Browns coach Hue Jackson says there is a brotherhood on team
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.