Jackson, Haley Had "Toxic" Relationship

The Cleveland Browns cleaned house Monday, firing head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
October 30, 2018 - 9:05 am

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The Cleveland Browns cleaned house Monday, firing head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley following a 2-5-1 start to the season.

“It got to be pretty much a toxic and untenable situation between Hue Jackson and Todd Haley,” Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan reporter Daryl Ruiter said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Both are strong personalities. Hue Jackson (was fighting) to keep his job. Todd Haley wanted to maintain the autonomy he was promised with the offense when it came to game plans and play calls and things of that nature. When you have that kind of stuff going on behind the scenes, the Haslams do what they normally do: they don’t take sides; they just fire everybody. I think that’s why they went the route that they went Monday.”

After going 1-31 over the last two seasons, the Browns have played infinitely better this year. They’ve won two games, and three of their losses have come by three points. They’ve been competitive almost every week.

That, however, wasn’t enough to save Jackson – or Haley.

“It’s my understanding these talks have been going on for about a week to 10 days,” Ruiter said. “Hue Jackson officially went on the hot seat following the overtime loss to Tampa Bay. I was told that several people in the organization were very displeased not only with the loss to the Buccaneers in overtime but how Hue Jackson continues to handle himself and blame other people. And just the lack of leadership from him when he came out and said he was going to stick his nose in the offense and ‘help’ Haley. That just did not go over well. So Jimmy Haslam went with Plan C: fire them both and get them both out of there. It’s now Gregg Williams’ show.”

The Browns play their next two games at home before a Week 11 bye. Cleveland hosts Kansas City (7-1) and Atlanta (3-4) on Nov. 4 and 11, respectively. Both games kick off at 1 p.m. ET.