Not only did the Browns fire head coach Hue Jackson on Monday, they went ahead and fired offensive coordinator Todd Haley as well.
The move was made an hour after Adam Schefter reported that the team let go of Hue Jackson after two and a half seasons as the head coach. Haley only lasted eight games as the offensive coordinator of the Browns.
It’s unclear who will take over the offensive play calling and no official word has been made by the team on these moves.
Clearly the organization wasn’t happy with the reports and the in-fighting going on between Jackson and Haley and weren’t going to let it continue to be a distraction.
Now both are removed from the organization and the leaders of the organization, owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam as well as general manager John Dorsey will have to try and not only salvage the remaining eight games of this season but also look towards the future as they try to find a new head coach.
When Todd Haley was hired back in January, many wondered how the relationship was going to work between himself and Jackson who called the offensive plays for Cleveland in 2016 and 2017.
During the team’s Hard Knocks series, it was apparent that the relationship wasn’t strong when Haley questioned the team’s toughness but Jackson made it clear that he was the head coach and he’d run things as he sees fit.
Haley did improve the offense in his short stint with the team improving to 24th in the NFL in points scored and offensive yardage with 21.1 points and 342.38 yards per game.
The rushing game which lacked under Jackson thrived under Haley ranking ninth but the passing game didn’t look promising ranking 24th in the NFL which wasn’t on Haley just the lack of offensive talent surrounding rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network has reported that Haley wouldn’t listen to the direction of Jackson and was doing what he wanted on the offensive side of the ball but as Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported on Sunday night, Haley’s contract stated that he had full autonomy of the offense and Jackson couldn’t step in.
As for potential replacements for Todd Haley to take over the offensive play calling, the obvious choice is Browns quarterback coach Ken Zampese who was the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Zampese was the offensive coordinator for the Bengals from 2016 through the first two games of the 2017 before he was fired. He does have a strong track record of helping develop quarterbacks in Cincinnati like Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton.
Another name could be wide receivers coach Adam Henry. He’s been an NFL coach since 2007, as a wide receivers coach and an offensive quality control coach.
Whatever moves are made are likely only for the remainder of the 2018 season with the theory that they’ll wipe the slate clean after the season ends and a new permanent head coach steps in.