Hue Jackson: I was never offered money to lose

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After former Miami coach Brian Flores said he was offered $100,000 per loss in 2019 because Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wanted the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, former Cleveland coach Hue Jackson suggested that he got a similar offer from Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. But now Jackson has backtracked.

Jackson initially started his backtrack earlier in the week, but on Friday night he stated clearly that Haslam never offered to pay him to lose games.

“No, I was never offered money like Brian had mentioned,” Jackson told CNN. “I think this is a totally different situation but has some similarities.”

Still, Jackson stands by his claim that Haslam wanted to lose, and that Jackson himself complained about Haslam’s plan at the time. Haslam also said Black coaches like himself and Flores have been thrown into situations where their owners weren’t trying to win.

“I told Jimmy that what he was doing was very destructive, to not do this because it’s going to hurt my career and every other coach that worked with me and every player on the team. And I told him that it would hurt every Black coach that would follow me. And I have the documents to prove this,” Jackson said.

Asked why he doesn’t produce those documents, Jackson responded, “Those things will come to light at the right time.”

The extent to which Flores and Jackson can prove their claims that Ross and Haslam were trying not to win may determine how hard the NFL — and possibly the legal system — crack down on them. But there’s no doubt that it’s the NFL’s own rules that incentivize teams to lose. If the NFL wants teams to play to win, it should stop rewarding teams that lose.

103 responses to “Hue Jackson: I was never offered money to lose

  1. Story seems to have changed in the past week….now, there’s a surprise !! Don’t know why he just doesnt realize he was a good Offensive Coordinator and a lousy Head Coach.

  2. Um, coach thats exactly what you said earlier. Let me guess you were taken out of context?? okay we got it now.

  3. This isn’t backtracking. This is lying. And now I hope Haslam sues Jackson. Furthermore, you weren’t “thrown” into a situation. You chose the job knowing very much what the history of that organization was and roster the year before when they went 3-13.

  4. Well, he was being paid as a coach, so I guess TECHNICALLY he was being paid to lose……I wonder if that’s what he meant??😂😂

  5. What a terrible position to be in for a football coach… “did you get paid to lose all those games intentionally or were you just so bad at your job that it looked like you were trying to lose intentionally?”

  6. If Jackson wasn’t compensated in some way for losing, how does the owner “make him lose”, or “incentivise losing”?
    Not saying it didn’t happen, but wondering how that happens. He’s not calling plays or forcing the coach to but backups on the field, is he? This is going to be interesting

  7. “If the NFL wants teams to play to win, it should stop rewarding teams that lose.“

    ————-
    How about have some pride? Also, go back through the drafts. How often is the best player, the first pick?

  8. If you are a student of history it is clear that losing and getting high draft picks is not a guarantee of future success. In fact the holy grail of high draft picks is the franchise QB and how many of them have been complete failures? More failures then successes. The NFL strives for parity and the very nature of the game depends upon many factors making it nearly impossible for one player to turn around a franchise.

  9. So you jumped on the bandwagon Hue, but when it came time to actually producing documents you realized you have nothing.

  10. Somebodies lawyer told him unless he wants to keep the considerable amount of money he made in the NFL he better try and put the toothpaste back in the tube.

  11. Sounding like he is more about escaping blame than admitting the truth. The Browns were a terrible team looking for a coach who was knew he was going to lose a lot through a rebuild. Seeing as how he went on a power trip in his one year as HC of the Raiders and was radioactive after that any HC job (and the money that comes with it) was probably looking pretty good.

    The roster was bad but it was Hue’s coaching that made the team historically bad.

  12. Right, he was just paid a salary to lose, at least long enough to get a couple #1 picks. Not even judging though because the way the rules are set up they incentivize losing in certain situations.

  13. Hue Jackson with a late, but strong, attempt to make the Olympic Backpedaling team in Beijing.

  14. To use a Florio expression–he’s trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube. Hue’s a clown.

  15. Hue Jackson didn’t set the record straight out of the goodness of his heart.He knows he was about to lose millions in a lawsuit if he didn’t.

  16. How about a lottery? 32 balls picked randomly and that’s the order it should be.. Then no one will want to lose cuz it won’t matter if you lose it won’t get you any closer to the 1st pick.

  17. His contract had accelerators & draft incentives, which highlights the team willing to lose, which is what he’s referring to.

  18. Jackson has a history. Not a good one.

    Doesn’t mean Flores is wrong, but not everyone is a desirable wingman.

