John Dorsey won’t confirm that Hue Jackson will be back next season
New Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey on Thursday declined to categorically confirm head coach Hue Jackson will be back next season.
The Browns are now 1-28 during Jackson’s tenure, so the notion he lacks job security beyond this season is reasonable.
However, it appeared that the firing of former general manager Sashi Brown came after losing a power struggle with Jackson. Moreover, the Browns confirmed almost immediately after Brown’s dismissal that Jackson’s job was safe via a statement from owner Jimmy Haslam.
Statement from Browns owner Jimmy Haslam: pic.twitter.com/U55uBf36FB
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 7, 2017
And yet, Dorsey wasn’t about to unequivocally declare Jackson the team’s head coach in 2018. Dorsey’s interview Wednesday with ESPN Cleveland, as chronicled by Pro Football Talk.
Here’s the question from Aaron Goldhammer: “There’s some reports out, and I just want to be clear about this, John, about you potentially at the end of the year, if the Browns don’t win a game, pushing for a coaching change. Are you willing to categorically say today that Hue Jackson will be the coach of the Browns in 2018?”
“I’ve always said I live in the present, and I build for the future,” Dorsey told Goldhammer. “I live in the present. Right now the sun’s out, the tarps are coming off the field, we’re practicing outside, we’re getting ready to play the Baltimore Ravens, which is a divisional game. That’s my sole focus. And then it’s also getting familiar with the whole layout and the organizational structure in terms of creating my daily routine.”
Dorsey has been all over the place Thursday. And perhaps shockingly, his comments on Jackson’s lack of job security wasn’t the most newsworthy — not to mention controversial — thing Dorsey put on the record during his interview. Dorsey in essence threw Brown under the bus by stating the previous regime didn’t get “real players.”
#Browns John Dorsey doesn't hold back on his opinion of the previous regime in a radio interview today: 'The guys that were here before, they didn't get real players' https://t.co/NhvsfpVXjL
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 14, 2017
Dorsey faces a daunting task in attempting to turn around the Browns and get the team pointed in the right direction. Perhaps his no-holds barred approach is the best way to shake things up.