Rain Cloud Looms Over Cleveland as Browns Fire Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator

Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson during the 2018 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sept 11, 2018 (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

CLEVELAND (GSM) – The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley during week 8 of the 2018 NFL season.

Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam released the following statement:

“We greatly appreciate Hue’s commitment to the Cleveland Browns organization over the last two and a half years,” the Haslams said in a joint statement released Monday afternoon. “We understand how critical this time period is in the development of our football team, individually and collectively, and believed it was in the organization’s best interest to make the move at this time, in order to maximize our opportunities the rest of this season. We certainly only wish Hue, Michelle, and his family the best moving forward.”

Offensive coordinator Todd Haley was also relieved of his duties, the team confirmed.

Former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will be the team’s interim head coach until a new selection is made.

Hue Jackson Postgame Press Conference vs. Steelers

Head coach Hue Jackson spoke to the media following the Browns 33-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 28, 2018.

Steelers Convincingly Defeat Falcons

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) catches a touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger over defender Robert Alford (23) of the Falcons. October 17, 2018 at Heinz Field. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) – The Steelers put the game against the Falcons out of reach early and had a field day at Heinz Field.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 19 of 29 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns, two of which were to wide receiver Antonio Brown. JuJu Smith-Schuster (pictured above) also caught a strike, helping to put the game in the bag.

Running back James Conner rushed for 110 yards and scored 2 touchdowns of his own.

Running back James Connor (30) jumps over the pile in the game against the Atlanta Falcons October 17, 2018 at Heinz Field. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

Next week, the Steelers travel to Cincinnati to face their AFC North rival Bengals.

Steelers Defeat Vikings at Home

PITTSBURGH (GSM) – The Steelers struck early via a 27-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to wide out Martavis Bryant for the game’s first touchdown. The final score was 26-9 in a one sided game that helped set the tone in the 2017 season’s second game.

Martavis Bryant strides after scoring the game’s first touchdown. September 17th, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo Brian Cook)

Roethlisberger’s stats: 23-35, 243 YDS, 2 TD. He spread the ball effectively, connecting with 6 receivers.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass with Minnesota Vikings Defensive End Danielle Hunter (99) in his face. September 17th, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo Brian Cook)

Wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster was on the receiving end of Roethlisberger’s second touchdown pass in the second quarter, moments before the end of the first half.

Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is greeted by fellow teammates after scoring the game’s second touchdown against the Vikings. September 17th, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo Brian Cook)

Le’Veon Bell was held to only 87 yards rushing on 27 attempts. However, his performance helped move the clock as the Steelers controlled the time of possession (34:22) throughout the game.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell stiff arms Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. September 17th, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo Brian Cook)

Pittsburgh racked up 2 sacks on defense holding Vikings quarterback Case Keenum to only 167 yards passing on 37 attempts.

Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree (48) records a sack on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7). September 17th, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Photo Brian Cook)

 

Steelers Fall to Ravens at Heinz Field

PITTSBURGH (GSM) – After the team’s first time seeing defeat this season, the Steelers (3-1) lost to the Baltimore Ravens (3-1) 17-14 in the 4th quarter.

Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco connected with receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh for 18 yards to seal the deal leaving the Steelers attempting to make a final, yet unsuccessful comeback.