Hue Jackson has heard enough about Cleveland going winless this season. According to Pro Football Talk, the Browns' first-year head coach was asked in a press conference earlier this week about former Ravens coach Brian Billick saying the team won't win a game this year. Jackson doesn't agree.
"I don't want anybody to say we can't win anything, I just don't think that's right, I don't think it's fair," Jackson said. "But at the same time I know how hard these guys work, I know what the expectation is and we've got to go prove it"
It makes sense that Jackson would have confidence his team wouldn't be that bad. Billick is right, though: the Browns have a tough schedule and haven't inspired any confidence by losing all four preseason games.
Picking their potential wins is tough. The AFC North will present Cleveland with six tough games; Cincinnati and Pittsburgh were playoff teams last year, and Baltimore is a contender again with a healthy team. Then there's non-conference games against the likes of New England and Dallas.
But as bad as Cleveland has been, they've won at least three games a season in the last decade. The organization has, in fact, never had a winless season before. And they start right out of the gate on Sunday with Philadelphia Eagles, who aren't very good either and will be starting a rookie quarterback that played sparingly in one preseason game. Who knows, maybe Cleveland will prove Billick wrong in only a matter of days.
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