Hue Jackson doesn’t rule out taking back play calling

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Hue Jackson didn’t rule out taking back the play-calling duties after the Browns gained 305 yards in 68 minutes, 10 seconds Sunday. That likely won’t sit well with first-year offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

“It’s not going to be about butting heads,” Jackson said when asked about the possibility, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I’m the head coach of the football team. I will do what I feel I need to do to get this team where it needs to be.”

Jackson became testy when pressed further on the issue.

“I’m the head coach of the football team, period. Period,” Jackson said. “There’s nothing else that needs to be said. Nothing. I’m the head coach of the football team.”

Haley has called all the plays this season, Jackson confirmed. Jackson, though, made no promises about next week when the Browns play at Pittsburgh, where Haley spent the previous six seasons as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator, or beyond.

Cleveland went without an official offensive coordinator in the first two seasons after Jackson took over as head coach, with Jackson serving in both roles. Jackson promised Haley “total autonomy” when the Browns hired Haley in the spring.

“Yeah, I mean, I’ve been respectful,” Jackson said. “That’s why you bring guys in and you make them the coordinator. Again, there are some things we’ve got to fix fast to get this thing back to where it needs to be.”

The Browns entered the game ranked 20th in total offense, including 23rd in passing.

71 responses to “Hue Jackson doesn’t rule out taking back play calling

  1. The Browns are playing above their talent level. They need a little more experience, luck and another good draft to crack the 8 – 8 level.

  2. Hue is delusional. He sponsored a 1/31 won – lost record while also functioning as the offensive coordinator. Now that they are 2-4-1 and effectively competing with a generational talent as QB he wants to go back to the past and supplant Todd Haley? Do the Haslems really think reverting to Hue’s losing culture is what Cleveland fans want? Hue is an overhyped buffoon who has been given far too much power; another year of him will set the franchise back ten years!

  3. You think we don’t run the ball enough now let hue take back over the play calling, we will be passing 80% of the time cause last year hue never stuck with running it. S.m.h.

  4. Appears to be conflict in offensive tactics and lack of discipline on both sides of the ball. Hue is responsible.

  5. Dorsey needs to call Hue into his office and tell him right before he fires him, “I’m the general manager of this football team. Period. I gave you a much better roster this year and you’ve still managed to piss away victories. Plus, you don’t promise a new offensive coordinator total autonomy then threaten to take away play calling duties when the team has already won more games this year than the last two combined. Now get the hell out of here.”

  6. Please do so Hue, get fired quicker and maybe we’ll get a competent head coach for a change

  7. so the browns were 1-32 with Hue calling the shots, and with Haley calling the shots, the brown have 2 wins, and have been in every other game? sure hue, makes sense, you take back over again.

  8. “I’m the head coach of the football team. I will do what I feel I need to do to get this team where it needs to be.”

    3-35-1 = ENOUGH SAID!

  9. Third season under Hue (and Hue’s 4th season as an NFL head coach) and it seems like he is still figuring out how to coach. Hue will make a great, likable commentator. It’s time for him to go as coach. It’s also time for Dorsey to get his own guy.

  10. Never thought I’d say this but the Browns are aren’t as bad as their record indicates. Hue doesn’t have a clue,

  11. trading your leading scorer away for a 5th round pick was just dumb. Hyde can move the chains. Chub can not.

  12. jackedupboonie says:
    October 21, 2018 at 8:45 pm
    Watch Belichick win another super bowl this season……then ask to take over the Browns.

    Not happening. On either front. They may have the 29th most difficult strength of schedule but they ain’t going back, ain’t winning, and no one in CLE wants him back. You people are sick in the head.

  13. I’m not a fan of Hue. This team is undisciplined, which is a reflection of him, but I’m not sure what’s up with the play calling. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to Haley’s offense.

  14. Can’t stand the Browns, but that said, they have a very versatile back in Duke Johnson, and they are seemingly happy to leave him rot away on the bench or out of the action. Hard to fathom.

  15. And anyone who thinks Haley is just going to laugh this off is just as delusional as Hue. There’s no way these two guys will last the season together on the same sideline. They’re both nuts, just in different ways, but my money’s on Haley.

