Browns hiring Todd Haley as offensive coordinator
The Cleveland Browns have landed a new offensive coordinator.
NFL Network’s Michael Silver reported Monday that Todd Haley is taking the job, according to sources familiar with negotiations.
Haley spent the past six years as Pittsburgh’s play-caller, but the Steelers decided not to renew his contract following last week’s 45-42 playoff loss to the Jaguars. Not helping matters, the 50-year-old Haley reportedly struggled to get along with star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Haley is likely to be working with a rookie quarterback if (and when) the Browns select one with the first- or fourth-overall pick in the draft. The team also houses DeShone Kizer and Cody Kessler under center, but neither have done enough to prevent Cleveland from heat-seeking their choice from the college ranks — or pursuing a veteran in free agency or via trade.
The question here is what sort of scheme we can expect from the Browns. Will it be Haley running Jackson’s offense, his own playbook or a mixture of both? Cleveland went without a coordinator over the past two seasons largely because Jackson — an experienced play-caller — was brought in under the assumption that he alone could rescue the offense.
Brady missed his media availability Wednesday because of a meeting with the medical staff to address the issue. The team listed the future Hall of Fame quarterback as a limited participant in practice.
New England also listed defensive lineman Alan Branch (knee) and running backs Rex Burkhead (knee) and Mike Gillislee (knee) as limited participants.
Other injuries we’re tracking ahead of this weekend’s conference title games:
1. If the Jaguars plan to challenge New England, a big game from Leonard Fournette is critical. After tweaking his ankle against the Steelers last week, the workhorse rookie running back returned to practice in a limited role on Wednesday. Big news for Jacksonville.
Safety Barry Church (shoulder) and defensive tackle Malik Jackson (ankle) were also listed as limited participants.