Hue Jackson: Browns 'have to re-recruit our fans'

You should know them by now - the Browns have to play ideal to win; quarterback DeShone Kizer's mistakes can't be overcome; and on and on.

According to oddsmakers at, Pittsburgh is favored at home on Sunday, as the Steelers are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Browns.

The 2008 Detroit Lions are the only other team to go 0-16.

Browns cornerback Jason MCourty leaves Cleveland today with a bad taste in his mouth about folks inside the Browns organization saying the team didn't have enough talent to win this season. Obviously, we'll have to see if more changes are forthcoming, but right now it looks like the Browns tried to identify the biggest issue and change him out. "When Antonio Brown isn't here, we take his plate and eat off of it". It's a young group, I enjoyed my role this season of being able to talk to the younger guys, give back to the younger guys.

They fought back from 14-0 down to level the score but were never in front. "It's tough. That play will be remembered".

Cleveland's offense also outgained the Steelers, 374-354, despite a slow start. I mean, Jackson worked wonders for DeShone Kizer this year.

"They're still paying us". I just think these situations are hard when you don't win. But I think we're at the end of that road.

"I thought Kev said it best. I know our fans don't".

In addition, special team ace Tyler Matakevich got a hand on Cleveland's punter Britton Colquitt's kick, which ended up traveling 27 yards.

The Cleveland Brown have wrapped up a historically bad season.

Gordon capped the season with four receptions for 115 yards against a Steeler team that didn't rest all of its defensive starters.

Steelers: Will enjoy a week off before hosting the divisional round the weekend of January 13-14.

While there were bouts of competency, including a pair of takeaways by the defense and long Kizer hookups to Higgins and Josh Gordon, the Browns simply could not get out of their own way. Watt to catch a quick slant from DeShone Kizer, and then he completed the 56-yard touchdown play by splitting safeties Sean Davis and Mike Mitchell. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown and finished with 265 all-purpose yards on the day. It was 28-21 with 10:42 remaining in the third quarter.

"Honestly", said Smith-Schuster, "we treated this week the same as Houston". They lost 14 in a row to start that season and lost 17 in a row after the win.

Coleman spoke in the same Steelers locker room where Dennis Northcutt stood and tried to explain a drop in a 2002 playoff game that contributed to the Browns losing their only playoff game since restarting the franchise in 1999. That gave him 142 to top Norm Johnson's 141-point season in 1995.

It's a rainbow Pittsburgh has spent the better part of 50 years avoiding, often at the expense of their closest rival.

The Browns had tied the game 21-21 just prior to that in the third quarter after trailing 21-7 in the first half. Fellow Browns fans chipped in donations to cover the cost for everything from security to portable toilets to insurance.

The Pittsburgh Steelers feel fortunate to have JuJu Smith-Schuster in their life. He was replaced by Chris Hubbard, a tackle who struggled at times with shotgun snaps.

He broke Jimmy Orr's team rookie record of 910 receiving yards set in 1958.

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