BEREA, Ohio--The Browns are winless through the first quarter of the season--and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are on their way to FirstEnergy Stadium.
"Not fun at all," Hue Jackson said on Monday when asked his thoughts about Brady set to play his first game after serving a four-game suspension.
Despite the Browns starting 0-4, Jackson said he feels the Browns are close to winning.
"This is my expectation," Jackson said. "I'm never going to change.
From the day I came here, I expect to win."The last three games I would hope showed you that I expect to win," Jackson said. "This team is playing with the opportunity to win. We just have to finish those games. I would think if we hold on to the ball (against Washington), we all feel pretty comfortable have an opportunity to win the game. Two weeks ago (against Miami), we make a few field goals we have an opportunity, in everybody's opinion, to win that game. (Against Baltimore), We hold a 20-2 lead and if we just do anything we have an opportunity to win that game.
"I know a lot of people look at our football team with a lot of young players, a lot of injuries, but I want to give them a little bit of credit," Jackson said. "We're fighting our tails off and our coaches are coaching their tails off. Contrary to whatever everybody believes we're not rolling over and saying 'uncle' and just walking out there and saying we're not going to play. We're playing our tails off to win and that's all that we're interested in."
Jackson was asked what the Browns need to get over the hump.
“That is a great question," he said. "I think it is a combination of a lot of things. It is us playing better in those critical moments – don’t do things, do intelligent things that good football teams do to give themselves a chance to win and players making plays in those situations. All of those things will factor in, but there is no question in my mind it is going to happen. When it is going to happen, I don’t know, but I know it is going to happen. I feel good about that.”
Good News: Jackson said that there is some good news in the injury department as he said that DL Carl Nassib (hand) and DB Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring) will return to practice this week.
McCown, Erving still Out: Jackson said that he expects QB Josh McCown (shoulder) and OL Cameron Erving (chest/lung) to miss this week's game. It is likely that QB Cody Kessler will start his third-straight game. OL John Greco could stay at center for this week in place of Erving and OL Austin Reiter.
Reiter Done: The Browns have now lost two starting centers this season as Jackson announced that C Austin Reiter tore his ACL and will be lost for the season. Reiter started in place of OL John Greco and OL Cameron Erving at center after being signed from the Redskins practice squad. Jackson said he played very well in his first start. With OL Alvin Bailey being sidelined after receiving an OVI last week, Reiter started in place of Greco, who moved back to right guard. After Reiter's injury, Greco moved back to center and rookie OL Spencer Drango was inserted to right guard.
Jackson said that Bailey would be considered to move back into the lineup this week.
“Yes, I don’t hold grudges," he said. "Once we make a decision and talk, we move on from things, but we are going to do things right. My point is there are consequences to anything and everything you do within our building. I think Alvin understands that, but we had a good talk and we will move forward from there.”
Did Duke Fumble?: Jackson was asked if he thought RB Duke Johnson fumbled at a critical junction in the game. Replays seemed to show that Johnson had the ball.
“Gosh. Well, it doesn’t matter what I think," he said smiling. Obviously, as I talked to (official Sarah)Thomas, who was on the sideline because she knew the play was being reviewed upstairs and they have the thing that calls down. She told me, she said, ‘Coach, it has been reviewed. I got the signal that it is a turnover.’ I can’t challenge it anyway.
"I know people want me to jump on the officials right there and run on the field and go bananas and all that, but what is that going to do?" he said. "I’m not going to let my team ever see me lose it like that. I don’t think that was what was important. Obviously, we will turn that in and then the league will make their determination. They are trying to do the best job that they can, too. Maybe some things look close and maybe at a different timeframe it might look different. It looked awfully close to us, and obviously, Duke had the ball when he got up. It seemed like a bang, bang play. It was a fumble and then, boom, we had the ball, but that is not the way they judged it so we have to go with their decision.”
Telfer Hurt: Jackson said that TE Randall Telfer suffered a high ankle sprain and will miss time.
Bryant Waived: It didn't take long for the Browns to part ways with DL Armonty Bryant as soon as he finished serving his four-game suspension from the NFL.Bryant, a seventh-round draft choice in 2013, appeared in 31 games and totaled 71 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He was suspended by the Commissioner for the first four weeks of the 2016 season.