On one hand, it’s certainly easy to understand why NFL Network analyst and former Ravens coach Brian Billick would predict the Browns to fall flat on their faces in 2016. It’s annual event in Cleveland, as hope quickly gives way to reality and, ultimately, sadness and resignation to one’s fate. On the other hand, since returning to Cleveland in 1999, the Browns have never won fewer than two games (and that was in the inaugural season), so a lot would have to go wrong for the team to go 0-16, which Billick predicted recently.
Not surprisingly, first-year Browns coach Hue Jackson wasn’t super-pumped when apprised of Billick’s comments.
“Who said what?” Jackson asked Thursday, via Cleveland.com‘s Mary Kay Cabot. “Wow. Good for him. I didn’t know he worked here. I’m just being honest.
“I think it’s really interesting that everybody can comment on other people’s teams and don’t even understand their inner workings,” Jackson said. “I have great respect for Brian, he’s a great coach in this league, but we’ll see if that’s true. We’ll see if what he says is true. We’ll look back in 16 games and see if it’s right. But I’m not going to get caught up in that.”
Jackson continued, sounding very much like he was caught up in Billick’s remarks.
“Obviously I think you guys know my competitiveness,” he said. “I don’t want anybody to say we can’t win anything, I just don’t think that’s right, I don’t think it’s fair. But at the same time I know how hard these guys work, I know what the expectation is and we’ve got to go prove it. Me talking about it is not going to change it. Only thing that’s going to change it is what we do on the field.”
Billick remains unimpressed:
You’ll dismiss this as “Billick just trashing the Browns again” but seriously…look at schedule & find a single win. You can’t do it!
— Brian Billick (@CoachBillick) September 7, 2016
But there is good news!
Former No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III will be under center for the Browns on Sunday, and he’ll face off against the 2016 No. 2 overall pick, Carson Wentz, who got the starting nod after the Eagles shipped Sam Bradford to the Vikings last week.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Brian Billick says Browns could go 0-16, Hue Jackson calls prediction unfair