  19. What’s the PFT suggestion to fix the NFL draft incentive to lose system? A lottery of the bottom Five teams? Then another lottery of the remaining non playoff teams, keeping the current playoff team draft structure in place?

  20. He was threatened and contradicted himself for the sake of his and his family’s safety. It’s a shame that Hue lacks the convictions that Flores has.

  21. If there is a righteous progress to be made, which I believe there certainly is – Hue Jackson’s selfish efforts to inject his own name into the conversation will only serve to slow that progress. This guy is the epitome of a narcissist and I believe Haslam when he says that Hue has never accepted responsibility for anything.

  22. Funny, both owners wanted to lose, which is not unusual. Until the NFL has a lottery system, it will be that way. The difference was, Flores was a good coach who still managed to win five games with one of the league’s worst rosters. When also handed one of the league’s worst rosters, Jackson went 1-31. Flores might have a legitimate beef, Jackson is a joke.

  23. I find it interesting that Sashi Brown comes back to the NFL the same week as the stories are breaking. I believe he was the architect of the lose to get draft picks system in Cleveland.

  24. Hue Jackson is such a clown that he criminally implicated himself for fixing NFL games just to try and save his coaching legacy and reputation.

  25. As the article states, the NFL is the one to blame regarding its rules and tanking. Anytime a team wants to tank it’s because they are actually trying to better themselves for the future. I know players and coaches hate it but the goal is to win the Superbowl and if you can’t win it that season, then set yourself up by getting the top pick so you can have a better chance of winning later on. Sorry but it is what it is.

  26. This guy just wanted to Gravy Train on Flores’ legit beefs. Hue Jackson is a windage drama queen. By Hiring Sashi Brown, and Paul DePodesta, what made you think Haslam was serious about winning. If you knew they were planning on losing why did you take the Job. The Browns had enough talent to go 14-18 and Hue Jackson went 1-31. There were easily games they should have won but due to his awful coaching they lost.

  27. “I think this is a totally different situation but has some similarities.”

    Classic H. Jackson line. Total contradiction. The NFL can just sit back and let these guys sink their own ship.

    Flores cites the racism in head coaching. I’m not going to disagree but using his math why were only 5 of HIS 20 assistants black? – that’s his staff.

    Miami’s top three player personnel staff, including the GM and assistant GM are all black.

    Shall we conclude as well that racist attitudes keep white players from playing because they’re underrepresented given the general population as well.

  28. Why anyone would believe anything Hue Jackson says is a mystery to me. The guy is a chronic liar. He just can’t help himself. It comes natural without even trying.

  29. “Asked why he doesn’t produce those documents, Jackson responded, “Those things will come to light at the right time.””
    ————————

    Um, the “right time” is now. Your credibility is shot and you’re not part of the lawsuit, so why exactly is hiding the documents a smart strategy?

    Oops, I used the word “smart” in the same sentence as Hue Jackson…

  30. Offered money to lose games… Offered money to backtrack about being offered money to lose games… Seems as plausible an explanation as Hue Jackson taking Flores side on a whim and then randomly deciding to backpeddle

  31. Guessing Hue’s lawyer explained that if he claimed he took money to lose he was opening himself up to potential prosecution under the Sports Bribery Act.

  32. So who is more responsible, these lying coaches who would rather set race relations back 50 years than face their personal short comings, or the media outlets who give them a voice?

  33. Didn’t Jackson at one point even suggest that it was a good sum of money? Now it never happened!?

  34. Oh look, Hue is lying and blaming others again. You made it about race at the time? You warned him it would your reputation and other black coaches’ reputations? Somehow I won’t hold my breath for those documents to come out. You didn’t like Jimmy’s plan, probably because you weren’t getting results and were looking to blame. We all saw Hard Knocks, Hue. We know you’re an incompetent, insecure man…perhaps the worst head coach in NFL history.

  35. What a trainwreck Hue is. Seems like he’s pretty much pathological at this point. Have to wonder how much of an open secret it might be in the league, especially after Lewis essentially hired him to be nothing more than his “sideline buddy” after he was dumped by the Browns – seemed like a pity move at the time, and especially so now.

  36. Sounds like you’re suggesting that only black coaches, never White ones, get offered money to lose games.

  37. So in other words Haslam was correct in the assessment that Hue Jackson has never accepted blame for anything ever.

  38. hmm the victim card has played it’s course obviously…$$$ no book deal?

