The Cleveland Browns are in position to hire Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as the new head coach according to the Associated Press.
This will be the Browns eight head coach since 1999 once they finalize a deal. Jackson has head coaching experience coming into this team. He made Andy Dalton in two years become a better quarterback. Dalton’s numbers was the best statistical season in his career. He knows how to run an effective offense despite having a backup quarterback in the playoffs. He has deep knowledge of the AFC north division.
Jackson faces a tough challenge taking the job. The Browns over the past few years been the laughing of the league. Under Mike Pettine in his first year, they were a winning team until they loss more games down the stretch. The drafting on Johnny Manziel took the team back based on his off-the-field issues. Pettine wasn’t on board with the pick, but the owner was. They also weren’t competing on defense despite adding players such as Tramon Williams at the corner position. What is Jackson going to do?
The Browns have the second pick in the 2016 draft. Most likely they will use it on a quarterback, who potentially can be the leader of the team. A franchise quarterback can at least make them a relevant team in the league. But there are also other needs such as more wide receivers, linebackers and a good running back. Jackson has a lot of work to do with this franchise, but how long will he last when others failed?