CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cincinnati Bengals miss Browns head coach Hue Jackson.
If you watch the Bengals offensively it’s pretty easy to see.
Following a 35-17 loss to the Patriots and leading up to the first meeting between friends this Sunday in Cincinnati, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis revealed on Monday that he still speaks with Jackson frequently.
“Not this week, [but] we do,” Lewis told reporters. “When my phone rings at five o’clock in the morning, I know it’s only one person. It’s not Chad [Johnson] either, its Chad’s former coach, Hue. I miss the hell out of him.
“I watch their games every week, and text or call him. He’s coaching his tail off, as we knew he would.”
Cincinnati is off to a 2-4 start to the season while Jackson has yet to win a game in his first year leading the Browns, who continue lose week after week after week, albeit this year with a young and injury-filled roster.
Lewis remembers what it took for him to turn the Bengals from a perennial loser when he took over in 2003 into a division and playoff contender a few years later, a task Jackson is now charged with in Cleveland.
“You can immerse yourself in the game. That’s all you can do, and all we know it,” Lewis said. “Immerse ourselves in it and find another way. You have to bring somebody forward, encourage them, show them a different way to do it. He’s very good at that. That’s one of his greatest strengths; to bring the most out of people. That’s so much a part of it.”
While the 2 aren’t on speaking terms leading up to this week’s game between them, Lewis offered Jackson some advice.
“Just to put your head down and coach,” Lewis said. “Don’t worry about what they’re talking about. The only way they like you is if you win.”