Hue Jackson remains steadfast as Cleveland Browns struggle

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson continues to be amazed by his players and coaches.

Despite having an 0-10 record and setting a pair of franchise records with 13 straight losses dating back to last December and 10 consecutive to start the 2016 season, the Browns have stuck together and not given up the fight according to Jackson.

“When you are in these kind of situations, it is very easy to fall off the cliff and go the other way,” Jackson said. “That is a credit to our players and our coaches. I think that is where the development has been. We are doing things better on defense than what we started.

“I do see signs of that everywhere. I see individual players on offense getting better here and there, but collectively as a group, we can do some things better as a unit. There has been a lot of improvement in a lot of different places, but not collectively as a team good enough for us to win games.”

After scoring 25 straight points to claim the first meeting in Cleveland, the Ravens scored 25 unanswered over the final 31 minutes of play and earned a 28-7 win over the Browns in a Thursday Night Football game in the AFC North Division at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Browns fell to a franchise-worst 0-10 to start the season and the Ravens remain atop the AFC North at 5-4.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed 30 of his 41 attempts for 296 yards and three touchdowns, all of which came after halftime. Flacco did not remain locked on one target throughout the game, as nine players had at least one reception, led by the six caught by tight end Dennis Pitta and the five each from wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. and running back Kenneth Dixon.

“I am not going to get discouraged by what is going on,” Jackson said. “It is disappointing, but at the same time, I am just more than determined along with this group of men to keep fighting. Let me say this about our players, I have never been around a group that works as diligently as these guys trying to do it right, doing everything we as coaches have asked of them to give themselves the best opportunity.”

Although the Browns are the only remaining winless team in the National Football League after the loss to the Ravens Thursday, Jackson believes that following a weekend off, the players will return focused on the goal of winning their first meeting of the season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“What matters is the mindset of our players as we get ready to come back,” Jackson said. “I have asked them to get away from football for a couple of days and refocus and get ready for this last stretch run.

“There will be a bye in-between there too, but we are going to have six games left to have an opportunity to do something that we all want to do, which is win a football game. I think they will do that. I think they will get away and get recharged and come back and be ready to go when we start back up.”


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