Former Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson has elevated himself to a head coach, oddly within the same division that he's spent most of his time. The Cleveland Browns are reported to have worked out a deal with the former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator and will be introducing him later today as their new head coach.
Browns and Hue Jackson have reached agreement, per sources. Press conference to introduce him later today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2016
The signing of Hue Jackson away from the Bengals was the first step in the collapse of the Cincinnati Bengals that I called for earlier this week. With current Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis sitting on an 0-7 postseason record, Jackson was wise to get out of town and possibly cement his own legacy as a coach. However, it will be interesting to see how both franchises work through their issues as both have their own set of problems coming up.
For the Browns, they are still without a general manager. They have signed several executives though, including MoneyBall man himself, Paul DePodesta as their Chief Strategy Officer. A hierarchy system thus far has eluded fans and analysts as reports are DePodesta will answer to the owner and president exclusively, while seemingly having some major voice in talent search. This will be DePodesta's first forey into football as an executive, leaving many to wonder if his smarts with baseball will transition over to a different sport completely.
For the Ravens, they get to face off against Hue twice a year still as he will still remain in the same division. Jackson's offenses have ranked at 15th in yards per game in both of his two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Bengals. This season, despite missing franchise quarterback Andy Dalton for some of the season to injury, the Bengals finished in the 7th overall spot for total points scored.
It will be interesting to see if Jackson will keep entitled and troubled star quarterback Johnny Manziel or will want to start from scratch with his own players. Given Cleveland's history with coaching tenures, that will be something he will have to weigh heavily.