No AFC team had an uglier opening week than the Cleveland Browns.
Not only did they get trounced 29-10 by the Eagles, but they also lost their starting quarterback until at least November. It was a painful one-two punch that Browns fans have almost become accustomed to as they continue to cheer for a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2002.
Although things in Cleveland got off to an ugly start under Hue Jackson, the first-year coach is still optimistic about the team’s future. And just to be clear, we’re not talking “glass half full” optimism, we’re talking about “the glass is overflowing so much that the city of Cleveland might get flooded under five feet of optimism” optimism.
So how optimistic is Jackson?
Well, let’s just say he promised to win a championship in Cleveland.
“I’m going to do the best job I can with our staff and these players and we’re going to keep working at it,” Jackson said on Wednesday, via Cleveland.com. “My point is eventually they will love me because we’re going to win. We’re going to win a championship here for the Cleveland Browns.”
For the record, the Browns haven’t won an NFL title since 1964.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Jackson said of winning it all. “It’s not about anything else. That’s what I came here for. I didn’t come here to be average and just win a few games and go about my business. I came here to help this organization win a championship.”
Now, before you Browns fans go start planning a Super Bowl party, Jackson was realistic about his timeline. The rookie coach didn’t promise to win a title this year.
“How fast that’s going to happen I don’t know,” Jackson said. “I don’t know if there’s going to be a ton of struggle before there’s a ton of great times, but I don’t worry about people not being happy right now. The fans might not like me for a while, but they’re going to love me here pretty soon.
As for the Browns’ ugly history, Jackson is aware of it, but he’s not thinking about it.
“I can’t worry about what everybody has been through here,” Jackson said. “I’m being very honest. I think you guys know me, I don’t worry about what everybody has done, been through, what people shouldn’t say, what they should say. I’m going to do the best job I can do. That’s all Hue Jackson can do.”
The good news for Jackson is that a Browns fan on Facebook has already started planning a Super Bowl parade for 2033, so all he has to do between now and then is not get fired and then actually win the big game.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Hue Jackson says he’s going to end the Browns’ 52-year title drought