Hue Jackson’s tenure in Cleveland has come to an end.
The Browns on Monday announced they have fired their head coach after another disappointing start to the season.
“We greatly appreciate Hue’s commitment to the Cleveland Browns organization over the last two and a half years,” team owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement.
“We understand how critical this time period is in the development of our football team, individually and collectively, and believed it was in the organization’s best interest to make the move at this time, in order to maximize our opportunities the rest of this season. We certainly only wish Hue, Michelle, and his family the best moving forward.”
The team added that offensive coordinator Todd Haley has also been relieved of his duties.
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will be the interim head coach and assistant Freddie Kitchens will serve as offensive coordinator going forward.
According to Yahoo Sports, there was “significant worry” that rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield was “getting thrust into the middle of Hue vs. Haley” and the organization simply had to make the tough decision in the best interest of the team. The report noted that Haslam “was leaning toward staying course” with the two coaches but general manager John Dorsey insisted the “dynamic couldn’t continue.”
PFT Commenter had previously alluded to the idea that Jackson could be fired this week, as Cleveland’s last five head coaches — Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Rod Chudzinski and Mike Pettine — were fired after the second Steelers’ game of that season.
And this, as @PFTCommenter pointed out ahead of the curve last week, marks the sixth straight Browns head coach that has been fired after the second game of the season against the Steelers.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2018
Jackson, 53, had been at the helm since 2016 but sealed his fate with a 33-18 loss to the Steelers on Sunday as the team dropped to 2-5-1. He was 3-36-1 in his two-plus seasons as head coach.
Haley, 51, joined the Browns in January after spending the previous six seasons in Pittsburgh.
The Browns are next slated to host the Chiefs at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.