Cleveland Browns Fire Head Coach Hue Jackson

Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams Named Interim Head Coach

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It took eight games longer than it probably should have but the Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Hue Jackson. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will serve as the interim head coach.

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.

The decision came down around noon Monday following a meeting between Jackson and owner Jimmy Haslam.

“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?

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?

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.

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

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