Browns officially announce hiring of Hue Jackson

AP

Hue Jackson is officially the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

The team announced the hiring in a release on Wednesday afternoon. Jackson will be the ninth man to serve as head coach of the Browns, including interim coach Terry Robiskie, since they returned to the league in 1999.

“It’s very exciting for us to name Hue Jackson as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns,” owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. “He embodies all the qualities that will provide strong leadership for our football team. He is highly experienced, deeply passionate about winning, and relentless in trying to find ways to put his players in the best position to succeed. He possesses that unique ability to reach the entire locker room in a way that demands accountability while getting the buy-in and team-first mentality that leads to positive results. I think our players will love playing for him. Dee and I warmly welcome Hue and his family to Cleveland.”

Jackson also provided a statement for the release and called it a “tremendous honor and privilege” to get the job. Jackson was 8-8 in 2011 as the Raiders head coach, which is the team’s best record since 2002, and spent the last four seasons on the Bengals staff.

“I’m a very enthusiastic person. I exert a lot of energy in coaching,” Jackson said. “I love coaching all aspects of it: offense, defense and special teams. I’ve had an opportunity to be involved in all of it. At the end of the day, we’re going to do a great job of hiring a great staff. I think what our fans will be proud of and excited about is we’re going to be a football team that’s going to play very excited football. We’re going to be passionate about what we do and we understand there’s a lot of work involved in order to meet our goals.”

A press conference has been scheduled for Wednesday evening.

78 responses to “Browns officially announce hiring of Hue Jackson

  1. I can see why Hue chose the Browns over the 49ers.

    1) Who would want to work with an overbearing FO like Trent and Jed?
    2) The Browns own the 2nd pick and 32nd pick of this year’s draft. Say goodbye to Goff!
    3) While the AFC North is competitive, what kind of coach would want to face monster defenses like Seattle, Arizona, and the Rams? Like players, I feel coaches are also playing for their next contract.

    I have a feeling Jed somehow screwed this up. Like he mentioned during his press conference, bad teams are rewarded in the draft.

  2. It’s about time our Brownies got their first choice. This hasn’t happened to us on any level in MANY years.

    Here’s hoping that this is just the first step in bringing us back to relevance.

  3. He took the job to work for another old “over-the-hill” owner by the name of Al Davis too. He turned the tide there until Davis’ death and McKenzie let him go.

    Doesn’t negate the fact that Hue loves ball and loves his men and has intense passion for the game. He deserves this chance.

    I wish him well in Cleveland.

    If I were Marvin Lewis, I would be more than a little worried. But then again, Hue may ‘cycle’ back to Cincy in 2-3 years.

  4. This Dude must t really want to a HC in the NFL… Raiders and now the Browns Yikes. Maybe he is the guy that stays 4or 5 years and gets the Browns to mediocre

  5. They probably gave him the keys to the kingdom….he wasnt getting that in SF or with the NYG so that is why he took this job. He has an uphill battle and the odds are not in his favor but maybe he’s the one who gets it turned around. It would have been nice if he had a QB in place though…..they better hope the rookie they pick is the next Carr or Bortles.

  6. babygaga19 says:
    Jan 13, 2016 3:43 PM

    What a resume. HC of the horrifically bad Raiders and now, even worse, the Browns. Sad.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Say what you want about his time with the Raiders but remember he took a horrible team and made them 8-8, best record since 2002. They had not won more than 5 games in the previous 7 years. After he left, the went back to 4 wins or less.

  7. Best job in football. Work two years, get paid for five, and nobody blames you when it doesn’t work out due to the Browns ownership and management history.

  8. My condolences that you’re going to Cleveland. However, with you and Adam Gase being the two best choices and thus going to the two worst vacancies, I have to say “Congrats!!!”

    It might be okay in Cleveland, actually. Why?

    Cuz you’re nowhere near Howie Roseman.

  9. This is actually a pretty big upset for the Browns. Hue Jackson has evolved since his Raider days and was on the radar of several teams.

    This was absolutely the best the Browns could do.

  10. The man who makes the Browns a contender will be a hero for a generation. The man who makes the Browns a champion will be a hero for the ages.

  11. Just like any team in the NFL, until you get a franchise QB you will never win no matter who the coach is.

  12. A front office where they are using analytics to work out a roster and a head coach that is a legitimate NFL coaching choice?

    Sounds like the Browns are going to actually try some things to compete. Let’s just hope Haslam doesn’t blow it all up a year in because they didn’t win the Super Bowl.

