Browns defense looks to regroup after tough day in Cincinnati


CINCINNATI —**​ Hue Jackson had seen enough. The Browns head coach called a timeout late in the fourth quarter after the Bengals broke yet another big run in what would eventually be a 31-17 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.

"I was disappointed because I don't want anybody running the ball like that on us," Jackson said postgame. "We've got to get some things squared away, but I take responsibility for it all. It's not our players; we've got to fix some things and keep working on some things and we will."

After surrendering almost 560 yards to the Bengals — including 271 rushing yards to Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard — the Browns fell to 0-7 this season.

"I don't like where we are as a football team," Jackson said, "and this is my responsibility, so, at the end of the day in my mind, I have to find a way to fix it — and as fast as I can as best I can."

Jackson also made it clear there's plenty work to be done on both sides of the ball — the offense struggled to consistently move the chains after starting quarterback Cody Kessler left with a concussion in the second quarter — but Cleveland's defense struggled to contain Hill and an electric Bengals offense that connected on five plays of 40 yards or more, including a last-second catch by All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green before halftime.

Jackson and members of the Browns defense described the display as disappointing, and there's a sense of urgency to get back on track next weekend against the Jets.

"(Jackson) said 'Keep fighting. We're better than the way we played today,'" nose tackle Danny Shelton said. "I stand behind him on that."

After containing Tennessee's second-ranked rushing offense the week before, linebacker Christian Kirksey said "we know what we did wrong" against Hill, who finished with a career-high 168 yards on nine carries.

"Minor things killed us. We can get those cleaned up," he said. "We need to take a look at the film and see where we're at."

Rookie linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah, who finished with two sacks, said missed tackles are something the Browns defense will work on in the coming week.

"We have to fix that," he said. "They had some big plays as a result of missed tackles."

Ogbah added: "We have to prepare better. They had a good game plan and executed. We'll regroup for our home game against the Jets next week."

Shelton, the 2015 first-round draft pick who's starting to emerge as a force on Cleveland's defensive line, echoed a similar sentiment.

"We definitely didn't play our hardest today," he said, "or the way the Browns should play."

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