Hey, the Browns have a new head coach! What year is this, anyway? 2014? 2013? 2011? Or, pick just about any year before that?
Look, Hue Jackson seems like a perfectly capable assistant coach. ESPN thinks he was a good hire, and the fact that he is apparently committed to unload embarrassing butthead Johnny Manziel certainly is a point in his favor. Some say Jackson is a “perception-changing” hire for the Browns, too. But let’s face it — we’ve heard the song and dance about how the prior hires, from Mike Pettine going back through all of his predecessors before him, were uniquely trained and qualified and positioned to lead the Browns out of the grim, we’re a laughingstock team that will suck and lose NFL games in impossible ways forever wilderness. Of course, none of them did. They all failed miserably, just like the coaches before them did.
Why should I believe Hue Jackson will do any better? No offense, but it’s not like his prior coaching experience with the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders has involved Super Bowl wins. And every Browns fan remembers how Romeo Crennel, with his New England Patriots Super Bowl rings and defensive know-how, was supposed to turn around the Browns’ fortunes, or how Butch Davis, with his Miami Hurricanes’ national championship fresh in memory, was supposed to do the same. It didn’t happen for them, or for any of the other would-be Browns saviors, either — and this year, with the NFL playoffs underway, the Browns are on the outside looking in, just like always.
So I’m going to reserve judgment on Hue Jackson. What will it take for me to start trusting the hype? Getting rid of Manziel and his colossal head-case ego, planning and executing a competent draft, and making intelligent free agent acquisitions would be a good start. But I’m not going to move back to Believeland until the Browns win a few games — in fact, enough to make the playoffs.
If that happens, I’ll gladly admit that, by being skeptical of what might be accomplished by Hue Jackson, I was a Huge Jackass.