Hue Jackson, 50, will take over the Browns with 29 years of coaching experience. Jackson, who spent time with in-state and division rival Cincinnati Bengals as an assistant, will tackle his second head coaching gig.
Jackson’s first stint as a head coach was a short one, as he was fired after one season with the Oakland Raiders following a disappointing 8-8 finish. A major reason why the long time assistant lost his job in Oakland was due to a failure to reach the playoffs.
Jackson looks to rectify his failure with the Raiders by attempting to lead a Browns team to the postseason for the first time since 2002.
Cleveland owns a passionate fan base; however, they have unfortunately felt the sting of mediocrity for what is now 14 straight seasons. The pressure of attaining success in Cleveland has resulted in a large movement in head coaches, as the Browns have not been able to play under a set staff for more than two seasons since 2008.
In comparison, since 2008, the rest of the AFC North division has had just one head coach man each respective team opposed to the Browns six. The hope in Cleveland is that Jackson will finally be the steady choice for several years.
The Browns finished the 2015 season with three wins and thirteen losses. As a result, they are granted the second overall pick in this year’s NFL draft.
Several key positions need to be addressed for the Browns to become a legitimate playoff threat in the coming years, but many believe quarterback is at the top of the list. This is due in large part of the resent new head coach Hue Jackson has against former first-round pick Johnny Manziel.
According to a report from Cleveland.com, Jackson’s immediate concern is to acquire a quarterback. The new Brown’s head coach said in an interview, “If there is a quarterback there at pick number two or pick number 32 that we feel is the best option, the best for our organization, for our football team, then we need to go get him.” He continued by saying, “I do believe that this team does need a quarterback.”
The aforementioned quotes suggest the once highly coveted Manziel is not the option for the newly run Browns team. There is justifiable reason to believe “Johnny Football” will be looking for a job quite soon.
Dare I say the Bears may be interested?
New offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains was a Quarterbacks coach for the Browns in 2014 and worked with the controversial Manziel. Plus, its no secret the Bears are looking for a quarterback to develop who could eventually take over the starting duties.
Johnny Football signed a four-year deal in 2014, so the Browns will have to trade the 23-year-old quarterback. The asking price should be relatively light, as its apparent Jackson has no use for Manziel.
Should the Bears take a flier on this unproven talent? Some say hell yes due to his natural play-making ability. I say absolutely, positively, for the love of everything that is good, hell no.
Manziel is a walking dumpster fire who refuses to stay out of the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. From a publicized trip to a rehab clique for his nightlife activities, to reports of Manziel disguising himself and partying in a Las Vegas bar, the former Heisman trophy winner will only hurt a franchise that takes a chance on him.
Let’s take away his obvious off-field problems for a second and stick purely to a football perspective. Manziel has proven that he can’t play the position of quaterback in the NFL. His knack for add libbing broken plays and porous mechanics make Manziel an obvious pass — even if he would cost almost nothing.
The Chicago Bears are the definition of a traditional franchise that tends to stay away from problem players (minus Brandon Marshall, but he wasn’t all that bad). Manziel to the Bears is not happening. If it actually comes to fruition, I will be more shocked than when Jim Hendry traded Chris Archer for Matt Garza.