CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson hopes this season is the team’s rock bottom.
“There’s not a bone in my body that thinks it will ever be like this again,” Jackson told reporters after yesterday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
“And I know I said this a year ago, that I didn’t think it would be this way heading into this season. It is. I was wrong. I’ll be the first to tell you that,” he said. “But there’s no way that this team, this football organization, this city, Jimmy, the rest of the people in the organization can stomach this again. There’s no way.
The Browns are 0-14 for the season and have to win at either Chicago or Pittsburgh to avoid joining the 2008 Detroit Lions in the notorious 0-16 club. Last season, the Browns avoided infamy by winning their final home game and finishing 1-15.
“I apologize to our fans that we weren’t able to do that, to get a home victory in our stadium,” Jackson said.
“Hopefully this is the end of all that. I hope it is,” he said. “I’m not gonna make any guarantees that it is cause you never know. You never know what happens from year-to-year but at the same time, it can’t, it can’t get much worse than this, true? It can’t.”
Cleveland is 1-29 in two seasons under coach Hue Jackson, who is expected to be back despite his .033 winning percentage. Following the game, Jackson addressed speculation he might be interested in going Cincinnati, where Marvin Lewis is expected to leave at the end of the season.
“I’m not running from this,” Jackson said. “I have never gone any place and left it worse than when I found it. I’m not going to run from this. I’m going to be here and I need to get this fixed as fast as I can because I think it is important.”