After Cleveland fell to 0-12 with a loss to the Giants on Sunday, Browns head coach Hue Jackson had a meeting with his bosses and showed up 40 minutes late to his press conference. Jackson then assured reporters, including Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, that his job is secure. “Let me go on record saying I have full support of Jimmy and Dee (Haslam) and Sashi (Brown) and his crew,” stated Jackson. “We’re not apart or splintered or whatever term you guys want to use. There’s none of that going on.” Jackson, who’s in his first year with the rebuilding Browns, was fighting back tears and said “being 0-12 is probably the hardest thing ever.”
More from the AFC:
- Jackson’s former employer, the 3-7-1 Bengals, are among the NFL’s biggest disappointments this year after making five straight playoff appearances. Their 2016 struggles are unlikely to cost head coach Marvin Lewis his job, though, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Lewis is under contract through next season, and owner Mike Brown doesn’t like to pay people who don’t work for him, notes Florio. The 58-year-old Lewis is the league’s second-longest-tenured head coach, trailing only New England’s Bill Belichick, yet Cincinnati hasn’t won a playoff game in his 14-season run.
- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski exited Sunday’s 22-17 win against the Jets in the first quarter because of a back injury, but the silver lining is that it doesn’t appear to have the makings of a lingering issue. Gronk is not expected to miss any further time as a result of the injury, a source with knowledge of the situation tells Florio. Various ailments, including a perforated lung, have limited the four-time Pro Bowler to eight appearances this year.
- By scoring his seventh touchdown of the season in a 27-21 win over the Bears on Sunday, Titans wideout Rishard Matthews earned a $250K incentive, tweets CBS Sports’ Joel Corry. Tennessee included that in the three-year, $15MM deal Matthews signed as a free agent last winter.
Zach Links contributed to this post.