Hue Jackson knows if he is going to find any success as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, there has to better play from the quarterback position.
That means the team will work hard in the offseason to find the right player to help lead this team from the bottom of the league rankings.
Already, Jackson has been very candid in stating the Browns must find their franchise passer in the upcoming NFL Draft. Cleveland owns the second pick overall.
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There is no secret to the fact quarterbacks don’t fare well in the Ohio city and the Browns have used five first-round picks on signal callers since 1999.
As a side note, my son was eight months old when the team made Tim Couch the first pick in that 1999 Draft class.
The last time the Cleveland Browns were comfortable with their quarterback situation, Bernie Kosar was still in the NFL.
What in the name of Brian Sipe happens when a quarterback is drafted by the Browns? Does something magical happen, which automatically casts a spell on the city by the lake?
Work to do
Jackson has plenty of work to do on the offensive side of the ball. It all starts with the right quarterback, which could be the difference in early success or waiting for x-number of years to find a winning formula.
Jackson was fortunate enough to have worked with both Andy Dalton and then AJ McCarron this past season as offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. Now, he must find that same formula with the Browns.
Cal's Jared Goff, North Dakota State's Carson Wentz and possibly Paxton Lynch of Memphis could be on Cleveland’s radar as their savior.
While there is no Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning-type passer in this draft, all three could have solid careers in the NFL. The question is whether any of these three are better than either Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel, both of whom played behind center this past season.