Browns HC Hue Jackson claims OC Todd Haley has ‘total autonomy’ over Cleveland offense
At the helm of the Cleveland Browns’ playcalling on offense for the past two seasons, head coach Hue Jackson has managed to put together a dismal 1-31 record in Cleveland. This is the worst start to a head-coaching career with one team in NFL history.
On Saturday, it was tweeted by Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network that Jackson confirmed he will give full control of offensive playcalling duties to newly-hired offensive coordinator Todd Haley for the upcoming 2018-19 NFL season.
“Browns HC Hue Jackson opened rookie minicamp practice today watching DBs. Later said new OC Todd Haley has “total autonomy” of the offense, that Haley can’t be expected to call Jackson’s offense, and that the former Steelers OC ‘is one of the best in the business,’” Kinkhabwala said.
The Browns surprisingly decided to keep Jackson despite the team’s 1-31 record during his two-year tenure, which includes the NFL’s second 0-16 season in history alongside the 2008-09 Detroit Lions.
Jackson remains very confident in Haley and spoke highly of him earlier this year to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com at the 2018 Senior Bowl back in late January.
“There’s always bits and pieces that you keep, but this is going to be Todd’s opportunity to put his stamp on this offensive football team,” Jackson said. “This is going to be the Cleveland Browns offense when it’s all said and done, but Todd Haley is leading the charge. People get worried about ‘Whose playbook is it?’ It’s not about that. It’s about what it takes to win for the Cleveland Browns and that’s what Todd will do.”
With a lot of new faces on the roster heading into training camp, it will be very interesting to see how things come together (or completely fall apart again) for this young Browns team during the 2018-19 season. But when it comes to the offense, it’ll be on Haley to get that part of the team going.