Hue Jackson puts out the word that he wanted Jimmy Garoppolo in Cleveland

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Jimmy Garoppolo has been traded from New England to San Francisco, and the implications are being felt in Cleveland.

Browns coach Hue Jackson wanted Garoppolo more than any other quarterback aside from possibly Jared Goff (who wasn’t available to Cleveland because the Rams took him with the first overall pick last year), according to Mike Silver of NFL Media.

Although Silver did not attribute that information to any particular source, Silver and Jackson have a close relationship, so when Silver reports that Jackson wanted Garoppolo, suffice to say that it came straight from the horse’s mouth. In 2016, when the Browns first hired Jackson, Silver was the first reporter Jackson confirmed his hiring to.

That suggests Jackson and the Browns’ front office don’t see eye to eye: Jackson wanted Garoppolo, and the Browns could have acquired Garoppolo because they have two first-round picks and three second-round picks in the 2018 NFL draft, and all it took the 49ers to get Garoppolo was one second-round pick. The Browns didn’t get Jackson’s guy, and Jackson wants everyone to know that.

Whatever the reasons that the Browns didn’t trade for Garoppolo (and there have been some reports that Garoppolo and his agent didn’t want to go to Cleveland and wouldn’t have been cooperative in contract negotiations), the front office didn’t land the guy Jackson wanted. Bill Parcells liked to say that if he’s going to be told to cook the meal, he ought to have some input into buying the groceries. A lot of coaches feel that way. And Jackson is letting his feelings be known.

78 responses to “Hue Jackson puts out the word that he wanted Jimmy Garoppolo in Cleveland

  1. If JG and his agent were floating that he would not re-sign to stay in Cleveland then the front office actually did make the right choice not giving up those picks for him.

    Frankly, if JG does not stay in SF they will gave gotten poor value.

    He was NOT staying in NE so they did get good value.

  2. It’s wise to let other teams know that you are not allowed to acquire the players that you want or need, however it isn’t to wise to put it out in the public. Front Offices looking to hire don’t want to acquire a headache.

  3. Hugh also wanted Kessler and Kizer. Remember “Trust me on this one”? Quarterback Whisperer HE IS NOT!

  4. Well for those who follow the Patriots and know BB and the hosiery of him and the Browns this is of no surprise . After what the Browns did to him and his family (different owners I know) moving mid season , giving him to the Browns was the last thing he would do….

  5. Mike Silver and Hue Jackson, two incompetent individuals that make me wonder how they got their jobs.

    Silver sounds like he had a frontal lobotomy.

  6. It looks like a new coaching staff in Cleveland next year. Time to stop playing moneyball and build a team.

    It’s hard to tell if Kizer is the answer at QB at this point because they have bungled the process so badly. Goff looked like a colossal bust until they put a competant coaching staff in place. How Fisher was employed for all these years should be a source of shame for the NFL.

    Do they grab another QB at 1st overall or trade down? They also need some quality receivers, what they have now is garbage.

  7. Another career ruined by an inept front office. There are so many limited opportunities in the NFL, so it’s a shame that so many teams are run by perennially incompetent management. As a Lions fan I’ve watched so many talented players & coaches careers’ ruined by horrible decision making.

  8. Thank your lucky stars Hue. Name a Pats backup QB that has gone on to future success after being traded. Not a valid starter in the bunch.

  9. I wonder if NE contacted Cleveland before finalizing the trade with San Fran, considering the Browns offered much more during the off season. Perhaps Jimmy G declined any trade involving Cleveland

  10. The Factory of Sadness continues. Sounds like Jackson just might be on his way out as HC. He’s obviously not the answer to turning the franchise around. Cleveland has a good young nucleus and lots of draft picks stored up. A good head coach should be able to come in and make the changes that are needed to start winning. (McVay and McDermott spring immediately to mind. No one expected them to win right away, but they’re doing it. With the right HC and GM, so could Cleveland.)

  11. Belichick wouldn’t let a QB he respects get traded to the Browns for several reasons. The main one being that the Browns fired him and I’m positive he would’ve raked them over the coals to make that deal. Second, he respects Garoppolo and Kyle Shanahan. If he’s not going to get a #1, why help the Browns if he can screw them and help Kyle?

