This was clearly enough to convince Jackson, who wanted nothing to do with the quarterback, and now becomes the team's eighth head coach since 1999. He is the third coach hired by owner Jimmy Haslam since he took over in 2012, and sixth head coach in the past eight years.
Haslam stated went asked about the inconsistency at the position "hopefully, the third time is a charm." He went on to list many reasons why Jackson was the right fit at this moment, hoping this is the guy to turn his team around.
The 50-year-old is the team's 16th head coach all-time, succeeding Mike Pettine after he was fired following a 3-13 season. Jackson reportedly had an interview with the New York Giants scheduled for Wednesday night, which he cancelled after the meeting with Cleveland.
The former Bengals coordinator was introduced Wednesday evening, and mentioned part of the reason he joined the Browns was their focus on analytics. He went on to say that he likes "being cutting edge."
The new head coach, who was 8-8 in one season with the Oakland Raiders in 2011, declined to comment on Manziel's off-the-field problems, saying "I wasn't there during all of that." He went on to say that he wants to evaluate "Johnny Football" as a player.
All signs point to Jackson's emergence in Cleveland being the end of the Manziel era there. The team not only offered to move on, but multiple reports say Jackson is the one who insisted the team do so. Either way, Jackson gets his second chance as an NFL head coach, as the franchise continues to search for "the guy" to lead this football team.