Hue Jackson surfaced from the chilly water soaked and smiling before he raised both arms in triumph.
Cleveland’s coach hasn’t had many moments to celebrate during two miserable seasons with the Browns, so this felt like a victory over the dreaded Steelers.
A very wet, wonderful win.
Jackson took a dive into Lake Erie on Friday , delivering on a promise with a dip he hopes can help cleanse the bumbling Browns, who have gone 1-31 in two seasons with Jackson in charge.
With a TV news helicopter hovering over Huntington Beach, and an NFL Films crew recording his every move on land and sea, Jackson spent several minutes in the unusually warm 72-degree water.
After returning to shore, Jackson expressed relief to have it behind him.
This was a chance to wash off the filth from two painful, forgettable seasons.
They trust me to do that, Fitzpatrick said. They’re not putting too much on me, but they know they can put a lot on me.
Pro Bowler Reshad Jones is certain to start at one safety spot, and veteran safety T.J. McDonald also returns after starting the final eight games last season. Defensive coordinator Matt Burke may decide to play both along with Fitzpatrick at times, and June is a time for experimenting.
General manager Chris Grier has compared Fitzpatrick to a Swiss army knife because of his versatility. And wherever Fitzpatrick lines up, he’s making his presence felt.
He is flying around at practice, quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. He plays aggressive and plays fast, and that’s what you want to see out of a DB.
Fitzpatrick played for Nick Saban at Alabama, which may be why he hasn’t found the demands of the NFL too daunting so far. In fact, the coaching styles of Saban and Gase are similar, he said.
They’re both very passionate coaches, Fitzpatrick said. They’re both real hands-on. The only difference is coach Saban yells a bit more.