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Mailbag: Does Hue survive 0-16? Pick a Christmas movie? Positions to target in free agency?

Q: Does Hue Jackson survive 0-16?

— @PumpkinNation

A: First of all, I picked the Browns to beat the Bears, so I’m hoping the question isn’t relevant.

But in the likelihood that it is, I’m beginning to have serious doubts about Jackson returning for a third season. I believed owner Jimmy Haslam when he was adamant earlier this month that Jackson would return regardless of the finish to the season, but I think Haslam may have underestimated just how different 0-16 is compared to 1-15.

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If new general manager John Dorsey has any misgivings about keeping Jackson, an 0-16 finish could be enough to send Jackson passing — despite Haslam’s desire to keep him and some sense of continuity.

I would give Jackson a 60 percent chance of returning regardless, but that number shrinks in my head every day.

Q: If the Browns were a Christmas movie, what movie would they be?

— @cpac27

A: I got some interesting answers from Twitter followers, including “Trainwreck,” “Misery” and “Clueless.” But the question asked for a Christmas movie, so @ack_55555 gets props for keeping to the premise with “Scrooged.”

I’ll say “The Nightmare Before Christmas” because the last several years have felt like a horror movie.

Q: Rank the likelihood of the following items Santa will bring Hue this Christmas: a pink slip, a head coaching job in Cincinnati, a lump of coal that all five of us could pick up.

— @IngloriousBrdfrd

A: I’d have to go with a pink slip. I can’t fathom the Bengals wanting a coach who’s 1-29, no matter how much owner Mike Brown likes him. And I’ve never seen anyone get a lump of coal.

Q: Will the Browns get some top-shelf free agents, since they have a ton of money? I know you build through the draft, but a veteran quarterback to mentor and a safety might help. Happy holidays.

— Paul, Mansfield

A: I believe the Browns will do everything they can to take a huge jump in the win column next season, and that can only be done with a massive infusion of talent through free agency and the draft.

In free agency, I expect the Browns to go after a quarterback, pass rusher, receiver, tight end and safety.

 

Q: What would you think if we were to trade both our first-round picks for Derek Carr?

— @chanowski_j

A: I would think the Raiders must know he’s not healthy. No team trades away a franchise quarterback without a good reason.

If I were the Browns and Carr is healthy, I would make that trade, because I think Carr can be a top-10 quarterback.

Q: Which of these scenarios is most likely to occur? In what order would you prefer that they did? 
1.) Browns trade head coach Hue Jackson and QB Cody Kessler to Cincinnati for QB Andy Dalton?
2.) Eddie DeBartolo purchases the Carolina Panthers and swaps them to Jimmy Haslam for the Browns? 
3.) Browns exchange CBs with the NYG, sending Jamar Taylor for Eli Apple?

— Mark Leonard

A: Once again, love your imagination.

I’ll go with the cornerback switch as most likely. Apple has had a tumultuous year in New York and Taylor has struggled here, so both teams may be open to a swap.

As for my preference, I’d like to see how the franchise would change with a proven winner like DeBartolo in charge.

Finally, if Jackson goes to the Bengals, I think he’d be glad to get away from Kessler.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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