Two of the hottest NFL coaching candidates are off the market. The Miami Dolphins on Saturday announced the hiring of Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase as their head coach, and then today the Cleveland Browns announced the hiring of Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as their next head coach.
Jackson spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals (2014-2015) and his name quickly began growing in head coaching circles, to the point where most teams had him at or near the top of lists of potential candidates. He was the team's running backs coach in 2013 and their special teams coach in 2012 after getting fired by the Oakland Raiders after just season as head coach. Jackson was the offensive coordinator for the Raiders in 2010 and then was promoted to head coach in 2011, going 8-8. Despite the positive results, he was fired after just one season. Before his time in Oakland, Jackson spent time in various roles with the the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, USC, and others.
It's a good move by the Browns to hire Jackson, who has been a very good offensive coordinator and maximized his talent with the Bengals while he also did a solid job in his one year with Oakland. He's a good coach for the Browns, but of course they now need to give him two important things that they're not known for giving coaches: time and talent. The Browns have had way too many head coaches recently and their lack of patience is a hinderance to any coach. As long as they give Jackson the time to build the team, and as long as they build the talent level up, it could be a successful move for the franchise as well.