Despite watching his team go 1-15 this year, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has no plans to ax head coach Hue Jackson.
In fact, it’s quite the opposite. After Cleveland lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime on Sunday, 27-24, Haslam gave Jackson a vote of confidence.
“Really pleased with Hue and really pleased with our personnel group,” Haslam said outside the visitors’ locker room at Heinz Field (h/t Nate Ulrich of Ohio.com). “I think we have the right people in place. It took us a while to get there, and I’ll take all the responsibility there. I think this time last year we said this is going to be multi-year rebuilding. It is.”
That Jackson is loved by those within the Cleveland organization is not up for debate. We saw just how emotional players were last weekend after they won their first game, and despite the mountain of losses they have played hard for Jackson all year long.
At this point, the biggest question there is regarding this franchise is this: What is the plan at quarterback?
Will the Browns see if Robert Griffin III can become the franchise quarterback the Washington Redskins thought they had when they drafted him No. 2 overall in 2012? Or will Cleveland use the No. 1 overall pick to draft one of the college players coming out this year?
This decision will likely be the one that has the biggest impact on Jackson’s job security going forward. It’s going to be fascinating to see what happens on this front going forward.