  13. While on the surface it seems like a strange choice for Jackson to choose Cleveland over SF, consider that Baalke controls things in SF and that has not gone well. Reports this week are that they’ve been trying to hire assistants before they hire the HC. Also, recall that this is the same roster that led the division without a QB a year ago late into the season, so they might not be as far off as you think, especially with the aging Roethlisberger who is always hurt and Flacco starting next year on the shelf more than likely. Plus, you have the chance to pick your own QB with the Manziel disaster over. He might have actually made a smarter move than people think. It was good enough for Harbaugh for 10 minutes, so let’s see. Haslem might have finally gotten something right.

  14. My money is on hue Jackson thinking the Browns job as more attractive than the loser posters who think otherwise.

  15. Great call Hue! Now grab RG3. Team him up with Josh Gordon and Terrelle Pryor ( if Josh can stay off the WEED!). Continue to draft big on that young impressive defense. And become the surprise new playoff contender in the AFC North in 2016. The Browns are not as far away as many think. If Hue Jackson is the right guy. Look out!

  16. Hue Jackson may or may not be the best HC hire for the Browns. It was pointed out this past week on this site how he made several large mistakes in the game against the Steelers this past Sunday.
    Whether that is significant or not, given the track record of Browns management, it’s difficult to see this as anything other than more grist for their mill. The Browns simply don’t get the benefit of the doubt until such time as they prove that they’re not a cluster-cluck operation. In other words Browns fans…don’t print those Super Bowl tickets yet.

  17. “Jackson was 8-8 in 2011 as the Raiders head coach, which is the team’s best record since 2002”

    The Raiders had the same 8-8 record in 2010 under Tom Cable. The difference is that Cable didn’t screw up the Raiders by using a power vacuum as an opportunity to trade away multiple premium draft picks for players who didn’t really help the team.

  18. All about hiring the right staff around you….Gus Bradley nearly got fired from Jax because of the waste he hired as D coord…and Gus was a d coord himself. Find the guys you trust, Hue, and keep em on the same page.

    Assume they will draft a qb…and would think they would want a current NFL QB (Cousins, Osweiler, Fitzpatrick, Mallet etc) who can lead or at least provide some consistency/stability for a bit. And not throw the drafted qb to the wolves right away.

  19. a1b24312 says:
    Jan 13, 2016 3:43 PM

    Mr. Jackson…

    I hereby sentence you to two years as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

    Judge
    ——————————–

    Looks like he got a reduced sentence. It was originally one year as head coach of the Santa Clara 49ers.

  20. I love all the people who criticise Cleveland who most likely have never stepped foot there. Cracks me up! No matter how bad the franchise has been, it still a head coaching job in the NFL. Cleveland’s fan base is easily one of the best in all of sports. Every franchise in the NFL has had an era of losing.

  21. Hope Cleveland gets good. I used to like watching them back in the 80’s when they had Kosar, Mack, Byner, and the real Clay Matthews.

  22. “It’s very exciting for us to name Hue Jackson as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns,” owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. “He embodies all the qualities that will provide strong leadership for our football team. He is highly experienced, deeply passionate about winning, and relentless in trying to find ways to put his players in the best position to succeed. He possesses that unique ability to reach the entire locker room in a way that demands accountability while getting the buy-in and team-first mentality that leads to positive results. I think our players will love playing for him. Dee and I warmly welcome Hue and his family to Cleveland.”

    Let’s see what they say in 1 or 2 years when he gets fired because the team still sucks. Hey Hue! News flash…The owner drafted Johnny M against the advice of everyone else. Buyer beware!

  23. wow wow wow….lotty freakin dah

    now all they need is:
    about 15-20 good players…like 15-20 more than they have

    nice to see Joe “Fried Again” Haden miraculously healed after the season was over…

    Browns are a joke…always have been, always will be…HUE doesn’t walk on water

  24. Not having Ray Farmer there is going to be a huej benefit.

    Whoever turns that program around is going to be the coach of the century.

  25. This guy will be a good head coach for the Browns, he has great knowledge especially within the division. Good hire by the browns, now they just need to square away the QB situation.

  26. How awesome would it be to have a Raiders Browns Hue Jackson revenge game.

    Playoffs 2018

    I can dream

  27. Mistake, Hue had a good year and could have had another to try and leverage a better position. Worst case he takes the job in two years after they fired the next guy.

  28. I’m happy about this hire for a much different reason than most people: I won’t have to listen to Stephen A. Smith’s drivel about the elitist NFL owners who don’t give certain people a chance.

  29. This team needs a franchise quarterback, O line help, receiver help, etc. Hue Jackson simply will not have the time or talent to make the playoffs fast enough for Haslam and will be gone in less than 24 months.

    Until the owner is gone or drastically changes his ways (which I doubt) this franchise will continue to look and feel like the Act III Al Davis is running the show.

