When Jimmy Haslam fired Sashi Brown and hired John Dorsey to be the new general manager of the Cleveland Browns, the owner made the unusual decision to already announce that head coach Hue Jackson would return to coach the team in 2018.
Many fans hoped that Dorsey would be able to convince Haslam otherwise in the mean time, especially since Jackson’s club just went 0-16. After Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, though, Haslam doubled down on his commitment to Jackson, telling reporters that he “doesn’t think Hue has lost [his] magic.”
#Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said he TOLD new GM John Dorsey that Hue Jackson would return as head coach, that there was no debate. Says, "I don't think Hue has lost (his) magic."— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) December 31, 2017
Future Hall of Fame left tackle Joe Thomas also vouched for Jackson to Haslam:
Caught up w/ Joe Thomas just now. He said when #Browns owner Jimmy Haslam asked his take on Hue Jackson, he told him: When you fall in love w/ a girl and you go through a rough patch, you have to remember why you fell in love.— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) December 31, 2017
Said coach should stay.
Haslam also threw in a bit of a dig toward former Executive VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown. When asked about the difference between fixing things heading into last offseason and then fixing things heading into this offseason, Haslam said the difference is that they now have John Dorsey.
How do you like it, Browns fans? Cleveland is 1-31 during Jackson’s reign, has shown very poor coaching skills and game management decisions, but Haslam still believes he has the magic. He must, because that’s one hell of a spell that he has the owner under.