The Cleveland Browns concluded their head coaching search on Wednesday with the hiring of Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. Jackson believed the Browns were the best fit for him, but Jackson now must solve the quarterback problem for his team.
Jackson is known for his work with quarterbacks. Owner Jimmy Haslam stated, “He’s smart, he’s tough, he’s confident, he’s competitive. He’s got a great offensive mind. He’s got a tremendous track record developing quarterbacks.”
The Browns are all but done with Johnny Manziel and Josh McCown is more suited to be a veteran backup at this stage in his career. The Browns will have options to fill their quarterback position, but Jackson and the Browns new front office executives must handle this decision critically.
The Browns will be picking second overall in the NFL Draft and will have its choice of Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch, Christian Hackenberg or Connor Cook. Goff and Lynch are seen as early first round picks while Hackenberg and Cook are seen as late first round or early second round picks.
In free agency, the options will include Robert Griffin III and Sam Bradford. Trade could be a possibility for the Browns as well and A.J. McCarron showed potential when he took over for injured Andy Dalton with the Bengals. Jackson is coming from the Bengals and knows all about McCarron which could make him a fit to follow Jackson to the Browns.
Jackson stated, “I came here to win. If I didn’t think we had a chance to do something special, I wouldn’t be here.” It will be possible to win and do something special with the Browns if Jackson can figure out a quarterback solution.