Source: Browns fire Jackson after 2-plus years

The Cleveland Browns have fired coach Hue Jackson, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday.

The Browns are 2-5-1 this season, doubling the win total from Jackson’s first two seasons with the team. Cleveland was 1-15 in his first season and 0-16 last season. The Browns hired John Dorsey as general manager late last season and Dorsey kept Jackson on as coach despite the team’s winless season.

There were rumblings that the relationship between Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley had deteriorated to the point that a move might have to be made.

The Browns lost to the Steelers 33-18 on Sunday after playing to a tie with Pittsburgh in the season opener. The past five Browns⁠’ head coaches — Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski and Mike Pettine — were all fired after the second Steelers game of that season.

Jackson, 53, had one season of head-coaching experience before coming to Cleveland, guiding the Raiders to an 8-8 record in 2011.

Since 2016, the Browns are last in the NFL in win percentage, offensive efficiency, points per game and total quarterback rating. Jackson’s career .205 win percentage is second worst in NFL history among all coaches with at least 40 games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Jackson’s 3-36-1 record with the Browns is the worst head-coaching record for one team in NFL history (minimum 40 games).

Seven different quarterbacks started for Jackson’s Browns and only Tyrod Taylor didn’t have a losing record:

  • Taylor (1-1-1)

  • Baker Mayfield (1-4)

  • Robert Griffin III (1-4)

  • Kevin Hogan (0-1)

  • Josh McCown (0-3)

  • Cody Kessler (0-8)

  • DeShone Kizer (0-15)

The Browns also went 0-20 on the road during Jackson’s tenure, the worst road record by any coach with a single team in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).

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