Cleveland Browns: Grades from game vs. Redskins
Excuses can no longer be made for head coach Hue Jackson. Simply put, he and his coaching staff have gotten in their own way time and time again. Sure, he led an injury-ridden team and kept three games in a row close. Many will praise Jackson for this feat. But it gets ridiculous when the team fails to finish games over and over and over again. In the end, the responsibility for this unacceptable trend falls upon the shoulders of the head coach.
“I take responsibility for it all,” Jackson commented in his post game press conference. This is a start. But when he says things like “we just gotta do it better,” fans are left to wonder if Jackson really understands what is going wrong here.
After all, he decided to hand the ball off to a running back who hasn’t carried a football for two years in a situation which required little but ball security. Crowell was on fire at the time, and the offensive line would not be denied. Many will come to Jackson’s defense, saying that the play-caller was trying to “mix it up”, or “keep the defense honest.” But seriously, who cares if the defense is honest or not as long as the Browns are cruising down the field? It appears that this play call is one of many examples in which Jackson has out-thought himself, costing his team.
This isn’t to say that coach Jackson isn’t the right man to get this organization turned around. But so far, he is doing far from that. Still, somehow, he sees optimism.
“I think our guys will rally again,” Jackson continues. “I think the wins are around the corner.”
Surely, Cleveland fans who have suffered through 50 years of losing must feel the same way. There is no other way to slice it. Nowhere to go but up.