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

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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.” Bills: Red­skins: Wil­liams un­der­went thumb surgery in Pitts­burgh and will not be avail­able to play against the At­lanta Fal­cons. … Re­ceiver Jami­son Crow­der (an­kle) and run­ning back Chris Thomp­son (ribs) have also been ruled out.

Saints: De’An­gelo Hen­der­son and safety Ibra­heim Camp­bell to make room on the ros­ter for McGuire and Miles.

Bron­cos: Den­ver will be with­out starters Bradley Roby, Dar­ian Stew­art, Bran­don Mar­shall and rookie re­turner DaeSean Hamil­ton for their game against the Hous­ton Tex­ans on Sun­day. The Bron­cos ac­ti­vated safety Su’a Cravens off in­jured re­serve and re­placed re­ceiver Isa­iah McKenzie with River Cracraft on Fri­day. NFL: The league is kick­ing off its ‘Sa­lute to Ser­vice’ ini­tia­tive to honor the na­tion’s mil­i­tary men and women, vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies. Each team will des­ig­nate an up­com­ing home game to sa­lute mil­i­tary he­roes.

49ers: One of the team’s cheer­lead­ers kneeled dur­ing the play­ing of the na­tional an­them Thurs­day night, pre­sum­ably to carry on the protest started two years ago by Colin Kaeper­nick. It’s at least the sec­ond time a mem­ber of the team’s Gold Rush squad took a knee dur­ing the an­them.

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