Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette not enthusiastic about cold-weather game in Cleveland

Ross Houston
November 16, 2017

Gipson fled the Browns after the 2015 season for a big payday in Jacksonville, this week's visitor to FirstEnergy Stadium.

Gipson put the team and franchise on blast in an interview with ESPN's Freddie and Fitz radio show Monday in which Gipson said he hopes they hang 40 on the Browns, shut them out and thinks Cleveland will go 0-16 this year. Gipson left for Jacksonville in free agency and said Wednesday in a conference call he wanted to stay in Cleveland but wasn't offered an extension.

"Unless you have Tom Brady at the helm, I think we can pitch a shutout against any team", he said.

Gipson had mentioned Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey as a player he feels bad for. "We just have to go out there, play our game and be dominant". Kirksey and Gipson are close friends. "I have a job to do, that's to go out and win ballgames and lead this team the best I can lead it".

"Their defense is solid, our defense is solid and it's going to be the best defense will win in my opinion".


"As long as we prepare and play the way to win, play the way we know how, there isn't a team that can play with us", said linebacker Telvin Smith. Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson Jr. combined for 144 yards and a touchdown while rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer added 57 yards and another score.

Coach Doug Marrone addressed the issue with the Jaguars, telling them to focus inward.

The 6-3 Jaguars are coming to Cleveland this Sunday to take on the 0-9 Browns in a game where the Browns' two Week 1 starting offensive tackles will be out and the quarterback is dealing with hurt ribs. "We're really focused on ourselves".

The 27-year-old was among a group of established veterans that the team chose not to re-sign, and Gipson said his first chance to play against the Browns was "definitely going to be personal, man, for sure". We respect that, but we still have to play the game.

"That's not something that we like to do as a team".


Coach Hue Jackson acknowledged he heard Gipson's comment, but doesn't believe his Browns need the bulletin board motivation. "You can bet your bottom dollar I did". "We are an 0-9 football team", he said.

"Another opportunity against a good football team". The main thing for us is that we know we can win this game. "That is what it is all about".

Rookie tight end David Njoku expects to see a lot of Gipson and he's made a decision to save whatever he has to say for the field. "It's been hard because I want to be out there and football is something, of course, I love to do and I want to play".

"I'm not for playing in the snow, playing in the cold, that's the only thing", Fournette said.


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