Hue Jackson spent two-and-a-half seasons as Cleveland’s head coach, and it wasn’t a highly successful tenure. The Browns went 1-31 in 2016-17 before starting 2-5-1 in 2018. Despite the improvement, the Browns fired Jackson and have since turned to Freddie Kitchens, who has underperformed in Cleveland. The Browns (2-4) have dropped two straight and three of four.
Jackson, though, isn’t rooting for the Browns to fail. On the contrary, he wants them to do well.
“I do – because there’s a lot of players there that I have personal relationships with,” Jackson said on Tiki & Tierney. “My whole goal going to Cleveland was to turn the organization around and get it to winning, and I hope that that happens for them because I think their fans deserve that. But at the same time, I get it. I do. I really feel bad for where they are right now because I’m sure this is not the start that they wanted, and this is not exactly where they thought they would be.”
After a successful rookie year, Baker Mayfeild has struggled in his second season. He has completed 56.6 percent of his passes for 1,496 yards, five touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
“I still think the guy is a tremendous player,” Jackson said. “Sometimes you can just get off a little bit. I would say go back to your fundamentals, go back to the things that got you to where you are, and you’ll get this thing turned back around really quickly.”
The Browns trail the Ravens (4-2) by two games in the AFC North despite beating them 40-25 in Baltimore in Week 4. Cleveland has since dropped back-to-back games to the Niners and Seahawks heading into the bye.
“I know when you have a roster that is as well-stocked as theirs is, you expect more – and for whatever the reasons are, it’s not happening yet,” Jackson said. “They have a tough game after the bye. They have to go to Boston and play the Patriots. That could be something that’s a positive, but it could also be a negative right away. It’s going to be interesting how they come out of the bye and how that game is played.”
Click below to listen to Jackson’s interview in its entirety, including why he would take Kyler Murray over Dak Prescott and Sam Darnold.