Hue Jackson would “absolutely” take an assistant job this year

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Hue Jackson’s been out of work for a week now, and as he continues his media tour, he’s willing to admit that he’d take another actual job.

In a podcast interview with Adam Schefter of ESPN, the former Browns coach said he would be willing to join another team’s staff this year if asked.

“Oh absolutely,’’ Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “If there’s somebody who I know and trust and respect, felt like they needed me to help or to do something for them along the lines of assisting in any way that I can to help them be as good as they can be on gameday, I would do that in a heartbeat.”

Asked if anyone had reached out with such an offer, Jackson replied: “I would not like to speak on that at this time.”

That’s about the only thing Jackson hasn’t been talking about since he was fired with a 3-36-1 record last week.

He has consistently been linked with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, who he worked for twice previously. After the Raiders fired Jackson in 2011, Lewis hired him as a secondary assistant and special teams coach even though that’s not really what Jackson does.

But there are other coaches Jackson has connections with, including Mike Zimmer and John Harbaugh, and anyone who would bring him on would do so knowing the Browns are already paying him a head coaching salary for the year.

He also made it clear he was open to being an offensive coordinator next season.

“Oh absolutely, I would,’’ he said. “And I’m not going to run from the opportunity to sit in the head chair again either. I know I can do it. There’s no question in my mind that I can. I know my record doesn’t say that and rightfully so. I get it. But I know that I can go coordinate offenses in the National Football League tomorrow if given an opportunity. . . .

“I truly believe that there’s another coordinator position out there for me.”

Jackson has enough relationships in the business that getting another chance to coach seems likely. A head coaching job, less so.

46 responses to “Hue Jackson would “absolutely” take an assistant job this year

  1. Asked if anyone had reached out with such an offer, Jackson replied: “I would not like to speak on that at this time.”
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    That’s a no.

  2. I don’t think he deserves anything. He was garbage as a HC. His play calling as an OC in the playoffs was atrocious. And if he still had it his way, Tyrod Taylor & Carlos Hyde would still be starters in CLE when Mayfield & Chubb have shown they are the better players. Hue is a turd.

  3. The NFL ” Coaching Tree ” is a closed system and every one in a position to hire, will take care of the others in the tree.If you have been in the system long enough, regardless of your record, you will probably be given an opportunity to coach again after your last dismissal.All coaches are expendable, with the exception of a very few, expect to be fired at some point in time, and know they will be job hunting at some point in the future.

  4. Considering the Browns dumped all the talent they could playing draft choice and salary cap…is it possible he may have been ok given the chance to have his team his way?

  5. Well, he’ll get some HC interviews for teams that want to check the Rooney Rule box without waiting for a legitimate candidate under contract with another team.
    He’ll get another job. Coaching staff around the league are filled with failed head coaches. I would bet he’ll get hired before Haley.

  6. Sure, he can coordinate offenses. Absolutely, he could head coach again.
    But his record reflects he does not lead well, he does not inspire, and he does not win.

  7. Some people can’t see the forest through the trees. This guy doesn’t deserve any job, assistant or otherwise, in the NFL. He’s done, he’s terrible.

    But as we see time and again, e.g., Jeff Fisher, the NFL good ol boys club in full swing, someone will bring him on board and give him a job.

  8. Hue is a class act and I’d like to see him signed as a head coach with one of my teams division rivals.
    Give him a fair chance, at least 3 years.
    Let him spin his magic.

    🙂

  9. Am I the only one that thinks Haslam has called Dorsey and Greg Williams into his office already. “Hey guys, I just heard there is an offensive coordinator available that has head coaching experience.”

    I mean this is the guy who told Ken Whisenhunt he wasn’t Browns coaching material just to literally call him for an interview one season later and took drafting advice from a homeless guy.

  10. “If there’s somebody who I know and trust and respect, felt like they needed me to help or to do something for them along the lines of assisting in any way that I can to help them be as good as they can be on gameday, I would do that in a heartbeat.”

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    If the abysmal record and some of that Hard Knocks footage wasn’t enough, can’t imagine teams are going to be clamoring for his services anytime soon after he publicly admitted to undermining his peers more than once the other day.

  11. As a Vikings fan I would take Hue as our coach. Zim has been ruled legally blind. He needs to take care of his health and retire.

    I am just hoping for 8-8 this season. Hoping to have the same record as or one game better than the Bears. The Packers will win the division at 9-6-1. They have been the better team my whole lifetime.I am 36. I really wish I could enjoy just one World Championship. The Packers mean fans have gotton to enjoy so many.

  12. All these know it alls…..lol Hue took Cincy to 12-4 and 10-5-1 and 2 playoffs appearances and had Andy playin his best ever. You know it alls need to check his resume. He can coach offenses in this league. Hue come put pressure on Lazor ASAP! #DoYaResearch

  13. Yet somehow he’ll get a job. If there was a player out there that was this bad at their job no one would pick him up and he’d fade into obscurity. #donthirehue

  14. Hue isn’t qualified to coach the waterboy…

    All you would have would be ice and injuries – and absolutely no clue about what went wrong – and then throwing the ballboy under the bus in a desperate attempt to save his own job…

    Be afraid, be very afraid…….

  15. Baby Huey, there are no “assistant” french fry slinger positions available. You aren’t even smart enough to handle that station by yourself.

  16. As terrible of an HC as he was he actually is a half decent OC, some guys are just better off as assistants than the head guy (see: Norv Turner, Pat Shurmur, Wade Phillips etc.), ain’t no shame in that.

  17. I dunno…dude may well be a terrible head coach and he deserved to get fired. But he didn’t exactly get a very fair shake. It’s unlikely many, if any, coaches would have succeeded under the same circumstances.

  18. Biggest strike against him isn’t all the losses but how he comes across as being hard to work with and quick to blame others. I’d be afraid to bring him onto a well-functioning staff for fear he’d cause problems.

  19. I could see the Bengals hiring Hue Jackson as a consultant for the rest of the season, considering they have two games left against the Browns. Even if they don’t hire Jackson he WILL be helping his friend, Marvin Lewis, prepare for the Browns.

  20. “And I’m not going to run from the opportunity to sit in the head chair again either. I know I can do it.”

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    How many games do you need to lose to realize that you aren’t HC material?

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