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Cleveland Browns fire head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley

Posted: 11:57 AM, Oct 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-29 18:46:38-04
Report: Browns fire coach Hue Jackson
Report: Browns fire coach Hue Jackson

The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Hue Jackson. It was the first, but not the last, firing of the day.

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After a promising start to the season, one in which Victory Fridges flew open in anticipation of a new era of Cleveland football, the Browns lost three straight games as calls for a change grew louder from fans. 

"The actions and decisions we made today speak for themselves," said owner Jimmy Haslam during an afternoon press conference, a portion of which you can watch here: 

Jackson's complete record with the Browns was 3-36-1.

That's three wins in three seasons.

So who's coaching the Browns now?
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been named interim head coach. Freddie Kitchens will serve as the offensive coordinator.

RELATED:  Gregg Williams named Browns interim coach

Many fans and members of the media expected that offensive coordinator Todd Haley would replace Jackson, but Haley was sacked as well on Monday.

RELATED: Todd Haley has also been fired

“The message today is that we’re not going to put up with internal discord," Haslam said.

A similar fate
The last six coaches for the Browns have all been fired following a loss to the Steelers, a game that typically occurs at the end of the season.

A look back at the Jackson era (let us never speak of it again)
According to the Associated Press, Jackson was dismissed by general manager John Dorsey. The firing came a day after the Browns lost their 25th straight road game.

Jackson lost all 20 road games during in his tenure. 

He was hired in 2016 by owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, who stuck by him despite a 1-15 record in his first season and the Browns losing all 16 games last season, joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as only the second team in league history to go 0-16.

But beyond the lopsided losses, quarterback changes and bad luck, the Browns have been constantly saddled with drama and dysfunction under Jackson, who came to Cleveland after serving as Cincinnati's offensive coordinator and went 8-8 as Oakland's head coach in 2011.

Last week, Jackson's offer to help offensive coordinator Todd Haley following a loss in Tampa Bay underscored another power struggle as Jackson fought to stay in control.

The Haslams will now look for their fifth full-time head coach since buying the Browns in 2012.

The owners released a statement this afternoon: 

"We greatly appreciate Hue's commitment to the Cleveland Browns organization over the last two and a half years. We understand how critical this time period is in the development of our football team, individually and collectively, and believed it was in the organization's best interest to make the move at this time, in order to maximize our opportunities the rest of this season. We certainly only wish Hue, Michelle, and his family the best moving forward."

The Browns have not made the playoffs since 2002.

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It doesn't get any easier
Cleveland hosts the powerhouse Kansas City Chiefs (7-1) on Sunday.

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BROWNS SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Thu 08/08 · Browns 30, Redskins 10 (1-0)

WEEK 2 · Sat 08/17 · Browns 21, Colts 18 (2-0)

WEEK 3 · Fri 08/23 · Browns 12, Buccaneers 13 (2-1)

WEEK 4 · Thu 08/29 · Browns 20, Lions 16 (3-1)

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · Sun 09/08 · Titans 43, Browns 13 (0-1)

WEEK 2 · Mon 09/16 · Browns 23, Jets 3 (1-1)

WEEK 3 · Sun 09/22 · Rams 20, Browns 13 (1-2)

WEEK 4 · Sun 09/29 · Browns 40, Ravens 25 (2-2)

WEEK 5 · Mon 10/07 · 49ers 31, Browns 3 (2-3)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/13 · Seahawks 32, Browns 28 (2-4)

WEEK 7 Bye

WEEK 8 · Sun 10/27 · 4:25 PM EDT at New England Patriots (CBS)

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/03 · 4:25 PM EST at Denver Broncos (CBS)

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/10 · 1:00 PM EST Buffalo Bills (CBS)

WEEK 11 · Thu 11/14 · 8:20 PM EST Pittsburgh Steelers (Fox, NFL Network, Amazon)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/24 · 1:00 PM EST Miami Dolphins (CBS)

WEEK 13 · Sun 12/01 · 4:25 PM EST at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)

WEEK 14 · Sun 12/08 · 1:00 PM EST Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

WEEK 15 · Sun 12/15 · 4:05 PM EST at Arizona Cardinals (CBS)

WEEK 16 · Sun 12/22 · 1:00 PM EST Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

WEEK 17 · Sun 12/29 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)