  39. Give yourself some credit Hue…you got paid to coach the team and you just stunk. Your so confused, it was YOUR salary, not a payoff to lose.

  40. Hue and Flores are good friends from what I understand. Huge backtracked, was lying. Much like Flores is lying. It’s odd how the Dolphins (a black GM who fired him) and NYG both heavily connect back to both teams not wanting to trade for DeShaun Watson. The NYG interviewed THREE black head coaches including Leslie Frazier twice. 1/16 it was reported Flores wanted to team up with Watson somewhere, 1/26 the NYG issued a statement they would not be trading for Watson, 2/1 Flores claims they humiliated and there was discrimination against him. The situation in Miami was how he butted heads with GM Chris Grier and hated everything about Tua. I think you will find out Flores is lying too but might play out longer but if you connect the dots, it all connects to Watson, a disgruntled HC. As for the Denver situation….Elway being drunk, even if he was, is unprofessional, not racial discrimination. Their previous coach before interviewing Flores was black. I strongly feel there is a issue with black head coaches not getting more opportunities, some teams to discriminate in the NFL, but Flores and even Hue really are doing far more harm to this actual problem making these unfounded accusations.

  41. In his third year with a far better team, he still lost. Go with your track record hue, and get lost.

  42. Hue got himself a college gig where he could potentially show he’s not that bad of a coach. Instead of looking forward, he’s looking back saying all sorts of things that are probably making his new employer very nervous. In addition to his coaching ability, they now also have to wonder about his legal problems, credibility, and accountability. Not a very smart man.

  43. Hue was a disgrace as a head coach and it’s obvious he hasnt learned anything. It’s like Haslem says the man has never accepted responsibility for anything. As bad as he was as a head coach, injecting himself into this situation is even more disgraceful. Just irresponsible for him to say what he said with 0 proof backing him.

  44. Both Flores & Jackson, if they accepted money to lose and said nothing at the time, what does that say about their own integrity if they bring it up when they have an axe to grind?

  45. menlow13 says:
    February 5, 2022 at 9:11 am
    Funny, both owners wanted to lose, which is not unusual. Until the NFL has a lottery system, it will be that way. The difference was Flores was a good coach who still managed to win five games with one of the league’s worst rosters. When also handed one of the league’s worst rosters, Jackson went 1-31. Flores might have a legitimate beef, Jackson is a joke.
    ——————————————————————————————————————“The difference was Flores was a good coach who still managed to win five games with one of the league’s worst rosters.” What???? He inherited a team that had just gone 7-9. He fired his OL coach 4 days into camp. He traded a second round pick for Josh Rosen, who started three games for the Dolphins and lost all of them- badly. He drafted a DE in the 1st round who had minimal impact the entire season. Yeah, he still won an impressive 5 games. Hahahaha

  46. Does it even matter if Jackson was paid or not to lose? The point is that if the owner told him to lose on purpose, it’s ILLLEGAL.

  47. All of you piling on Jackson are pretty ignorant. It was very clear to someone who watched football and pro sports in general that something was going on that wasn’t right. The NBA limited this tanking practice with the draft lottery many years ago. The NFL could’ve done the same thing but chose not to. The NFL has been behind the times for decades and its ways are catching up to it.

  48. Hmmm, Brian Flores lied about his Broncos interview and now Jackson is retracting his claims against the Browns. Makes you wonder why neither said anything when these “alleged” events happened and waited until now to accuse people/teams.
    Apparently, their “integrity” was for sale back then and now they have found some brand new morality.

  49. Jackson: “What??? You mean my accusation against Haslam might indict me too?? No, No, No, No. Time to reinvent the truth.”

  50. Hue probably would have been up there with Lombardi, Shula, and company if the owner would have let him win the games!

  51. Oh Hue, you keep rolling that rope around your own neck. Keep running yo mouth.This is not your first rodeo. You never learn

  52. Just disolve the NFL permanently.we dont need the NFL in America.replace it with American soccer.

  53. Jackson is a pathetic sideshow. In a sense, it’s a shame his life has come to this, but he made his own bed.

    As for Flores, one of my favorite expressions is “Both things can be true”. In this instance, Flores certainly has made some more than questionable moves, that, even if he were white, would make owners hesitant to hire him (and legitimately so), especially without much of a winning record to speak of. That said, it’s pretty much a slam dunk that there is, shall we say, a noticeable hesitation on the part of owners to hire black head coaches. As Bill Parcells famously said: “You are what your record says you are”, and the record as for as owners hiring blacks for HC positions speaks loud and clear as to what they, collectively, are in this regard.

