Cleveland Browns fire Coach Hue Jackson; defensive coordinator Gregg Williams named interim coach

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns have fired Head Coach Hue Jackson, sources first told Fox 8’s Peggy Gallek. The team made it official Monday afternoon.

The interim head coach is Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the Browns tweeted.

The Browns are not focused on finding Jackson’s replacement; instead, they are focused on the final eight games of the season.  Williams could be considered for head coach if he’s interested after the season, Jimmy Haslam said during a news conference.

The team fired its embattled coach on Monday, ending a run of futility nearly unmatched in NFL history. Jackson, who went 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons, was dismissed on Monday by general manager John Dorsey.

Jackson’s firing came one day after the Browns (2-5-1) lost their 25th straight road game — 20 of them coming with Jackson in charge.

The Browns, who have not made the playoffs since 2002, have lost three straight games after a promising start to this season.

Jackson was hired in 2016 by owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, who have stuck by him despite a 1-15 record in his first season and the Browns losing all 16 games last season, only the second team in league history to go 0-16.

But beyond the losing, the Browns have been constantly wrapped in drama and dysfunction under Jackson. Last week, his offer to help offensive coordinator Todd Haley following a loss in Tampa Bay underscored another power struggle as Jackson fought to stay in power.

Jackson’s firing comes one day after the Cleveland Cavaliers fired coach Tyronn Lue, who led the team to an NBA title in 2016 but was struggling in his first season without star LeBron James.

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