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Browns introduce Jackson, focus on next steps

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The Browns have their new head coach and introduced him Wednesday night.

Owner Jimmy Haslam called Hue Jackson “the right guy for the Cleveland Browns” in his opening remarks. Haslam and Sashi Brown flanked Jackson at the podium for his introductory press conference; Brown is the former general counsel who was promoted to executive vice president of football operations earlier this month after general manager Ray Farmer was fired. Wednesday marked Brown’s first public appearance since being promoted.

Brown, Haslam, Haslam’s wife, Dee, and new chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta handled the interview process. Jackson listed those four as the reasons why he accepted the job Wednesday instead of waiting for a scheduled Thursday interview with the Giants.

The next major piece in this latest Browns’ restructure is adding a chief personnel executive, and Brown said Jackson will be involved in that process.

“I’m not worried abut who picks this player or that player,” Jackson said. “All I want to do is win.”

Because Brown has control of the 53-man roster, other teams do not have to let personnel execs under contract interview with the Browns. So, unless there’s a team willing to grant permission to someone who has ties to Jackson or an ex-NFL executive currently looking for a job, the Browns may end up promoting internally.

“We’ll set out in earnest to find our top personnel person this week,” Brown said. “Hue will be involved.”

Jackson said he needs to start responding to text messages and calls from prospective assistant coaches but had nothing decided. A source told PFT that Jackson plans to call his own plays, but Jackson he hasn’t made a final decision and will “do what’s best for the organization” in building an offensive staff.

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20 Responses to “Browns introduce Jackson, focus on next steps”
  1. bonniebengal says: Jan 13, 2016 7:44 PM

    Wishing him the best. The Browns made a great choice.

  2. greenngold says: Jan 13, 2016 7:47 PM

    Am I missing something? Hiring a coach before a GM? Again? I really feel for brownie fans.

  3. robbieboston says: Jan 13, 2016 7:52 PM

    I wonder who will replace him in 2 years?

  4. dangerbird28 says: Jan 13, 2016 7:54 PM

    so Jackson has now been the head coach of both the Raiders and Browns. i wonder what awful thing he did in a past life that he feels he needs to pay penance for

  5. andyr2120 says: Jan 13, 2016 8:01 PM

    I love Jackson as a coach, but I’m not sure I would want him handling draft picks or free agent deals.

  6. jlokc says: Jan 13, 2016 8:02 PM

    This just looks right. I can’t give you any real reason why, but everything has a different vibe, IMO.

  7. logicaldawg says: Jan 13, 2016 8:03 PM

    @greenngold, agree that you would normally not hire a HC before a GM, but in this case the HC will report to the owner not the GM. Not saying that is ideal either, just clarifying.

  8. flairoholic says: Jan 13, 2016 8:11 PM

    Hugh Jackson did well IMO as the coach of an awful Raiders squad, somehow going 8-8. I think he will do well as the Browns head coach.

  9. canetic says: Jan 13, 2016 8:43 PM

    Business is looking good for the factory of sadness!

  10. autumnwind999 says: Jan 13, 2016 8:49 PM

    Hue increased scoring production by more than 100% his first year in Oakland. Our QBS that year: Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski (who is underrated, BTW). Our No. 1 WR: DHB. Enough said.

  11. pascalswager42 says: Jan 13, 2016 8:59 PM

    Cautiously Optimistic…said every offseason by every Browns fan. Sigh.

  12. richardparker123 says: Jan 13, 2016 9:26 PM

    The Browns job is like the Clippers job in the 80s. Jackson should know better. He’s already a future former head coach of this team.

  13. needlescane says: Jan 13, 2016 10:19 PM

    Watch he takes them to a wild card game only to face the Bengals and hand them another playoff loss.

  14. tebow420 says: Jan 13, 2016 11:04 PM

    Sign RG3

  15. benton2016 says: Jan 13, 2016 11:06 PM

    Who cares anymore?

  16. natijim235 says: Jan 13, 2016 11:13 PM

    As Bengals fan can’t believe he went to AFCN but happy for Hue. He will do well once he gets right players on offense his schemes are fun to watch at times.

  17. natijim235 says: Jan 13, 2016 11:14 PM

    Hope he doesn’t cherry pick Bengal free agents

  18. gooboy6 says: Jan 13, 2016 11:18 PM

    I wonder who will replace him in 2 years?

    Good one robbieboston

  19. pemory says: Jan 13, 2016 11:35 PM

    robbieboston:

    Don’t you mean “I wonder who will replace him next year”???

  20. nfl939 says: Jan 13, 2016 11:45 PM

    Give it 3-6 months and I’m sure the drama will begin. Hasnt lasted more than two years at any place.A wreck waiting to happen. And the statement, he decided based on the exes,in place. Well yea, you better kiss their ass no one else offered you a job huey hue. Just saying. Let’s not hope for a hard knocks in Cleveland.
    Ego’s , power trips, crappy draft picks and moves has begun. Just stay away from the Cavs their finally winning.
    Coaches that were let go in Oakland maybe Hue, can give them their jobs back since everyone thinks he did a great job in Oakland. Petes sake. This is going to be a disaster. Just a quick note offenses don’t win championships, defenses do. Great job Haslam.

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