CLEVELAND, Ohio — Pink slips were flying in the brisk October breeze as the Cleveland Cavaliers fired head coach Tyronn Lue Sunday while the Browns followed suit on Monday and fired head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
The Cavaliers were 0-6 at the time of Lue’s firing while the Browns had just lost to Pittsburgh to go 2-5-1. Neither team was living up to expectations.
Lue wasn’t playing some of the younger players that the front office wanted him to play while Jackson and Haley didn’t see eye-to-eye over which personnel to use in the Brown’s offense.
Lue and Jackson each spent about the same length of time as coach of their respective teams with far different results. In 2016, Lue coached the LeBron James-led Cavs to Cleveland’s only major championship since 1964. Lue and LeBron also made the NBA Finals three straight years.
In 2016, Jackson and the Browns went 1-15 and then followed it up in 2017 by going 0-16. Sure Jackson didn’t have the luxury of having the best player in the world on his roster, which is why owner Jimmy Haslam didn’t fire him last year when he brought in new general manager John Dorsey.
In short, Lue probably didn’t deserve the quick hook while Jackson’s was long overdue.
Crowquill, by Plain Dealer artist Ted Crow, appears three times a week in The Plain Dealer and on cleveland.com.