New Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson hasn’t even been on the job a whole week, but is already stressing how badly the team needs a quarterback to compete significantly. Jackson’s comments were posted to Twitter by Bleacher Report and also reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Hue Jackson on the Browns: "If there is a QB at #2 that is a best fit for our team, we need to go get him. It's my opinion we need a QB."
— Bleacher Report SXM (@br_radio) January 17, 2016
Those are bold words from Jackson, as most teams don’t usually begin their draft process until later this week during practices for the East-West Shrine Game, but the Browns are a special case. We’re talking about a team that has had 24 different men start at quarterback since the franchise’s rebirth in 1999 and it became clear this season that Johnny Manziel, as talented as he is, will not be the team’s future.
It’s just unrealistic at this point.
On top of that, there is a great deal of talent at quarterback in this year’s draft. With the Browns picking second overall, drafting someone like Cal’s Jared Goff or Memphis’ Paxton Lynch should be easily doable unless the Tennessee Titans trade the No. 1 pick to a QB-needy team.
And Jackson is clearly determined to start his tenure off on the right foot and with a clean slate, starting with a new quarterback and working forward from there. He’s one of the most excellent offensive minds in football today and if there’s anybody who can take Cleveland forward, it’s him.
That is, so long as he is given a Grade A quarterback and a fair chance from owner Jimmy Haslam.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to LA Times