The record for Cleveland Browns head coach
Hue Jackson has reached 2-33-1 in a little more than two seasons of coaching. Without improvement, the buzz surrounding his lack of job security will start to grow louder.
MMQB's Albert Breer joined the 'Bull & Fox Show' on 92.3 The Fan to discuss Jackson and a potentially intriguing head coaching candidate.
Breer has not heard one way or another if Jackson will be retained beyond this season. He says it is dependent on the direction of the program and the development of players over the final three quarters of the season.
One coaching candidate that will be discussed in the event of a change is Oklahoma head coach
"If they were going to make a move, I think they'd make a call to
Lincoln Riley ," Breer said.
Riley has been one of the fastest rising coaches at the collegiate level. Until four years ago, the Texas native had only been an assistant coach with Texas Tech and an offensive coordinator at East Carolina. He was hired by
Bob Stoops to be the offensive coordinator in 2015. After two seasons, Stoops stepped down as head coach and the job was left to Riley.
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Many felt that the program would see a setback. Instead, they have had rich success on the offensive side of the ball reaching the College Football Playoff in his first season. Breer believes that his offensive innovation - thanks to success stories like
Sean McVay - will lead to many opportunities within the NFL.
"I think he is going to get offers. I don't know if he is going to be in the NFL next year. I think he knows that he has done a great job at Oklahoma; a job at Oklahoma that is probably better than a lot of the NFL jobs. He has got job security there. The phone is going to be ringing. I think NFL teams are going to be interested in hiring
Lincoln Riley ," Breer explained.
"Particularly, because, I think, to some degree, the pipeline is starting to run dry as far as NFL assistants go. That is a result of so many teams turning over their operations every two or three years. You do not have many hot names at the NFL level where you are saying 'okay, that guy is going to be an NFL head coach next year'. That plus the fact that teams are way more open minded to doing college type things puts
Lincoln Riley in a position where he is going to have a lot of opportunities over the next couple of years in the NFL. I think that is going to be up to him whether or not he wants to go. I think that will be there for him. It's a result of seeing his ability to develop a quarterback; what Baker looks like in the NFL right now I think helps. The other things that helps is that He has kept it going with
Kyler Murray at quarterback. It tells you that A.) he can develop a quarterback and B.) it wasn't all about that one quarterback. It is really a system that works and can work with different players."
Oklahoma has a lot of players in the NFL but Cleveland should be particularly intriguing because of rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield's presence. In three years together, Mayfield and Riley compiled a 34-6 record ending with a Heisman Trophy for the quarterback.
There is some concern that Riley's offense would not work in the NFL but the bigger concern is staffing. A coaching staff at Oklahoma may not be enough to do the job at the NFL level, especially considering the Sooners defense has been one of the worst in college football this season.
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