Ian Eagle: Browns under Hue Jackson were ‘complete, disorganized chaos’
The Hue Jackson-led Cleveland Browns were in “complete, disorganized chaos” ahead of the head coach’s final game as head coach, according to Ian Eagle.
The NFL on CBS announcer was on the call for the Oct. 28 Browns-Steelers showdown along with broadcast booth partner Dan Fouts. What the two witnessed during their production meetings with the Browns left them certain the Hue Jackson Era in Cleveland was nearing its merciful end.
“We were not shocked when they made the decision [to fire Jackson and Haley]. It seemed to be complete, disorganized chaos behind the scenes,” Eagle said during an appearance Wednesday on “The Dan Patrick Show,” via the New York Post.
The Browns went on to lose to the Steelers by a score of 33-18. Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were issued their walking papers soon after.
Eagle went on to lay out how their meeting with Jackson was borderline surreal.
Wait until you hear @CBSSports Ian Eagle tell us what Hue Jackson told Dan Fouts when asked about tailoring the #Browns offense more towards what @bakermayfield ran at #Oklahoma: pic.twitter.com/TawtiuQMqQ
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) November 28, 2018
“It’s funny because we look back now on that meeting – and Dan Fouts asked (Hue Jackson) in the meeting – he said, ‘Well, you’ve got Baker Mayfield, via Cincinnati.com. “Why aren’t you running more of the stuff that he ran at Oklahoma? The run-pass option stuff.’ And Hue said, ‘Uh, yeah! Great question. I agree.’ And Dan says, ‘Well, what’s the answer?’ And he goes, ‘I … I agree.’ And we walk out of there thinking, ‘What is going on here?’
The observations made by Eagle certainly shed some light on the brutal things Baker Mayfield had to say this week about his former head coach, specifically how the “fake” Jackson quickly jumped at the opportunity to join the Cincinnati Bengals’ coaching staff.
#Browns QB Baker Mayfield on calling Hue "fake": "There's things that happened inside the building, there's no reason to go into detail about it. We've moved on."
— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) November 28, 2018
“I didn’t like the move… and people don’t have to care. I’m not looking for anybody’s approval.” Amen. https://t.co/TVuUMuQDJQ
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 28, 2018
#Browns Baker Mayfield doesn’t regret anything he said about Hue Jackson after the game or even calling him “fake” pic.twitter.com/u9TDFpK1Ir
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) November 28, 2018
Given everything that has come out since his firing, it goes without saying that the decision to finally split with Jackson after a nightmarish tenure was the right call, if a bit late. That goes for the Browns organization overall and perhaps just as importantly, Mayfield, who may just be the quarterback the team has been waiting on for far too long.