Browns coordinator Todd Haley downplays tension with head coach Hue Jackson

Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley isn’t concerned about head coach Hue Jackson’s comments of becoming more involved in Cleveland’s offense. 

Haley downplayed the tension between the two and attributed Jackson’s remarks to emotions that come after a loss. 

“Yeah, that’s what it sounded like, and we talked about it,’’ Haley told reporters Thursday. “This is an emotional game. It’s not for everyone. Coaching in the NFL, especially being in that spot, is not for everyone. It’s a high-pressure, high-stress job, and we’ve just got to keep doing what we know is right.”

OC Todd Haley at the podium

After the Browns’ 26-23 overtime loss to the Buccaneers in Week 7, Jackson said he had to become more involved the offense. He set the record straight Monday, saying Haley will continue to call plays. 

“I don’t think I was worried that he would take my comments the wrong way,’’ Jackson added Thursday. “I was worried that he’d take what everybody was saying and writing and the way that everybody made it out to be the wrong way. You always have to handle those things very quickly and privately. We did, and we move on. Like I said, he’s been great.”

Haley, who was the head coach of the Chiefs for three seasons from 2009-11 and spent the past six seasons as the Steelers offensive coordinator, reiterated he knows his role within the Browns and he’s on the same page with Jackson. 

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“I’ve been around a long time, been in this league around a lot of different personalities,” Haley said. “One thing I’ll never be is reactionary. I’m here for one purpose and that’s to help this offense, continue to grow this offense, continue to develop this offense. We’re all on the same page. Nothing has changed.’’

The Browns (2-4-1) will face the Steelers (3-2-1) on the road Sunday with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. ET.

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