Hue Jackson Apologizes to Browns Fans for Going 0-16

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2018

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson attends a post-game meeting with reporters following an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. The Steelers won 28-24. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
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One day after the Cleveland Browns became just the second 0-16 team in NFL history, head coach Hue Jackson apologized to fans Monday.

According to ESPN.com's Pat McManamon, Jackson shouldered responsibility for the team's struggles: "[Winning] is the one thing I came here for, and I have not delivered that to this organization or the football team; for that I apologize. I promise you this: I am going to do everything in my power from this moment on with the help and resources within our organization to get this organization turned to winning."

Despite going just 1-31 in two seasons with the Browns, Jackson will return as head coach in 2018.

The Browns fell 28-24 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's regular-season finale despite Pittsburgh sitting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Jackson acknowledged the difficulty of getting through such a futile season, but he spoke positively regarding the future: "I understand the disappointment that all feel right now because I think we are all working through it, but I know one thing, we are going to do everything we can as an organization to get the Cleveland Browns to where we feel they are a winning football team."

The 52-year-old coach also discussed the fact that a winless season will always be attached to him, saying, "This is going to be next to my name for the rest of my life. This is part of my legacy now, some of the players that are here, the coaches that are here, everybody."

With the Buffalo Bills qualifying for the playoffs Sunday, the Browns now have the NFL's longest postseason drought, as they have not made it since 2002.

New general manager John Dorsey will be tasked with steering the ship in the right direction, and he has some ideal assets to do so.

With the No. 1 and No. 4 overall selections in the 2018 NFL draft at his disposal, Dorsey will have the ability to land a franchise quarterback such as Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen, as well as a potential game-changer at another position like running back Saquon Barkley, defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick or defensive end Bradley Chubb.

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