Jimmy Haslam: Hue Jackson will be the Browns’ head coach in 2018

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said after firing G.M. Sashi Brown this morning that he will not also fire head coach Hue Jackson.

In a statement released by the team, Haslam said he is committed to Jackson for another season.

“We have great appreciation and gratitude for Sashi’s commitment and leadership to our organization but believe transitioning to someone with strong experience and success in drafting and building consistently winning football teams is critical to the future of the Cleveland Browns,” Haslam said. “Today we informed Sashi that we were going in a new direction. The 2018 draft and offseason is pivotal for our franchise, we need to ensure that we maximize our opportunity for success; with our picks, free agency and building our roster. Hue Jackson will remain our coach and will return for the 2018 season but we feel it is necessary to take significant steps to strengthen our personnel department. We have begun the process of having productive conversations regarding leadership of our football operations and will provide further updates when appropriate. We thank Sashi for all his hard work and dedication to the Cleveland Browns.”

Of course, if Haslam changes his mind about that — or if the next G.M. of the Browns changes his mind — it wouldn’t be the first time that a coach who got a vote of confidence from the owner ended up losing his job. But for now, Haslam says Jackson is his guy for another season.

83 responses to “Jimmy Haslam: Hue Jackson will be the Browns’ head coach in 2018

  1. So Haslem is telling whoever his new GM is, that he will have no say in who is coach. Sounds like a sure fire way to attract only second rate candidates for GM. The incompetence goes on and on.

  2. That’s a pretty stupid decision. He’s at best an OC, which is true of most failed or failing HCs.

    As many have said, they have the potential to be a decent team, they just need an environment. Hue is not going to provide that. He’s proven that.

  3. Hue Jackson is not as bad as people say.

    That offensive line is terrible.
    3rd most sacks given up in the NFL.

    The receiving corps is terrible.
    8th most dropped passes (7 less than the worst team).

  4. With even marginal QB play this year they might have won 6 games, so whoever decided to pass on all of the top QBs in the draft, let EVERY guy with experience walk and fill up the QB room with totally inexperienced long shots is an idiot.

    And that idiot has just been fired.

  5. So much for my wishing Cleveland fans a Merry Christmas. What was good news ten minutes ago just became miserable news. Good luck, Cleveland.

  6. Haslam doesn’t seem to have much of a clue in NFL football. What competent GM would take the job if he can’t have the option to hire his own coach.

  7. Surprised he’s not hiring Schiano. He owes him after the Tennessee debacle. I can imagine him telling Schiano how everything was going to be just fine since he ran the whole school only for the “oops” to happen.

  8. I think this is a productive move, despite the snarky and genius comments like “0-16 in 2018”. What Sashi did was build a treasure trove of draft picks and get some young talent. I don’t think I see any busts in the last two years’ worth of picks, even though I don’t think Kizer is ready to start. A few people who didn’t pan out but that happens to every team.

    What Sashi didn’t do was understand 1) it isn’t all about how many picks you can get 2) eventually you have to put a winnable team on the field, including veterans, and 3) the football people, like the coaches, need a strong voice in the process. I think the Browns have the talent – 10th ranked defense including 6th best rushing D in the league as an example – but they are missing key pieces like a QB and a strong WR corps, as well as in the DBs. Sashi wanted to go cheap in these areas instead of good.

    Many teams have proven it doesn’t have to take years. I see them more like the Rams (4-12 with a bad coach and now likely to go to the playoffs one year later) than continuing this futile trend next year.

    With all the picks they have and a football person in the FO again, which I am praying for, I don’t see

  9. Why Haslam believes anything Hue tells him is amazing. Hue is terrible. All he can do is boast with zero results.

  10. They are so hueless they have no color left. They are really the -owns because every other team does them…

  11. Geez, he hired Pettine before Ray Farmer, Hue before Sashi, and now Hue before the next guy. STOP THAT!

  12. Another year, another first round draft pick.

    To paraphrase Carl Spackler: At least you’ve got that going for you Brown’s fan, which is nice.

  13. I guess they don’t want to win next year either.

    Answer me this: If belichick was their coach this year how many games do they win? I think about 7-8.
    That is how bad Jackson is.

  14. This may be an end of an era for me as a Browns fan (55 years of being a fan, down the drain) Best of luck to all of the rest of the Browns fans, your going to need it !!!

  15. That’s because he probably called to line up potential replacements and all the candidates said no way. Basically stuck with him, which is different than wanting him.

  16. The last time Hue was the HC and a new GM needed to be hired he lost his damn mind and tried to assert himself as the HMFIC. First it was about the team’s performance and then it morphed into a full blown power trip. Here is an excerpt from PFT back then…“I’m going take a stronger hand in this whole team, this whole organization,” Jackson said. “There ain’t no way that I’m going to feel like I feel today a year from now, I promise you that. There’s no question. Defensively, offensively and special teams. I ain’t feeling like this no more. This is a joke. . . . Yeah, I’m going to take a hand in everything that goes on here.” Good luck with that Cleveland.

  17. Jimmy bungling it again.

    Memo to Haslam: when you announce to the world that the coach WILL be the coach next year, any talented GM that doesn’t necessarily want to be saddled with that doesn’t answer your calls any more.

    Because not only are they potentially going to start having their tenure evalutated and have to negotiate decisions with a coach they didn’t choose, but they’d potentially be working for an owner who thought that was a good idea in the first place.

    You didn’t have to fire Hue. You could have just said you were going to evaluate GM choices and once that person came in they would make a determination on the coaching staff.

    Instead you’ve started your GM search by limiting candidates to the bottom of the barrel.

  18. To be fair, I’m not sure that firing the head coach every year is a good way to solve all the problems they have in Cleveland. But 0-16 looks pretty bad. Tough situation as always.

