Ex-Browns coach: Haley thought he’d be interim coach when Hue was fired

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Former Browns head coach Sam Rutigliano, a longtime mentor to Todd Haley, says that Haley was expecting to be named Cleveland’s interim head coach when Hue Jackson was fired. Instead, Haley was fired too.

Rutigliano, who was the Browns’ head coach from 1978 to 1984 and has been described by Haley as an influential figure in his coaching career, said on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland that Haley thought he’d be Jackson’s replacement.

“Why did they fire Todd Haley?” Rutigliano said. “I talked to him on the phone. When he was going to the office he thought he was going to take over. And he got fired. . . . He said to me, ‘I had no idea. When I was going back into the office I thought possibly if they were going to let Hue Jackson go, that I would have the opportunity now to be the interim coach and then get the job eventually, and that’s why I came here.’ And then it went the opposite direction.”

Rutigliano said that Haley and Jackson never saw eye to eye, and that Jackson, with his 1-31 record in his first two years in Cleveland, shouldn’t have been telling Haley how to run the offense.

“I don’t think they had a relationship,” Rutigliano said. “You’re working with a guy who had one win and 31 losses and he’s going to tell you what to do? And he proved all three years that he was incompetent. He wasn’t qualified for the job.”

The 85-year-old Rutigliano still follows the Browns closely, and still has strong opinions about the team. And he clearly believes that the team is currently being run poorly.

67 responses to “Ex-Browns coach: Haley thought he’d be interim coach when Hue was fired

  1. As much as Hue Jackson was a bad coach, it might show why the Browns got rid of Haley too since he came in to a position below the head coach and started feuding with the head coach immediately because he “Didn’t want to be told what to do” by the head coach.

    Now sure Jackson might have meddled with the offense too much, but how soon before Haley starts saying the GM or owner don’t deserve to tell him what to do because they have so few wins?

  2. I thought he’d be the interim guy as well. But I’m glad he’s not in the running for permanent coach so I’m not real sorry he was let go. Dude can’t get along. And saying basically point blank that he took the job to take over when Hue was inevitably let go, yeah, classy stuff.

  3. “that I would have the opportunity now to be the interim coach and then get the job eventually, and that’s why I came here.’ If that’s an accurate quote or relaying of Haley’s sentiment, then that’s problematic. He should have been there to do such a good job that Jackson would have kept his – not to be there to take over as head coach when Jackson would get fired.

  4. Not a Hue Jackson fan, but man, Haley is pretty slimy. He took the job expecting the guy who hired him to be fired. Obviously he had very little interest in helping his boss succeed. Think Browns did the right thing by letting both of them go. Jackson wasn’t good head coach (besides the record, can’t hire the right people), and Haley would just throw everyone under the bus.

  5. Haley was a part of the toxicity. He often is. Canning him was the easy part. The fact that he thought he’d be the interim guy only proves how huge his blind spot is for his own tendency to create dysfunction.

  6. I wonder Haley will be the next Lions OC. I just don’t see a return of Jim Bob Cooter. Not sure how I’d feel about that…

  7. Todd Haley is an ok OC and a really bad HC! It was easy to be an ok OC with the Steelers with Big Ben, (who didn’t like Haley) Brown, Bell, and a good OL. As KC Chiefs HC Todd Haley (19-26-0 W-L%-.422), Hue Jacksons never had enough talent to win in a tough AFC North. If Haslem and the GM wanted Haley as HC they should have fired Jackson and hired Haley as HC but for Haley to come in and try to undercut Hue Jackson as HC is low and unprofessional by Haley.

  8. “I had no idea. When I was going back into the office I thought possibly if they were going to let Hue Jackson go, that I would have the opportunity now to be the interim coach and then get the job eventually, and that’s why I came here.”
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    So Haley goes to Cleveland with the intention of replacing The Head Coach, instead of going tuber with the intention of helping the head coach succeed.

    That is sad, and so but aka volumes of his character.

  9. A messed up situation, for sure. Sam Rutigliano was a nice guy as a coach, but he needs to work on Mr. Haley’s people skills. And run something other than Red Right 88.

  10. myvietnamwasfightingtheclap says:
    November 7, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Brazenly ignorant statements by Rutigliano. Is he part of the reason Haley is an underhanded malcontent?
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    Cut Sam some slack – he’s 85. When you reach that age you just start spewing whatever’s on your mind.

