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Hue Jackson says Browns “need a quarterback”

Johnny Manziel


Hue Jackson continues to make the media rounds as he settles into his new role as head coach of the Browns.

Jackson was on Bleacher Report’s XM Radio show Sunday morning, and he was asked about two subjects Browns fans will find familiar: Johnny Manziel and the quarterback position in general. Jackson said the Browns won’t hesitate to use the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft on a quarterback if “the best fit” for the Browns plays that position.

“It’s my opinion we need a quarterback,” Jackson said.

Jackson was the Ravens’ quarterbacks coach in 2008 when the Ravens drafted Joe Flacco in the first round and Flacco became the immediate starter.

“I’m sitting here today because (Ravens coach) John Harbaugh gave me an opportunity to develop Joe Flacco,” Jackson said.

Jackson was also asked specifically about Manziel’s off-field behavior and said if it’s true that he missed a treatment session because he was in Las Vegas on the day of the Browns’ season finale, that signals that he’s not a starting quarterback in the NFL.

At his introductory press conference last Wednesday, Jackson said he’d made no decisions and wouldn’t judge Manziel off of what he’s heard because he didn’t know him as a person. Jackson said he’d have to watch film and make a football evaluation before making any decisions.

Manziel is the third quarterback the Browns have drafted in the first round since 2007 but the team hasn’t used a top-20 pick on a quarterback since taking Tim Couch at No. 1 overall in 1999.