Hue Jackson: Cleveland Browns fans deserve better

CLEVELAND -- Quarterback Eli Manning completed 15 of his 27 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in leading the New York Giants to a 27-13 win over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.

With the win, the Giants improved to 8-3 on the season and remain in the playoff hunt in the NFC, while the Browns dropped their 15th straight game dating back to last December and fell to 0-12 on the 2016 regular season.

“I totally get where the fans are or what they are feeling,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “They deserve better and we get that. They deserve better, and I totally respect that. It is tough with the situation we are all in because everybody wants an answer. Is it this? Is it that? Is it exactly this?

“While I am not going to exactly give you that answer, what it is, is Coach Jackson. Coach Jackson has to continue to push and keep getting these players better and there are things we have gotten better at. There are things we have not gotten better at. That is just part of it and we will continue to work at it.”

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. McCown was sacked six times for 36 lost yards.

“You have to learn how to win,” Jackson said. “I am not going to say that they do not know how to win. I would never put that on players. It is not that, but you have to do the things that it takes to win. You can’t turn the ball over. You have to make plays at crucial times. You have to make sure they’re really good players do not win games for them.”

Although frustrated with the Browns’ 12th straight loss under his direction, Jackson says he has seen improvement from “young players.”

“I do see improvement across the board, but it is not enough,” Jackson said. “It is not enough to win at this level. We just have to keep working at it. That starts with me and it kind of trickles down everywhere else, but I have to get it fixed.”

Following the loss to the Giants, the Browns will go on their annual bye week before resuming play against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, December 11th.

And Jackson aims to make the losing feeling go away as quickly as possible when the team next takes the field.

“I have told our players, and I mean this, and I am going to tell all of you -- this will be the last time this year, that we ever feel the way we feel,” Jackson said. “I know that. I know that in my heart. I know that without question, and that is why I have always said if you are going to get us, you better get us now because we are not going to feel like this a year from now.”


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