  11. “Obviously he had very little interest in helping his boss succeed. Think Browns did the right thing by letting both of them go.”

    Very astute observation.. ya, think? Look, Haley didn’t come to that team to be an assistant on a team run by a moron. He, like everyone else on planet earth, expected Hue to be fired and I can assure you Haley wasn’t going to moor his ship to the dock that is Hue Jackson. He had to be clear that he was not Hue Jackson so that he would be seen as a welcome change when they finally did fire Jackson. It didn’t end well for him but I don’t think he had much choice unless Dorsey laid that out to start.

    To be honest, I don’t think Dorsey fired Haley. I think Dorsey fired Jackson and Haslam fired Haley.

  12. Who is surprised by this admission? The only thing I’m shocked at is Haley actually admitting it. So, he came to Cleveland with the sole purpose of and not with the idea to run an offense to help make the team better, but to sow confusion, discord, undermine his boss and take his job! If I steer completely clear of Todd Haley if I were any HC in the NFL.

  13. Dorsey has control. {till he doesnt). Balls in his court now. (till it aint). With Haslem, Who knows?

  14. I don’t understand this comment, “Rutigliano said that Haley and Jackson never saw eye to eye, and that Jackson, with his 1-31 record in his first two years in Cleveland, shouldn’t have been telling Haley how to run the offense.”

    Wasn’t Jackson the Head Coach?
    Doesn’t the Head Coach get to decide what he wants for his offense?

    Sounds like Haley didn’t want to adhere to the chain of command. Given that, can Haley really be surprised that he was let go?

  15. therealraider says:
    November 7, 2018 at 7:12 pm
    Jimmy Haslam never should have brought Hue back for year 3. If you go 1-15 and follow that up with 0-16. You shouldn’t be fired, you should be shot.

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    They were quite obviously tanking for picks. That’s why Hue got a 3rd year. It was the plan. Now I wonder if Hue could’ve been decent in year 3 if he didn’t have a snake trying to ruin him (Haley). The Browns did look improved, initially…before all this Haley nonsense.

  16. “The 85-year-old Rutigliano still follows the Browns closely, and still has strong opinions about the team. And he clearly believes that the team is currently being run poorly.”

    Now there’s an earth-shattering observation.

  17. The Browns are going to ruin Baker Mayfields career with crap like this. I feel bad for the dude, drafted #1 overall to a franchise with no stability whatsoever that has been the NFL’s dark-hole where careers go to die for well over 20yrs now. Haslam should of listened to Dorsey from the jump and fired Hue Jackson over the off-season, that would of made wayyyyy to much sense though as the sensible thing to do so of course Haslam wanted no part of it.

  18. perception problem…. I used to work for a narcissist like him. Browns were right to admit their mistake in hiring this pompous backstabbing blowhard. NFL beware…

  19. i hope people realize that after this, todd haley is pretty much blackballed from ever being a head coach and possibly coordinator in the nfl again…unless one of his friends tries to do him a favor. no head coach or front office guy in their right mind should hire him if his main goal was to take hue’s job.

  20. carloswlassiter says:
    November 7, 2018 at 6:57 pm
    Todd Haley and everyone else on the planet not named Haslam thought Todd Haley would be the interim HC.

    But that makes too much sense for the Browns.
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    They smartly dodged a bullet. Haley isn’t HC material.

  21. johnthorpe says:
    November 7, 2018 at 8:14 pm
    I don’t understand this comment, “Rutigliano said that Haley and Jackson never saw eye to eye, and that Jackson, with his 1-31 record in his first two years in Cleveland, shouldn’t have been telling Haley how to run the offense.”

    Wasn’t Jackson the Head Coach?
    Doesn’t the Head Coach get to decide what he wants for his offense?

    Sounds like Haley didn’t want to adhere to the chain of command. Given that, can Haley really be surprised that he was let go?
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    He’s saying that Hue was incompetent, and should have let Haley run the offense. You don’t get to 1-31 by doing things right.

  22. Additionally, there are some jobs that just aren’t good jobs. I said it then and I’m saying out now, when Hue Jackson took the Cleveland Browns job it was not a good job, as a mater of fact it was the worst HC job in the NFL. There are some jobs you’re better off without. Against the advice of many in the profession and being so desperate to get a HC job, Hue Jackson took this job and now his reputation is almost damaged beyond repair!

  23. Just add Mayfield to the list of QB’s that could have been something great but were drafted by the Browns instead. Hoping I’m wrong, I love rooting for the Browns, but reality hits hard sometimes.

