Keys to QB success in Cleveland belong to Hue Jackson

Schefter: Browns were never going to draft QB at No. 2 (2:00)

Adam Schefter, Louis Riddick and Mark Schlereth analyze how the Browns' trading away the No. 2 overall pick to the Eagles affects them. (2:00)

Here's one way to look at the Cleveland Browns' decision to not draft a quarterback with the second pick in the draft the team once owned:

Any young quarterback comes with question marks, even those dubbed "franchise quarterbacks" before the draft.

The two "franchise quarterbacks" in this year's draft are 21 (Jared Goff) and 23 (Carson Wentz), which makes them young with question marks.

Robert Griffin III is a veteran quarterback with question marks. He's still just 26, in the league long enough to be considered experienced but youthful enough to be considered young.

The Browns chose to cast their lot with a young veteran instead of a rookie, which is their right. They picked a guy that the team believes may be able to rebound with coaching from Hue Jackson.

No other team in the league sought Griffin as a starter when he was a free agent. The Browns did. The Browns did not lavish money on Griffin, but they gave him more money than any other team in the league was considering.

Two other teams thought it worth giving up a bundle of picks to move up for the top quarterbacks in the draft. The Titans traded out of the top spot, but they already have Marcus Mariota at quarterback. The Browns traded out of the second spot, their highest spot since 2000, with a guy who failed in Washington under center.

The responsibility to make this work falls on the new coach, a guy whose persona has grown by the day since he joined the Browns.

Need that computer virus wiped out?

Hue Jackson can do it.

Need a quick inventory on office supplies?

Better call Hue.

You almost get the impression Jackson believes he could have saved the Titanic had he been on board, could have steered the Hindenburg into a safe landing and finished the ninth inning of the World Series against the Marlins for an Indians win.

Red Right 88? He'd have made sure Brian Sipe saw Dave Logan on the cross and ignored Ozzie Newsome.

Jackson's hire remains a strong one. Nobody would have argued on Jan. 5 if they were promised Jackson would become the team's coach.

With each day, this team gains his stamp. Sashi Brown will make decisions on personnel, but as much as he defers to Brown, Jackson will have significant input.

The quarterback decision with Griffin seems to have Jackson written all over it. There's no other way to say it, but that Griffin did not work out in Washington. He had a very good rookie season, got hurt, then struggled to become a pocket passer.

Last season, he did not play a down. The past three years, two good coaches -- Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden -- gave up on him.

Jackson believes he has the magic elixir that can do what Shanahan and Gruden could not.
 If he does, more power to him. 
That the Browns believe more in Griffin's potential than Goff's or Wentz's is obvious. If the team believed in the draftable guys, they'd have kept the second pick to take one.

By trading down, they are saying that Griffin is a better option, and that Jackson is the guy to get the best out of him.

Nothing like starting out a new tenure with a seriously heavy burden on your shoulders.