Fired Browns coach disputes owner’s claim of ‘discord’


CLEVELAND (AP) — Fired Browns coach Hue Jackson disputes owner Jimmy Haslam’s assertion there was “internal discord” on the coaching staff.

Jackson was dismissed by Haslam on Monday after going 3-36-1 over two-plus seasons. The owner cited a personality clash as the main reason he fired his fourth coach in six years along with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

While appearing on ESPN, Jackson acknowledged he didn’t win nearly enough and said any disagreements he had with Haley or other assistants were nothing beyond what’s normal in the NFL.

Jackson said he doesn’t regret hiring Haley, but felt he was “on the clock” and needed to bring in a qualified play caller after going 1-15 and 0-16 in his first two seasons.

Jackson said he’s gone public so quickly after his firing because he wants people to understand “I’m human just like anybody else. So what am I supposed to do? I’m not going to go crawl into a hole and say pull the covers.”