1. Keep Hue Jackson in Cleveland
Now, this might seem like the opposite of a goal, considering some fans want to run Jackson out of town already. However, the name of the game in Cleveland for this year should be consistency. They’ve just recently hired Haley as an offensive coordinator, Gregg Williams is in his second year as defensive coordinator, and Jackson is in his third year as head coach.
At least for a while, this triumvirate needs to stay together in Cleveland. Fans have not yet seen what Jackson can do when he has an offensive coordinator at his disposal. Although these might seem like excuses for Jackson, they’re actually valid reasons for ownership to keep him around.
While it was Jackson’s decision not to hire an offensive coordinator, it’s very easy to say that he just didn’t know what he was getting himself into. Williams, on the other hand, did not have the defensive talent to run the scheme that he wanted to run. Now with Denzel Ward and Damarious Randall in orange and brown, he has a better chance of succeeding with his 4-2-5 defense.
The Browns’ number one goal this year should be to save Jackson’s job. A six-win season is likely to get the job done, and a playoff appearance will certainly keep Jackson in town for at least another year. Cleveland cannot handle another coaching change this quickly, and it would be a shame to immediately tear down and start over just as it looks like this team is greatly improving.