Jackson went 3-36-1 in two and half seasons as the Browns head coach. 2-5-1 in eight games in 2018 is his best record during his tenure. Jackson is just the second NFL head coach to finish a season 0-16.
Updated: #Browns Hue Jackson was fired after a meeting with the Haslams and Dorsey, who told him the team had regressed and the leadership wasn't what they wanted, per a league source Jacksonhttps://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2018/10/the_browns_have_fired_hue_jack.html pic.twitter.com/YZvwnWRgkM
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) October 29, 2018
The decision came down around noon Monday following a meeting between Jackson and owner Jimmy Haslam.
Statement from Jimmy and Dee Haslam https://t.co/zxrTLvZHtf
— Full Press Browns (@FPC_Browns) October 29, 2018
“We greatly appreciate Hue’s commitment to the Cleveland Browns organization over the last two and a half years,” Haslam said. We understand how critical this time period is in the development of our football team, individually and collectively. 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.”
Jackson adds his name to the list of Browns head coaches to be fired following a loss to the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Hue is coach number six to see the ax come down on his tenure after a loss to the black and gold since 1999.
The growing feud between Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley also added to the decision. Following the loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week seven, Jackson told the media he planned to get more involved in the play calling. A reason Jackson kept his job following 2017 is due to the willingness to hire an offensive coordinator and give up play calling.
So the search begins for general manager John Dorsey on the next head coach here in Cleveland. Will another former NFL head coach be the direction Dorsey talks?
— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) October 29, 2018
A current college head coach might be the way to go. Two names being mention are Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell. He is a northeast Ohio native. Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley’s name has also been mentioned. Would a reunion with Baker Mayfield be the the future?
And yes, @LincolnRiley is viable in Cleveland. Another college name I'd keep a close eye on: Iowa State coach Matt Campbell. Highly regarded in the circles that GM John Dorsey runs in, and a native of Northeast Ohio.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 29, 2018
Or would a current NFL coordinator be an option. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has head coaching experience from his days the Denver Broncos. McDaniels is also a northeast Ohio native and has been a candidate for head coaching positions over the last few years.