Hue Jackson feels “unflinching” support from ownership after 0-10 start

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The Browns knew this year would be a challenge, though they might not have expected an 0-10 start.

Despite that, first-year coach Hue Jackson said Friday he still feels he has the support of ownership, as losses pile up higher than anything besides injuries.

“Jimmy Haslam and Dee Haslam have been outstanding,” Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Obviously, they don’t like to lose, either, but I think they understand the plan and what we’re trying to accomplish.

“I have total faith and confidence in them and the vision that we’ve created. No one wants to be sitting here in the position that we’re in, but they’ve been outstanding to me. They’ve been outstanding in their support of me. I feel very comfortable with where we are – not where we are as far as our record – I feel very comfortable as far as where we are in my relationship with them and how they feel about where we are headed.”

Jackson admitted the losing was wearing on him, but he took some comfort in the support he has received from upstairs.

“I’m having to coach myself up,” he said. “I am not going to kid any of you about that. I never could have dreamt this ever. This is different, but at the same time, I get it. I’m in it. It’s at my feet. I am not going to run from that. I do understand what the issues are and where we are and where we are going to go, but also, it has been tough.

“I have a good staff who stands behind me. I have an owner who has been unflinching. I have executives in the front office starting with Sashi [Brown], Paul [DePodesta] and AB [Andrew Berry] who have not blinked, and they get it. Are we disappointed for where we are? Yeah, but I think we also understand what we have to do in order to get this changed.”

The first step would be to acquire players, after an offseason spent clearing out and accumulating assets for the future. Given that, Jackson deserves time and support, for being willing to take on such a project.

21 responses to “Hue Jackson feels “unflinching” support from ownership after 0-10 start

  1. A good coach cant do it all and thats what he will have to do with the supporting cast he has in his front office. Also will need new DC at end of season if not before……

  2. It’s an interesting strategy that they are going for but the problem with implementing it in the NFL is time. It takes 3-4 years for this kind of strategy to start paying off. Even the fans who are for this thing will start to turn on it next year and demand changes. The easiest high profile change will always be the HC.

  3. Hue did not pick the draft talent..the Harvard Boys did that.

    The way the Browns are structured, Paul Depodesta and Sashi Brown are in charge of drafting the talent…then it is Hue and his coaching staff’s job to develop the talent the Harvard Boys drafted.

    The product Browns fans see on the field is a direct reflection upon those picking the talent…and how hired The Boys, picking the talent.

    …remember the buzz word?…analytics.

  4. It’s obvious to me that the Browns are going to install a “draft & develop strategy” going forward. It’s going to be ugly for the next few years, really ugly. The Raiders did it four years ago when they hired Reggie McKenzie from Green Bay to be their GM. Oakland is just recently being taken seriously again, but I think they will be a playoff team now for many years to come. Be patient Browns fans.

  5. I know many love him but I stand by my feelings. Hue Jackson is a good man but is not ever going to be a successful head coach. Thumb down away all you want. Feel the same way about Todd Bowles. Great person but HC? No. Neither Jackson or Bowles are ever going to be good HC.

  6. as much as it must suck to be a browns fan keep this in mind,

    the Raiders where 0-10 in 2014
    two years later they are 7-2

    you can go from all-pro to stupid overnight (ask any 9er fan)
    but you can’t correct years of stupidity over night,

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