Cleveland Browns Coach Hue Jackson Will Jump Into Lake Erie After Another Miserable Season
Millions of words have been spilled about just how bad the Cleveland Browns are at football, but even if you asked the most brilliant minds in the world to put together a thesis analyzing the team’s terribleness, I doubt the final result would even come close to encapsulating the awfulness of the franchise like the literal dumpster fire that started outside their stadium earlier this year.
The Browns are 0-15 heading into the final week of a season marred by an incompetent front office and equally inept on-field decisions by second-year coach Hue Jackson, who has managed to win a single game and start five different players at quarterback since taking the helm. The Browns will look to avoid becoming the second team in NFL history to lose 16 games in a season, but it seems like a longshot considering they’re 10.5-point underdogs heading into Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Browns had a chance to make the playoffs heading into Week 12, but sadly, the 46 things that had to happen in order for their postseason dreams to become a reality failed to come to fruition. Back in October, the perpetually disappointed fan base began to prepare themselves for what is now an incredibly likely worst-case scenario when a GoFundMe was started to raise money in preparation for a parade to commemorate a winless season scheduled for January 6th.
After the end of last season, Jackson promised the Browns would not lose 15 games in 2017 and proclaimed he would jump into Lake Erie if his prophecy failed to unfold. When you consider the Browns are on track to lose 16 games, you could argue Jackson was technically correct, but at a press conference on Wednesday, he confirmed he’d be living up to his word regardless of how things play out this weekend:
“I made that statement. I got to back it up.
I got to. How? You just jump in. When? That’s going to be at my convenience and hopefully I can get a lot of people to come out. It’d be something that we’re going to make special.
I don’t like it. Don’t like to do it for the reason why I’m having to do it, but I have to make do on my word. I just think that’s what you do.”
The coach said proceeds related to the event would benefit the human trafficking-battling Hue Jackson Foundation, so at least there will be one bright spot in an otherwise dark season.
Before training camp started this summer, Jackson said he was going to need a few drinks before figuring out the quarterback situation, and he’s probably going to want to fortify himself before he takes the plunge.