Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson Fights Back Tears After Falling to 0-12

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After his Cleveland Browns lost to the New York Giants 27-13 to fall to 0-12 on the season, head coach Hue Jackson was 40 minutes late to his postgame press conference.

Though a conversation with his superiors caused the delay, Jackson, in his first year leading Cleveland, assured reporters that his job is not in jeopardy.

"Oh no,'' the head coach said. "Oh no, no, no. No, not at all. I was in a conversation with some people I need to have a conversation with. So, no that wasn't it at all. I probably got talking a little long-winded back there. Because again, I don't like this. I don't think anybody does. This is hard. This is a hard deal. But no, it wasn't that at all. I was having conversations with our upper management about some things that I saw and some things that we've got to just continue to correct and look at to get better, so that's what it was more than anything.''

He also fought back tears as he discussed starting the year 0-12, or what he called "probably the hardest thing ever," before pausing to compose himself and apologizing to the reporters on hand.

Despite the lopsided score, the Browns were very much in their Week 12 matchup with the Giants almost the whole way, going into the second half down a touchdown and trailing by one score with six minutes remaining.

But three of their last four possessions resulted in a turnover—twice on Josh McCown fumbles, and once on downs—as the Giants advanced to 8-3 on the season.

"It's been a long 12 weeks," Jackson said. "Unfortunate for the men in that room over there we haven't been able to get them a win yet. We'll go back to the drawing board, we'll come back tomorrow, I know these guys will come to work, they'll be ready to go and we'll work through work tomorrow and, like I said, they'll get out of here and we'll self-scout ourselves and see where we are and go from there.''

The Browns will carry their winless record into a bye week. But having two weeks between games doesn't mean Jackson will take some time away from football .

"I'm going to be very honest with all of you," he said. "I don't know how to do that yet."