Hue Jackson is taking his offensive game plan and moving across the state of Ohio to coach the Cleveland Browns.
The announcement was made via NFL.com that Jackson and the Browns management had agreed on a contract for the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals to replace Mike Pettine, who was fired a little over a week ago.
The move is just one of many the Browns have made or may make before free agency in an attempt to redirect the team as a perennial losing franchise.
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Jackson, who helped to make Andy Dalton one of the more prolific quarterbacks in the league before he was injured this season, is faced with a dilemma right out of the gate as the new leader of the Browns – who will play quarterback?
The decision to keep or release Johnny Manziel is one of the first decisions that must be made by Jackson and management before the start of free agency in March and the NFL Draft in April. Many early mock draft boards have Cleveland taking a quarterback with the second overall pick.
Per Chris Wesseling’s article, Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam skipped the NFL's Los Angeles relocation vote on Tuesday to lure Jackson, his No. 1 target in the coaching search.
Jackson was also a candidate for the 49ers and Giants, but the Browns offered "significant personnel control," NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
The Browns were 7-9 in 2014 and looked like it was on the right path toward a potential winning season in 2015. Poor quarterback play was a major reason for the backslide. Josh McCown and Manziel shared the position this past season, and both had problems leading the team to victory.
Jackson has head coaching experience, having been with the Oakland Raiders in 2011 where the team posted an 8-8 record. He was fired after one year with the team.