The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Hue Jackson according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Jackson went 3-36-1 in 40 games as the Browns head coach, the position he was hired to in January 2016 after a successful stint as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.
His 11-44-1 career record (.205 win percentage) is the second worst win percentage by any NFL head coach that has coached at least 40 games, the worst win percentage in modern NFL history.
A change was necessary over the last several weeks because it looked like the team was unraveling losing the last three games after a 2-3-1 start and the impressive play with rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield.
However, the early struggles in games with the offense led to Jackson speaking publicly that he wanted to help offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Reports started surfacing Sunday morning about dysfunction and suggestions that Haley would be removed in favor of retaining Jackson.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam reportedly wanted to keep things in place and ”stay the course” but according to NFL Network, general manager John Dorsey pushed for a change to be made.
Dorsey clearly knows that Mayfield’s development, as well as the development of the youngest roster in the NFL needed a new direction and that Jackson couldn’t lead these men and it was apparent with those reports on Sunday saying that Jackson wasn’t holding players accountable for being late and not adhering to the dress code for road games.
Now the organization can get a jump start on the coaching search with eight games left in the 2018 season. Dorsey can start reaching out to agents of college coaches and coordinators who would be interested in becoming the next long-term head coach.
The change has come Cleveland and it’s about time.