Ranking John Dorsey’s best moves in first year as Cleveland Browns GM
2-T. Firing Hue Jackson, Todd Haley
On October 30th, Dorsey and the Browns decided it was time to move on from Hue Jackson as head coach. After compiling a 3-36-1 record with the Browns, Jackson was never able to help one of his teams become a winner.
Jackson would continually pass off blame from himself, and never seemed to take responsibility for his record as the Browns head coach. Under Jackson, players were never really put into positions to succeed, as Jackson never adjusted his game-plans to the talent on the roster.
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When Jackson was fired, the immediate reaction was that the Browns would make then-offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, the interim head coach. Instead, the Browns announced that Haley was being fired as well.
Reports then appeared that Haley could of been sabotaging the Browns offense in order to make Jackson look bad, allowing Haley to take over when the Browns fired Jackson.
It was obvious that with Jackson and Haley in the building, it created a toxic situation for everyone involved in the organization. With a roster full of young players that need time to develop, having two coaches that were constantly fighting each other was not going to create a culture for success.
With two coaches clashing, the players were not the first people in their minds. Instead, the coaches were more worried about themselves instead of the success of the team.
Firing Jackson and Haley was a turning point for the Browns this season. Which leads us into the next best move that Dorsey made and the reason why there is a tie for the second best move.