  16. I still remember watching Hard Knocks and seeing this guy tell Baker Mayfield congrats on being the backup. Not many thought Tyrod should be the starting QB and it’s proven to be a mistake. The way he delivered that news showed what an egomaniac and failure he is. I’m convinced he’s a political master. No coach that has a record of 1-31 in two seasons has survived, much less usurped the offensive coordinators play calling a year after hiring the OC.

  17. Jackson must have something on Haslam…or he didn’t want to replace another 2 year coach. Regardless, Hue is gone so I guess practicing for a demotion is a good thing for him.

  18. This is just the nature of Hue Jackson. He has no idea what he is doing but he wants everybody to know he is the HMFIC. That’s how he was in Oakland also. Remember that bizarre press conference after Al Davis died? Yeah. Hue makes stupid decisions that differ from the norm because he wants to prove he has the power. Haley should probably be the HC at this point.

  19. After watching Hue’s presser I didn’t get the same feeling the haters do. The media wants to create something and he wasn’t having any of it. He said he didn’t know what he was going to do. I did find it strange that he complained his buddy, Baker was getting hit too much. All Browns QBs have been hit too much.

  20. One of the best defenses in the NFL.One of most successful OC in the NFL One of the most skilled young QB in the NFL.Two of the most talented RB’s in the NFL……….JUST SAYING

  21. Carloswlassiter, your below quote

    “The Browns experiment has now concluded. Time to clean house, change the uniforms, new team name, maybe move to St. Louis.”

    Is not the statement you make even remotely near a Browns fan.

    You clearly don’t understand what kind of football town Cleveland is.

  22. I would like to see Haley take over as HC and see if he can put together a winning streak. These guys are in every game and just need a few things to go their way.
    Hue is definitely not going to make it thru the entire season.

  23. All you people saying Haley should be HC, why? Gregg Williams is the only coordinator who has his guys doing their job…

  24. “I’m the head coach of the football team, period. Period,” Jackson said. “There’s nothing else that needs to be said. Nothing. I’m the head coach of the football team.” – Hue Jackson

    No, Hue, you’re the team’s in house moron, period. Point blank simple. Period. The Browns have been for so long with such a long established culture of losing OC Todd Haley is trying to make chicken salad out of chick poop. And it’s working as Haley has the offense heading in the right direction they just need more talent around Baker and more time in this offense working together, if the Owner lets Hue Jackson fire Todd Haley and take over play calling duties then Haslam is even dumber than he looks. Absolute total moron. If Jimmy Haslam lets Hue take over play calling duties the place is going to turn into a freaking circus again over there. Come back to Arizona Todd Haley and we’ll give you an even better more talented young QB to work with in Josh Rosen.

  25. It’s unfortunate that Browns coaches will take the hit on whats happening. If the Browns would have gotten just half of the ridiculous officiating calls they would of won a couple of more games. I guess they even out, I doubt it. It feels like there is a vengeance against them. After the flag was picked up on the BLATANT helmet to helmet hit on Mayfield, the ref said it was ok to HIT THE QUARTERBACK IN THE HEAD, since he was a runner. Just unbelievable. I guess Riverron (sp) will find another explanation for Browns fans. Only 6 more days until we have to bend over again, so good job NFL.

  26. Browns haters on this board are like the cartoon “Pinky and the Brain”. Every week it’s “we’re going to take over the world” It doesn’t work but every week they still try like the Previous week didn’t happen.

    They’re on their 9th head coach since 1999. Only two have had more than a cup of coffee to do the job and both eventually got winning seasons before being fired anyway.

    The problem isn’t the coaching. It’s the loser mentality of those that think a rebuilding team is always just a head coach away and not the reality that every time you fire the coach you extend the rebuild.

    This team is way better than they were expected to be. A team that was 1-31 the last two years is now the hardest team to beat in the league as almost every game they’ve had has gone to OT and are currently undefeated in their division but lets blow it up. Sports fans aren’t exactly known for being logical.

  27. 24601jvj says:
    October 21, 2018 at 9:01 pm
    The Browns are playing above their talent level. They need a little more experience, luck and another good draft to crack the 8 – 8 level.
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    I am surprised by this take and that so many people agree with it. I believe the Browns are actually playing below their talent level. If you watch their games, they aren’t losing because the other teams have better players (except the Chargers game), they are losing because of dumb mistakes, turnovers, bad play calling, questionable clock management, etc..

