Did Hue Jackson voluntarily relinquish offense to Todd Haley?

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Browns coach Hue Jackson didn’t have an offensive coordinator in 2017. He now has one, and it’s hardly the kind of right-hand man that many offensive-minded head coaches often hire.

Instead, Haley will call the plays. That’s a major concession for Jackson, one that the circumstances suggest may not have been voluntary.

Jackson, who was both coach and de facto offensive coordinator last year, essentially has given up one of his jobs. It’s fair to ask whether it was his idea, or whether the idea was impressed upon him.

At one point, a report surfaced that new G.M. John Dorsey would be hiring the offensive coordinator. Jackson naturally bristled, but who’s to say this ultimately wasn’t Dorsey’s call?

If it wasn’t his call, it would be hard for him to push back. With Jackson serving in both capacities, the Browns didn’t win a single game. Now, he has a proven and successful coordinator, who also took the Chiefs to the playoffs in his time as a head coach.

The arrangement definitely will help the Browns. (And it definitely can’t hurt.) But it will be important for Jackson and Haley to get along, and for both to have a consistent, reasoned, and thorough approach to the development of a quarterback, whoever it may be. Jackson can’t be saying one thing while Haley says another, and neither can be saying negative things about the other, ever.

Much has been said about the respective abilities of Jackson and Haley to get along with others in the past. This could be in many respects their biggest test yet. To pass it, they need to realize that if they fail, they’ll fail together — and get fired together.

24 responses to “Did Hue Jackson voluntarily relinquish offense to Todd Haley?

  1. I still don’t get how Jackson has a job unless Haslam was on Prozac the whole season. Haley will be head coach by week 4

  2. Its sounds like Dorsey just put a possible head coach in waiting that he is extremely familiar with on the staff.

  3. None of it is going to matter if they don’t get a quarterback, and stick with him for more than one game at a time.

  4. Hue has to be looking over his shoulder a bit at Haley as “this guy could be the interem EASY and no one would blink” – The first 4 games he’s coaching for his job 100%

  5. jxt2521 says:
    January 23, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Its sounds like Dorsey just put a possible head coach in waiting that he is extremely familiar with on the staff.
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    How is he familiar with Todd Haley?

  6. Good luck Brownies. Won’t be long before the Haley’s are tearing up the flats, getting in bar fights, and propositioning couples all over town to join in their “lifestyle” choice.

  7. At least they are hiring guys with actual football experience. If Haslam is willing to give up the millions he has been siphoning off of the team, they might start moving in the right direction.

  8. How is he familiar with Todd Haley?

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    Don’t just down vote it, answer it. They weren’t together at the Chiefs, so how is he familiar with him?

  9. mmack66 says:
    January 23, 2018 at 4:17 pm
    How is he familiar with Todd Haley?

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    Don’t just down vote it, answer it. They weren’t together at the Chiefs, so how is he familiar with him?

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    The same exact way I’m not familiar with people I don’t work with. You know mutual people and have talked to them.

  10. They each have had trouble meshing strategies with other coaches in the past, but the good news for the Browns is that they both have similar ideas on offensive strategy in the modern world of NFL football. Jackson always wanted a mobile QB who can spread the ball around to open up a strong power run game. ProPS. Haley likes the same. Also they will be creative- – try different players at different spots. Experiment with different tempos – huddle and no huddle.

    The one difference is Hugh Jackson likes to get overcomplicated and too tricky at times. Plus he likes deep shots more than Haley. But I think they will work well together and find a balanced mix.

    The Browns talent is another factor all together, but I think that’s slowly improving. Has a ways to go and needs to happen more quickly now. If Jackson starts bad again, then Haley could e insurance as people have already said here.

  11. teal379 says:
    January 23, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    The same exact way I’m not familiar with people I don’t work with. You know mutual people and have talked to them.
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    Thanks for answering.

    Seems like it would be difficult to become “extremely familiar” with someone just by word of mouth.

  12. Hue needs to concentrate on being the head coach, not the QB coach and OC. He may like to call the plays, and he might even have been good at it in Cincy, but that’s not where his focus needs to be right now.
    I agree that Hue and Todd may have similar goals for the offense, so it makes sense that they would want him. They certainly weren’t in any hurry to hire someone else. Maybe they were waiting for someone still in the playoffs and when TH fell into their laps, they grabbed him, instead. I’m not complaining about it. Not yet, anyway.

  13. If Jackson could get along fine with Mike Brown, what makes anyone think there would be a problem with Haley?

  14. Guy shoulda resigned. Hue is just delaying the inevitable. Imagine the pressure and distractions that will be heaped upon this team and its young players and staff when they start 0-2, 0-3, 0-4 and odds are they will. It’s just too much of a longshot. I dare say the remaining Manson cult members have better odds of getting paroled.

  15. I don’t know that Hue knew Haley from before? But they just have similar philosophies. They want to Power the ball, but know that to do that the field needs to be spread – Haley more horizontally , Hue vertically. Together this may be very interesting and effective. But manly they understand the talent, technique and scheme levels in the modern game. 3 yds and a cloud of dust is nonsense today. But power exists in great ways when it’s set up with Aggressive Variety. The Pros are doing what college does now – just in a more controlled manner relying more on execution. They can do that because of the talent / experience level in the NFL.

    Anyway, don’t expect 3WRs fly on 3rd and WR screens on 1st. Haley is no longer under Tomlin – and Big Ben (yes under…). He may have some autonomy now- or at least a like minded partner.

    obviously i could be wrong but this is my take on it from all the analysis of all the coaches + coordinators in the nfl (my job).

  16. There was someone calling plays for the Cleveland Dog Piles this past season? That fact alone should result in the termination of who it was.

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