When the swim takes place is up to Jackson, who clearly will wait for warmer weather.
February 22, 2018
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters, “We’re hunting the same things. They know that. It’s not something that has to be artificially stimulated. It is what it is.”
Bengals safety George Iloka, noting the fact that the Bengals have lost their past four to the Steelers, said, “This game means a lot. Let’s not take that out of there — it means a lot.’’
“I never said I could swim,” Jackson said. “There will be some people down there to rescue me pretty quickly. So we’ll make it fun. It’s for the right reason. Again, I don’t take light to things that I say that I put out there. I like to back them up.’’
Speaking of backing up words, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has told Jackson that he’ll return for a third season in Cleveland and Jackson said: “I unequivocally believe without question that what Jimmy Haslam said is going to happen here. There is nothing that anybody has said to me is making me feel differently.”
Haslam hired a new general manager, John Dorsey, to oversee the football operation, which is 1-30 the past two years.
“You can’t sugarcoat it,” Jackson said. “There’s no way around it. The record is what it is. This is where we are, so we got to find a way to climb out of this hole as fast as we can and get to where I think we should be. I’ve never quit at anything. I’ve never lost like this and I’ve never quit at anything. So if people are thinking I’m going to walk away from this, no.”
Cooper was returning the ball for an apparent touchdown when he slowed up inside the 5-yard line and was stripped of the ball by Vance McDonald (a replica of the Lett-Don Beebe play in the Super Bowl 24 years ago) just outside the goal line. The ball caromed into the end zone and was batted over the end line by Steelers holder Jordan Berry.
Cox played 12 seasons as a linebacker, but he was best known for the back-and-forth with the Buffalo Bills, in which he was ejected from one game for a fight with Carwell Gardner. He spit at the fans. He gave the fans a double-bird salute. Cox was a nasty player, but he finally got a Super Bowl ring late in his career when playing for the Patriots. He resurfaced on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” as Atlanta’s defensive line coach and didn’t disappoint there, either.