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Todd Haley Named Browns OC, Will Take Play-Calling from Hue Jackson

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 08:  Todd Haley of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 8, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns announced Wednesday they have named former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley to the same job.

Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com first reported the hire on Monday and noted head coach Hue Jackson will give play-calling duties to Haley.

"If I was going to turn over the play-calling duties to someone else, it had to be to someone that was experienced and had a long history of success in this league," Jackson said as part of his statement in the team release. "We were going to be patient about it because there is always a lot of movement in the early part of the offseason. When Todd became available, I jumped at the opportunity to meet with him. Once we sat down and talked, it became quickly evident that Todd would be a great fit."

Cleveland hadn't had an official offensive coordinator since Jackson took over in 2016.

Jackson is just 1-31 in two years at the helm, with the offense especially struggling despite the coach's previous experience on that side of the ball. The team ranked 31st in total points in 2016 and last in the category in 2017.

Meanwhile, Haley has spent the past six years as the Steelers offensive coordinator, finishing in the top 10 in both points and yards in each of the last four seasons. Despite his success, the organization chose not to renew his contract following the divisional-round loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

There was reportedly friction between him and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the season, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Haley—who was also 19-26 in three years as a head coach of the Chiefs—gets a fresh start with Cleveland, although there will be a significant drop in talent from his time with the Steelers. Pittsburgh had six Pro Bowl players on offense this year, including three first-team All-Pro players.

The Browns will still need to find a franchise quarterback after DeShone Kizer finished last in the NFL with a 60.5 quarterback rating this year, but bringing in an established play-caller such as Haley is a step in the right direction.

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