  12. Jackson wanted Wentz, Jackson wanted Watson at #12 if Malik H00ker was gone , Jackson wanted Jimmy G. for a #2 ……. Jackson also wants receivers that get separation and can catch ……. Hue works with the players he has been dealt, but the losing is on the Front Office …..

  13. Wow. Jimmy G. was willing to go to the 0-8 Niners but not to the Browns. Who can blame him?
    If Hue Jackson was smart, HE would get out of Cleveland.

  14. Life-long Browns fan here. I’d hate to see them blow up the front office again, but the most important analytic seems to have been overlooked by this group:

    Won – Loss Record.

  15. If Garraplolo doesn’t want you, then who cares? They’re not going to give up a 2nd round pick for a guy that can help you finish your season 1-15 and then leaves in the offseason. Hugh Jackson is trying to deflect responsibility from his 1-23 record. There have been lots of teams in the NFL with bad QB situations. But a good coach should still be able to pull out a few wins. Maybe he’s just not as good as his reputation.

  16. @dontasemebro says:
    October 31, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Hugh also wanted Kessler and Kizer. Remember “Trust me on this one”? Quarterback Whisperer HE IS NOT!

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    Hue was being a team player and supporting the front office, don’t let the public comments fool you…. Hue wanted Wentz and He wanted watson if Malik H00ker was gone at #12

  17. This isn’t much of a story, unless I am missing something. Hue wanted him in 2016 – we all knew that. There’s nothing I am reading in this article that says Hue reacted in any way to yesterday’s news, so you’re taking his desire in 2016 to be sour grapes in October of 2017. Whether the FO and HC are in sync is one thing – I don’t think they are. But this article does nothing to advance that story. It’s speculation.

  18. Seems like Jackson is trying to distance himself from all the losing by blaming others . While he may think this will help him get another job when he gets fired to me it just shows he’s a self serving guy more concerned about his own future rather then concentrating on his current team . Don’t think too many GMs are going to be in a hurry to hire a guy was has such a close relationship to a member of the media .

    HC

  19. Or it could be that the Browns office already knew through Belichick, with whom they’re obviously on good talking and trading terms, that JimmyG would not want to go to Cleveland but would rather wait for a franchise with a better feel/fit. Plus Shanahan (through Hoyer) clearly likes Belichick’s QB program. Belichick only – and very rarely – dumps guys who are very bad. All other players and staffers he tries to do what’s best for them. That’s why in 3 decades in a league of bitchiness you almost never hear of any complaints about Belichick the person.

  20. Hue Jackson can say whatever he wants, the Browns had just as much ammunition as the 49ers did! if they really wanted Jimmy G, they should have outbid the 49ers for him and they didn’t. Point. Blank. Period. !!!!!

  21. I think Hue wanted Goff, but not Wentz, for what it’s worth.

    Also, if the goal is to stay in some games and maybe win 1-3 on the back half, it’s time to put Kessler in and let Kizer catch his breath and learn. Whether Kizer is competent or not remains to be seen, but they move the ball better when he’s watching from the sideline right now.

  22. jjackwagon says:
    October 31, 2017 at 8:46 am
    Thank your lucky stars Hue. Name a Pats backup QB that has gone on to future success after being traded. Not a valid starter in the bunch.
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    Jim Plunkett won two Super Bowls as a starter with the Raiders. However, the Patriots initially traded him to the 49ers, and Plunkett was arguably not the backup to Grogan when he was traded, although Grogan was a better Patriots QB.

    That was a sensational trade by the Patriots, FWIW. From that trade the Patriots received multiple draft picks that ended up being Pete Brock, Tim Fox, Raymond Clayborn and Horace Ivory. Ivory was not much, but the other three were very good NFL players.

  23. Jackson thought he knew what he signed up for and who he was going to be working with.He got paid by floating rumors other teams were interested so Cleveland panicked and overpaid…he got what he bargained for and now all that is real is the money hes banking….Williams is there waiting for the job anyway…

  24. The Browns missed on hiring Kyle Shanahan as HC thus missing on Garappolo. The QB Garrapolo will definitely sign with Shanahan who wanted him in the draft a few years ago.

  25. joetoronto says:

    October 31, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Mike Silver and Hue Jackson, two incompetent individuals that make me wonder how they got their jobs.

    Silver sounds like he had a frontal lobotomy.
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    We know for sure you did.

