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Cleveland Browns Pull the Plug on Jackson

Written by Charlie Mitelhaus

October 29, 2018, the Cleveland Browns (2-5-1) fired head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley, following the team’s 33- 18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2-1). Jackson first came on board as the lead man for the Browns in 2016. In his short stint as head coach, Jackson lead Cleveland to a 1-31 overall record over his first two seasons.

Including last year’s 0-16 season where the Browns joined the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only two teams in NFL history to finish an entire season without a single victory. Even with all of the disappointment that the Cleveland Browns organization has faced in recent times, Jackson was still given a chance this year to attempt to turn things around.

An offseason that included the acquisitions of first overall draft pick, quarterback Baker Mayfield, as well as proven performers in defensive back Damarious Randall and wide receiver Jarvis Landry, was not enough to translate to a more successful on field product. Week one of the 2018 NFL season saw the Browns end their 17-game losing streak with a tie against fellow AFC North division rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers. In week three of this season, Cleveland finally broke the streak and pulled off their first win in 635 days, over the visiting New York Jets (3-5) on Thursday Night Football.

The Browns have yet to reach the playoffs since 2002, with 2010 being the last year Cleveland finished the season in a position above last in the AFC North (5-11 that year). With a young, new rookie quarterback at the helm in the talented Mayfield, the Browns have shown slight glimpses of success this season. A young team that has talent on both sides of the ball, Cleveland’s next move will be figuring out who will take over both the head coaching and offensive coordinator duties as the 2018 season continues to progress.

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Charlie Mitelhaus