HOUSTON — **The Browns were no match for a Texans team hitting its stride.
And in Sunday's 33-17 loss, they struggled with the same kinds of mistakes — turnovers, penalties and missed opportunities — that continue to be their undoing through an 0-6 start.
"There were little cracks all around the football team today. We played against a team that's been winning and they're hot," head coach Hue Jackson said in his postgame news conference.
"We've got to find a way to get this tide turned. That's my job and I'm not running from that. We'll get in here with these players. We're just going to keep working at it. We've got to find a way."* *
In game in which it fell behind by as many as 30 points, Cleveland committed three turnovers, 11 penalties and finished with less than 300 total yards of offense for the third time this year. They also had trouble slowing down quarterback Deshaun Watson, who became the first rookie in NFL history with three or more touchdown passes in three consecutive games.* *
It all made for another painful, frustrating, deflating result for the league's youngest team. And with games against playoff contenders Tennessee and Minnesota before the bye week, the Browns know they'll face significant obstacles in search of their first victory.
Jackson, asked if Sunday felt like "rock bottom" for a team that's 1-21 since the start of 2016, said he won't let Cleveland's spirits fall to such depths.
"Just like I told the team, it's not fun. It doesn't feel good. It's horrible. We don't like it. But, this is the hand we're playing with," he said.* *
"The only guys that can fix it are the guys in the room – the coaches in the room, the players in the room. It's not going to change."
Jackson stressed the Browns have to stick together, "hold each other up, hold each other accountable" and move forward.* *
"This team is not going to quit and Hue Jackson's not quitting. I've told you guys that before. I understand the narrative that is going to get said, everything that's going to be written. I really don't care," he said.
"I care about the men in that room, those coaches and those players. We're going to find a way to win. We've got 10 more games. We're going to find a way to win."
Though there were some bright spots — including rookie defensive end and first-overall NFL Draft pick Myles Garrett (who has three sacks in two games) and veteran cornerback Jason McCourty (who scored on a 56-yard interception return) — Jackson said the Browns need more of those little victories.* *
"I mean we'll find those small things, those small wins to get excited about, but please. Everybody understands this is about winning and losing, it's not about anything else," he said. "We have got to do more of that throughout our football team, play in and play out. That's what we have to do."
"I see signs of things," Jackson continued, "but it's not enough."