Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Monday, Jan. 18.
"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."
"The Cleveland Browns took what has the potential to be a big step forward this week with the hiring of Hue Jackson as the franchise’s 16th full-time head coach. Jackson hasn’t even run his first practice with the Browns, but he already has a fan in quarterback Josh McCown."
"Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson is working on putting together his coaching staff and may be taking a different approach to the offensive side of the ball. Jackson, who prefers to call his own plays on offense, is not currently planning to give someone the title of offensive coordinator, but reserves the right to change his mind depending on who is available."
"Scars are often the reminder of a challenging time in one’s life. They are everlasting and can either fuel or hinder a person as they move forward from the experience that scarred them. Johnny Manziel is scarred, the Cleveland Browns organization is scarred, the fan base is scarred and the question is can these scars help evolve the marriage between the three or are the scars so prominent it is best for the team, fans and the beleaguered quarterback to move on and learn from these scars."
"Once the 2015 NFL season ended for the Cleveland Browns and the rebuilding began, a new approach also kicked in. Now that the focus has shifted to building through the draft, the organization must understand free agency is still very important. That is where Jeffery comes into the picture. The Browns will not be able to fill all of their needs in the draft."
"Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton disputed a report Sunday that he was insulted by the Titans initially overlooking him for their head coach vacancy, and that he has been granted permission to interview with the Browns. Horton, whom Hue Jackson hopes to hire as his defensive coordinator according to John Wooten of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, hasn’t received permission to talk to Cleveland and hasn’t interviewed with Jackson yet."
"Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are favored over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in next week’s AFC Championship Game.The Patriots opened as 2.5-point favorites over the Broncos at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook shortly after Denver beat thePittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The line quickly grew to New England minus-3.5 at multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas and offshore."
"The Green Bay Packers traveled to Glendale to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday evening. The Packers looked down and out when they could not covert on fourth down deep in their own territory, which led to a Cardinals field goal to give them the 20-13 lead. The Packers needed some more Hail Mary magic if they wanted to keep their Super Bowl hopes alive. Aaron Rodgers dropped back and delivered a heave down the field to Jeff Janis came to the rescue, catching a 41-yard touchdown to tie things at 20."
"He was locked in a tense battle against a proud, resolute opponent, a brisk, Rocky Mountain wind and, most menacing of all, the cold touch of Father Time. Then suddenly, early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Divisional Round playoff game at Sports Authority Field, Peyton Manning found himself flat on his stomach, thinking, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up."