The Cleveland Browns have officially fired Head Coach Hue Jackson this afternoon, ending his tenure of 2 1/2 seasons with the Browns. Jackson was brought in as Head Coach in 2016, and totaled an abysmal record of 3-36-1 for the Browns, who have a record of 2-5-1 this year. Jackson and the Browns had one win in 2016 and had a winless 2017 season and finally snapped their losing streak in a tie against Pittsburgh in Week 1 and won in Week 3 against the New York Jets. Jackson has been heavily scrutinized during his time in Cleveland, and he was often considered one of the worst coaches in football. Cleveland fans have been seeking this decision for a long time, and the ax was finally dropped today, just a day after Tyronn Lue was fired from the Cleveland Cavaliers' staff.
According to @3DonovanLive from WKYC News, the Browns are promoting Al Saunders, the Senior Offensive Assistant of the Browns, to interim head coach. He is credited with helping create some of the best offenses of all time, including the "Air Coryell" San Diego Chargers of the 1980's and "The Greatest Show on Turf" St. Louis Rams of the 90's and 2000's. He was the head coach of the Chargers from 1986-88 and was an assistant in Kansas City, St. Louis and Washington before being offensive coordinator of the Rams in 2008. He then worked for Baltimore, Oakland and Miami before landing in Cleveland, where he has been since 2016. It is a surprising inside hire, as Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley and Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams were rumored to be considered as replacements. It will be interesting to see what the Browns will do after the season is over, if they decide to stay inside the organization or look elsewhere for Jackson's permanent replacement. One name to watch out for is Lincoln Riley, who is the University of Oklahoma's Head Coach. Baker Mayfield flourished under him, winning a Heisman trophy and a College Football Playoff berth during his college career. The Browns do have some good talent on this team, with players like Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, Myles Garrett, and Denzel Ward all signed for the long-term future. With the right coaching to guide these players, the Browns won't be the laughingstock of the NFL for much longer.