And now we know it. The time had actually passed for Hue Jackson. The Browns fired him Monday morning after a loss to the Steelers. He took that on. The drama last week, in which he threatened to engage in the game and then blame him, caught up with him.
What is Hue Jackson good for? If you ask the head coach of the Browns himself, he would tell you that insulting is his specialty. "That's what I know," he claimed last week after the Buccaneers had suffered overnight. His statement came with the promise to "find out" the offensive coordinator Todd Haley why the Browns could not score enough to win games.
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So what exactly did Jackson do to help this week's offensive? Nobody knows. Not even Hue Jackson!
When asked about these comments after losing this week, Jackson wiped it off.
"I do not want to talk about last week or [credence] say anything," Jackson said after Sunday's game. "I said what I said out of frustration, that's over."
He was visibly annoyed that the reporters had the audacity, the explanation he had made in the past, a week ago, put forward.
So, how did that even turn into something?
Let's turn back last week, another game by Browns.
They lost 26-23 in overtime to the Bucs. After this game Jackson promised to interfere in the offensive decisions of the Browns.
"I have to jump upside down, all hands, feet, everything, and find out, it's so easy, I think I have to, and I want, I know that, so I'm not going to keep watching what I know That's just the truth.
"It's not against anyone in our building. I just think that I do that. And I think I have to be a little bit more involved. No one will look at the boxing score and think that the offensive in this loss was great for the Bucs, but a steady diet, Nick Chubb to feed the ball and Baker Mayfield, which relied on Jarvis Landry, and Tight End David Njoku brought them out of a 16-2 deficit in the first half to force overtime.
It's not rocket science.
This was the best and most ominous part of his statement last week:
"I am the head coach of the football team. I will do what I have to do to get this team where it needs to be.
Was Jackson A Responsible?
LOL, you should know better.
Rumors of a Gunfight
One familiar thing happened Sunday morning before the inevitable loss of Brown to the Steelers – rumors about This time it was Haley with his head on the block, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Browns could fire Haley if the fighting continued, which was at least one possible solution.
But you really do not have to Every single one of Brown's football (God, why would you?) watch out to know that the problems go far beyond the offensive Everyone in the building suffers from football anemia It is endemic.
Jackson and Haley come to suprise Nobody who somehow knows them, not with each other. You saw some of these tensions at Hard Knocks this summer, they quarreled about dormant Sp The tension over how Jackson handles the players, d. H. With a lack of discipline, reportedly still causes problems.
Last week's comments were not good – surprisingly – with the rest of the team. A head coach who publicly scourges his seasoned offensive coordinator is not well received. Their power struggles also made it more difficult in the dressing room.
Hue Jackson always finds a scapegoat. Last season, it was Sashi Brown, a front-office guy who took the case for Jackson's 0-16 season. This time Haley is served.
So what happened this week?
To hear Jackson talk about the game this week, his involvement in the offensive was no more than usual. This comes in handy when you're ashamed of the Steelers, who themselves were a pretty embarrassing moment when they did not consider the free kick a free-kick.
The difference is that the Steelers rebounded from their faux pas. For Hue Jackson's Browns, now 3-36-1 since he was hired, it's a way of life.
It's the usual list of conservative game calls, terrible tact management, and undisciplined play that always haunts the Browns under Jackson, no matter which luckless jewelry coordinator was unlucky enough to work for him.
On the first ride of the game, the Browns did a decent job of moving the ball. They drew 69 very beautiful yards to the Steelers & # 39; 13 where they had a third and a three. Pittsburgh knew what was coming, Duke Johnson right in the middle. They stuffed him for a three-meter loss, and the Browns opted for a field goal.
My personal favorite moment came at the end of the first half. The Steelers, 7-6 lead, got the ball on their own 13 with 7:20 left after Baker Mayfield threw an interception. They all used up to eight seconds of remaining time on a touchdown drive, which made it 14-6. Hue Jackson had to burn all three timeouts when the ride started, and he had all three timeouts left when half ended.
Hue asked why he did not use timeouts late in the second quarter: Honestly, I do not even remember that.
– Zac Jackson (@ AkronJackson) October 28, 2018
Short memory is important to be a Browns fan. It's a less appealing quality for the head coach.
When the Steelers got a, um, generous seat on the same ride, Jackson could not challenge, but he could have called a break, hoping to get the refs to look again. Or, if nothing else, a break, just to give his defense a chance to gather before the Steelers converted the quarter-and-short on the next game.
The Excuses Emerge in Cleveland
Jackson's short reminder came in handy when he was asked about the drama last week.
"Guys, I said what I said last week, and obviously it had legs, but I never said I wanted to take away Play Calling, I said, I wanted to help, that's it. Now, suddenly, it's such a big thing, because surely everyone will look and say what's going on? "
Whatever was on the offensive this week, calling games or just giving helpful advice did not work , But because he had laid that down, it was much harder to blame the offensive coordinator. Jackson positioned himself as part of the solution, offered a straw man and did not want to be held accountable for the same terrible results.
Oh, and he and Todd Haley are fine too.
"There is nothing wrong with my relationship with Haley," he added.
Maybe not, but forgive me for not taking it at face value. Some interesting reports began to circulate on Sunday evening, with reports of the two men's disagreement over the crime.
Jackson, according to ESPN, reportedly wants the Browns to use more no-huddle offensive, more skew and reading options, games designed to be a better fit for where Mayfield is in his first season in the NFL. This kind of games did not always work either. And it probably does not help that the Browns have a pretty bad group of recipients behind Landry. Haley prefers a more traditional offense, more dropbacks, which may be a liability behind this offensive line.
If we changed the offensive arrangements that we learned about Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports, that would require permission from owner Jimmy Haslam.
Whoever was the source for these reports, they would give Jackson a little disguise for the team's offensive bouts, despite his "help" last week. Whatever his weaknesses as a head coach may be.
Jackson has always been pretty good at putting his version of events in the media in one way or another. He survives by creating chaos and then positioning himself as a victim and the person who can clean up everything.
But this time it did not matter. Jackson was fired.
There's another guy who has Haslam in his ear right now: CEO John Dorsey. Not even a year into the job, he has done a lot to help clean up the team's staffing problems … removing Jackson's biggest apology for his inadequacy in ranking. The loss to the Steelers and all the drama that went with it was just too much for Hue.
It's another tough season at Dawg Pound, but at least the Browns will finally get a new head coach and be on course to win.