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The Browns talked an awful lot about stability when they introduced Hue Jackson as the new head coach on Wednesday night. At least they're talking about it, right?

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The new Cleveland coach has better buzz words. Hue Jackson and the Browns brass hammered words like "alignment" and "comfort" at their introductory press conference, underscoring a theme of stability for this administration.

That sounds nice, but the Browns have been anything but stable since Jimmy Haslam bought the team in 2012. Under Haslam, there's been a recurring pattern of turf wars inside the leadership structure. The key to this hire is whether or not Jackson can work with recently hired vice president of football operations Sashi Brown and chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta, the analytics gurus, and whether or not the owner can keep them all focused on the same goal.

APPROVALJackson is already popular in Cleveland.

BYE JOHNNYIs this the end for Johnny Manziel in Cleveland? Early reports said that Jackson wants the Browns to move on from Manziel, which would mean trading him or releasing him (a move that would leave $4.3 million in dead cap space). Jackson might be just the guy for Josh Gordon.

DON'T GOBengals begged him to stay. Marvin Lewis went to Jackson to try and convince him to stay in Cincy, even offering a succession plan that would eventually make him head coach. But Jackson was ready for another shot at running his own team.

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THE RIGHT MOVEMcAdoo just makes sense. Not only does it make for a smooth transition, it keeps Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., who the Giants are pretty heavily invested in, in a system where they've thrived. And at 38, he could be around for a long time, leading an organization that's been synonymous with stability.

GIANTS BRINGING IN PHILBIN TOOJoe Philbin will reportedly become Giants new OC. Overmatched as a head coach, Philbin's best work in the NFL came as an offensive coordinator with the Packers, where he worked with McAdoo. Steve Spagnuolo will remain the defensive coordinator, and hopefully for the Giants, they can find him some more help on the roster this season.



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