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CINCINNATI (AP) — A jogging Hue Jackson didn’t break stride as he left
18.06.2019, 10:19
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CINCINNATI (AP) — A jogging Hue Jackson didn’t break stride as he left
the practice field. The recently fired Browns head coach was trying to outrun questions about what it’s like being on the opposite sideline this week.Jackson left Cincinnati after the 2015 season and spent two-plus seasons trying — futilely — to get the Browns to win. Now he’s back in town https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Duke-Johnson-Jersey , trying to beat them in a pivotal game.He’s hoping his insights give the Bengals (5-5) an edge Sunday in the intrastate rivalry. The stakes are high for Cincinnati, which has dominated the series lately and wants to keep it that way.“Everybody wants to count us out right now,” center Billy Price said. “Everybody wants to put us in the dumpster and light us on fire, but we still have a lot to accomplish. We have a lot of things going on. We have a lot of winnable games coming up here.” The Browns (3-6-1) merely would like a victory away from the shore of Lake Erie.Cleveland has lost 25 consecutive road games, one shy of the NFL mark held by the Detroit Lions from 2007-10. The Browns’ last win on the road came at Baltimore, where Josh McCown led them to a 33-30 overtime victory on Oct. 11, 2015 — back when Jackson was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator.Whether the streak endures or ends will come down to whether the Bengals figure out a way to stop Cleveland’s rookie duo on offense.Last week, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and running back Gus Edwards became the first rookie QB/RB duo to run for at least 100 yards in the same game, leading Baltimore to a 24-21 victory over Cincinnati. The Bengals have given up more than 200 yards rushing in each of the last two games.By contrast, Cleveland beat Kansas City 28-16 before heading into its bye week. Rookie Baker Mayfield tied a club rookie record with three touchdown passes, and rookie Nick Chubb ran for a career-high 176 yards, including a 92-yard touchdown that was the second-longest by a rookie in NFL history.“I think it is our guys believing in it, knowing that we do not need anything else besides what we have in this locker room, blocking out the distractions and coming together,” Mayfield said. “Things happen, and you can use it for good. We did.”Can they do it again against their former head coach?Some things to watch at Paul Brown Stadium:HUE KNOWSHow much can Hue Jackson tip the outcome? Sure, he knows the Browns’ systems intimately and the players personally, but having the bye week allowed Cleveland to change some things.“In all honesty, there are no secrets anymore in the league with how all the film is out there to show everybody exactly what you’re doing,” Brown interim coach Gregg Williams said.OH THAT DEFENSEThe Bengals fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin after becoming the first team in the Super Bowl era to allow 500 yards in three straight games. Coach Marvin Lewis assumed the job of defensive coordinator as well as hiring Jackson as a special assistant on defense. The change didn’t make enough of a difference as the Bengals got run over in Baltimore. Their main focus this week is stopping Chubb.“We know that’s their emphasis right now and that’s what they’re going to try to attack us with because that’s our perceived weakness right now,” defensive end Carlos Dunlap said.SERIES-LY ONE-SIDEDThe Bengals have won seven in a row against the Browns, the longest winning streak by either team in the intrastate series. The Bengals have won the last seven by 30, 21, 34 Greg Joseph Jersey , 14, 13, 24 and 24 points. The Bengals are 7-1 against Browns rookie quarterbacks under Lewis, who is in his 16th season. The only loss was 34-24 at Cleveland in 2012 behind Brandon Weeden.ONE, TWONot only are the Browns hoping to avoid infamy with their 26th straight road loss, they’re trying to start a winning “streak.”Cleveland hasn’t won two straight games since 2014, when the Browns reeled off three in a row while improving to 6-3 under then-coach Mike Pettine. That seems like an eternity ago for the Browns, who have gone 8-56-1 since that modest run.“Any time a team (starts) to win a couple in a row, it builds momentum, it builds belief and that can have a positive impact on your team,” right guard Kevin Zeitler said. “It’d be real nice if we can get that going.”PLAYOFFS?While the game has significance for Cincinnati’s playoff hopes, the Browns aren’t yet finished ruminating about the postseason. They’d likely have to win their last six games to end a playoff drought dating to 2002.