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Hue Jackson’s second chance starts today

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26:  Head coach Hue Jackson of the Cleveland Browns looks on from the sidelines during the first quarter of an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 26, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) Getty Images

Twenty years ago, the old Browns fired a coach who in his second try would become one of the best coaches of all time. Now, the new Browns hope that the second try given to former Raiders coach Hue Jackson will bear only a fraction of the fruit that the Patriots have harvested with Bill Belichick on board.

Although the talent remains young, suspect, and/or unproven, there’s reason to believe the Browns are on the right track under Jackson. Apart from an infectious enthusiasm and relentless drive,¬†Jackson possesses a rare blend of the two most important qualities any NFL coach can have.

As one veteran Browns player told me during training camp, Jackson has a high level of X-and-O football knowledge and keen people skills. “Few coaches possess both,” said the source.

And so this rare combination will now join forces with a franchise that rarely has been successful since Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore in 1996 and it returned as an expansion operation in 1999. This year, it will be a tall order to compete with the likes of the Steelers, Ravens, and Bengals. By 2017, the Browns could be in the process of shaking up the AFC North — if ownership is willing to give Jackson time to let his vision for the team unfold.

It could start as soon as today. With some thinking the Browns won’t win a game this year, MDS and I agree that the Browns will steal one from the Eagles, to begin the season 1-0.

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12 Responses to “Hue Jackson’s second chance starts today”
  1. johnnyjagfan says: Sep 11, 2016 8:45 AM

    I’m betting against the Browns/Jackson marriage. I’m afraid for Browns fans that salvation won’t return until this experiment is complete. Hue will always be remembered to me for “The Greatest Trade in the History of the NFL” and for losing control at the switch. Blaming players. Just not cut out for this much power. Keeping more UDFAs than any team in history & every draft pick just reeks of pride over football. And, the QB with his new gal’s name tattoo on his arm days after serving his wife (and 7 month old) with divorce papers shows that his head ain’t into football. Too bad for Joe Thomas.

  2. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Sep 11, 2016 9:07 AM

    This is their only chance for a win and it will be soooo Browns if Wentz comes out and torches them

  3. vicnocal says: Sep 11, 2016 9:18 AM

    Hue was doing great with the Raiders a few years back -I don’t know what happened there that made them fire him, but I think the Browns got themselves a good one.

  4. Big Ant TV says: Sep 11, 2016 9:22 AM

    so it begins #GoBrowns

  5. amaf21 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:24 AM

    And RG3’s third…

  6. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Sep 11, 2016 9:44 AM

    I would say that more realistically it starts next year. No one expects the Browns to be any good this year. It’s pretty unanimously understood that they have the worst talent in the league. Can’t fix that in one year.

    Hopefully, Browns ownership will show patience they haven’t shown in the past.

  7. autumnwind999 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:00 AM

    Hue did an amazing job with the Raiders.
    He was a victim of circumstance due to AL Davis’ passing away either because Reggie McKenzie wanted to just make his own hire (which is a terrible reason) or Mark Davis wanted to clean house of folks who had a larger role in running the organization than he did before taking ownership.
    Either way it set the Raiders back years and only now with much better talent and our second HC since Hue is there hope.
    I’ll be rooting for Hue.

  8. autumnwind999 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:05 AM

    I know the Browns’ roster is not good on paper, but one bit of hope: Hue’so first year in Oakland we went from the 31st ranked offense the year before to top-10. Our QBs that year were a mix of Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski, our No. 1 receiver was DHB and it was really the only time in his career that Darren McFadden looked like a superstar RB.
    I would argue that the 2016 Browns offense is significantly more talented.

  9. ezmoover says: Sep 11, 2016 10:20 AM

    Get your facts right!

    The Browns never fired Belichick.

    Belichick was fired by Baltimore after they had already stolen the franchise from Cleveland.

    But hey. Keep deleting this post to hide your erroneous “reporting”.

  10. JSpicoli says: Sep 11, 2016 10:21 AM

    Hue was fired in OAK because no GM wants a coach that predates him in the building and he wants to plug in his own guy. Boy what a mistake that guy was…..Another story.

    No disrespect to Hue, it just had to happen and was a bitter pill. We all liked the job he did and he respected the Raider shield.

  11. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Sep 11, 2016 11:06 AM

    HUGE Action !!!

  12. sjd1234 says: Sep 11, 2016 4:24 PM

    Well…. That sucked…

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