The Cleveland Browns have announced that they have appointed ex- Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as their new head coach. Jackson only has 1 year of head coaching experience – with the Oakland Raiders in the 2011-’12 season – but he carried the Raiders to an 8-8 record which was tied for first in the AFC West. Since then, he has been the defensive backs coach, running backs coach and offensive coordinator for the Bengals, and every year people have believed that he deserves another shot as a head coach. Surely, one of the key factors in the Browns interest in Jackson is – other than his overall success as an offensive coordinator – thanks to Dalton’s progression under his leadership.
This season Dalton was one of the best QB’s in the league until he was injured and was even deserving of the MVP talk surrounding him. The Browns, who have a few key players to build around, will likely hope that whoever is playing QB next year can have similar success to that of Dalton’s this year. Furthermore, by-all-accounts Jackson is popular amongst the players, and that is huge for the Browns. Since things started going south during the last tenure, this team has been missing a certain something and have looked despondent at times.Jackson figures to be a good choice to try and change that which could resolve some of the Browns issues. With Jackson at the helm, the Browns do have reason to believe this could be the start of their turnaround.