Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson made some changes to his coaching staff official on Friday but there’s still one position on his staff empty which has been the case since he took the job.
There’s still no offensive coordinator on his coaching staff and with the changes being made, it seems like once again he’ll be calling the plays for the 2018 season.
The team announced that they’ve hired former Bengals quarterback coach/offensive coordinator Ken Zampese as quarterback coach as well as Adam Henry as the wide receiver coach.
Al Saunders, who was formerly the wide receivers coach will now be in advisory role for Coach Jackson.
The team also announced they have parted ways with assistants David Lee (QB coach), Shawn Mennenga (special teams assistant), Stan Watson (special teams quality control) and Kirby Wilson (running backs).
Out of those names, I think Wilson was the biggest surprise. A well respected coach in the NFL who was worked with some greats like Emmitt Smith, Edgerinn James and Adrian Peterson and has helped mold Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell into formidable NFL running backs.
Now it’s possible he asked to be let out of his contract due to Jackson’s inability to run the football when he’s had two talented runners in Crowell and Johnson the last two seasons. Wilson wasn’t afraid to call out Jackson about it before the season ended and that also could’ve sealed his fate for his future in Cleveland.
Also, the team announced they parted ways with special teams coordinator Chris Tabor who took the same position with the Chicago Bears.
Tabor had been with the Browns since the 2011 season and survived through three head coaching changes.
Now as far as the new hires go, I have nothing against bringing in Zampese and Henry for their respective jobs.
Henry has coached wide receivers for a long time between college and the NFL and has had success. He coached wide receivers at LSU from 2012-2014 which during that span produced two of the top wide receivers in the NFL in Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.
He also coached wide receivers for the New York Giants the past two seasons where Beckham had 101 catches for 1,367 yards and ten touchdowns during the 2016 season while then rookie Sterling Shepard finished second among NFL rookie receivers with 65 catches.
Zampese was the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback coach from 2003 to 2015 where he coached Jon Kitna, Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton and had success with each quarterback. He became the Bengals offensive coordinator when Jackson took the Browns head coaching position but was fired two games into the 2017 season.
He’s been an NFL assistant coach since 1998 and before that spent six years as a college assistant at San Diego, USC, Northern Arizona and Miami (Ohio).
My problem is Hue Jackson isn’t admitting his own mistakes as a coach and it’s ultimately going to be his downfall as a head coach in Cleveland. Not hiring an offensive coordinator to take the load off what he already has on his plate isn’t going to make things better for him.
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com revealed in an interview on 92.3 the Fan on Friday afternoon that the Browns did not offer the position to Texans quarterback coach Sean Ryan during his interview with the team on Wednesday afternoon.
She also revealed that Jackson would not hand over play calling duties to Ryan and will only do it for a veteran coordinator.
My question would be: what veteran offensive coordinator would want to come here when A) it might only be for just a season and B) when things don’t go well on offense, Hue Jackson will take back over play calling or point the finger and not take accountability
This is why a coaching change should’ve been made at the end of the season but Jimmy Haslam’s ego and obviously his checkbook couldn’t make that decision. There’s been rumors of a large buyout on Jackson’s contract could be the reason why the Browns owner didn’t pull the plug on the head coach after a 1-31 record through two seasons including 0-16 this past season.
So now the fan base has to suffer through another season where the coaches and front office could potentially not see the same on decisions. The organization can say that everyone is on the same page but they said the same about Jackson and former top executive Sashi Brown.
There’s always 2019 Browns fans.