  26. The fuse has been lit. This thing is going to blow up. Hue has been wanting a football scout to have more input in football scouting decisions, since he’s been there. I don’t think anything has changed. We don’t know if Garoppolo is the answer. I mean, Jacoby Brissett looked good this pre-season in New England, now he looks completely out of his league. Did Hue Jackson want Dak Prescott? Did Hue want Carson Wentz? I think the Browns need a football scout. These decisions shouldn’t be up to the coach anyway. Coaching is already a full time job. So is scouting. One guy can’t do both. So the Browns go out and hire a baseball scout. I don’t blame Hue for being upset.

  27. tqaztec says:
    October 31, 2017 at 8:56 am
    Why did you take the job Hue?

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    He obviously thought he was going to coach an NFL team not an analytics project.

  28. He would have also wanted A.J. McCarron if he could have gotten him along with all those other players mentioned. For all you Brown fans that don’t like Hue as a head coach and only look at wins and losses good luck with a new coach. The team the front office has put on the field is HORRIBLE and there is clearly no cohesiveness with the coaching staff and front office. If I am the owner the GM is the first to go after all these misses on QB’s and player decisions. Hue proved by trading for Palmer with the Raiders how important he thought a QB was and he would go get one if given the authority. Complete dysfunction in the front office.

  29. THANK GOODNESS for Jimmy that he didn’t end up in the dead-end Browns organization!

    That said CLEVELAND sports teams ALWAYS have 1st round picks available. Wonder how it panned out that the Pats took an unknown 2nd rounder?

  30. I believe that if Jimmy G. would have agreed to play in Cleveland, the Browns would have made the trade. This is a team that desperately needs a capable quarterback and would have taken a chance on Garoppolo, if he was available. As far as Hue, the positive attitude he consistently portrays about everything, including questionable decisions by the front office, makes him look foolish when things don’t pan out. He is essentially the face of the Cleveland Browns in all things. As the roster is still thin on talent, especially at quarterback, (thanks to the front office) the wins aren’t coming and as the face of the Browns, the media is handing out the pitch forks and torches for the his lynching. As far as his coaching… if you polish a turd, its still a turd…

  31. Browns might as well draft 5 QBs next year with their 1 and 2nd round picks hoping one of them works out. Could’ve, should’ve, would’ve doesn’t count for anything in the NFL. Classic case – everyone “knew” Brady was special but passed on him how many times? Nice to say that after a player becomes successful right?

  32. whywerule says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:22 am
    jjackwagon says:
    October 31, 2017 at 8:46 am
    Thank your lucky stars Hue. Name a Pats backup QB that has gone on to future success after being traded. Not a valid starter in the bunch.
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    Jim Plunkett won two Super Bowls as a starter with the Raiders. However, the Patriots initially traded him to the 49ers, and Plunkett was arguably not the backup to Grogan when he was traded, although Grogan was a better Patriots QB.

    That was a sensational trade by the Patriots, FWIW. From that trade the Patriots received multiple draft picks that ended up being Pete Brock, Tim Fox, Raymond Clayborn and Horace Ivory. Ivory was not much, but the other three were very good NFL players.
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    Sorry but Plunkett was the first overall pick and starter from day one. He never sat behind anyone until he was injured and as soon as he was healthy he was starting.
    However, I offer up the following to support my previous statement: Damon Huard, Matt Cassel, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett.
    All were signed elsewhere as starters and none are currently starting. There are others but they didn’t sign anywhere when the Pats cut them.
    The point is, during the Belichick era, no Pats b/u QB has signed elsewhere and been a successful franchise QB for any team. Not one. Ergo, if you are looking for your next franchise QB, he won’t be found on the bench in New England.

  33. Denial is the first step to recovery. Can’t be long now for the Browns to can Hue. Then they’ll can the front office at the end of the season. Really needs to be done. They’re a joke.

  34. It’s amazing how the Browns can’t get out of their own way. They passed on franchise qb’s for two consecutive drafts, but not after botching the proccess for years by drafting qb’s who weren’t up to the task. Now, they’re supposedly building up the team around the qb position in hopes of landing ‘their guy’ somewhere along the way? That doesn’t seem to be working either. This much ineptitude from the front office of a professional sports team has to be unheard of. They don’t even fall into the category of ‘lovable loser’ (i.e. like the Cubs, for years). They’re just clueless on all fronts.