  30. 12/30/19 – Cleveland Plain Dealer Sports Headline:

    Hue Jackson Fired!!
    After 3 consecutive 5-11 seasons, Cleveland has fired their coach and is looking forward to having the 4th pick in the draft to get a QB in the 1st round.

  31. He is a great development coach. He did great things with Dalton this year and helped him get to the next level. That being said, Bengals fans were not too impressed with his play calling from an OC perspective. We’ll see who he picks to be his coordinators. Not sure why he chose the Browns but he has what seems to be an insurmountable task ahead of him.

  32. It all comes down to the QB and the Browns have a chance to get Jared Goff from Cal. Let’s just say for a moment that he’s the next great QB. Now hold that thought. If Bill Belichick was available, wouldn’t most teams want to hire him? Yes. Based on what he did in Cleveland or in New England? New England. Based on what he did in New England when Tom Brady was his QB, or the times when Brady wasn’t? When Brady was. So if Goff is the next great QB, Hue Jackson is the next Belichick. But not the Belichick without Brady. The other Belichick.

  33. And with this news, the torch has officially been passed. 49ers are now the undisputed laughingstock dumpster of the NFL. Congratulations, York you descended to the bottom as quickly as Harbaugh skyrocketed your organization to the top.

  34. I’ll wager my meager paycheck that anyone bashing the hire would happily take the job. Only people who should care are the Browns and their fans. I’d understand if the team was a powerhouse and jealousy ensued but they’re not. Obviously something about the organization intrigued him enough to pass on other offers. He did a good job in Oakland and a great job in Cincy. It also looks like Haslam has distanced himself from the “pundits and experts” that he kept hiring and has gone a different route.

  35. Not sure this is a good fit. The Browns’ organization is supposedly going all-in on analytics, so you’d think that a young, brainy, up-and-coming guy would be the next coach. Instead they pick a middle-aged, “old school” guy who will probably toss all the analytics in the trash and run the team the way teams were run 20 years ago. I’m not going to give up on him before he’s even coached his first game, but I really, really doubt that Hue Jackson is a good fit for this organization.

  36. With the right QB, this Cleveland gig might just work out. Jackson had better hope that DeShaun Watson (QB, Clemson) declares for the NFL Draft this year. Why play another year at the collegiate level, when even The Sanchize (Mark Sanchez) did just a one-year starting gig (all 12 games) at USC before declaring lol Fun Fact: During The Sanchize’s rookie season with the Jets, he threw 12 TDs-to-20 INTs, and the Rex Ryan-led Jets’ still made it to the AFC Conference Final that year — thanks to Darrelle Revis, no doubt lol

  37. blowfishes says:
    Jan 13, 2016 6:12 PM

    Sorry… I like the guy, but the Browns needed a different coach.

    I would have handed over the keys to the city to bring Coughlin.
    —————————–

    What has Coughlin done to demonstrate that he can turn a program around?

    The Giants been underperforming for years.

    Don’t say he is a disciplinarian, because he clearly isn’t, as shown by the antics of Beckham.

  38. niners816 says:
    Jan 13, 2016 3:43 PM
    I can see why Hue chose the Browns over the 49ers.
    ————————

    He didn’t. The Browns were the only team to offer him a head coaching job. He wanted to be a head coach. He got an offer. There aren’t a lot of those jobs around.

    Same goes to all the comments saying he made a bad choice. When you want the top jobs, it’s usually only bad teams making offers. Just like some people marry “down” because they’d rather do that than be alone.

    If he turned down the Browns there was no guarantee he was getting a head coaching job. All these other teams are holding out for Kelly, Shanahan, Coughlin, Koetter, Gruden, Saban, who knows.

  39. I hope he gives Johnny Football a fair shot at playing a whole season. This is going to be fun to watch. Now if they can just keep Gordon from getting suspended!

  40. “Jackson was 8-8 in 2011 as the Raiders head coach, which is the team’s best record since 2002, and spent the last four seasons on the Bengals staff.”

    Was the best record since 2010 when Tom Cable went 8-8, swept the division, and was fired.

  41. I guess I can wrap this up – the team’s been lousy (mostly) for 16 years, but there’s no reason it can’t be rebuilt the right way. Hiring a very well-respected NFL HC is a positive step.

    Yes, it has sucked (mostly) since the team came back. Everyone’s had their laughs at the Browns’ expense, all deserved.

    But the Steelers stunk for 30 years before Noll. And the Browns won the NFL the 1st year they were in it.

    Things change, and there’s only one way for the Browns to go. It’s an historic franchise that’s been kicked around for a few decades. Time to kick back.

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