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Browns could reportedly fire OC Todd Haley if ‘dysfunction’ continues

Hue Jackson

The Cleveland Browns have struggled on offense over the past several weeks, and head coach Hue Jackson indicated there are some issues going on behind the scenes when he discussed that publicly this week. According to one report, significant changes could be on the horizon if the trend continues.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said Sunday that the Browns are on the verge of making a big change if the “dysfunction” with their coaching staff is not resolved, and one move they will consider making is firing offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Rapoport reports that Jackson and Haley have not been on the same page for several weeks despite people in the organization trying to find ways to get them to work together.

Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield has had some expected highs and lows since he took over as Cleveland’s starter, and Jackson said after last week’s overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that offense is his “specialty” and he’s not going to sit by and watch the current struggles continue. Some took that to mean he was considering taking play-calling duties away from Haley, but Jackson later said that will not happen and insisted everyone is on the same page.

The Browns have made progress this year by winning two games and tying another, but they have to avoid going into a tailspin over the second half of the season. Mayfield recently downplayed the comments Jackson made, but it seems obvious that there are issues brewing in Cleveland.

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