The Cleveland Browns hired Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson to be their next coach. Here’s why it’s a good idea.
He’s Developed QBs
Before the 2011 season, nobody outside of Dallas knew of Andy Dalton. He was some red-headed kid from TCU the Bengals drafted in the second round. Cincinnati was reeling from its break-up with Carson Palmer, the signal caller many in southwest Ohio thought would lead the franchise to glory.
Dalton showed promise early in his career, and with Jackson as his offensive coordinator the last two seasons, has really flourished.
In 2015, Dalton tossed 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions before a thumb injury abruptly ended his season.
Other quarterbacks to learn from Jackson include Joe Flacco, and Carson Palmer. Jackson was Flacco’s quarterbacks coach in Baltimore from 2008-2009, and he helped recruit Palmer to USC as the Trojans’ offensive coordinator.
Jackson later reunited with Palmer in Oakland as head coach in 2011. While there, Jackson manged to go 8-8 in a place that’s as difficult to win as Cleveland.
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Jackson’s taken two AFC North quarterbacks and helped them flourish as winning quarterbacks.
Both are big bodied individuals capable of withstanding the elements. Jackson knows what it takes to develop young, impressionable quarterbacks in these conditions because he’s lived it.
There’s no a better choice to groom the next quarterback of the Browns than Jackson.
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