  54. “Just disolve the NFL permanently.we dont need the NFL in America.replace it with American soccer.”

    Ever follow international soccer? It’s as, or even more corrupt than the NFL.

  55. Jackson is right. Halsam and Shashi Brown were positively tanking on purpose. Jackson called them out when he was angry that they cut Joe Hayden without telling him, wanted Tribiski over Garrett, didn’t want Mayfield, botched the AJ McCarron trade, and more. All while Jackson was pushing back. They added a year (s?) to his guaranteed contract to shut him up and buy him more time to recover from the GM and owner sabotaging and tanking on purpose.

  56. It doesn’t matter if it is hard money or not. It’s the implication of the favor being done maybe even for jib security that matters.

    Haslem is guilty period.

  57. The proof the the Dolphins were trying to lose is that they offered Flores $100k per loss. The proof that the Browns were trying to lose is that they hire Hue Jackson.

  58. billh1947 says:
    February 5, 2022 at 12:28 pm
    Just disolve the NFL permanently.we dont need the NFL in America.replace it with American soccer.
    —————–
    You had a good idea right up until you said “replace it with American soccer” I think I’d rather watch curling than soccer 🙂

  59. At this point Hue Jackson lacks both credibility and accountability. He’s a joke.

  60. So his new accusation is it a lie to hide a lie, Hue had amble time on all these talk shows and basically stayed lieing, and now seems there will be no accountability. He lied.

  61. Jackson is right. Halsam and Shashi Brown were positively tanking on purpose. Jackson called them out when he was angry that they cut Joe Hayden without telling him, wanted Tribiski over Garrett, didn’t want Mayfield, botched the AJ McCarron trade, and more. All while Jackson was pushing back. They added a year (s?) to his guaranteed contract to shut him up and buy him more time to recover from the GM and owner sabotaging and tanking on purpose.

    ———————–

    The AJ McCarron trade would have been one of the most desperately stupid trades of all time. I have to believe Sashi pretended to not know how to make a trade, because he couldn’t bring himself to do something that stupid. That’s not an argument in favor of Hue competence. Sure the Browns were tanking, but Jackson spent his whole time in Cleveland throwing everyone under the bus and making excuses. What he should have done was run the ball more and he would have won a few games. Instead he wanted to show what a genius he was with his offensive play-calling despite not having the personnel he had had with the Bengals as an OC. AJ Green, Mohammed Sanu, Marvin Jones, and Tyler Eifert made Andy Dalton and Hue Jackson. But you gotta play to your team’s strengths. Hue never did that in Cleveland.

  62. Does it even matter if Jackson was paid or not to lose? The point is that if the owner told him to lose on purpose, it’s ILLLEGAL.

    Yeah…. To make it illegal, being paid or not in this circumstance is important. Simply uttering the words “you should lose on purpose” is not illegal. Stop trying to deflect the fact that Jackson is utterly lying his face off

  63. Disproportionate hirings need to be looked at. In no other profession does 13% of the male population have 80% of the male employees…black male privilege needs to be looked at in the NFL; all other races are obviously being discriminated against. We should have 13% of the players and 13% of the coaches in the NFL be black.

  64. He never said he was paid to lose, I didn’t understand when people acted like he did. He stated that Haslam was happy that they were losing and paid them bonuses during the 1-31 streak inferring that the goal was to tank. That was not a new development as Pep Hamilton listed that as one of the reasons he left the Browns for Michigan because he felt they were purposely handicapping the coaching staff.

    Speaking of which the Ravens just hired Sashi Brown as their president which shows how much credibility the league really has on not rewarding tanking.

  65. Hue gave a 1st and a 2nd for carson palmer w the Raiders and said “ this could be the greatest trade in the NFL“ Then was ready fo give a 2nd and 3rd for AJ freaking McCarron. Nuff said. He lacks self esteem and lacks any self awareness at all. I do believe he is a nice guy just in over his head most of the time. Some men are not meant to lead.

  66. I’m thinking back to the game when Mayfield talked trash to Jackson when the Brown’s played the Bengals….I thought it was unnecessary and punk-ish, at the time…after the past few days, it has become possible that, maybe, Mayfield was in the right all along.

  67. Hue Jackson: I was never offered money to lose
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    Sounds like Hue is jealous, he’d have made a killing!

    $100,000 X 36 = $3,600,000

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