Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Thursday, Jan. 14.
"Less than two weeks after the end of the 2015 NFL season, the Cleveland Browns have found their head coach, as the club has reportedly has agreed to make Hue Jackson the team’s 16th full-time head coach. Jackson was a target of the Browns from the start as they entered the search for a new head coach after firing Mike Pettine after just two seasons and a record of 10-22. Jackson, who had a second interview with the Browns on Tuesday, had also interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers, and was scheduled to have an interview with the New York Giants on Thursday, but Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam was apparently able to seal the deal before the Giants had a chance to make their pitch."
"Johnny Manziel has found his way back into the news without uttering a single word or showing up on a single leaked photo or video. No, Manziel has not been spotted roaming the streets of London in a poorly constructed disguise. His newest crime is not returning Bernie Kosar’s calls. Kosar spoke with USA Today yesterday and said how he has tried to call Manziel “18 different ways” without success. This news should not be surprising at all to any Browns fan who has witnessed the disaster of Johnny Football in Cleveland. But why is Kosar trying to talk to someone who has done nothing but hurt his own image and that of the franchise?"
"The news that the Cleveland Browns are hiring Hue Jackson as the team’s 16th full-time head coach came with a not-so-surprising addendum. Jackson has a tall task in front of him as he tries to the Browns back into a viable, winning franchise, something that Chris Palmer, Butch Davis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski and Mike Pettine all failed to do. (Or where not given the opportunity to do.) There is sure to be additional change coming to the Browns now that Jackson is in charge, and he made it clear that there is one particular change that must be made."
"The Cleveland Browns introduced Hue Jackson as the franchise’s 16th full-time head coach on Wednesday evening and it is safe to say that Jackson won his introductory press conference. “You will see it when you are around him, he is very competitive,” owner Jimmy Haslam said at the press conference. “He understands the AFC North and I think he is going to be a great head coach for the Cleveland Browns.” Jackson hit all the right notes, came off as personable, confident and open to the challenge of working to turn around a franchise that has only one winning season since 2002, has not won a playoff game since 1994, nor a championship since 1964."
"Hue Jackson believes in the people who hired him and the system they set up with the Cleveland Browns. Never mind that Jackson is the third coach that owner Jimmy Haslam has hired since he and his wife, Dee, bought the team in October 2012. Jackson reiterated multiple times in his introductory news conference that he is in Cleveland because of the people in the front office."
"Jimmy Haslam wanted Hue Jackson, and Hue Jackson wanted badly to become a head coach again the NFL. Other teams expressed interest and interviewed Jackson, the Bengals’ offensive coordinator of the past two seasons. At one time, the 49ers appears to be the front runner for his services. The Giants, a team that just fired it’s two-time Super Bowl winning head coach, were also looming in the background."
"When the Miami Hurricanes head coaching job opened up last year, one of the people who stepped up to offer their services was former Miami star safety Ed Reed. Of course, while he was a little serious, we knew he wouldn’t be getting the chance to be the head coach of his beloved school. However, he will be getting a chance to get his coaching career started and he’ll be getting it started on the NFL level."
"The Giants found a new head coach inside their own building. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Giants will promote Ben McAdoo to head coach. McAdoo, 38, had been the team’s offensive coordinator for the past two seasons. McAdoo was seen as a favorite for the job after Tom Coughlin stepped down following a 12-year run with the franchise. The Giants went 6-10 this season, their fourth straight season without a playoff berth."
"Vontaze Burfict has been labeled as a “thug” by media and fans all week long, but it’s difficult to determine whether his hit on Antonio Brown was even intentionally dirty. As Brown–the league’s best receiver, by the way–tried to come down with a catch, Burfict grazed the receiver with his shoulder. From one angle, the hit looks perfectly clean, while from another angle, it looks like it a potentially dirty play."