Hue Jackson denies dysfunction, will “stand behind” decision to cut Joe Haden

AP

Browns coach Hue Jackson admits he didn’t want to see Joe Haden on the opposite sideline Sunday.

But he denied a report that he was “irate” over the decision to cut the longtime cornerback, who got a game ball from the Steelers yesterday.

A report from CBS Sports pointed to the decision to cut Haden as evidence of dysfunction between Jackson’s coaching staff and Sashi Brown’s front office, but Jackson denied that.

That did not come from me,” Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I think you guys know me well enough that if I feel something, I am going to say it. I don’t run from that. Me and the executive team are working lockstep, hand-in-hand. I don’t know where that came from. I trust Sashi and I trust our executive team to make the right decisions for this football team.

“I stand behind that whole-heartedly. Never wanted to see Joe go, but at the same time, we made the decision as an organization. I totally stand behind it.”

The Browns saved $11 million with the move, which came in handy after they ate $16 million on the Brock Osweiler deal for a second-round pick. And in looking at yesterday’s game, it’s hard to argue they’re better off on the field.

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown caught 11 passes for 182 yards in the 21-18 Steelers win.

“Our guys had chances to make plays, and we didn’t make them,” said Jackson. “If Joe would have been here, he might not have made them either. We don’t know, but I don’t think that had anything to do with that. We had chances to make plays, and we have to make them.”

And while the Haden decision might not have been unanimous, the Browns can leave yesterday’s loss with some degree of hope considering the overall play of their defense and the progress of rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer.

12 responses to “Hue Jackson denies dysfunction, will “stand behind” decision to cut Joe Haden

  1. I watched that whole game and the Browns actually played very well for stretches of the game. Kizer has a rocket arm but his down field accuracy was awful. He over threw at least two open receivers on streaks that would have been TDs and made this game look much different.

    Theyre building on something there.

  2. Cleveland seems $30 million or whatever under the cap every year because they don’t keep enough of their home grown talent around long enough. This year it was Haden, and last year it was Mack and Schwartz, both of whom made the pro bowl. Mack meant as much to Atlanta’s turnaround as anyone on that team.

    The Browns are just constantly rebuilding every year, but you can’t get better if you don’t stack up talent over several years. Every year has always been the first year in Cleveland.

    Hopefully they finally break that trend this year.

  3. Haden might have served as a leader for the defense, but his play said otherwise. That’s why they cut him. I watched the game he got burned by a number of Browns players. Watch how many pick’s he gets this year, if he even finishes the season.

  4. “The Browns saved $11 million with the move, which came in handy after they ate $16 million on the Brock Osweiler deal for a second-round pick. And in looking at yesterday’s game, it’s hard to argue they’re better off on the field.

    Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown caught 11 passes for 182 yards in the 21-18 Steelers win.”
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    Without Joe Haden on the other side the Steelers offense was held to 14 points and none them by Antonio Brown. With Joe Haden on the other side the Browns offense scored the most they’ve scored against the Steelers in years with a rookie QB going for 200+ yards, 1 TD, 1 INT and a QB rating above 90.

    Doesn’t seem that hard to argue they’re better off on the field.

  5. I know we like to create the news these days, but AB has been doing this to the Browns since he’s been in the league. He’s averaged 130+ a game against Cleveland for the last 3 seasons……a lot of the time making Joe Haden look as average as he is.

  6. Haden gave up 6 catches for 109 yards, almost exactly half of the Browns passing yards were gained when going against Haden.

    Not a single DB for the Browns was picked on like Haden used to be. Taylor, McCourtey and Boddy-Calhoun all played well. Antonio Brown just happens to be the best WR in the game, arguably the best player in the league, and caught tipped passes that others would not. Great hands, great player, he gets yards against anyone. The longest catch of the day was a tipped pass he was the benefit of – it happens, but let’s not act like Haden had a great game.

  7. It’s a stretch to say a disagreement between HC and GM on cutting a player = “dysfunction”. It COULD mean that but it’s not always the case.

    Nothing to see here.

  8. I watched the press conference and Jackson sold me with his answer. In addition, Hue knew about the set up of the front office when he took the job. Hayden is a class act and he’ll be missed in Cleveland. Having said that, he’s simply lost a step or two.

  9. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Jackson was not happy. It was obvious he wasn’t happy last year with the front office and the crap roster he was handed. After the season, he lobbied for an experienced personnel man to manage the roster. It was a power play he lost but he had to move on because he’s not resigning after one year. But, if he makes progress and shows he has true coaching chops, I can see him either walking away for another gig or winning the next power play he tries. This isn’t over.

  10. I don’t think Haden not being there hurt the Browns at all. This was a very winnable game and Haden 10 yards off the line against the Browns had little to do with the loss from what I saw.

  11. I’m only unhappy that the Steelers were the beneficiary of the Haden cut!!!
    It hurt us because of the snitch in Joe did on their preparations before playing us!!!

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