Most coaches with a 1-31 record should be unemployed, but for Hue Jackson he was kept on as coach for the Browns. Hue Jackson received a few Christmas gifts in the offseason. First, the hiring of new GM John Dorsey, who has done a splendid job piecing together the of the most talented rosters the Browns have had since their return in ’99. Second, the Browns went out and hired former Kansas City Head Coach and Steelers Offensive Coordinator, Todd Haley. It doesn’t stop there; the Browns added stud wide-out Jarvis Landry and former Bills QB, Tyrod Taylor.
Jackson has a completely revamped unit and the fans have more optimism around this team than in years past. The Browns have more talent on the offensive side of the ball maybe ever in franchise history. It starts with the signal caller(s) Tyrod Taylor and number one overall pick and Heisman Trophy winner, Baker Mayfield. Then, you have the solid backfield of Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson and rookie, Nick Chubb. Additionally, you have the star-studded duo of wide-outs in Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry. Let’s also not forget the job Gregg Williams has done as the defensive coordinator, completely turning around the defense and getting players to buy into his system.
September 9, Hue Jackson gets a chance to change his fortunes around as his Browns host the Steelers week 1 at home. This game is meaningful in many ways: 1. The Steelers beat the Browns in Week 17 to complete the Browns’ 0-16 campaign. 2. It’s Browns and Steelers. It’s a rivalry and a rivalry that has been one-sided since Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger joined the Steelers in 2004. The Browns winning Week 1 could be the start of the culture shift Browns fans have envisioned.
Hue Jackson has no more excuses and with the AFC North not as tough as it used to be. The Browns could very well sneak up and surprise everybody and do something that no other team in NFL history has done and that is finish with the worst record in the league one year and advance to the playoffs next year.
It’s “ALL OR NOTHING” for Hue Jackson.