“If you can’t and don’t believe that we can make a playoff run, then you’re on the wrong team,” cornerback T.J. Carrie said. “And I feel like from that standpoint we all have that feeling and that emotion about we can definitely do something very special and we’re capable of doing it.” CLEVELAND (AP) — Freddie Kitchens briefly left football. Football never left him.Shortly after he stopped playing quarterback at Alabama, where he started for three seasons, Kitchens spent his weekends washing FedEx trucks to supplement his income as a car salesman. When those Saturday afternoons in October and November that shaped his life ended, Kitchens worked to the sounds of his beloved Crimson Tide on the radio.When the crowd roared, he ached. "It almost brought me to tears listening to it," Kitchens recalled. "I knew I couldn't live without the game of football."Two decades and six coaching stops later, he and the Browns are going on together.The 44-year-old Kitchens, who grew up admiring his father's dogged work ethic, was introduced Monday as Cleveland's 17th full-time coach, completing a sudden, stunning climb up the NFL coaching ranks.Despite his lack of any head coaching experience Jabrill Peppers Color Rush Jersey , the Browns selected Kitchens, who began last season as the club's running backs coach, over several other quality candidates primarily because of his unique ability to connect with people and a deep drive to win.Trading his bright orange game-day "Dawg Pound" sweat shirt for a plaid sport coat, tie and Browns cap, Kitchens said he realizes he might not be viewed as the ideal candidate. Sitting at a podium across from large windows framing Cleveland's skyline, Kitchens politely praised owners Dee and Jimmy Halsam — "Mr. Jimmy and Miss Dee" — for their "guts" in picking him."I won't let them down. I know that I am not a popular choice," Kitchens said. "I understand that and I don't care."Kitchens, though, endeared himself to Browns fans during his eight-game audition as the club's interim offensive coordinator. After he took over the offense in late October, the Browns — and especially rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield — clicked under Kitchens, who helped them win five of their last eight games and finish 7-8-1 after going winless in 2017.Now that he's in charge of more than the offense, Kitchens has bigger plans."It drives me crazy that people are happy with 7-8-1," he said. "If I was in a different setting, my vocabulary would demonstrate that. That is not acceptable. Nobody here wants that. We all understand that it was an improvement, but under no circumstances is that ever going to be acceptable. We only have one goal here and that is to hoist the Lombardi Trophy."There's not but one team that's happy in this league. If you're happy we finished, ‘We made the playoffs,' well, hell, that's not my goal. I've been to the playoffs, I've been to the Super Bowl and I lost the Super Bowl. That was the most-gut wrenching thing I've ever dealt with in my life. And that's what drives me every day, is to get back there and win it."Since agreeing to become Cleveland's coach last week, Kitchens has been busily assembling his staff. He added former Arizona coach Steve Wilks as his defensive coordinator and Todd Monken, who spent the past three seasons in Tampa Bay, will handle the Browns offense.However E.J. Gaines Color Rush Jersey , Kitchens will continue to call plays.General manager John Dorsey said the team's coaching search committee met regularly for the past nine weeks to discuss candidates. As time passed, their list shrunk but every time it did, Kitchens' name was at the top of it.Dorsey acknowledged the team had "really nice discussions" with former Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy, and that New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' decision to back out on Indianapolis last year had no bearing on the Browns' interest in him."He didn't make the final list," Dorsey said.There were several other coaches who got serious consideration, and the committee formally interviewed six other candidates. None of them though, was more impressive than Kitchens."We got it right," Dorsey said.When Kitchens was hired a year ago, Dorsey couldn't have imagined that he would become Cleveland's next coach. But as the season unfolded, and after Kitchens called Cleveland's plays in the team's final exhibition game, Dorsey began to see him in a new light."Freddie is really good with people," he said. "You could see how much, even in his previous role, how much the players actually liked being around him. We walked away from the fourth preseason game in Detroit going, ‘He just did that, didn't he?' And he made it look easy. Play-calling is an art and just when you sit and talk with him you just know. We knew it was the right decision."While he has a new title, and more responsibility, Kitchens won't change.In some other city, on some other team, he might do things differently.There's a reason why he wanted to be in Cleveland."I can be myself," he said. "I don't have to put on a show. It kills me with some guys that they think they have to be more head coach-ish. I won't be that. I will be who I am. I can be myself and we are going to have fun. The fun is in the winning and we are going to have fun."We are going to win and we are going to have a damn good time doing it."
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