BEREA,Ohio--Hue Jackson almost had a Mike Holmgren moment.
During Holmgren's tenure as Browns president, he said 'Don't come calling me for playoff tickets" when he was being asked if the Browns were on the right path.
Jackson was asked on Wednesday, given the Browns recent history, if it's a tough sell to the fans that the Browns are on the right course.
“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 else has done, been through, what people should not say, what they should say. I am going to do the best job that I can do. That is all Hue Jackson can do.
"The fans might not like me for a while, but they are going to love me here pretty soon, that’s OK," he said laughing. "Eventually, they will love me. I promise you that because I do plan on winning here. I do get it. I know with every loss there is another dagger that just drags you down another few feet deeper. That is OK. I’ve been there before. I am a fighter so we are going to get back up and we are going to keep swinging. We are going to be fine.”
Later in the press conference, Jackson was asked to assess the job he did in his first game as coach of the Browns.
“Horrible," Jackson said. "Anytime we lose, I am doing horrible. I am the leader of this whole deal. There is nothing else. I can’t judge myself any other way. It is wins and losses. If I have too many losses at the end, I’ll be the first to tell you I did not do well enough. If I have more wins, I’m going to tell you I am OK.
"I don’t know that it is ever going to be good enough until you win the Super Bowl, right?" he said. "That’s what it’s all about. It’s not about anything else, and that is what I came here for. I didn’t come here to be average. I didn’t come here just to win a few games and go on about my business. I came here to help this organization win a championship. How fast that is going to happen, I don’t know. I don’t know if there is going to be a ton of struggle before there are a ton of great times, but I’m not worried about people not being happy right now. I am going to do the best job that I can with our staff and these players, and we are going to keep working at it. My point is eventually they will love me because we are going to win, and we are going to win a championship here for the Cleveland Browns.”