The Cleveland Browns have named Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as their new head coach today:
Welcome to the Dawg Pound, Coach Hue Jackson.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) January 13, 2016
Jackson has been a coach in one previous NFL season, for the Oakland Raiders in 2011, when he led the team to an 8-8 record while have to juggle Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell, and Kyle Boller as his starting quarterbacks. Jackson has worked for the Bengals in each of the four seasons since, including coaching position groups on both sides of the ball.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport indicates that the hiring of Jackson is a signal that the Browns will move on from perennial headline-grabbing quarterback Johnny Manziel:
The Hue Jackson Era in Cleveland will trigger the end of Johnny Manziel and the #Browns. Expect the new coach to move on from the QB.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 13, 2016
After completing just two seasons of his four-year guaranteed rookie contract, Manziel would incur a $4.6 million dead cap hit for Cleveland if he were to be cut this offseason. Both Josh McCown and Austin Davis are under contract for the Browns in 2016, although those two quarterbacks combined to go 1-9 in their starts this season, with Manziel going 2-4.
The Browns own the second pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, picking right behind the Tennessee Titans. This makes the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Browns have drafted in the top ten picks.