Former Baylor football coach Art Briles, who was fired in the wake of a sexual assault scandal at the school, arrived at Cleveland Browns practice Wednesday to serve as a guest coach under Hue Jackson.
Briles, who coached Browns opening-day starting quarterback Robert Griffin III, will focus on QB work with Cleveland. RGIII, though, is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
"Hey, I'll learn from anybody if they can help us,'' Jackson told reporters Wednesday, adding that he doesn't "condone anything" that happened at Baylor. "Obviously, he's a very accomplished college coach and has done outstanding.
"I wish him well. He's done just outstanding at Baylor, but at the same time, I think he was here to see his guys and get an opportunity to see us, our organization and what we do, but more so see his football players."
Briles was fired on May 26 following a widespread sexual assault scandal at Baylor that involved a number of his football players.
Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, which was hired as an independent investigator, found that Baylor football staff had discouraged and even obstructed the investigation of female students’ sexual assault claims.
Jackson, a first-year head coach, said Briles will be with the team for a while, but didn't specify how long that would be.
“He’s here as my guest. As you know, I’ve brought guests here,” Jackson said. “I’ve gotten to know Coach Briles. He’s a tremendous offensive-minded football coach. I’m always looking at different ways of doing things. What happened at Baylor is at Baylor.
" ... Everybody deserves an opportunity to do what they do. ... The opportunity to pick his brain and have him around and talk to him and get to know him outside all that in a different capacity is what was important to me.”
The Browns, at 0-5, are the NFL's lone winless team. Cleveland is on its third quarterback, rookie Cody Kessler, after backup Josh McCown also went down with injury.