The relationship between Browns head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley may come to a head during practice this week.
Following a 26-23 overtime loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday, Jackson, a former OC with the Bengals, Raiders, Falcons and Redskins, expressed frustration with his offense and said he will “do what I feel I need to do to get this team where it needs to be.”
“(Haley) is the playcaller,” Jackson told reporters. “Trust me when I say I’m not trying to create any issue here, but I think if the offense is not playing well, and we haven’t over a period of time, being a head coach and an offensive guy who’s done this, I think I have every right as a head coach to jump in and see if I can help and assist and get this thing to where I think it needs to be, because we need to be better on offense. And if that’s my specialty, then I need to be involved more and I will be.”
Cleveland gained 305 total yards against Tampa Bay, more than 50 yards below its season average of 357.4 — which ranks 21st in the NFL.
“I feel like I have to (get more involved). And I want to,” Jackson said. “That’s what I know, so I’m not going to continue to watch something that I know how to do keep being that way. That’s just the truth. I mean, that’s nothing against anybody in our building. I just think that’s what I do, and I think I need to be a little bit more involved.”
Jackson said Haley has called every offensive play this season but didn’t guarantee that would remain the case.
Cleveland (2-4-1) remains on the road next week with a divisional matchup against the Steelers (3-2-1).