Browns coach Hue Jackson says there is a brotherhood on team

Head coach Hue Jackson of the Cleveland Browns looks on during the third quarter against the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

BEREA, Ohio– Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson answered a few questions from reporters during a conference call Tuesday afternoon.

The Browns beat the Giants in their preseason match-up Monday night, 10-6.

But a dozen Cleveland players stole the show before the game started. The group, including veterans Christian Kirksey and Jamie Collins, and rookie Jabrill Peppers, knelt in prayer during the national anthem. A few other teammates stood around the circle in support.

It was the largest group of NFL players to not stand during the national anthem since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started his protest a year ago.

Jackson spoke briefly about the protest, saying, “I think there is a brotherhood on our football team. They all support each other and they have the right to do that.”

The head coach fielded a number of questions about the quarterback situation. He did not announce a starter, but had praise for rookier DeShone Kizer.

“You can grow differently when it comes to sports. Obviously, the young man is very talented,” Jackson said. “Do I think his youth can be an issue? Yes, if we allow it to be an issue.”

Linebacker Tank Carder suffered a season-ending knee injury during the game against New York.

The Browns next game is against the Buccaneers on Saturday in Tampa Bay.

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Coach Jackson is running a few minutes behind. The call was supposed to start at 3 p.m.

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Tank Carder suffered a season-ending injury.

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No announcement on the quarterback situation.

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Hue Jackson said he saw some improvement, especially on the defensive side of the ball. He said the team is “becomming something.” He sees fight in them.

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Jackson says “they’re never going to not look for ways to improve” when asked about adding a quarterback. 

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Jackson says all the QBs have had ample opportunities to prove themselves. Brock Osweiler is in the conversation.

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Hue Jackson on making the QB situation: “Watching the tape from last night, which was good.”

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When asked about the teammates who didn’t kneel, but chose to stand near them: “I think there is a brotherhood on our football team, they all support each other and they have the right to do that.”

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On DeShone Kizer’s experience: “You can grow differently when it comes to sports. Obviously, the young man is very talented… Do I think his youth can be an issue? Yes, if we allow it to be an issue.” Jackson says they want to put their quarterbacks in a position to play to the best of their ability, regardless of number of years in the league. 

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Jackson says he feels pretty good about where he is with the quarterback decision.