on his last three carries after the game had been decided. Part of last week’s struggles could be attributed to circumstance. The Browns trailed throughout the game and only 52 offensive plays. The Eagles ran 77.

The Browns will be different offensively this week with Josh McCown at quarterback in place of the injured Robert Griffin III, and though Jackson makes it sound like they’ll run the ball early, it won’t be easy. The Ravens held the Bills to 65 rushing yards on 24 carries last week.

Still, Jackson believes in Crowell and is counting on him to get the Browns going.

“If you have a guy who can wear the defense down a little bit and a guy who knows how to carry the ball, be physical and make those tough yards, there is no substitute for those guys,” Jackson said. “You have to have them. We have not kind of turned our guy loose yet, but he has some special ability that way. We are going to find out here pretty soon.”

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18 Responses to “Hue Jackson says Browns will focus on, fix run game”
  1. elementaleffect says: Sep 16, 2016 7:01 PM

    Duke Johnson is the guy who needs to be “turned loose.” Clearly a more talented player.

  2. jasons81 says: Sep 16, 2016 7:09 PM

    Usually when I read his statements I think “well duh”

    I don’t think he’s going to be the answer for Cleveland

  3. austindudero says: Sep 16, 2016 7:21 PM

    Duke >>> Crow, but neither of them got enough opportunities in week #1. This way, when Duke ends up with 3 x Crow’s production in week #2, Hue can legitimately say the intent was to feed Crow, but Duke just way out produced ‘im. we’ll see…

  4. heymister24 says: Sep 16, 2016 7:43 PM

    ‘clueless hue jackson’ decides now to run the ball.

  5. dirtydawg44 says: Sep 16, 2016 8:52 PM

    Over/under 3 quarters, McCown makes it behind that make shift line? Any thoughts?

  6. nnagi says: Sep 16, 2016 10:01 PM

    Is it too soon to admit that Hue Jackson is another bad hire for the Browns?

  7. MichaelEdits says: Sep 16, 2016 10:14 PM

    The upgrade at the QB position will help.

  8. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Sep 16, 2016 11:45 PM

    I don’t like Duke as an every down back (not that there is such a thing anymore) but they need to find a way to get the ball in his hands more.

  9. harshedmellow says: Sep 17, 2016 1:31 AM

    Well, no PRESSURE on the young man now….. sheesh, coach…. Hope you know your player well enough to know that calling him out like that will likely be a positive….. because it very likely will NOT…..

  10. blackbeard43 says: Sep 17, 2016 2:48 AM

    And get rid of those awful uniforms.

  11. dawgzzxx says: Sep 17, 2016 7:43 AM

    How is Hue Jackson the answer when he determined Carson Wentz was NOT a good fit for the Cleveland Browns and Robert Griffin III WAS a good fit.
    Enough said…

  12. rocketdogsports says: Sep 17, 2016 8:09 AM

    Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

  13. thejuddstir says: Sep 17, 2016 9:01 AM

    Hue and Wrecks need to find a way to ignore their own egos and the press

  14. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 17, 2016 9:01 AM

    They have to focus on lowering their shoulders and finishing their carries.

  15. oscarxray says: Sep 17, 2016 9:07 AM

    They need to put in 2 or 3 TEs and/or their bigger rookie WRs. Why is Andrew Hawkins on the team?
    Hue’s credibility is slipping fast with his QB evaluations,lousy play calling against the Eagles and having Hawkins on the team.

  16. boisedawg says: Sep 17, 2016 9:54 AM

    This should have been the focus in week one, better late than never I guess.

  17. brownoholic says: Sep 17, 2016 10:33 AM

    Duke needs the ball. Crowell is guaranteed down on the ground at first contact.

  18. wiseone50 says: Sep 17, 2016 1:39 PM

    Now that McCown is going to start, it will improve the passing game which will in turn open up the running game and give our defense a chance to rest more. In other words, improve the whole team.

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