Dunlap: Todd Haley Butting Heads With Head Coach (Surprise!)

Colin Dunlap
October 22, 2018 - 7:23 am
Todd Haley

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- It's happening. 

It's happening right now. 

It's happening because it is Todd Haley and you knew that, eventually, it would happen. 

Drama. Drama. Drama. 

And maybe even a little more drama mixed in for good measure. 

Just because the offensive coordinator took his act a little to the North and West from Pittsburgh didn't mean he'd be able to outrun his penchant for butting heads with his head coach, did it? Um, heck no. All we need now is late-night shenanigans at some bar and we'd be all good. 

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Here we are just seven games into Haley's tenure with the Cleveland Browns --- with a trip to Pittsburgh this coming weekend --- and it looks as if he and head coach Hue Jackson are locked in a tussle for command of an offense that failed to score a first-half point against the dismal Tampa defense on Sunday. 

Oh yes, the almighty Haley commanded a unit that went three-and-out twice in overtime in what would eventually turn into a 26-23 loss to the Bucs and spin the Browns into a 2-4-1 record and the bottom of the AFC North.  

Now Hue has (maybe) seen enough. 

"It's not going to be about butting heads," said Jackson, a head coach schooled on the offensive side of the football. "I'm the head coach of the football team. I will do what I feel I need to do to get this team where it needs to be.''

OK, tell me more Hue. 

I'm here for all of it. 

I'm 100 percent in on the Haley drama. 

"Yeah, he's the playcaller,'' Jackson said. "Trust me when I say I'm not trying to create any issue here, but I think if the offense is not playing well, and we haven't over a period of time, being a head coach and an offensive guy who's done this, I think I have every right as a head coach to jump in and see if I can help and assist and get this thing to where I think it needs to be, because we need to be better on offense. And if that's my specialty, then I need to be involved more and I will be.''

Jackson went on to say that he wasn't sure who would be in charge on the play-calling duties moving forward. But with their season in peril and a very important trip into Heinz Field happening this Sunday, if you're Jackson, how do you sit idly by and let Haley continue to command things? You have to try something different, right? 

Conversely, if you're Haley, how do you take to your boss jumping in and grabbing the wheel so quickly after you got the job and also so quick into the career of Baker Mayfield?

If you are Todd Haley, you probably don't take it well, because Todd Haley doesn't take anything well. 

Oh, this is so wonderful.

Oh, this was bound to happen.

Oh, this is so Todd Haley. 

Oh, this is so Cleveland Browns. 

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