CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson does not know any other way than working through a difficult situation.
And working through a difficult situation is exactly what Jackson plans on doing during the Browns’ annual bye-week break after the team fell to 0-12 thanks to a 27-13 loss to the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium last Sunday and are on a franchise-worst 15-game losing streak dating back to last December.
“I owe our fan base and our organization and these players an opportunity to win a game, to win,” Jackson said. “The next one up is Cincinnati. We are going to do whatever it takes to get ourselves in that W column.
“We have a lot of work to do. We have to find out more about ourselves, but also, what we think is going to help us when we get ready to play Cincinnati. We will take a little time, but the staff knows there is work to be done too.”
Jackson and the Browns held a practice at the team’s Berea training facility Tuesday. But rather than push the work through until Thursday before players got their mandatory four-day break, Jackson excused the players for the remainder of the week.
It is Jackson’s goal “to give our players an opportunity to get away, clear their minds, get away from football a little bit.”
“My biggest message to our players when they do go away is, ‘Let’s be a pro,’” Jackson said. “We need every guy that leaves here to show back up here. Now is a time for things to pop up across the league.
“I want our players to be mindful of that and make sure where they are and how they conduct themselves and handle their business the right way when they are away from here because that is very important as well because we need everyone to make it back here and be back the following Monday ready to practice and get ready for the Cincinnati Bengals.”
Quarterback Eli Manning completed 15 of his 27 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in leading the Giants to the two-score win over the Browns. Manning spread around the ball to seven different players, most notably wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who turned six catches into 96 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
In a losing effort, Browns quarterback Josh McCown completed 25 of his 43 throws for 322 yards with one touchdown and two fumbles, one of which was returned for a score. However, McCown was sacked six times for 36 lost yards.
“We all understand the goal is to win a football game and to win games, so we have not hit that mark yet, but we have four more opportunities to do it,” Jackson said. “We will work hard to make that happen.”