Hue Jackson, the new Cleveland Browns coach, is viewed as a hard nut to crack. Ever since he took up his new job Wednesday, reports have been swirling around about the future of Johnny Manziel.
Jackson is a disciplinarian and doesn’t stand for off-the-field antics. Manziel, a supremely talented quarterback, has been marred by a series of controversies, and won’t survive under Jackson.
According a source close to the situation, the top of Manziel was discussed at length in meetings between Jacskon and the Cleveland Browns ownership. In those meetings, Jackson hinted that he would prefer the franchise to dump Manziel and move on to the next crop of youngsters.
Jackson was bombarded with questions about Manziel during his introductory press conference on Wednesday. Jackson offered diplomatic answers to tough questions. “I need to get into this building and have an opportunity to sit down and watch tape. I don’t know Johnny personally. I know who he is, but at the same time I think I have to give everybody on our team the fair opportunity to see who they are, to truly learn who they are and then make decisions from there.”
The new Browns coach said he didn’t want to judge Manziel for his disciplinary issues. However, an ESPN report claims that Cleveland are already moving on to life after Manziel. “I wasn’t here to be a part of that (Manziel’s off-the-field issues). So obviously I can’t speak to any of those (incidents). I think what’s important is that I evaluate him as a football player and then find out more about those things moving forward,” said Jackson, who acknowledged that Manziel was a gifted player.
Manziel, 23, still has a bright future ahead of him. Many view him as a future cornerstone for a championship contender. Recent reports have linked him with the Dallas Cowboys. Will Hue Jackson and Johnny Manziel co-exist in Cleveland? It’s highly unlikely.
Hue Jackson, 50, was the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals before arriving at Cleveland. This will be his first head coaching gig.