On the Sunday before the Browns first preseason game vs. the Giants, Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway was cited for marijuana possession. This came as no shock to those who know about Callaway’s past at the University of Florida. Callaway then failed to inform the Browns about the incident. His punishment for doing this was……… playing the entire first preseason game.
#Browns coach Hue Jackson said playing WR Antonio Callaway nearly entire preseason opener was discipline for incident a week ago (possession of marijuana citation he didn’t tell team about)
— Nate Ulrich (@ByNateUlrich) August 12, 2018
Yes, you read that right. Browns head coach Hue Jackson’s discipline to Antonio Callaway was having him play the entire first preseason game. This is quite possibly the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen. However, would you expect anything less from Hue Jackson, who has won one out of 32 games as head coach of the Browns? It just seems like everything about this is backwards.
Antonio Callaway is a rookie, so this was his first NFL game ever. Rookies are the ones who actually need to play and perform in preseason games. If Callaway was a veteran who’d been a solid wide receiver his whole career, then I can understand this, but how could you possibly think that this is a “punishment” for him?
As many rookies would do, Callaway took advantage of the opportunity given to him by Hue Jackson, catching 3 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.
— NFL (@NFL) August 10, 2018
As a coach at any level, one of the most important things is what type of culture you establish. In my opinion, that’s the complete opposite of what Hue Jackson has done.
We’ll see if we get this explained more on Hard Knocks, which airs Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. Expect a blog on Wednesday recapping what takes place in the episode.