On Monday, Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported that the Cleveland Browns are hiring Todd Haley to be the team’s next offensive coordinator, per sources familiar with negotiations. Given their past relationship, one of those “sources” could very well be head coach Hue Jackson.
Earlier in the day, Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reported that the Browns were on the verge of reaching a deal with Haley. Albert Breer of The MMQB added that a source tells him that Jackson “will cede play-calling duties to Haley.” Haley had a strong endorsement from Kurt Warner after not being brought back to Pittsburgh, where he was their offensive coordinator since 2012.
The refreshing thing about this whole situation is that Jackson’s offense just wasn’t quite clicking over the past two seasons, whether it was him imbalance in calling run plays or just seeming overwhelmed. I still don’t know if we can trust Jackson as a “head coach,” but at least now, we’ll be able to see him fully take on that role.
Also, I think there is a real chance that Haley will be able to implement his offense as opposed to having to abide 100% by Jackson’s offense. It’s something to look forward to in 2018. Here is how the Steelers’ offense ranked in yardage and points scored every year since 2012:
Todd Haley’s Offensive Rankings in Pittsburgh