Hue Jackson on 4-0 preseason: You have to start somewhere

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Preseason records are usually a poor indicator of what’s to come during the regular season, something the 2008 Lions illustrated well by winning all four of their exhibition contests before going 0-16 the rest of the way.

The 2016 Browns went the other way. They lost all four of their preseason games and then went 1-15 during the regular season, which may leave some in Cleveland hoping that this year’s summer record is also an omen of things to come.

The Browns secured a 4-0 record with a 25-0 win over the Bears on Thursday night. It’s the first time that the Browns have gone unbeaten in the preseason since 1986, which coach Hue Jackson noted while speaking to the media after Thursday’s game.

“A year ago we were 0-4, so these guys came back with a different mentality,” Jackson said, via Cleveland.com. “We understand it’s just the preseason, but you’ve got to start someplace. They accomplished something that hadn’t been done in 31 years, which is be 4-0 and that’s a credit to them. … I can see something building in the locker room, and that’s what you want. We all know football’s a whole lot different in the regular season, coming up against Pittsburgh.”

With a rookie quarterback and young players all over the field, the Browns are likely to have some more painful outings in the weeks to come but Jackson’s right about having to start somewhere and that having that start be a winning one is better than the alternative.

17 responses to “Hue Jackson on 4-0 preseason: You have to start somewhere

  1. Hue Jackson thinks the Browns “Accomplished” something by going 4-0 in the pre-season?? He realizes that opposing coach’s aren’t as worried about winning pre-season games as they are evaluating young talent, right? He may not know that because that is how winning coach’s and winning organizations look at the pre-season but somebody should tell him so he doesn’t say dumb crap like that publicly!! Hell of an accomplishment Hue!! The only game that really matters is game 3. I can’t wait to hear him talk about the Browns accomplishments come the season ending pre-conference.

  2. shooter28 says:
    September 1, 2017 at 11:19 am
    Hue Jackson thinks the Browns “Accomplished” something by going 4-0 in the pre-season?? He realizes that opposing coach’s aren’t as worried about winning pre-season games as they are evaluating young talent, right?
    ******************

    Meanwhile, there are actually fans who complain about poor scheming in these games. SMH

  3. jerruhjones says:
    September 1, 2017 at 11:34 am
    Your hate sustains us.

    Go Browns!
    ——————————

    Winning will cure all.
    We’re better than last year. That’s a fact.

    Go Browns!

  4. shooter28 says:

    He realizes that opposing coach’s aren’t as worried about winning pre-season games as they are evaluating young talent, right?
    ———————

    The coaches don’t play the game, and the players want to win. Pre-season or regular season…it doesn’t matter much to a true competitor.

  5. shooter28 says:
    September 1, 2017 at 11:19 am
    Hue Jackson thinks the Browns “Accomplished” something by going 4-0 in the pre-season?? He realizes that opposing coach’s aren’t as worried about winning pre-season games as they are evaluating young talent, right? He may not know that because that is how winning coach’s and winning organizations look at the pre-season but somebody should tell him so he doesn’t say dumb crap like that publicly!! Hell of an accomplishment Hue!! The only game that really matters is game 3. I can’t wait to hear him talk about the Browns accomplishments come the season ending pre-conference.

    Did your team go 4-0 in the preseason, or did it go 1-3?

    Of course he knows that. But when you haven’t won anything you have to build a culture of winning. People do care about winning in the preseason (except maybe game 4) because they are playing like on like talent (1 v 1’s, 2 v 2’s etc) for the most part. And if you build a continuous culture of losing that will perpetuate into the regular season, something the Browns don’t need.

    The point isn’t the score. It’s the play. For once playmakers on offense (and yes against the 1s), hungry defense and a swarm the ball mentality. That how you build a winning football team

    It’s called leadership, if you were wondering.

  6. 49 mil under the cap last year, 41 this year. Haslam is conning you Cleveland fans just like he did his Pilot FlyingJ customers.

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