    Even last year, the Browns lost a lot of close games and blamed it on “bad luck”. Jackson defenders pointed to all of these close loses as a sign that they were on the right track. This year, the same thing is happening except that some of the lucky bounces are going their way.

    At some point, the inability to decisively win a game against ANYBODY becomes more than just a trend. For god’s sake the BILLS have a decisive win against a credible opponent this year.

    This team is going nowhere with this coach.

  28. Greg Williams as HC, Haley as OC w/o interference from the HC. Just throwing it out there.

  29. A team that was 1-31 the last two years is now the hardest team to beat in the league as almost every game they’ve had has gone to OT and are currently undefeated in their division but lets blow it up. Sports fans aren’t exactly known for being logical.
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    haha. delusional. the rams are the hardest to beat, not the team with 2 wins after week 7

  30. Fire the idiot who hired this idiot!

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    They already did his name was Sashi Brown..

  31. I am getting real tired of the Hue haters, this is and continues to be a Haley problem as he has no clue how to use the QB and other assets he has, trading Hyde was a great move as they need to understand what Chubb can do and better use Duke Johnson. Hallam isn’t firing Hue because he sees what the players see.

  32. The problem in Cleveland is the media and a lot of fans are just whiners! If Hue does nothing they complain and if he tries a change they still complain. It’s his job this year, he has every right to do whatever he sees as necessary to win. If it doesn’t work he’ll be gone and you can all start immediately complaining about the next coach.

  33. Nice job of throwing Todd Haley under the bus. Evidently, Hue Jackson doesn’t want to admit that HE is what’s wrong in Cleveland. They seem to have all the pieces now to contend, except for a good head coach. They will go nowhere with him.

  34. sikoix says:
    October 22, 2018 at 10:06 am
    A team that was 1-31 the last two years is now the hardest team to beat in the league as almost every game they’ve had has gone to OT and are currently undefeated in their division but lets blow it up. Sports fans aren’t exactly known for being logical.
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    Hardest team to beat in the league. Let that sink in. 18 teams in the league have fewer losses than the Browns.

  35. Hue, as a Pats fan I want to thank you personally for giving us Josh Gordon. He is going to prove to be a tremendous asset to the Patriots. Now what would be really swell is if you could give Jamie Collins back to us too.

    Thanks,

    NHP

  36. fan70 says:
    October 22, 2018 at 10:32 am
    The problem in Cleveland is the media and a lot of fans are just whiners! If Hue does nothing they complain and if he tries a change they still complain. It’s his job this year, he has every right to do whatever he sees as necessary to win. If it doesn’t work he’ll be gone and you can all start immediately complaining about the next coach.
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    Whiners? Really? 1 win in the last 2 seasons and they’re whiners? This is the “change” he is trying to revert to. The fans who stick with this team through thick and thin are whiners for not wanting to go winless again? All Hue is doing is taking the ship down with him. Hopefully Dorsey steps in and fires him before he causes any more dysfunction.

  37. ukedunphysscienceproject says:
    October 22, 2018 at 10:58 am
    sikoix says:
    October 22, 2018 at 10:06 am
    A team that was 1-31 the last two years is now the hardest team to beat in the league as almost every game they’ve had has gone to OT and are currently undefeated in their division but lets blow it up. Sports fans aren’t exactly known for being logical.
    ==========

    Hardest team to beat in the league. Let that sink in. 18 teams in the league have fewer losses than the Browns.
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    was quoting someone else making the same point

  38. Oh, dear God, NO! With a real kicker (Phil Dawson?) our record would be a whole lot better.

    Hue, you had only 1 (ONE), repeat ONE, win over 2 (TWO) years. Haley has already doubled that and could have several more…IF WE HAD A LEGITIMATE KICKER!!!

  39. lol Hue loooooovvvves to play that “I’m the head coach” card…If I’m Haley the first thing I do after being named interim HC is so shoot Hue a text with those exact words….

  40. The sooner they get rid of this guy (he’s proven he’s not a coach) the sooner Baker can begin his career!

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