Hue Jackson On Browns’ QB Strategy

Hue Jackson is “very close” to determining which quarterback will be his top recommendation come April, Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports.

The third-year coach worked out all four of the top passers recently, per Cabot, as he makes preparations to help John Dorsey identify the eventual player the Browns will draft at No. 1 overall.

Four players are believed to be under consideration for that pick, with Jackson refusing to rule out Baker Mayfield, but the Cleveland coach said he would like the team’s choice to match up — to some degree — with Tyrod Taylor‘s mobile skill set. That would seemingly make Rosen a longer shot to head to northeast Ohio than Mayfield, Sam Darnold or Josh Allen.

For now, though, Taylor is Jackson’s starter.

We understand that this quarterback decision is for the future. But this is now. This is going to be the 2018 season, and Tyrod Taylor’s going to get us to winning,” Jackson said, via Cabot. “… I think that’s the first and most important thing in this organization — how do we get to winning? And I think Tyrod’s gonna do that, and then the young guy in the future is ready to play — a year from now, hopefully. We hope that’s the way it goes.

And Jackson wants this arrangement to last throughout the season. The Browns are hoping their No. 1 overall pick will redshirt this year. The team went into last season with DeShone Kizer starting in Week 1 and played Cody Kessler some due to injury in 2016.

However, Jackson wouldn’t rule out the rookie usurping Taylor if he’s talented enough early to do so.

Is the guy going to be comfortable having to sit? If he’s talented enough to overcome the situation, then he is,” Jackson said. “We’re not gonna stop that, either. (But) we’re heading into this with this guy having a chance to sit and watch. Some guys can do that, some guys can’t. So who’s going to be two years from now, a year from now, the most talented of this group that can help lead this organization?

We would be asking a lot of a rookie quarterback (to start) in his first year, especially coming off an 0-16 season. That would be unfair.

Jackson praised the leadership qualities of all four possible No. 1 picks and dismissed comparisons between Allen and Kizer.

This guy is what the quarterbacks look like when they get out of a truck. He looks the part,” Jackson said of the Wyoming prodigy. “So it’s going to be interesting over the next five weeks to see where we are.

“… They’re not the same person. Josh’s journey to the NFL was not DeShone’s journey. DeShone was a player at Notre Dame from the beginning. Josh had to work his way to Wyoming and go through his process to get there. I know people look at their completion percentages and see they’re similar, but I don’t see it that way. I think they’re different.”

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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35 comments on “Hue Jackson On Browns’ QB Strategy

  1. sportsfan101

    You promise Taylor the starting job then say he could not start if a rookie outplays him. Not smart when your trying to bring in any fa. Bad management still in cle

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    • Damn those coaches for pushing players through competition and putting the best player out there so they can win games and save their jobs. I mean cmon such bad management can you believe that.

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  2. slim7180

    I could be wrong but I get the impression that this is the draft pick that will lead to Hue’s eventual dismissal… if he gets this one wrong than BOOM, he’s gone… I personally hope they get it right cause it would be a great turnaround story for the ages but history for this club is not painting a pretty picture…

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      • toby312

        Agree, you think Dorsey will listen? NOPE. Kid Hue wanted in 3rd round is gone. When asked why him in 3rd he said just watch he gonna surprise? Joker I say I say

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  3. bc12345

    Based on his time as Browns head coach so far….if Hue says water is wet….better double check.

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  4. bucketheadsdad

    As a 50+ year Browns fan, I anticipate this article to be mirrored in about 10 months to be titled “John Dorsey On Browns’ New Head Coach Strategy”. Yeah, Hue…you were dealt a lousy hand. We’ll get you a Jeff Fisher costume for Halloween. Fortunately for Jeff Fisher, he won more than you have.

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    • Brad Collins

      Ive NEVER seen Jeff Fisher do what Hue Jackson did in OAK, I did see Vince Young save Jeff Fishers career, only to be dimed out later #Loyalty #OneWayStreet

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    • Polish Hammer

      Hue wasn’t dealt a lousy hand. He sat in a job interview with some ok pieces and a ton of draft picks and said hire me and I’ll turn this pathetic franchise around. With 31 losses in 32 games he has nobody but himself to blame. I think they could have randomly selected season tickets holders to coach each game and they would’ve had more than 1 win in 2 seasons.

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    • Polish Hammer

      Hue dealt a lousy hand? He sat in a job interview and begged for this job and promised he would turn this franchise around. Thirty two games and one win later they are horrible and makes any sane fan wonder just how he’s remained employed. They could randomly select fans from the stands to coach the team every week and they could not have done worse. Hue needs to go!

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        • Polish Hammer

          You’re right, instead he promised to lose 31 of 32 games and set the rebuild back several more years…they still hired him.

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  5. sufferfortribe
    sufferfortribe

    Remember what Hue said about Kessler, and then RG3?

    Got to believe Dorsey is ignoring him.

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      • sufferfortribe
        sufferfortribe

        Because the coach coaches, and the GM picks players.

        Why do you even post comments anymore?

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        • TJECK109

          That makes zero sense. Where do you get your sports knowledge from? If you think coaches have zero say on players you should look for other things to comment on. Truly a disaster response. LOL. Was your post an April fools joke?

