Jackson is the most respected quarterback whisperer in the NFL. He worked with Carson Palmer at USC, Cincinnati and Oakland, Joe Flacco in Baltimore, Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, and now a patchwork group of signal-callers in Cleveland. If Jackson can make chicken salad out of the group in Cleveland, which includes Robert Griffin III, it will only bolster his resume, but Jackson doesn’t really need it. He’s been named a head coach for the second time in his career because he understands how to bring the best out of quarterbacks to a degree that is rare in this league, and that lands him a spot on our list. 

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