The Cleveland Browns have made yet another coaching change, hiring Hue Jackson to be their 6th head coach since 2008. Jackson replaces Mike Pettine, who was fired immediately following the Browns’ final game of the season.
Jackson had previously been the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. His last head coaching job was in 2011 when he went 8-8 in his only season with the Oakland Raiders.
Jackson has just been introduced as the new head coach, but reports are already out about Johnny Manziel’s status with the team. The first reports out of Cleveland is that during his interview and meeting with team ownership, Jackson requested that the team “move on” from the troubled quarterback.
For all his success at Texas A&M, Manziel hasn’t quite found a way to translate that to the professional game. He has lost training camp quarterback competitions twice, once to Brian Hoyer and once Josh McCown. He did get some chances to play due to injuries and while he had moments of the Manziel we saw at A&M, overall the success hasn’t been there at the professional level. He is 2-6 as a starter in his two year career with 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
But beyond the mediocrity on the field, Manziel has had off the field troubles as well. He is often seen out partying either during bye weeks or just regularly during the season. This past year he notably was late for his concussion tests because of a late night, wore a disguise to go to a party towards the end of the season and was benched after a video appeared on Instagram of him at a party back in Texas.
Prior to the season, Manziel voluntarily checked himself into rehab in an attempt to curb some of his risky behavior.
There is no word on how this transaction may take place, but whether he is released or traded, Cleveland has likely seen the last of Johnny Football.