By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Hue Jackson on Monday. He had been with the team for the past two-plus years.
Jackson has three wins during his tenure with the team. He was 3-36-1 during his time with the team.
Jackson had a contract for this year and next year with the Browns. The team will be responsible for paying the remainder of his contract.
The former coach — who was hired by the previous Browns front office before John Dorsey was hired — had a .088 win percentage. The team went winless under Jackson last season.
The Browns are 2-5-1 this season. However, there was friction between Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. That has impacted 2018 No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield, who looked like he has regressed in the interim with the problems between the two coaches.
Jackson added Haley in the off-season. The thought was Jackson would oversee the entire staff, but Haley could run the offense how he wanted.
“There’s nothing wrong with my relationship with Haley,” Jackson said following Sunday’s game. “I said what I said last week [about wanting to be more involved in the offense] and obviously it had legs. But I’ve never said I wanted to take over play-calling. I said I wanted to help. That’s it. So today, now all the sudden it’s this big, old thing. Because, sure, everybody is going to look and say ‘What’s going on?’ But the only thing that’s going on is we need to get better. We need to coach better. We need to get better.”
Cleveland is the first NFL team to fire its head coach this season. The Browns were defeated 33-18 by the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday.
Mayfield had his worst game of the season in the loss. He went 22 of 36 for 180 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The 180 yards were his worst since his rookie debut in Game 3 — he came in for Tyrod Taylor after he suffered a concussion — where he went 17 of 23 for 201 yards.
That night on Thursday Night Football, Mayfield helped guide the Browns to its first win since December 2015.
In the season-opener, these two teams tied at 21 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Ohio.
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