With Thursday’s firing of Sashi Brown, any eyes that weren’t on him are now on head coach Hue Jackson.
With a 1-27 record which is the worst start by a head coach with a team in NFL history, Jackson’s seat should be hotter than hell but owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement that Jackson will remain the head coach for the 2018 season.
It’s fair that Brown should have been fired for the start but to give Jackson essentially a free pass and say that it was solely the talent put on the field and not the coaching is complete asinine.
Brown did make some mistakes in talent evaluating especially at quarterback and wide receiver but Jackson and coaching staff haven’t exactly been lighting the world on fire with coaching.
Hue’s play calling, clock mismanagement as well as his own quarterback evaluating have been terrible. The refusal to run the ball dating back to last season has made things difficult for whoever has been under center for the Browns.
His defensive coordinator scheme is consistently giving up 30 points and finds it necessary to play Jabrill Peppers out of position and thirty yards from the line of scrimmage every game isn’t utilizing Peppers’ talent.
Now Jackson gets to keep his job and from the sounds of it, regardless if the team goes the unthinkable 0-16 mark this season, will be the head coach of the 2018 Cleveland Browns.
It’s insane that the potential new general manager may not be getting a say on who his head coach is going to be and I think will limit the potential candidates unless the people Jimmy and Dee Haslam have already interviewed have said they’ll work with Hue Jackson.
So you bring in a new general manager, keep Hue Jackson and hypothetically Jackson starts 0-4, 0-5 next season and then he gets fired after a potential 1-35 or 1-36 start. Then 2018 would be a waste of a year much like it was when Eric Mangini got to stay for another season in 2010 when Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert stepped into the front office.
Jackson did himself no favors during Thursday’s press conference when he had to address questions about Brown’s dismissal.
Jackson shouldn’t say anything about the leaks that get out to the media when everyone knows of his relationship with NFL Network reporter Michael Silver.
It’s put up or shut up time for Hue Jackson. That 1-27 record is just as much yours than it was Sashi’s. Better start winning soon or the love and support the Haslams have for you will be gone.