  35. How are there still morons left that still perpetuate the myth that the Browns fired BB? The Ravens fired BB. This franchise has not one thing to do with the franchise that fired him. Its amazing that clowns continue to bring that up and even if he he did have hard feelings so what he is going to turn down the best deal because of a grudge? Only a true nimrod would really believe something that stupid.

  36. Baby Huey is exactly the dimbulb the Cleveland Dog Piles need as a head coach. He matches the IQ of the owner and the work ethic of his players. I think Huey should sign a lifetime contract with this franchise and allow every team that plays them a guaranteed win.

  37. “Or MAYBEEEEE bill Belichick didnt wanna ship him to Cle for that bad blood….”

    The Pats have done a half dozen deals with Cleveland the last 3 or 4 years, and they sent Brissett to Indy this season so “bad blood” has absolutely nothing to do with any decision Belichick makes.

    And all the people blaming Jackson for the Browns woes need to look at the owner. 41 mil under the cap last year, 63 mil under this year. No coach could put a winning product on the field with that big a gap in budget for talent, the top 24 teams under the cap are 12 mil or less. Until con man Haslam is forced to sell the team or the fans leave the stadium empty for a season to put the pressure on, there is zero hope in Cleveland no matter who the coach is.

  38. The Cleveland front office is a disaster. They’ll probably trade the #1 pick again this year but if they don’t they’ll probably do something stupid like draft a punter with the #1 pick.

  39. thetooloftools says:
    October 31, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Attention parents in the Cleveland area. People are putting Browns tickets in children’s Trick or Treat bags.Please help spread this warning.
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    You deserve an award for this. Absolutely brilliant…lol!

  40. Evaluating football players is a little more complicated than buying groceries. Being chief talent evaluator and NFL head coach are both such all-consuming jobs that very few can do both jobs successfully, and the ones who are successful know how and when to delegate.

    Also, implicitly criticizing your front office is NOT a good way to keep your job. Methinks that Mr. Jackson is on his way out.

  41. It was Shanahan, while he was in Cleveland, who pushed for Jimmy G. Why is Hue Jackson putting his stamp on it? Shanahan has said in the past that the draft had two top quarterbacks in the 2014 draft were Carr and Garoppolo. Bortles, Manziel, and Bridgwater were all selected before Carr and Garoppolo. The Manziel (over Carr/Garoppolo) was a reason Shanahan left Cleveland.

  42. I think you have to question anyone who wants to work for this Browns organization. Especially after the way the treated Lombardi.

    The obvious solution is for Haslam to sell the team but barring that he needs to bring in someone to run everything. He needs to bring in a coach and give him the power that, for example, Shanahan has in San Francisco. And you just have to hope you pick the right guy.

    Unfortunately, Chris Ballard of the Colts would have been a good choice. As would Shanahan. I also like what the guys for the Rams and Bills have been doing.

    But the Browns need to blow everything up in the off season. And hope one of these QBs pans out (I’m not a Darnold fan myself).

  43. Giving up high draft picks for a guy to come in and play in 8 games and then hitting the free agent market would be ridiculously stupid. Anyone thinking they should of done that is just as stupid. And what makes you so sure he will sign with SF next year. The Browns, like every other team will have the option to bid for him in a few months. My bet is JG opts for free agency no matter what.

  44. OMG, thinking about being traded to Cleveland would make a man retire even at Jimmy G’s young age!

  45. Have to sympathize with Hue Jackson on this one. His fate was sealed when the Browns hired football’s equivalent to an “air ball” by the name of Ryan Grigson as “personnel guru”.

  46. pastabelly says:
    October 31, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    It was Shanahan, while he was in Cleveland, who pushed for Jimmy G. Why is Hue Jackson putting his stamp on it? Shanahan has said in the past that the draft had two top quarterbacks in the 2014 draft were Carr and Garoppolo. Bortles, Manziel, and Bridgwater were all selected before Carr and Garoppolo. The Manziel (over Carr/Garoppolo) was a reason Shanahan left Cleveland
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    Why is Hue Jackson putting his stamp on it?

    Its putting separation between himself and Browns management. In other words he wants out. It will take more than just this little shot, but youve got to start somewhere. Cant really blame him, he feels his hands are tied.

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