He was #5 on my list, but he was #1 in the opinion of Jimmy Haslam and company. Say hello to Hue Jackson, new coach of the Browns! On one hand, I like the move: Cleveland will need a good offensive guy to (finally?) get the running game working again. On the other hand, I still wanted Matt Patricia. Cleveland’s offense was mediocre, but the defense was actively terrible. A healthy Joe Haden will help, but not enough to make the defense good enough for the AFC North.
One of Hue’s first decisions: so long, Johnny Manziel. I can’t imagine we’d get much in a trade, but his bizarre behavior over the last couple of weeks of the season all but doomed him. We have to hope Jerry Jones really wants him. I think he’s more likely to be cut than traded, but we’ll see.
The good news is that with the #2 pick in the draft, Cleveland has its pick of QBs, since Tennessee is extremely unlikely to take one. Cleveland could also trade down and fill some other holes, hoping that McCown can get things done for a season. In any case, we’ll have to see how Hue Jackson deals with the new analytical approach of the Browns.