CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns football coach Hue Jackson has been through a lot during his career in the National Football League, but he has never seen the struggles this year’s team is going through.
With Sunday's 27-13 loss to the New York Giants (8-3) at FirstEnergy Stadium, the Browns dropped their 15th straight game dating back to last December and fell to 0-12 on the 2016 regular season.
“Being 0-12 is probably the hardest thing ever,” Jackson said.
Following the loss to the Giants, Jackson was 15 minutes later than usual to his press conference because of a meeting with members of the Browns’ front office.
Usually the first to address the media, Jackson followed quarterback Josh McCown at the podium. However, Jackson denied that the meeting had anything to do with his future as head coach of the Browns.
“I am going to be here, and I have said that to you guys before,” Jackson said. “That is not what the conversations are by any stretch of the imagination. It is not that. Please, so let me go on record of saying that. I have the full support of Jimmy and Dee (Haslam) and Sashi (Brown) and his crew, and we are not apart or splintered or whatever term you guys want to use. There is none of that going on.”
While others question Jackson’s future with the team and an historically bad start to the season, he is instead committed to “burning the midnight oil” over the annual bye week to prepare the Browns for the final four games of the year, including a home contest against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 11th.
“You have to learn what it takes to win,” Jackson said. “You have to know and learn and know what it takes to win in this league. This league is rough. It is hard to win a game. I don’t care what the situation is. Football is a hard, driving, grinding business, and it is not for everybody. I have always said that. I said that to our players.
“There are a lot of people in it that do not belong, and there are a lot of people that are not in it that do belong. It can go either way, but at the same time, you have to know what it takes to win in the National Football League. I think we are going to get there. I truly believe that. I think right now, we are not. Our record says we are not, so that is obvious.”