  24. That’s some great mentoring! Employees that don’t do what they’re asked to do by their bosses usually don’t get promotions, but what do I know? He’s obviously delusional if he thought he was in line to take over the position he helped to undermine. He’ll be alright though, as I’m sure there’s a bunch of head coaches that are going to want to hire him now that they realize he won’t be shy about telling them he knows more than they do.

  25. “The real travesty is that the Browns are rewarded with top draft picks each year as a result of their dysfunction.”

    Redclaw1314, I speak for every Browns fan when I say we don’t see it that way.

    It’s not a reward,ever, to pick in the top 10 and certainly not as many times as this team’s fans have endured.

  26. Why does everyone think Haley is a bad guy for taking the job in the hopes of hue getting fired and him getting the job? It was only inevitable that hue was going to get fired and it was just a matter of when and he wanted to be there to be in position to take the job. And if you were hired to be the OC and you have some guy who’s 1-31 trying to keep it the way he wants it, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t get along with guy either.

  27. Further proof what a loser Tod Haley. If you were so good, let your play calling speak for itself. As a Browns fan I’m SO GLAD Dorsey canned both of these losers. I personally hope, neither ever worth in the NFL again.

  28. The HC is the boss that is why you do what he tells you to do. Haley didn’t so the Browns fired him as they should. I never liked the guy after the incident at midfield with Mcdaniels after his Chiefs were crushed by Denver. The thought that went through my mind watching it was what a loser. I don’t understand why any organization would want someone like that working for them. But I am sure someone will come a calling.

  29. Way back in 2006, Haley couldn’t get along with the WR’s in Dallas while he was the WR coach. Then he couldn’t get along with his GM in KC. Then he couldn’t get along with his QB is Pittsburgh. Now, once again, it comes out that he couldn’t get along with his HC.

    When will teams learn that he creates conflict where ever he goes?

  30. Everyone here does know that Haley wasn’t Jackson’s hire, right? He was a Dorsey guy. In effect, the GM set Hue up to completely implode so he can get his guys in. Pretty callous.

  31. Fun story on Rutigliano. After having his qb throw a pass that was intercepted for a TD in the final seconds of a game, instead of running the clock out, he told the media in his post game presser that “there are a billion chinese who didn’t give a damn the Browns lost”. Art Modell fired him the next day. Riverboat Sam and the Kardiac Kids…those were the days !

  32. come on people..You don’t know if Haley was told when he took the job he was next in line or not. If he was then his comment is perfectly in line with what anyone would have said. Jackson was a bad coach and a back stabber who blamed everyone when he could. There was no one else to blame and get fired so he was already blaming Haley and trying to cover his own butt again. And honestly he should not have been trying to run any of the offense. He had his shot at couldn’t get it done. He also did not want Haley in the building to start with. he did not hire him and was against it from the start.

    Haley is an ass and not a great coach but he is not at fault here.

  33. ‘I had no idea. When I was going back into the office I thought possibly if they were going to let Hue Jackson go, that I would have the opportunity now to be the interim coach and then get the job eventually, and that’s why I came here.’ And then it went the opposite direction.”
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    So he’s admitting to sabotaging the team in hopes of Hue getting fired and him getting the spot.

    I guess Shannon Sharpe doesn’t sound like a crazy conspiracy theorist after all when he said the offensive play calling in Cleveland looked purposely bad.

    Basically Hue signed his own pink slip by signing a backstabber. Good luck getting a job as a coordinator in the NFL again. Not sure how many coaches out there wants an offensive coordinator who admits to hoping his team fails so he can get promoted. I’m normally very critical of Jimmy Haslam but he made the right call there by firing him.

  34. lawrence stacy says:
    November 8, 2018 at 12:34 pm
    come on people..You don’t know if Haley was told when he took the job he was next in line or not. If he was then his comment is perfectly in line with what anyone would have said.

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    You dont hire a head coach, or anyone for that matter, and believe they’re going to fail. You especially don’t make a hire and then tell other employees they’d be inline for a promotion if their new hire fails.

  35. Two old losers, trying to one up each other to the detriment of a young team. Thank God for John Dorsey.

  36. Did I just read a quote from Todd Haley that said his motivation for coming here was a belief that Hue Jackson would be fired and then he could be coach??? What a lousy human being. There’s no way you’re adequately supporting your head coach if your primary motivation is to replace him. Dorsey made the right call.

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