BEREA, Ohio--Hue Jackson admits the Browns are going through unprecedented hard times.
Under his watch, the Browns have lost all 12 of their regular season games (and four preseason games). The franchise has lost 15 straight dating back to Dec. 13, 2015 when Johnny Manziel was the quarterback and the Browns defeated the San Francisco 49ers. If the Browns do not win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 11, they will have gone over a year without a win.
After Sunday's loss to the Giants, an emotional Jackson said that after this season the Browns will not experience what they've gone through this season again.
“You have to learn how to win," Jackson said. "I am not going to say that they do not know how to win. I would never put that on players. It is not that, but you have to do the things that it takes to win. You can’t turn the ball over. You have to make plays at crucial times. You have to make sure their really good players do not win games for them. There are a lot of different things that go into that. It is critical over these next four weeks that we do come away grasping some of those things as you are mentioning as we walk out of here. We have to because if not, these things repeat themselves.
"I am not going to – I have told our players, and I mean this, and I am going to tell all of you – this will be the last time, this year, that we ever feel the way we feel," Jackson said. "I know that. I know that in my heart. I know that without question, and that is why I have always said if you are going to get us you better get us now because we are not going to feel like this a year from now.”
Jackson clarified that he was talking about next season.
“Yeah, not this season," he said. "I said this season. Now hold up now. I did not say… I am talking about this season. That is why I said if you are going to get us, you better get us now because I am not feeling like this next year. There is no way. Uh-uh. No. I am a fighter, and we have a bunch of fighters in that room, and I do not lose many fights. I have never lost many fights.
"We are going to keep swinging," he said. "I have lost a lot right now, more than I have ever lost in my life fighting, but we are going to keep fighting and we have to fight the right fight, and that is what we have to do.”
Jackson admitted this season has taken a toll on him personally.
"Do I get disappointed, frustrated? Yes," he said. "I don’t want you guys to think I don’t. I don’t want you to think I don’t get mad or sad or disappointed. I go through all those emotions.
“But at the same time, I know what I signed up for," he said. "You can either beat yourself up -- and I do that enough -- or you can put your head down and keep fighting and push through this. And that’s what we’re going to do as a football team, as an organization.”
The Browns will practice Monday and Tuesday before taking off the rest of the week during their bye week. Jackson hopes the team will come back refreshed and ready to start turning things around in the final quarter of the season. They are trying not to duplicate the 2008 Detroit Lions, who were the only NFL team to go 0-16.
"We have four games left, the last quarter of our season," he said. "We have to find a way to put together a win. Who knows? There are four games that we have an opportunity to go out and play so there are four opportunities to win and there are another four opportunities to lose. One thing I do know is the guys in the locker room are going to dictate it and they are going to determine it, as I should say about which way it is going to go.
"I have never been through this – I know you guys always ask me – but as I told you before, I am not going to fall off a cliff or anything like that."
Draft Lead: The Browns have a one game lead over the San Francisco 49ers for the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The 49ers are 1-10, while the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars are both 2-9.
Greco Update: OL John Greco was injured against the Giants and the fear is he's lost for the season with a possible Lisfranc injury. If Greco does have the same injury that OL Joel Bitonio suffered, the Browns would've lost both of their starting guards this season to the injury. After the game, Jackson said he thought Greco had an ankle sprain, but Jackson is expected to update Greco's status later on Monday.
Bye, Bye: The Browns will practice Monday and Tuesday and then be off until a week from Monday to start their preparation to play the Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on Dec. 11.