Will Hue Jackson Make It Past Pittsburgh As Cleveland Head Coach?

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Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson
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Hue Jackson is on borrowed time. The ax is going to fall at some point between now and 2019. To be honest, it should have happened before 2018 arrived, but that’s another story.

The Cleveland Browns head coach is certainly not helping his case to get a fourth season after his postgame press conference last Sunday.

The question that has to be answered is when will the announcement of Jackson’s firing actually happen? Everybody knows its coming, except for perhaps Jackson himself. Jackson believes he still has the confidence of owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam.

“No doubt,” Jackson said. “No doubt. None. No question.”

It’s ironic that it is “Steelers Week” in Berea. The Browns travel to a house of horrors on Sunday, Heinz Field. Cleveland has not won there since 2003. Jackson could add his name to the list of former Browns coaches whose tenure ended following a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

Rob Chudzinski is the last Browns coach to end his tenure with a loss at Heinz Field in 2013. Chudzinski only coached Cleveland that season.

Pat Shurmur’s two year run as Cleveland’s head coach ended in 2012 in a similar fashion. I wonder if Shurmur wanted to go for a two point conversion instead of the extra point like he did on Monday Night Football this week.

Romeo Crennel has the longest tenure as the Browns head coach since 1999. The four year run ended with a 31-0 shutout at Heinz Field in 2008.

So will Jackson add his name to this infamous list? Is he feeling any extra pressure leading up to the second and final meeting with the black and gold in 2018?

“Added pressure? I have always had added pressure to win now,” Jackson said. “I think everything we have tried to do is win now. We are not doing anything differently. I think that our players and our coaches are doing everything that we can to win each and every game we play. That is why you play. Nothing more, nothing less than that. I do not feel any extra pressure of, ‘Boy, Hue, you better win or else.’ I have never felt that since I have been here. I am trying to do the best job that I can with the staff and with the players, and we have to find a way to win some game. That is just the nature of the business.”

That remains to be seen.

Scott Piker is the Cleveland Browns Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage.com. So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport

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