Cleveland Browns: Early potential head coach hires if Hue Jackson is fired
By Dan Justik
Jackson decided that he needed to hire an offensive coordinator for the 2018 season, and he jumped at the opportunity of hiring Todd Haley.
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Both have similar style of offenses, as they like to push the ball vertically. But over the past couple of years, Haley has led dominant offenses compared to Jackson’s offenses that could never get going.
In Haley’s time with the Steelers, he was consistently putting together top-ten offenses. Some might say that was because he had Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown. But Haley helped Bell and Brown become the players they are today.
In 2017, the Steelers offense had the third most yards in the NFL and the eighth most points scored. The Steelers also put up 42 points against the Jaguars, who had the NFL’s best defense last season, in the playoffs.
Haley has three seasons of experience as a head coach. From 2009-2011, he was the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. His best season was in 2010 when he led the Chiefs to the playoffs with a 10-6 record. Haley has an overall record of 19-26 and he was the Steelers offensive coordinator ever since.
If the Browns were to make a head coaching change in the middle of the season, Haley would be the most likely to become the interim head coach. There is some belief that Dorsey hired Haley in case he was to fire Jackson early in the season. But even if a move is not made until the end of the season, Haley would most likely be a strong candidate to replace Jackson.