BEREA, OH (WOIO) - Former Baylor head coach Art Briles was at Cleveland Browns practice Wednesday.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson said Briles is his guest. When asked if he was comfortable with the circumstances surrounding Briles' departure at Baylor, Jackson Briles is a tremendous offensive-minded football coach.
"I'm always looking at different ways of doing things and preparing things," Jackson told reporters Wednesday. "What happened at Baylor is at Baylor. I respect what you are saying and understand that trail, but at the same time, I think everybody deserves an opportunity to kind of do what they do. I respect everybody's feelings and I don't condone anything or not, but that is not for me to judge. 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 was what was important to me."
Jackson says he has a strong stance on character.
"Nothing happened here so I think I have to be able to judge by my relationship with him and what he is here doing for me now. I think that is what is important. Again, he is a guest," Jackson said. "I hope you understand what the term guest means. It does not mean anybody is coaching anything, doing anything. Are they in our building around our players? Yes, but I think that is seen as a kind of loose term by everybody."
Jackson said Briles may be around for a little longer than some may expect.
"It could be a little longer, but it is not going to be something, a duration of time, a long time," he said. "There are some things that I wanted to understand a little bit better. The guy is a tremendous offensive mind. I think we all recognize that. If we recognize nothing else, he is that so just to learn some other things and hear some other things that I wanted to know and understand a little bit better I think is what this is truly all about."
Jackson says he tries to take people at face value.
"I just know I have met him and have talked to him extensively, and I think, again, whatever has happened at Baylor, I am not condoning or him being here says that we condone anything," Jackson said. "I have talked this through with our upper management because I asked is it OK for him to be here with me as my guest, and I got the OK. It was a good conversation with our people here and I think they understood where I was coming from. I don't want to make it seem like, well, I'm trying to extend the olive branch. I'm trying to learn some other things that I think are good, but also getting to know somebody on a whole different level, which I think is a good thing, not a bad thing."
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