It was what happened during the post-game press conferences, though, that attracted most of the attention.
Head coach Hue Jackson, who has a 3-35-1 record with Cleveland, had some interesting comments in his presser about him getting more involved with the offense.
“I feel like I have to (get more involved). And I want to,” said Jackson. “That’s what I know, so I’m not going to continue to watch something that I know how to do keep being that way. That’s just the truth. I mean, that’s nothing against anybody in our building. I just think that’s what I do, and I think I need to be a little bit more involved.”
Remember, Jackson had the role as offensive play-caller the previous two seasons and went 1-31.
Offensive coordinator Todd Haley has been handling the play-calling duties throughout the season and has done a decent job given the injuries the Browns have been faced with.
Of course, he hasn’t been perfect and has made some head-scratching calls, but given the depleted wide receiving core it’s rather expected.
Yes the Browns have been lackadaisical offensively in the first half in almost every game this season. However, Haley got his offense rolling and they put up one of their best efforts as a collective unit in the second half of Sunday’s loss.
So the timing of Jackson’s comments regarding Haley’s offense created quite the chaos in Cleveland after losing what was seemingly a winnable game…once again.
It’s getting to the point where it’s almost every other week Jackson has another person to place blame on, and it’s usually not himself unless it’s a generic statement about him being the leader and head coach of the football team.
Had those comments not been made, the media circus that has ensued would be non-existent. It’s similar to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, and his Twitter account.
Jackson retracted his comments and stated Todd Haley undoubtedly will continue his play-calling duties. After all, Cleveland travels to take on his former team in the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8.
The bottom line is Jackson has gotten as reckless with his finger-pointing as he has with his overall record as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Todd Haley certainly has room for improvement, but with a limited wide receiver core and two tackles that simply can’t do their job consistently enough, the opportunities become narrow for their quarterback to succeed.
Baker Mayfield has limited time to get the ball out and perhaps that starts with creating quicker, more simple routes for receivers. The offensive line simply doesn’t have the ability to allow Mayfield more than a few seconds before getting bombarded with defenders.
The efficiency when the Browns rookie quarterback can get the ball out quickly is stunning.
Mayfield vs the #Buccaneers, broken down by time-to-throw:
Nonetheless, the Cleveland Browns must find a way to get the offense clicking from start to finish if they want to evolve into a legitimate threat in the NFL.
That is the head coach’s responsibility, however. So is keeping the peace in the locker room, and making accusatory statements don’t bode well for that.
Hue Jackson has the right to intervene with Haley’s approach, and quite frankly should have some input as well. Although, stating it to the media after a frustrating loss only creates a larger problem. The Browns find themselves answering to this now, as if they don’t have enough to figure out on the field.
The growth of Baker Mayfield is paramount and any clutter in the locker room between the coaching staff is simply unacceptable as explained by Aditi Kinkhabwala on Monday.
.@AKinkhabwala on @923TheFan on whether Hue Jackson-Todd Haley situation is affecting rookie QB Baker Mayfield: “I think you’re smart enough to know the answer to that…” pic.twitter.com/p3csziZUlW
— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) October 23, 2018
Owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam along with general manager John Dorsey better hope the players don’t lose sight of what’s important. Because if so, Jackson’s tenure could be ending soon.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are fresh off of a bye week as they host the Browns, fresh off of their third overtime game of 2018, this Sunday.
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