Haslams remain unwavering their commitment to Hue Jackson

Browns owners decline to set win-loss expectations this year

Daryl Ruiter
July 28, 2018 - 2:35 pm
Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam speak with reporters on July 28, 2018

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Contrary to the popular belief of some, the burner on Hue Jackson’s hot seat has not been turned on.

Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam remain steadfast in their commitment to Jackson and to giving him an opportunity to turn their floundering franchise around despite winning 1 game in 2 years.

“I think our commitment to him has been unwavering and still is,” Jimmy Haslam said Saturday, hours before the first full padded practice of training camp.

Jackson appreciated the support.

“First of all, I want to thank Dee and Jimmy for saying that. As I said all last year, I felt like I had their full support," Jackson said. "They were always in communication with me, and I thank them for that. I am glad that they feel that way. My job is to go out and coach this football team and get them better. We have to do it better than we have ever done it since I have been here. We have some players that I think are going to make a difference, but at the same time, it is all talk right now. We have to go do it. We have to keep working. I do thank them for that.”

Coming off an 0-16 season general manager John Dorsey gutted a significant portion of the roster and infused it with legitimate talent including quarterback Tyrod Taylor, receiver Jarvis Landry and safety Damarious Randall this offseason raising expectations that the Browns will finally be competitive this season.

So where have the Haslams set the bar for Jackson and the Browns this year?

“That’s hard to define,” Dee Haslam said. “I think we’re going to see a lot of progress among our players, I really do.”

Dorsey isn’t done with the roster either.

On Friday nearly 15 players worked out, including cornerbacks Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones and Brashaud Breeland. The Browns are also considering signing former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant.

“They’re working hard every day to make us a better team,” Jimmy Haslam said. “We will look at any and everybody within reason to try and help us get better. Whether it’s somebody to be the 53rd player of the eighth player we’re going to take a look at them and I give this staff tremendous credit for doing that. I mean, they are working out people every day, looking at people all the time and that’s what you gotta do to get better.”

That infusion of talent is why the Haslams are more inclined to treat this season as Jackson’s first as opposed to his third.

“I think we’ll see the real Hue Jackson,” Jimmy Haslam said. “He’s got good quarterbacks, he’s got some skill players, he’s got a veteran offensive line – now we gotta figure out left tackle, three really good backs and good defense. Give Hue credit for bringing in Todd Haley which will allow Hue to be the head coach, so I think this will be the first opportunity Hue’s had the opportunity to do what we know he can do as a head coach, as a leader.”

Since 2012 when the Haslams agreed to purchase the team for a billion dollars, the Browns have won just 20 games and lost 76.

Jackson is their fourth head coach and Dorsey is their fourth general manager.

Over the course of the last 6 years the financial value of the team has skyrocketed while the product on the field has plummeted to depths never known to professional football before. 

The Haslams feel the pain of their long-suffering fans which drove their aggressiveness this offseason in turning over the roster.  

“We're not going to do anything that's going to be a one-year flash in the pan,” Jimmy Haslam said. “But at the same time, we feel pressure to win. We feel the responsibility that we haven't won before. We feel the fans' pain, too. We feel your pain.

“Our fans deserve better and hopefully starting this year they're going to get it."

The Haslams believe Jackson will deliver.