When the Browns hired Hue Jackson away from the Bengals two years ago, it was his offensive scheming and play-calling that stood at the forefront.
After starting his Cleveland career with an unprecedented and ignominious 1-31 record, though, Jackson will relinquish those responsibilities to new coordinator Todd Haley.
As the Browns reported for rookie minicamp on Friday, Jackson acknowledged that Haley has been given total autonomy with the offense.
Those tweaks should lead to Green Bay allowing fewer points and generating more takeaways. The defense will be better positioned with its personnel to maximize the pressure Rodgers puts on the Packers’ opponents. In recent seasons, the defense has failed to give them the right brand of complementary football.
Pettine has operated some solid defenses with the Jets, Bills and even the Browns despite shaky quarterback play. He has never had a chance to play off a QB of Rodgers’ caliber. Likewise, Rodgers will not have to be called upon as team’s ultimate savior.
Front office and scouting personnel typically see turnover after the NFL Draft, so the timing of this move for Bazirgan is not surprising.
Last year, the Jets named Bazirgan their college scouting director, to replace Rex Hogan, who left for a better job with the Colts vice president of player personnel.
Bazirgan had worked for the Jets since 2004. He got a promotion, to pro personnel director, when the Jets hired Maccagnan as their general manager in 2015.
Before spending two years as pro personnel director (2015-16), Bazirgan was the Jets’ assistant director of pro personnel. His first job with the Jets was as a pro personnel intern and college scouting assistant in 2004. He was a college area scout for the Jets for eight years.
So for the second straight year first with Hogan’s departure and now with Bazirgan’s Maccagnan has to replace his college scouting director.
Maccagnan has an extensive background in scouting, though. He was the Texans’ college scouting director before the Jets gave him their general manager job. So Maccagnan is very hands-on with the Jets’ college scouting, in advance of the draft.