CLEVELAND -- Head coach Hue Jackson and the Cleveland Browns dropped to 0-10 and remained the only winless team in the National Football League with last Thursday night’s 28-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
And despite setting franchise record for the most losses to start a season and most consecutive defeats dating back to last December, Sashi Brown, the Browns’ executive vice president of player personnel, gave Jackson a vote of confidence prior to Monday’s practice ahead of this week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium.
“We are not focused on 0-16,” Brown said. “Hue is going to be here as our head coach. We talked about continuity being one of the corps premises of what we wanted accomplished going out in January. We know that we have a head coach that can be successful here and lead us to a lot of victories and a lot of winning.”
Defensive coordinator Ray Horton has been the topic of much debate and discussion, mainly because his side of the football ranks near the bottom of the NFL in many statistical categories, including points (30.1), yards (419.1) and rushing yards (143.7) allowed per game.
In all three of those categories, the Browns rank 31st out of 32 teams.
In addition to giving Jackson a vote of confidence, Brown also said it will be the head coach’s job to evaluate his staff at the end of the season to figure out who will be back and who will no longer be a part of the organization.
“As far as I am concerned, that is a question for him to answer,” Brown said of the coaching staff. “It would not really be appropriate for me to do that, but as far as moving forward, Hue is a guy that we know can man the ship and lead us to a lot of victories.
“He has a staff underneath him that we have a lot of confidence in as well, and they have put -- under very challenging circumstances -- a competitive team out there on the field. We just have to put a full, complete game together.”
With the Browns heading down the stretch of the 2016 season far removed from any playoff race or an AFC North Division Championship, Brown praised the coaching staff for the players’ steadfast commitment to winning despite the lack of success.
“Winning does validate a lot,” Brown said. “At the same time, we don’t want to buy into that when we are successful or not. For us, a lot of it is the work that you put in. Hue has talked about this. What actually has made him successful and was what made teams successful underneath him was the work that they put in.
“We do understand that winning can validate, and certainly, we are all human, so the losing does wear on you, but our guys are strong, our coaching staff is strong and they will continue pushing through it, but certainly, a win or two will always help you.”