If you’re interested in this article, first please read my take on the offensive identities (Part 1 and Part 2) of all the teams in 2016. That will explain some of the stats in this article, which I will not explain here. As I did last year, I will write a detailed piece on each team.
Hue Jackson returns as the Browns head coach. . Jackson was a college (and NFL Europe) coach for over a decade before breaking into the NFL as an RB coach in 2001 with Washington. After two years doing that, he became the team’s OC in 2003 under Steve Spurrier. That didn't go well…he then was the Bengals’ WR coach for three seasons. Next, he was Bobby Petrino’s OC in Atlanta 2007. Another setback to Jackson's career, so he coached QBs in Baltimore for two years. From there, he became the Raiders’ OC in 2010 for Tom Cable. Another one-and-done job but in that case he got promoted to be the Oakland HC for 2011. Also one-and-done. He did a year as a defense/special teams assistant in Cincinnati before moving back to the offensive side as the Bengals RB coach in 2013. Promoted to OC in 2014, he actually held that job for two years and now gets a second year as Cleveland's head coach.
I know Jackson has a good reputation; he may have been unlucky in the jobs he's taken or people he's worked for (Spurrier, Petrino, Cable, Al Davis). Marvin Lewis likes him and gave him repeated jobs. But given Jackson's brief tenures in a lot of positions, you have to wonder how long he'll last in Brownsville.
HJ = Hue Jackson’s offense
NFL = Average NFL offense
Jackson coached for two bad teams in his 1st two stints as an OC. His two years in Oakland were mediocre, which wasn’t half bad for that franchise at the time. The Bengals were very good while he was there but the 2016 one-win Browns were a disaster even by their low standards: the 1999 expansion edition won 2; no other Browns team won less than 3 even in 12- and 14-game seasons.
The Offense Overall
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