BEREA, Ohio--The Browns might go into Sunday's season opener with the Eagles with an advantage.
That might be a positive way to look at it, but according to Hue Jackson, some of the rookies and young players don't know what they don't know.
“Yes, it can be because they are not ‘NFL-ized'," Jackson said. "They haven’t been in the National Football League. I think some of our guys are just going to go play, and I think that is what we have to do as a football team. We can’t get worried about anything. That is why I said it is not really about Philadelphia. It is really about us and how we prepare and our process and how we get ready to go play this football game. That is what is most important.”
The Browns currently have 17 rookies on their 53-man roster and 28 players in their first or second year.
Jackson knows he has a young team, but he doesn't offer any excuses.
“I don’t know how to do that," he said. "I just don’t. I have an expectation and I’m not backing down from that and I’m not changing that thought process in our players. That is just what we are going to do and we are going to find a way to do it. I don’t know how it’s going to happen. By hook or by crook, we are going to get this done. We have to. That is all I know. I don’t know anything else."
Jackson said he knew the team would likely be young this season, but admitted he didn't know how young.
“I knew we had a chance to be (young)," he said. "I didn’t know how young we would be. We have what we have. I’m excited about the guys that we have. We just have to coach them up and get them better.”