  19. Whoever shows up is pretty well screwed from day 1. It would take Belichek and Brady 5 years to get this team to .500 ….. unfortunately for Dorsey, he’ll get 2 years at most…and to be quite honest, the worse they are the better at this point. Even if they were firing on all cylinders they would only be 4-12, just as well get high draft picks if you aren’t gonna make the playoffs.

    They should have brought in a disciplinarian like Tom Coughlin to run to organization. No more care free hours, no more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, no more doin whatever you wanna do when you wanna do it.

  20. To you posters saying Haslam will have trouble landing a good GM. There are 32 GM jobs available in the world. Every possible candidate will jump at the chance to have one of those 32 jobs, unless they are only available to one team, the team of their choice. The challenge of building a team is what makes GMs tick.

  21. What about the Chief Strategery Officer Paul DePodesta? They better fire him today too.

    There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. I think arrogance is Haslam’s and everyone else’s problem from Sashi to Hue and up and down throughout the whole organization. They all think they’re so clever and smarter than everyone else and it causes them to dismiss the obvious choices.

    With Haslam you can see it with the people he hires and the reporting structure.

    With Sashi it’s the stupid analytics.

    With Hue it’s twirling his baton by lining up tackles as wide receivers and passing 50 times a game.

  22. Factory of sadness will continue to produce the same results in 2018.

    I feel bad for the devoted dog pound.

    MTBGA make the Browns great again, or at least for the first time.

  23. Allowing Hue more power is moronic. Hue is clueless as a coach, he rushed Kizer to start and his downs out weigh his ups because he needed some time to sit. Kessler played well last year so Hue sent him to 3rd QB. He pushed to send a 2nd and 3rd for AJ McCarron who looked better with a decent offense surrounding him, hes not going to have that luxury if he comes to Cleveland. This could be Carson Palmer to the Raiders all over again. If Hue has personnel say the Browns could be losing a 1st Rd pick for McCarron.

  24. I love Jimmy Haslam. He cares about the Browns and he’s trying his hardest to bring a winner to Cleveland. He bought a team, and like all the other pro sports owners, knew nothing about how to put together a winning organization. He’s hired a bunch of people, but as soon as he finds out he made a mistake, he gets rid of them. A lot of owners don’t care. They’re making so much money. But Haslam cares. Hue Jackson is a good coach. Give him a Carson Wentz or a Tom Brady, and he’d be a winning coach. Hue has been asking for experienced football scouts since he’s been there. Maybe now Jimmy will hire some football scouts. Only then, can you evaluate Hue Jackson.

  25. The man has one win in 2 seasons. If they just let the players freelance without practice or game plans, odds are the professional athletes could just luck into a win over 2 years. What is the record for worst HC record over 3 years? I’m willing to bet Hue could reach that goal. (yeah, at this point it does seem like a goal)

  26. I am sure other commenters have already noted this, but I wonder if Haslam realizes that by announcing this now he has just eliminated most of the top candidates from consideration because any GM candidate worth his salt will want final say over who the coach is.

  27. Not quite sure why you would bring back a Head Coach that in two years has only won one more game in the NFL than all of us commenting here. That’s a waste of millions of dollars.

    Here’s what I would do. I would go to Penn State and hire James Franklin. James Franklin has worked with Andy Reid’s Staff in Philly. Worked with Jimmy Johnson’s staff in Miami. Worked on the Packers staff.Has made a significant impact in every coaching stop he made in college. Has a master’s degree with close to a 4.0 GPA. Intelligence,
    Experience, and formulas learned from highly successful NFL systems.

    I don’t care about the voters. Penn State is one of the top 4 teams in college football this season. Can’t hold the loss against Michigan State against them because their game against Ohio State was a war in which both teams gave everything they had in which Both Teams lost the following week.

    James Franklin is going to be a NFL Head Coach one day if he wants to be one. A NFL team needs to jump out ahead of the curve and snatch him up before the suitors line up. Browns are the perfect team with all those draft picks and young players fresh out of college. Perfect situation for a so called “College coach”.

  28. So they planned on blowing it up, getting a lot of draft picks, going with young guys and building from there. They were supposed to be really bad this year, it was by design. What do they say about insanity? It’s doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Browns are gonna Brown I guess.

  29. I actually agree with Haslam. They hired Hue knowing that they were going to be horrendous for a couple years. They have stockpiled picks in hopes of a brighter future. It’s only fair to give him one more year to see if their patience will be rewarded. I think the Browns will be much better next year and longevity with their coach will play a big part in that.

  30. Worst NFL owner by a very big margin. Jimmy hasn’t got a clue what he’s doing and in a year or two he will change horses again. It must be great being a billionaire owner, able to make bad decisions all the time with zero consequences.

  31. Thats a dangerous commitment. He should have left it to the future GM to decide. Haslam is already stacking the cards against him. What kind of GM candidates will he get if they cant pick their HC?…

    I dont think Hue is that bad a coach BTW.

  32. Hmmmm, cant decide what is the better decision. Browns keeping Hue, or the NFL giving Goodell a monster contract, when ratings are going down the tubes.

  33. It’s quite possible and even rumored that Hue was advocating for drafting Wentz and/or Watson and this decision recognizes that Hue was right and the front office deserved the blame for passing on those guys, not to mention the McCarron trade paperwork debacle.

  34. Different ownership is the only thing that will turn that franchise around.

    How did all of these billionaire owners become billionaires in the first place if they made decisions like this in their original businesses?

  35. Maybe he means that he will be fired on January 2nd? Hence saying he will be the HC in 2018?

  36. Haslam is a fool for keeping Hue Jackson. Brown gave Jackson enough talent to win more than one game in 2 years. Jackson is 1-27.

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