Browns coach Hue Jackson will play his starters Thursday in the fourth preseason game against the Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
“We’re going to play our guys,” Jackson said. “I feel comfortable that we need to play our starters on both sides of the ball. Now, how much they play, that is yet to be determined by me, but we’re going to play them because we need to play. We need to get better as a football team as we continue to move forward.”
But Jackson isn’t playing his starters to avoid going winless. He’s 0-3 heading into the game, and isn’t concerned about going 0-4.
“You can check my last record in preseason,” he said. “I think I was 0-4 at Oakland. I like to win. I will be the first to tell you that. I didn’t think I was going to be 0-4 then either. I don’t like being 0-4. If this was going on my tombstone, I would be concerned about it. It’s not. Nobody is going to ask me about the preseason games. They’re going to ask to me about the regular season.
“Even though I like to win at everything that I do, I do understand that there is a process that we are in right now. Now next week, you ask me that, it might be a different story. I might be up here throwing things. What’s important is that we keep evaluating our team so that we can ensure that we have the best team here as we move into the season.”