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            • camdenyards46

              Coaches coach the players, so they have a voice on who they will be coaching. They are not locked out of the draft war room.

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              • sufferfortribe
                sufferfortribe

                I never said they were. I just stated that Dorsey won’t be swayed by Jackson, especially after Kessler and RG3.

                People need to work on their reading comprehension on this site.

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                • TJECK109

                  That’s not what you said at all Einstein. Your first name must be Hue.

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                  • sufferfortribe
                    sufferfortribe

                    Look at my original comment, genius. Try seeing the meaning of my words. Or is that too hard for you?

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  6. crosseyedlemon

    When the Browns announce they have a “new strategy” you know the novelty stores in Cleveland have just had a sale on their inventory of Magic 8 balls.

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  7. Brad Collins

    Defective marching standard from the outset….
    Internal monologue>, “Tyrod is the bridge, we hope 1st rd pick rapidly develops”. What you Say is “we are righting the ship here in Cleveland, and Tyrod is going to help us set sail”…, be vague at the end, so you dont CRAP on anyone’s motivation NOW. You just cut Tyrod at the knees, He cant get a WR on his page because YOU told the team Hes the substitute teacher, This statement says you don’t have confidence, and YOU are CALLING the PLAYS!!!. Tyrod needs a situation where he is WANTED not TOLERATED. you just lowered his standing. Making the “Major League” worst to first pledge is novel the first time, being “underprojected” continuously engenders a CHIP. Now if Tyrod “balls out” you have created a Cousins situation, because he KNOWS you didnt BANK on him when the chips were down, and you will never know how good Josh Allen(or whomever) is and you will sweat an unwinnable decision. Go with Tyrod but unless he wins 4 straight, “we shoulda gone w the rookie”, OR if we dont resign Tyrod and go with the rookie and he fails, CLE is an idiot AGAIN. on their 26th starter this century. this is how NOT to play a QB situation. and you did it to yourself.

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    • Brad Collins

      if Tyrod is bad, your rookie is thrown in too early, Flames out, and you lose again TWICE, and a new coach is making this SAME decision next draft. You are looking at 0-4 and you havent played a game yet. You win in February NOW. And if the front office isnt listening to you, they should have just let you go last season, Because they clipped your power they way you just clipped Tyrod’s

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      • ohiodevil

        That’s why they signed Stanton….if Taylor is awful or get hurts, Stanton goes in. The rookie won’t play this year if they’re smart.

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          • Polish Hammer

            Because that’s one of the many reasons why they constantly go through QBs and they’re in this position. They need to draft a QB and allow then the time to develop and not just throw them into the fire and get hurt physically or have their psyche crushed prior to being ready to shoulder that load.

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      • Hopefully they do listen to the coach as he is providing insight into the way he wants the team composed to fit the scheme he is hoping to implement. If not you end up with a team that is fragmented and just rudderless.

        Is hue a great coach? I dont think he is all that but it makes it even tougher if all they do is give him spare parts instead of the pieces to fit his plans. I believe that is the only reason he has lasted this long is he hasnt had the input he should have with the front office.

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  8. Brad Collins

    Coach Hue, please disregard the packaging, If it MATTERED what the QB LOOKED like, Sea would still have Matt Flynn, Tyrod can PLAY, when you dont send BOTH his starting WRs to the NEW best offense in the NFL, ADD weapons for a mobile qb, NFL GMs (Because they dont see black QBs as passers) they TRADE away weapons rather than accumulate them Cunningham(traded KJackson, CCarter) Cam (SSmith,Benjamin) Kordell (Mills, Johnson, Westbrook) VYoung ( Thigpen) Russell (Sidney Rice) . They got GOFF, 2 TEs and 2 WRs, Russell/Cam keep starting from scratch EVERY season, and we complain they dont progress (running bootlegs) and leading their respective teams in rushing. its an (unfunny) joke

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  9. What does hue know anything about QBs
    he didn’t get C wentz, D. Watson. After a 0-16 season it’s time for the browns to get a new coach

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  10. Strauss

    Jackson has to go! Why is Dorsey sticking with him? He is over his head and doesn’t belong in the head coaching world. It’s a shame they will have to waste another season to figure out this guy is terrible. The situation smells of their owner and stupid decisions he constantly makes. Way to go Haslem. You deserve to go 0-16 again but the players and fans don’t.

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  11. If I’m the Browns, I wouldn’t even draft a qb first round. Take the best available that’s not a qb and take a chance on the chips falling. They could trade back in the middle or late first round and get a qb. Or even wait it out. If Hue knew he had his job next year, this could be a possibility. But the win now pressure on this coaches don’t let them pick for the future. They could build something using those two picks on other positions.

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    • sufferfortribe
      sufferfortribe

      I think the decision on what to do is based more on what they’ve done, or more like haven’t done, in the recent past.
      As far as trading back into the first round, they’ve tried that before. It got them guys like Weeden and Quinn. No thanks.

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  12. jgiun1@yahoo.com

    Never seen a guy talk so much with crappy results his whole term there….like he was losong to set up this draft….lol….it’s like shut up and win some games and quit barking you losers

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