Hue Jackson, Todd Haley feud the latest round of dysfunction for Browns

Jimmy Haslam: “We are not going to put up with internal discord”

Daryl Ruiter
October 29, 2018 - 5:53 pm
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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The tug of war between Hue Jackson and Todd Haley came to a head Monday.

Jackson was trying to save his job while Haley was trying to maintain the power over the offense that he was given when he was hired in January but that wasn’t the full story according to owner Jimmy Haslam, who provided few details and little insight into what went terribly wrong once again at 76 Lou Groza Blvd.

“It was far bigger than who was going to call plays,” Haslam said Monday, hours after firing both Jackson and Haley.

Instead of picking sides, the Haslams and Browns gave both the boot.

“It's very troubling,” Haslam said. “It is hard to win in the NFL. If anybody knows that, it is us. I think the message today is we are not going to put up with internal discord. We want people who are collaborative and work together.”

Unfortunately for the Haslams, that is something they’ve never enjoyed as owners.

The Jackson-Haley feud joins the Jackson-Sashi Brown, Mike Pettine-Ray Farmer and Michael Lombardi-Rob Chudzinski fight cards of Browns lore.

The one constant in this mess: the Haslams.

But why does this keep happening on their watch?

“I do not know. I will accept the blame because ultimately, it is the person at the head of the ship,” Haslam said. “I will take the blame as ownership. I can’t explain it more than that. We have had different situations with different people. I know that it is something that we are not going to tolerate moving forward.”

The Browns are an incredibly inept 22-81-1 since the Haslams became associated with the franchise in 2012.

After they cleaned house at the end of the 2012 season, including the coach-GM duo Pat Shurmur and Tom Heckert, who actually worked together and got along, the Haslam’s have hired a multitude of coaches and GMs that didn’t last long because they couldn’t get along.

The result: 17-70-1 since 2013.

Jackson’s firing wasn’t much of a surprise. 3-36-1 says it all but there are no regrets about bringing Jackson back for a third year.

“I really do not. I think that Hue was put into a really difficult position his first two years with the talent that we had and we felt like he deserved a chance at a third year,” Haslam said. “Unfortunately, it did not work out the way we all hoped it would.”

Haley’s dismissal turned heads, but they were not about to reward Haley for winning a power struggle with their head coach, so he went too.

“What we are attempting to do here is create the best environment moving forward,” general manager John Dorsey said.

The current power structure has Dorsey and the head coach reporting independently to ownership, so it’s of little surprise that bickering and backstabbing continues to dominate the football side of the building with coaches and executives vying for the owner’s ears while things go south.

To Haslam’s credit, he left open the possibility of a change, but not until January.

“At the end of the year we'll evaluate everything,” Haslam said.