Browns news: Hue Jackson ecstatic Cleveland went undefeated in NFL preseason
They say God hates Cleveland, although it appears that the vitriol from the deity isn’t that much when it’s the NFL preseason. Let the Cleveland Browns’ 4-0 record in the preseason be Exhibit A of that.
When the Browns handed the Chicago Bears a 25-0 beat down last Thursday at Soldier Field, it capped Cleveland’s impressive preseason in which the team went undefeated from start to finish. And there might be no man happier of what the Browns just accomplished than team head coach Hue Jackson.
While Jackson was aware that NFL preseason games aren’t credible ways of determining how a team does in the regular season, he’s ecstatic nonetheless of the results, as reported by Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
“A year ago we were 0-4, so these guys came back with a different mentality,” said coach Hue Jackson.”We understand it’s just the preseason, but you’ve got to start someplace. They accomplished something that hadn’t been done in 31 years, which is be 4-0 and that’s a credit to them.”
The Browns are coming off a forgettable 2016-17 campaign even by Cleveland’s standards, finishing the season with a 1-15 record while running some very ugly football on both ends of the field. Plenty of movements and transactions over the offseason plus a productive preseason, however, gives the Browns some semblance of hope heading into Jackson’s second year as head coach.
Jackson will have a new quarterback in rookie DeShone Kizer this year’s first-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft in defensive end Myles Garrett to add some zing to the Browns’ offense and defense, respectively.
The Browns will look to extend their “winning streak” on September 10, when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers for the season opener.