The Browns clinched a historically bad 0-16 season with a loss to the Steelers’ JV team yesterday. After the game, news broke that Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam would keep Jackson as the organization’s head coach, despite a 1-31 record in his two season with the team.
Jackson answered questions after the game, and made a bizarre statement defending his work as the team’s coach. His argument? Most coaches would have walked out on the team after this much losing, and he’s the only guy who could deal with taking this many L’s:
“I don’t think anybody else could have stayed in this job for two years, and be 1-31. A lot of coaches would have said ‘uncle’ after last year. I know that.”
Huh? Even though the Browns are terrible, arguing you are doing them a favor by sticking it out is something you don’t hear everyday in the NFL. Jackson seems to have effectively laid his failures at the feet of the previous front office by joining new GM John Dorsey in trashing the current players as not good enough. It looks like Haslam bought it, which is all that matters as far as Hue is concerned.
A large majority of Browns fans don’t agree with his assessment and want Jackson out. It looks like they’ll have to wait at least one more season, or until the Browns start 0-4 next year and Jackson gets canned.
Here’s the clip: