There's a ton of fantastic anecdotes dotted throughout the NFL Network's Mike Silver's piece on the first few months of Hue Jackson's time on the job as the Cleveland Browns newest head coach, but one in particular stands out: the initial workout he put the team through made multiple players puke.
There's been a lot of yadda yadda about "culture change" in Berea, a phrase that peaks its head out any time a new coach rolls into town, which is about once every six months, but Jackson really wasn't fucking around when players reported for strength and conditioning workouts in late March. I'll let Danny Shelton tell the story.
"We got into the fieldhouse, and they had a circuit out there -- a crazy circuit," second-year defensive tackle Danny Shelton recalls. "It looked like CrossFit out there. We've got a rugby weight-training coach, and each position has its own weight-lifting coach ... they had boxes and sleds all lined up, and we were like, 'Whoa.' Everybody was going from one station to the next. [Jackson] was out there watching ... Right when you see it, your gut just drops. You know you're about to get killed. Everybody knew this [expletive] was serious. A couple of offensive guys threw up."
Who do you think yakked? Robert Griffin definitely did. Cam Erving for sure did. Corey Coleman probably dry heaved a little bit. Regardless, that's a hell of a way to kick off the 2016 season and let your players know that it's about time they all stopped being a raging dumpster fire.
"I wanted there to be a different feel to the building than what they'd ever had before," Jackson said.
Message received, Hue.