Despite an 0-16 record and 1-31 overall during his two seasons, Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson is safe for the 2018 season.
His staff however may be not.
Mike Jurecki, a Arizona Cardinals reporter for 98.7 in Phoenix tweeted out this shortly after midnight Cleveland time on Sunday night/Monday morning.
This report also backs up NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport saying that Dorsey will be one hiring the offensive coordinator .
It’s very odd to me that a general manager is making the changes to a coaching staff instead of the head coach but the way the Cleveland Browns do things under Jimmy Haslam is always very odd.
The way he’s structured the organization the last several times has not worked but he’s insisted that it’s the right way to do things.
Add in the fact that he’s not allowing Dorsey to hire his own head coach and once again essentially arranging another “shotgun marriage” in the organization is another recipe for disaster for the Cleveland Browns.
I have an interesting theory though on what could be possibly happening regarding this rumor.
If Hue Jackson isn’t agreeing with what Dorsey is potentially doing with the staff changes, then I think Haslam and Dorsey are trying to force Jackson to resign as head coach or a potential trade to Cincinnati.
Haslam has had to buyout a lot of coaches’ and general managers contracts after firing them since taking over as owner in 2012.
He’s fired three head coaches and five front office executives which leaves him on the hook for millions of dollars to pay them out.
On Sunday morning, it was finally revealed thanks to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.con that Jackson has three years remaining on his deal at around $5 million per season.
So if Haslam would’ve fired Jackson, he’d have to pay him $15 million while also having to find a new coach and coaching staff and give them new contracts.
The Cincinnati rumors are still out there and aren’t dying unless Bengals owner Mike Brown decides to keep Marvin Lewis for another season or promotes from within.
Brown reportedly has a close relationship with Jackson from his time in Cincinnati and has always wanted him to be Lewis’ successor whenever Lewis stepped down as head coach.
Peter King did a Facebook Live chat on Sunday morning and he said that Cincinnati still wants Hue Jackson but the Haslams weren’t making a change because they’re tired of the merry go round of coaching changes.
Haslam and Dorsey are likely hoping Jackson either resigns or decides to move on to Cincinnati where they can work out a trade so they can be off the hook for Jackson’s contract and are able to find a new head coach that Dorsey can work in lockstep with.
It’ll be an interesting scenario to watch in the coming days and weeks