Who is Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson?

Jan 13, 2016; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns new head coach Hue Jackson talks during a press conference at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 13, 2016; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns new head coach Hue Jackson talks during a press conference at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

The Cleveland Browns named Hue Jackson as their head coach on Wednesday. Get to know the 16th coach to hold the full-time position in franchise history.

It was officially announced Wednesday afternoon that the Cleveland Browns hired Hue Jackson to become their eighth head coach since moving back to Cleveland in 1999.

Jackson comes to Cleveland after spending two years as the offensive coordinator for the AFC North Division champion Cincinnati Bengals, where he excelled at designing a dominant offensive scheme. Cincinnati found tremendous success with Jackson this season as he elevated their No. 15 ranking in 2014 to No. 7 in 2015 for total offense.

He also helped develop Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who reached career bests in completion percentage, yards per throw, interceptions and quarterback rating.

Jackson also had a key role as the architect for Cincinnati’s successful running game that features Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, both of whom attained at least 700 rushing yards this season.

Before becoming the offensive coordinator for the Bengals, Jackson served as the team’s running backs coach in 2013 under then-offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, who is now the head coach of the Washington Redskins. Jackson was also on the staff with Mike Zimmer, who was the Bengals defensive coordinator before taking over as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.

Both Gruden and Zimmer, it should be noted, led their respective teams to the playoffs this season.

Jackson himself was also a head coach in the NFL not too long ago, coaching the Oakland Raiders in 2011, where he led the team to its best record since 2002 (8-8). The Raiders offense that season ranked No. 9 overall for total yards. Also something worth noting, the quarterback for Jackson’s Raiders was Jason Campbell.

Before the NFL, Jackson made his name in the college ranks as the offensive coordinator at Cal for one year and USC for four years. He has also been an offensive coordinator for four NFL teams: Oakland, Washington, Atlanta and Cincinnati.

It’s no question that Jackson has the resume for the Cleveland Browns head coaching position.

One question that still needs answered, however, is what changes will be made as the organization moves forward.

Jackson has been successful working with “troubled” wide receivers, such as Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and Chris Henry. With his history, it seems as though Jackson will be more than willing to work with Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon once he returns from his suspension.

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Another area of focus for the future is the defense, as Jackson has yet to hire a defensive coordinator for his staff, so it is unclear if the Browns will stick to their current 3-4 alignment or switch back to a 4-3.

Nose tackle Danny Shelton, who impressed as the season progressed, is said to have perhaps the most difficult transition if Jackson hires a coordinator who will transition the defense to a 4-3, due to his unfamiliarity with it. Despite this, Shelton has expressed his commitment to doing whatever it takes to make this team successful and is more than willing to learn the new defensive scheme.

Johnny Manziel and Jackson have yet to officially meet, however it might not even get that far. Although Jackson specializes in developing quarterbacks, Manziel is simply too immature and doesn’t attain the leadership qualities it takes to be a successful NFL quarterback. Especially for “no-nonsense” coach like  Jackson, who is known for his zero tolerance policy with respect from players.

It’s apparent that Manziel is more than likely done as a Cleveland Brown, and the sole purpose of him still being on the team is for the potential trade that may come as the draft moves closer.

Hue isn’t only known for his development of receivers and quarterbacks, as noted earlier, but running backs as well.

In the 2015 season, we witnessed the Browns’ terrible execution with running the football, shattering expectations of it being the team’s primary offensive focus entering the season.

Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell should see their roles increase in Jackson’s offense, and also have more plays set up to accompany their particular skill sets, something we didn’t see much of last season.

Lastly, what will Jackson like to do with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft?

Ohio State University’s Joey Bosa still seems to be the favorite, although that could change. As the Tennessee Titans own the first overall pick and quarterback Marcus Mariota as their franchise cornerstone, they may select Bosa with their pick, leaving Cleveland with little options.

Obviously, it’s only one player off the board, however, in Cleveland’s case, they don’t desperately need many of the positions that the top prospects play. Unless we’re talking about California quarterback Jared Goff.

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Jackson stated in his introductory press conference that he fully expects to look into the incoming quarterback class. Jackson also added that the focal point of a successful NFL team starts with finding a young quarterback.

This had the whole media room laughing as he hinted toward potentially wanting to draft yet another quarterback in the first round.

All in all, the Cleveland Browns interviewed seven candidates for the head coaching position. In prior years, they’ve been lucky to get the No. 8 or No. 9 guy on their list.

This time around, owner Jimmy Haslam, his wife, Dee, and Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta got their guy and closed the deal before Jackson could get another interview with the New York Giants.

Give credit where credit is due, because Haslam deserves it. For the first time in many seasons, the Cleveland Browns have a clear direction that will lead to their success in the future.