How important is finding a quarterback for the Browns?
At his introductory press conference, Hue Jackson was very politically correct when answering questions about his feelings and the future of quarterback Johnny Manziel with the team.
“This is what I would say to that: I need to get into this building and have an opportunity to sit down and watch tape,” Jackson said. “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 football team the fair opportunity to see who they are and to truly learn who they are and then make decisions from there.”
Since then, Jackson has been making the national media circuits and he has made it pretty clear that finding the long-term answer at quarterback is one of his top priorities.
“I do believe that this team does need a quarterback,” Jackson said on SiriusXM Radio Bleacher Report on Sunday. “Josh McCown played great when he was healthy and did some really good things, but we also know he’s getting up there age-wise.
“I think what we need to do is look to the future to find what we think is going to be the best fit for us and go from there.”
Jackson was asked to describe what he’s looking for in a franchise quarterback.
“Outside of all the physical characteristics that we look for in a quarterback, the thing I’m looking for is a guy that’s going to be the face of the franchise, somebody that our players can rally behind, somebody that our fans can rally behind, that they believe that this guy has a chance to go out week in and week out and win games, a guy that can elevate this football team, not anybody that’s going to tear it down because I think it’s too hard in the National Football League to have a guy like that,” Jackson said on SiriusXM Radio on Friday. “All-consumed with one thing: being the best quarterback he can be and being the best quarterback he can be and being the best leader he can be. That’s the kind of guy I’m looking for.”
He also was asked if off the field behavior factored into the quarterback decision.
“I think any time things are not done the correct way—with any player at any position—it would be a non-starter with me.”
The early opinions are that Jackson will look to the top of the draft to find the Browns 25th starting quarterback since 1999.
Jackson said all options are on the table in finding the next quarterback.
“If there’s a quarterback at pick No. 2 or pick No. 32 that we feel is the best option, the best fit for our team, we need to go get him,” Jackson said Sunday.
Cal’s Jared Goff, Memphis’ Paxton Lynch and North Dakota State’s Carson Went are currently some of the top options available.
From what Jackson is saying, it is safe to assume that the Browns next quarterback will likely not be seen wearing a disguise while partying in Las Vegas.
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