New Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson doesn't want to delegate much responsibility in his new role.
The former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator, whom the Browns hired to replace Mike Pettine on Wednesday, told Solomon Wilcots and Shannon Sharpe on Sirius XM NFL radio on Friday that he doesn't plan to hire an offensive coordinator and instead intends to be the play-caller (via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com).
"Right now in my mind, I don't really plan on having an offensive coordinator, because I want to reserve that right to call plays," he said. "That's something that's gotten me this job, so it's something that you're an expert at. You want to continue to work at that and keep that in your pocket so you can use it to help your team."
Cabot noted that Jackson interviewed former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton on Friday but afterward decided that he should be the one handling play-calling duties in his first year as the Browns' head coach.
Jackson would be taking a risk by not hiring an offensive coordinator, but it could pay off because he is a smart offensive coach. In his one year as the head coach in Oakland, the Raiders had the 10th-best scoring offense in 2011. Jackson's Bengals had the seventh-best scoring offense in 2015, his second year as Cincinnati's offensive coordinator.
Cleveland needs to make huge improvements offensively, and the Browns seem to have made the right decision. Only time will tell if Jackson has made the right decision to take on the challenge himself.