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Hue Jackson apologizes to Cleveland Browns fans for not winning a home game

Mary Kay Cabot • Updated Dec 17, 2017 at 10:35 PM

CLEVELAND — It hurt Hue Jackson to the core that the Browns went 0-8 at home this season following Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Ravens. It's only the second time in club history that's happened, including the expansion season of 1999.

"I apologize to our fans that we were not able to do that - to get them a victory in our stadium,'' said Jackson. "I said that to our players. Hopefully, this is the end of all that. I'm not going to make any guarantees that it is because you never know — you never know what happens year to year - but at the same time, it can't get much worse than this, true? It can't.

"Let's just be honest. We have to find a way to get on the other side, get on the other side and keep working."

By the same token, he assured fans that things won't be this bad next year, especially with new GM John Dorsey coming in to run the personnel side.

"There's no way,'' said Jackson. "It can't. There's not a bone in my body that thinks this will ever be like this again. I know I said it a year ago that I didn't think it would be this way heading into next season - it is. I was wrong. I'll be the first to tell you that and I'll stand on that, but there's no way that this organization, this football team, this city, Dee (Haslam), Jimmy (Haslam), the rest of the people in this organization can stomach this again.

"There are too many competitive people in that organization and in that building that know what we need to do moving forward to do it right to get this organization back to where it needs to be."

DeShone Kizer also regretted not rewarding Browns fans with at least one home win this season.

"Pretty disappointing,'' he said. "This is my first time ever doing so. Those fans are begging for a win. We hear it. We see it. When we are out there and are putting our bodies on the line for them and we come up short, they let us know. It's on us to make sure that we are giving those fans things to cheer about."

Despite dropping to 1-29 for the worst start for a coach in NFL history, Jackson deflected speculation that he's still a possibility to replace Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati, promising that "I'm not going to run from this.''

The records for futility are staggering, and fans are staying away in droves. The announced crowd was 56,434, but most were gone by the time the Ravens produced the final margin with four seconds left in the third quarter.

It marked the first time in NFL history a team has gone 0-14 in back-to-back seasons, and it was the Browns' 16th straight loss in the division.

"I'm not coping with this very well,'' said Jackson. "I haven't for two years. It's not something that I think is fair to anybody, not just myself but the coaching staff, the players, our fans, everybody. We have to fix this. That is what we are committed to doing.

"We're going to turn a corner here, we're going to turn the page on this and we're going to get back to doing this the way we think this needs to be done. I would never be able to do this for a third year.''

He acknowledged that his young players haven't learned the culture of winning.

"I don't like this because it teaches something that you don't want taught,'' he said. "You start learning that this is OK. This is not OK. This is not what any of us want to be a part of. We will fix it. I guarantee you that."

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