The winless Browns are hoping Art Briles can help fix their offense

BY foxsports • October 12, 2016

The Cleveland Browns' rebuild has been a disaster so far this season, with the team using five quarterbacks in the first five weeks, allowing a ton of points and scoring far too few.

New coach Hue Jackson and the front office are badly in need of help and not afraid to make a move. So the Browns are bringing in former Baylor coach Art Briles as a consultant to help fix the offense.

Briles knows a thing or two about that, having led high-scoring Baylor teams. But he was ousted from his job earlier this year amid an ugly scandal involving a string of sexual assault accusations against players in his program, and the stigma still is attached to the coach. Bringing in Briles makes for an awkward situation from a PR standpoint, but Jackson said "what happened at Baylor's at Baylor."

“We’ve all been kind of knocked down before; I have too,” Jackson told reporters Wednesday — the same day that Briles was added to a federal lawsuit by one of the Baylor rape victims.

“I’ve been unfairly judged before and judged correctly, too. I try not to do that with people. I try to take people for face value and who they are and what they are, and I just know I’ve met him and have talked to him extensively and I think, again, whatever’s happened at Baylor, I’m not condoning or him being here says that we condone anything."

Briles wore Browns coaching gear on the field Wednesday and spent most of his time with the team's quarterbacks during the portion of the workout open to reporters. He did not speak to the media.

The 60-year-old Briles was suspended in May after a law firm released a 13-page report that accused Baylor coaches and staff of interfering with investigations into sexual assault complaints against some players, and even impeding potential criminal proceedings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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