Browns head coach Hue Jackson currently owns a 3-35-1 record during his tenure thus far in Berea. Following the team’s 26-23 overtime loss to Tampa on Sunday, many fans calling for a change at the helm of the team, but internally the organization appears comfortable with the staff in place.
“We are not frustrated to the point of fracture. We are frustrated because we are not winning,” explained offensive lineman JC Tretter. “It is not to a point we are turning on each other or turning on our coaches.”
Instead, the players told the media that despite the fans' frustrations, they are united in the wake of the losses and stand behind their coaches.
Tight end David Njoku said the team is giving "110 percent, We aren’t really affected by the outside noise. We are focused on what we have to do in here."
While the relationship between Jackson and his players appears to be smooth, many are hypothesizing a rocky relationship brewing between Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Jackson identified the offense and its slow start as a problem area for the Browns. While he plans to step in and help the offense, Jackson clarified on Monday that he is not taking over the play calling from Haley.
“I never said I was going to take over the play calling,” Jackson said. “When I said I’ll do whatever I think I need to do that is to help. And if there was something I needed to change I would.”
The Browns are currently ranked 21st in the league on offense. Despite their overall lack of success, Njoku told the media he doesn’t think a lack of preparation is the problem.
“We must execute. That is probably the most important thing. We have to execute early and often," Njoku explained.
Despite another loss added to an abysmal head coaching record and fanbase ready for change, the coaching staff has another week to identify problems and correct them. Because even though many fans believe the numbers tell the story, it’s still the organization that ultimately makes the decision.