The Cleveland Browns hired Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson earlier this week and Jackson is looking to hit the ground running by trying to change a culture in Cleveland where the franchise only has one playoff appearance over the last 17 seasons.
Before Jackson became an offensive coordinator with the Bengals, he was originally on the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff from 2008-2009 as a quarterbacks coach under Ravens head coach John Harbaugh as he was tutoring Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
Due to the time they spent together on the same side, Jackson is thankful for Harbaugh for giving him the chance to prove that he is a very good head coach.
Hue Jackson: "I'm sitting here today because John Harbaugh gave me an opportunity to draft and develop Joe Flacco."
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Harbaugh, since arriving as the head coach of the Ravens since 2008, has had six assistants go on to earn head coaching positions around the league. The best head coaches in the NFL make everyone around them better and Harbaugh is exhibit A of that.
Flacco's success in the league has gone under the radar in terms of the assistant coaches he has helped lead to head coaches. We know all about how Ray Lewis and his leadership led guys like Rex Ryan, Marvin Lewis, Jack Del Rio, Mike Smith, Mike Nolan, Mike Singletary and Chuck Pagano to head coaching positions. But Flacco has led Jackson, Jim Caldwell and Gary Kubiak to head coaching positions as well. It is quite the coaching tree.
NFL organizations around the league continue to reap the benefits of the success the Ravens have had over the years. Usually every now and then, you hear people say things like,"Whenever x-team is doing well, the rest of the league is better for it." That statement certainly rings true for the Ravens organization.