Andrew Whitworth: Hue Jackson will be an “exceptional” coach

AP

The sad-sack Browns have staged an AFC North coup, swiping offensive coordinator Hue Jackson from the Bengals. And Bengals All-Pro tackle Andrew Whitworth thinks Jackson will do very well in his new job.

“People think Hue Jackson’s gonna be an exceptional coach and I would agree that,” Whitworth told PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio earlier this week. “Hue is going to be a guy that whoever gets him is going to be very fortunate. I think he’s a tremendous football coach. I’ve been very, very impressed with him over our time together and he’s one of those guys that I think is going to encourage guys to be better men as well as football players. . . . That’s kind of his thing, man he likes pushing people. He likes driving people to achieve more than they think they can and so I would be shocked if Hue Jackson’s not a successful football coach.”

Making the job harder will be the placement of the Browns in a division that includes the Bengals, Steelers, and Ravens. Making it easier will be a chronically low bar in Cleveland, which has gotten to the postseason once since returning to the NFL in 1999.

Plenty of questions remain to be answered for a franchise that currently has a few too many chefs. But the Browns finally have a coach — and maybe this coach, who went 8-8 in one year with the Raiders, will be the one to finally turn things around.

To do that, he’ll need to find a quarterback who will become the year-in, year-out starter like the one he had in Cincinnati.

19 responses to “Andrew Whitworth: Hue Jackson will be an “exceptional” coach

  1. “Plenty of questions remain to be answered for a franchise that currently has a few too many chefs. But the Browns finally have a coach — and maybe this coach, who went 8-8 in one year with the Raiders, will be the one to finally turn things around.”

    I guess my question would be exactly how many chefs do the Browns employ? Seems like they would serving lots of food instead of playing football. Maybe that’s the reason they’re so horrible, spend to much time cooking not enough time on the field practicing.

  2. The debacle on Saturday would have been an excellent reason to fire Lewis and promote Jackson. We need someone who’s not afraid to chew out and bench players. Someone with a little fire. Like Mike Zimmer. Or Hue Jackson.

    Can’t help but feel like we let one get away. Again.

  3. Every new coach is heralded as exceptional. Excitement is high when a new draft is completed, or a new recruiting class is finalized in college.

    Let’s hold the fanfare until some results are obtained. I can go back to every column every written on here about how great somebody is going to be.

    Until then the Browns will remain in the same “results” division as the Rams, Jaguars, Dolphins, Titans, Bears and Chargers.

  4. Cincy Jungle is reporting that Hue, Marvin and Bengal’s management to discuss a succession plan. Hue is too smart for that bait and switch.

    Cincinnati fans are stuck with Coach Giggles.

  5. AT LEAST the Browns hired a coach that players will automatically respect and play hard for. It’s a start, and hopefully Haslam will give him more then 3 years to get it turned around.

  6. Cincy Jungle is reporting that Hue, Marvin and Bengal’s management to discuss a succession plan. Hue is too smart for that bait and switch.
    ——–
    Or maybe this is all a part of the plan. There’s no way the Browns get turned around in 2 years, and Cleveland doesn’t hold on to coaches for longer than two years, meaning Hue will be looking for a job in 2018. Marvin coaches until then, and hands it off to Hue – meanwhile Hue trades away draft picks to the Bengals (like he did for Carson Palmer) to build up the team.

    Its so crazy its genius

  7. He already was. Raider fans (well, the dumb ones) are still trying to convince themselves that they’re better off without him. While the rest of us finish laughing at that, Haslem actually finally made a good hire.

  8. I have the teams new motto: The Bengals – getting beat by the steelers on the field and by the browns off the field. Sounds about right.

  9. We all have to wait until the new head coach delivers.

    Do you all still remember what coach Chip Kelly did to the Eagles football team? The man came, saw and created a disaster.

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