In an unexpected and unexpected move, the Browns announced on Monday that they had dismissed head coach Hue Jackson in his third season with the team. Jackson only went 3-36-1 in Cleveland.
Former Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown was the first to leave. The Browns fired Brown late in the 2017 season, but kept Jackson for another year. But when the winnings did not come despite a much better list, Jackson was fired.
It was not just Jackson. The team also parted ways with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
In the meantime, takes over the leadership of offensive agent Al Saunders former head coach of the Chargers
Why was that that (a kind of) a surprise? When Brown was fired, team owner Jimmy Haslam said at the time that Jackson's job was safe.
"Hue Jackson will remain our coach and will return for the 2018 season," Haslam said.
So it's a bit of a surprise that a team patient who will win in two seasons would now shut up. But on a grand scale, patience has grown old and new Brown General Manager John Dorsey is the one to lead the shots. He is the one who convinced owner Jimmy Haslam to send Jackson.
Detail on #Browns : Owner Jimmy Haslam was in the middle of the season in conflict with the blasting of another coach. He wanted to stay on course late at night. But Haslam spoke to GM John Dorsey, who said that the momentum of Hue / Haley could not continue. Some decisions had to be made for the team.
– Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) October 29, 2018
After Cleveland had completed 2017 with 0-16, Haslam changed his mind, just as he had done with Mike Pettine in 2015. Haslam said that the Browns would "absolutely" keep Pettine, but fired him one week later after two seasons at the top.
That was not quite the same flip-flop. Jackson's repression was earned through his historically poor tenure in Cleveland. So the Browns fired Jackson now? The simplest answer is the most obvious one: he only won one game over two seasons with Browns and could not settle things in his third year.
The Browns' plan for the last few years has been to store and build draft picks, which sometimes means separating with experienced players and acting in the blueprint. That would not win her many games at the present time, but a historically bad two years put Jackson on shaky ground.
Then the team invested heavily in the offseason, adding bonus talents like Jarvis Landry on offense, and several new beginners in the secondary team. It should have made the Browns a contender, but it did not.
Like any other professional sport, the NFL is a result-oriented league. Jackson did not get any results.
The Browns looked good early in the year, opening the season with a draw and eventually winning. But after a 2-2-1 start Cleveland lost three straight and coaching was the main reason for that. The final straw was a 33-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, something that has cost quite a few Brown coaches.
Here's a streak Cleveland would enjoy after Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh: The last five Browns & # 39; head coaches – Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Rod Chudzinski, Mike Pettine – were following the second Steelers game released the season.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2018
After the game, defensive lineman Myles Garrett criticized the game plan of the team, who was different from the one in Week 1 at a 21:21 Match against the Steelers led.
Jackson was hired for his reputation as a brilliant offensive spirit and quarterback developer. He did not have a roster with signalers to work with when he arrived. But he did not manage to make Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan, or DeShone Kizer a decent starter, and there was little reason to believe that he did wonders with Baker Mayfield in the first round in 2018] @RapSheet on NFL Network right now: "From what I hear, Baker Mayfield Hue Jackson will not miss exactly" #Browns
– Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) 29 October 2018
That was not entirely the fault of Jackson. The 2016 season saw injury after injury to Brown's quarterbacks. Griffin only took one game before landing on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. McCown parted his shoulder, Cody Kessler had a few concussions, and the Browns even had to sign Charlie Whitehurst because Hogan injured his ribs.
Injuries were not the issue in 2017. Kizer was mostly healthy except for a migraine problem. But his propensity to make costly sales in the red zone earned him a few trips to the bank. And it's possible that Jackson kicked Kizer up. Most analysts assumed that the second grader was too raw to be an instant starter in the NFL.
The Browns could not improve in one key area: scoring. In 2016 they were penultimate in the league with 16.5 points per game. They were only 14.6 points per game in 2017, making them the last in the league.
So far, in 2018, with Mayfield at the helm, the Browns No. 24 are in the entire offensive and scored points. That was not enough.
What's next for the Browns? Any chance in the postseason is likely to be lost to the Browns, but there is still time to gain and inspire hope for the future with Saunders at the helm. There is too much talent in the team to sit in the AFC North cellar again.
The new General Manager John Dorsey will eventually have a say in the hiring that will not be Saunders, but that will probably come a month later. Dorsey, the former Chiefs Chiefs Officer, has a reputation as a talent evaluator. But now the Browns have to settle for Saunders and the other coaches.