Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Browns HC Hue Jackson’s decision to bench rookie QB Cody Kessler on Thursday has “heightened tension” between the front office and the coaching staff.
According to La Canfora, more change appears to be inevitable for the Browns, who could end up 0-16 when all is said and done.
Sources tell La Canfora that Browns DC Ray Horton is “facing a very uncertain future” with the team, considering that his defense is allowing over 30 points per game. La Canfora says that Horton was actually a “very unpopular” pick to run the team’s defense among different parts of the organization but had a ton of support from Jackson.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his wife, Dee, have reportedly become “increasingly hands on” and a number of departments are now reporting to ownership.
“You basically have a husband and wife in charge of various areas they don’t really understand — football, coaching, scouting, analytics, ticketing, marketing,” a team source tells La Canfora. “And that’s the way they want it.”
Haslam has notably been quick to make changes since purchasing the franchise. He’s already fired three head coaches and three GMs in the past four years. Everyone was preaching patience with the new regime looking to completely overhaul the team but it sounds like pressure is mounting, as the team remains winless on the season.
We’ll have more regarding potential changes for the Browns as the news is available.