If there’s one NFL team that needs to forget about the past and its history of bad luck, it would be the Cleveland Browns.
In the team’s latest attempt to reverse history, Browns head coach Hue Jackson had his team ball up pieces of paper during a team meeting and throw them away to symbolize that Week 1 was in the past, according to the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.
Environmentalists won’t like the move, but at this point boosting team moral comes at a premium.
The Browns passed on Carson Wentz in the draft, had the rookie light them up in the opener and got their starting quarterback hurt in the process. To put it mildly, it was a tough pill to swallow for Browns Nation.
Jackson touched on Cleveland’s string of tough luck on Wednesday.
“The hard part is it’s painful a little bit, but you’ve gotta go through that in order to get to where you want to go,” Jackson explained, per the team’s official website. “You have to kind of fight through that to get to the other side. The beautiful part is, I know we’re going to get there, and that’s what matters most to me.”
Jackson is well respected around the league. The coach has had plenty of success as an offensive coordinator and led the Raiders to an 8-8 season when they were the laughing stock of the league.
Unlike he’d done in Oakland, the coach cautioned fans to exercise patience and maintained that it’s a process to turn things around.
“I enjoy this process and this situation that we’re in because the fun part for me is I love challenges and a lot of people don’t think this can get done. I can guarantee you it will get it done. How fast it gets done? I don’t have the answer to that, but I know we’re going to get it done.”
It was 1964 when the Browns last won a championship. The Browns are a long way from winning a ring, but helping the team’s confidence is the first step at gaining success. After all, LeBron James just proved that winning can be done in Cleveland.