Hue Jackson’s tenure in Cleveland has come to an end.
The Browns on Monday fired their head coach after another disappointing start to the season, according to multiple reports.
NFL Media reported later Monday that offensive coordinator Todd Haley has also been relieved of his duties.
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 team owner Jimmy Haslam “was leaning toward staying course” with the two coaches but general manager John Dorsey insisted the “dynamic couldn’t continue.”
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will be the interim head coach, multiple media outlets reported.
Yes, Mary Kay heard right https://t.co/3BiDVzIvDK
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 29, 2018
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.