The Cleveland Browns are not going 1-15 again in 2017. If they do, head coach Hue Jackson is prepared to literally jump in a lake.
“We’re not going 1-15 next year,” Jackson said, per Pat McManamon, ESPN. “You can write it if you like. Hue Jackson said it. It’s the way it is. I’m not going 1-15. No. I’ll be swimming in that lake over there somewhere. That’s not happening. That’s not happening. I just know me too well.”
For Jackson’s sake, we can only hope that the Browns don’t go 1-15 again. Jumping into a lake at the end of December/beginning of January would not be well advised, especially in Cleveland.
Fortunately for Jackson, it’s not likely to come up. While the Browns have endured plenty of misery since returning to the NFL in 1999, the 2016 season was their only 1-15 season.
That’s not to say that Cleveland is likely to be good. But with two draft picks in top-12 (including the first overall), the Browns should be markedly better in 2017 than they were in 2016. That means that Jackson will not have to jump in Lake Erie, or any other bodies of water in the greater Cleveland area.