The problem with proteges is that sometimes you can create your own monster. Hue Jackson has studied under Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals, and now he's making them pay for it as the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
After Bengals Practice Squad running back Terrell Watson shared he was joining the Browns this week, Jackson has now pillaged a member of Cincinnati's front office staff. After spending the past 12 years with the Bengals as their East Coast scout, Greg Seamon is joining Jackson and the Browns as their tight ends coach. Their bond goes well beyond their days with the Bengals though, as Seamon was Jackson's offensive coordinator in college when he was quarterbacking the University of the Pacific.
"Greg has always been a coach in my eyes," Jackson said in a press release. "He was my college coach. He has been in Cincinnati with me in two stints. He did a lot of other off-the-field things for us. Last year in training camp, he became more and more involved in the offense. I know what kind of coach he is. He is very bright. He is very smart. Very meticulous. Very detailed. Again, the label of all these guys, they are really, really good teachers, great motivators, great men of character and that is the kind of staff you want to build on offense."
The loss of Seamon to the Browns marks a major upheaval with the Bengals' staff. They have had to make changes for five coaching exoduses, including Jackson's to Cincinnati's bitter rival. It marks a whirlwind start to the 2016 offseason and a critical point in the state of the Bengals' franchise.
Seamon did express both his gratitude to the Bengals upon the announcement of his hiring and his eagerness to coach again. "The Brown family and the Bengals have been amazing to me and this is not an easy thing to do," Seamon said Friday via Bengals.com. "There are colleagues and friends there. And we’ve had some success and built something pretty good. But coaching is what I’ve always wanted to do."
Between scouting and coaching at the college and pro levels, Seamon has 31 years of accrued experience. It was his veteran presence in the front office that Bengals Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin often relied upon when constructing this roster that has won 52 regular season games during the past five seasons.
Tobin said of Seamon upon his hiring by the Browns: "He has a unique blend of scouting and coaching experience. He was very knowledgeable in both areas. His input will be dearly missed and we’ll have our work cut out for us filling in. We enjoyed working with him and he offered a lot to our process and I’m sure he’ll offer a lot to the Browns’ process."
The loss of a scout in a department that pales in size to other NFL franchises definitely hurts the Bengals with the NFL Draft just a few short months away. Many scouting events are kicking off in the early months of 2016 and the NFLPA Bowl and Senior Bowl are set for this weekend. Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com noted Tobin's admission of a lack of a replacement for Seamon at the moment because scouts are beginning to get entrenched in their work throughout the spring.
Will we continue to see more Bengals staff members and players leaving for Cleveland?