Browns' Jackson defends hosting Art Briles at practice

With no wins through five weeks, the Cleveland Browns are doing everything they can to turn the season around – even if that means bringing in help with a poor reputation.

Former Baylor football head coach Art Briles, who was dismissed from his position in the spring due to allegations he allowed a culture of rape by his players, stopped by Browns practice Wednesday.

Head coach Hue Jackson confirmed Briles, who also visited training camp in the summer, will be aiding his coaching staff for a short period of time, and defended the decision to media after practice.

“I respect what you’re saying (about character) and understand that trail, but, at the same time, I think everybody deserves an opportunity to do what they do,” said Jackson, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “I respect everybody’s feelings and I don’t condone anything or not, but that’s not for me to judge.

“Again, the opportunity to pick his brain and to have him be around and talk to him and get to know him outside of all of that in a different capacity is what was important to me.”

Jackson says he wants to pick Briles’ brain on finding ways to help his offense and respects what the coach has accomplished, turning Baylor into a point-scoring juggernaut.

“I’ve gotten to know Coach Briles and I think he’s a tremendous offensive-minded football coach,” Jackson said. “I’m always looking for different ways of doing things and preparing things and, again, what happened at Baylor’s at Baylor.”

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