The Browns have new leadership in Gregg Williams, but they’ll face their old head coach, Hue Jackson, this weekend. Jackson recently was hired by the Bengals as a special assistant to their head coach, Marvin Lewis.
Cleveland’s interim head coach says the team won’t have any extra motivation.
“I wouldn’t think that any of them will need any extra juice,’’ Williams said, via Cleveland.com. “That’s not what we’re really about in that respect. I would probably say no.”
But some players feel differently.
Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins says Jackson being on the opposing team’s sideline will definitely give his team some extra drive.
“Yes, yes, it will be a lot of motivation going into Cincinnati week because he’s over there,’’ said Higgins on Tuesday afternoon. “Absolutely. From him coming to Cleveland it’s been hard, and we grinded it out with him. We’re not going to put too much pressure on it, but we’re going to go out and play ball.’’
Defensive end Chris Smith looks forward to sharing some choice words with Jackson.
“We’re going to talk to a little junk to him, too,” Smith said. “But it ain’t who you play, it’s how you play, and it’s a division game. It’s all about us right now. We’re trying to stack two wins back-to-back so it’s really on our preparation.’’
Jackson has had an inside look at how Cleveland operates for a majority of this season, and the Browns (3-6-1) will have to overcome his detailed scouting report for the Bengals (5-5) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.