Last year, after the Browns went 1-15, Jackson vowed that if Cleveland went 1-15 again this season, people would find him “swimming in [Lake Erie].”
On Wednesday, he told reporters, “I made that statement. I got to back it up.”
By the letter of his statement, though, a loss to the favored Steelers would prevent the Browns from going 1-15 again, because they would be 0-16. But Jackson said he would stick with his promise even if they’re 0-16.
“It’d be something that we’re going to make special,’’ he said. “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.”
Who is the most hated NFL player of all time? That has become an intense and increasingly difficult question to answer in today’s climate, because it’s impossible to weigh the reasons not to like a player. Sporting News set out to name the top 40, however, and made one significant caveat to the list.
The 0-6 49ers are one of two winless teams remaining in the NFL, despite the fact that they’ve lost five games by three points or fewer. When they play the Cowboys on Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif., they’ll do so with a new quarterback, C.J. Beathard, who’ll make his first NFL start.
It doesn’t seem to matter who the coach is in San Francisco anymore, the 49ers look bad no matter what. After struggling under Jim Tomsula in 2015 and Chip Kelly in 2016, the Kyle Shanahan era isn’t looking much better. Believe it or not, the 49ers actually had the longest Week 1 winning streak in the NFL going into this game — they were 6-0 dating back to 2010 — but that streak’s now over, and Shanahan’s going to have to figure out how to win games with a team that doesn’t seem to have much talent.
So they’d focus us on the plays that led to the plays that determined the outcomes. Thus, rather than show Joe Morris running a 2-yard sweep to give the Giants the lead, we’d see how six plays earlier a spectacular first-down catch by Lionel Manuel on third-and-8 kept the drive alive. Good stuff.
Roquan Smith, OLB, Georgia. If this draft happened 10 years ago, Smith would be a near-certainty to be taken in the top 10, but with the de-emphasizing of the linebacker position in the draft nowadays, he could make it down to No. 20, where the Lions would be smart to spend a second straight first-round pick on a linebacker. Smith has outstanding speed at the position, and he should immediately replace free-agent Tahir Whitehead as a difference maker at the second level for Detroit.