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Browns Notes: Coach Hue Jackson enjoying success of Cavs and Indians, hopes to join party someday

BEREA — Coach Hue Jackson has been a Clevelander for less than nine months, yet he’s witnessed a Cavaliers championship and an Indians trip to the postseason.
“It is exciting. Someday, we hope to give our fans something to scream about, too,” he said Friday. “It was awesome watching the Cavs do what they did. It is exciting watching the Indians doing what they are doing right now.
“I wish Coach (Terry) Francona nothing but the best. He knows that. I have gotten to meet him personally and think the world of him. I’m pulling for him all the way. Hopefully, they will be pulling for us at some point in time, too. That is what this is truly all about.”
Jackson’s a California guy. He played quarterback at University of Pacific and coached at USC, Cal and Cal State-Fullerton.
But he said he’s quickly adopted the ways of the North Coast.
“When you work for an organization and you are one of the leaders, you have to entrench yourself in everything,” he said. “I have tried to do that. That is really important. I don’t want people to think I’m here just for a cup of coffee. I plan on being here a long time, contrary to what everybody thinks. I will be here a long time.
“I have a real appreciation for our fans and for the city and what we are trying to accomplish here. I know right now it looks like we are a little ways off, but I promise you, like I said before, we are going to get there. I truly believe that.”
The Midwest values were evident when Jackson discussed why the running game is so important to him. The Browns are first in the NFL with 149.3 rushing yards per game.
“I think your team has to be tough,” he said. “I think the only way to do that is by having the dynamic of running the ball. More so than that, that is what Cleveland really and truly is all about. You think about Jim Brown and what he has meant to the organization and to pro football, you have to be able to run the football.
“We play in a division that elements do make a difference, where you are not going to be able to just throw it up and down the field all the time. You have to have that physical presence that you can line up and try to exert your will against teams.”
Receiver Terrelle Pryor was fined $9,115 by the NFL for the celebration following his first receiving touchdown last week against Washington. Pryor emulated Cavaliers superstar LeBron James’ “silencer” dance and chalk toss.
Pryor was penalized 15 yards for using the ball as a prop and said he had “no clue” it’s not allowed.
Washington cornerback Josh Norman was fined $9,115 for mimicking shooting a bow and arrow after an interception.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick grew close to Brown when he was Browns coach from 1991-95 and is happy the Hall of Famer was honored last month with a statue outside FirstEnergy Stadium.
“I wish that statue had been there when I was there,” Belichick said. “It certainly would have been deserving then, however long ago that was. But a great man, a great football player, a great person. There’s nobody I have higher respect for than Jim Brown.
“Definitely long overdue.”
Rookie defensive end Carl Nassib said it’s not hard getting inspired to play with an 0-4 record.
“You gotta love the effing game, right?” he said. “So everybody in here loves the game and our motivation is not lacking here at all. We’re very motivated. We’re going to improve every week and I’m excited for this team.”
Nassib was listed as questionable on the official injury report but is expected to play after missing two games with a broken left hand. He’ll have the hand protected with a wrap, brace or cast.
“He will have to get used to playing with how they prepare him medically to play, but it won’t affect his ability to make plays for us,” coordinator Ray Horton said. “Now, will it affect his ability to grab a jersey? I’m sure it will to some extent, but he can still create havoc out there, we hope.”
Safety Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring) and cornerback Tramon Williams (shoulder) were also listed as questionable. Campbell was a full participant Friday in the walkthrough, while Williams was limited.
** Centers Cameron Erving (bruised lung) and Austin Reiter (knee), receiver Corey Coleman (hand), quarterback Josh McCown (collarbone) and tight ends Randall Telfer (ankle) and Seth DeValve (knee) were ruled out.
Reiter remains on the roster despite a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He can’t be placed on injured reserve until next week, because he was signed off Washington’s practice squad Sept. 20 and must remain on the roster for three weeks.
** For the Patriots, rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett (thumb), linebacker Shea McClellin (concussion) and running back Brandon Bolden (knee) were ruled out. Brissett was placed on IR.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski (hamstring), receiver Julian Edelman (foot), quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder), running back LeGarrette Blount (hip), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (knee) and right tackle Marcus Cannon (calf) were among those limited in practice and listed as questionable.
Jackson said he didn’t have an update on quarterback Robert Griffin III’s injured shoulder. He was scheduled to be re-evaluated this week.
** The Browns will host their breast cancer awareness game Sunday. Former running back Ernie Green (1962-68) will serve as an honorary captain. He is a breast cancer survivor and an advocate for awareness.
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