Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Monday, Dec. 18.
Another Sunday, another loss of the Cleveland Browns in a season that seemingly will never end.
This time it was on the road to the Buffalo Bills, who had their way with the Browns.
The ultimate plan is to get worse to get better, and while the Browns have the get worse part down pat, it has still been a rough few months for head coach Hue Jackson.
“This is not my vision of how we’re going to be and what I want us to be. I built my reputation in this league by winning and getting players to perform and getting them to play as well as they can play and I don’t ever want to go backwards on that challenge to myself,” Jackson said after Sunday’s game. “So, I’ve earned this reputation with our team and organization and everybody, and I’m a huge part of it. But, we’re going to fix this. I’m determined, like I’ve said several times, more so now than ever before to get this right on all levels.
“I know everybody who I’m connected to in this organization is determined to get this right on all levels. I appreciate their support through it all, and I think our players appreciate their support. But our players deserve an opportunity to win and we have two more chances to have that happen. So we just have to go work, put our heads down, and go see if we can make that happen.”
Like Jackson said, the Browns have just two more games until this season comes to a merciful end. Until then, let’s take a quick spin around the league with today’s Daily Dawg Tags.
Cleveland Browns News:
"The Cleveland Browns moved one step closer to the ultimate goal on Sunday, dropping a 33-13 decision to the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. The defeat dropped the Browns to 0-14 on the season, equaling the mark set by the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 1980 New Orleans Saints for the second-worst start to an NFL season."
"The Cleveland Browns are now 0-14 after a loss to the Buffalo Bills. As expected, there were few positives to take away from the game."
"I don’t know who Hue Jackson will play at quarterback next week when the Cleveland Browns entertain the San Diego Chargers. But I have a sense the Browns coach is feeling much like many of us do. It’s painful to watch Robert Griffin III."
"Highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Bills’ Week 15 home win over the Browns."
"Hue Jackson is pondering a quarterback change when his winless Cleveland Browns play the San Diego Chargers on Saturday. “Everything’s gonna be on the table,” the coach said after a 33-13 loss to the Bills “I think I’m going to take a look at everything.”"
"The Jaguars decided to get a head start on their coaching search and fire Gus Bradley, the team announced early Sunday evening. Bradley’s final game as Jaguars coach was depressingly fitting. His team blew a 20-8 second half lead in Houston to a backup quarterback, while franchise quarterback Blake Bortles threw for only 92 yards. The Jaguars are 2-12 on the season and Bradley finishes in Jacksonville with a 14-48 record over three-plus seasons. His .226 win percentage is the worst in the Super Bowl era among coaches with a minimum of 50 games."
"Chasing Jon Gruden has become the coaching-search equivalent of chasing a unicorn. For most teams looking, Gruden may as well not exist. But if there is one job in America – pro or college – that has the potential to lure this mythical creature out of the wilderness, it might’ve opened this week when the Los Angeles Rams fired Jeff Fisher."
"There are only a few weeks left in the 2016 NFL regular season, which means it’s time to start looking to 2017. The NFL estimates the salary cap in 2017 will be between $166 million and $170 million, but despite that big number, there still will be a bunch of teams that might struggle with the cap. Using a $168 million salary cap limit, we look at the teams that project to have less than $21 million in cap space before they start cutting players and/or restructuring contracts to prepare for free agency."
"The Houston Texans remained squarely in the hunt in the AFC South with a much-needed win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. They kept pace with the Tennessee Titans, who eked out a win over the Kansas City Chiefs on a game-winning field goal as time expired. Both teams are now 8-6 with the Indianapolis Colts one game back, setting up for a potential winner-take-all meeting between the Texans and Titans in Week 17. Their win over the Jaguars was great, but they have serious issues to deal with – namely at the quarterback position where Brock Osweiler was benched in favor of Tom Savage."