Jackson being safe at this time is something of a surprise given the context of the winless campaign but, in the end, it appears that Cleveland's leadership decided it was the roster, not the coaching, that is dooming the Browns at this point.
During his tenure overseeing the personnel department, the Browns mustered a horrid 1-27 record. The Browns fired their executive VP of football operations on Thursday, and in a statement on the move, Jimmy Haslam pointed out that Jackson will return as the team's coach in 2018. The Browns have two first-round picks in next year's draft and the team could have as much as $100 million in salary-cap space to help it rebuild. The Browns' next GM will be its ninth since the franchise moved to Cleveland in 1999, the most in the National Football League in that span. We need to ensure that we maximize our opportunity for success; with our picks, free agency and building our roster.
Along with losing, the Browns have been consistent in front-office and coaching shake-ups.
Brown was named the team's top executive by the Haslams during an overhaul following the 2015 season. Cleveland now sits at 0-12 entering Week 14 of the season. The team now holds 10 picks for 2018.
Those two clubs, however, have young quarterbacks - Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson - whose early success might be most responsible for Brown getting fired. It's also extremely self-serving to submit that Jackson, Cleveland's play-caller, knew in advance that his team would have trouble putting points up on the board.
Recently, the Browns failed to execute a trade with Cincinnati for quarterback AJ McCarron. McCarron prior to the NFL's October 31 trade deadline.