Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson let it ride during a recent radio interview leading up to Sunday's game against the Browns, saying, "I truly hope that we hang 40 [points] on them" and "their offense probably shouldn't score against our defense". "I show respect for the guys they have, the same guys I knew when I was living in Cleveland". Asked about playing in potential 30-degree temperatures and snow Sunday, Fournette on Thursday said, "I'm not looking forward to playing in the snow, playing in the cold".
"I just laugh at that stuff", receiver Corey Coleman said.
This has enraged some fans, but Gipson is simply speaking the truth.
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Fournette grew up in New Orleans and played at LSU so his cold-weather football experience is limited to just one game: The Tigers' 17-0 loss at Arkansas on November 15, 2014 in Fournette's freshman season.
Gipson, meanwhile, tried to clarify his remarks on Wednesday, telling reporters on a conference call that he was disparaging the Browns' front office, not its players and coaches. "It might be to you, not to me", he said. People are going to say things.
He will have a significantly higher workload on Sunday against the Browns (0-9). We get it. It isn't going to change until we change it.
"The great thing about Blake is he after being hit and rushed that many times can keep his composure, and continue to keep doing it", Hackett said. "It happens. We're just trying to move on". It was a sign of things to come once the Browns resumed playing in 1999. It's just our job to do what we have to do for this Browns team. "Everybody tries their best to stop our running game", he said.