The Cleveland Browns appear to be improved in 2018, with talent all over the roster and a new level of competitiveness when compared to previous years. The team, however, has underachieved based on that talent through eight weeks of action with a 2-5-1 record.
Many thought that had a lot to do with the head coach who had led them to just one win over two seasons and, on Monday morning, word broke from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Browns are moving on from head coach Hue Jackson.
Moments later, that news was confirmed by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
In a bit of interesting synergy, the Cleveland Cavaliers also parted ways with their head coach over the weekend but Jackson’s dismissal comes in the midst of very different circumstances. Jackson has been maligned throughout his tenure in Cleveland and, in short, it can’t come as a massive surprise to see a head coach fired after compiling 3-36-1 record with an organization. The team’s 2-5-1 record this season also comes with two overtime losses and an additional three-point defeat (against the Saints) that was accompanied by coaching mismanagement.
It will be interesting to see how the Browns operate moving forward but Jackson produced an historically inept performance in terms of win-loss record and, on the heels of yet another loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, organizational leadership had apparently seen enough to (finally) pull the trigger.