The Cleveland Browns announced that they’ve officially hired HC Hue Jackson as their next head coach.
“It’s very exciting for us to name Hue Jackson as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns,” Jimmy Haslam said. “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.”
“What a tremendous honor and privilege to be the head coach of the Cleveland Browns and a part of the Dawg Pound,” Jackson said. “I’m so looking forward to it and have so many people to thank. Obviously Jimmy and Dee Haslam for this opportunity, going through the process of meeting Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta. What an exciting time to have an opportunity to work with people like that.
“We shared a lot of ideas between each other. We shared a vision for the organization and what we want to accomplish,” Jackson added. “At the end of the day, we have some very real goals we want to attain and we understand it’s going to take a lot of hard work to do that.”
“Hue Jackson will be a tremendous leader for our football team,” said Sashi Brown, executive vice president of football operations. “He has vast knowledge and expertise, invaluable head coaching experience, and his players have thrived under his tutelage. His track record of relating to players as people off the field while also getting the most out of them on the field will help us establish a culture of accountability and the expectation of winning. Hue understands and embraces the collaborative work that needs to be done to positively impact our results on the field. He will be a terrific partner in our efforts to build a winning football team.”
Adam Schefter reports that the Browns have reached an agreement with Bengals OC Hue Jackson to be their next head coach.
They have already setup a press conference for later Wednesday, according to Schefter.
- Mike Silver just spoke to Jackson who told him: “They made me feel comfortable.”
- Albert Breer reports that the Browns will give their new coaching staff more say in personnel matters than in San Francisco.
Recent reports had said that the Browns were the most aggressive team in pursuing Jackson, who had also found interest from the 49ers and Giants.
Jackson was scheduled to meet with the Giants on Wednesday, but it looks like the Browns were able to convince him to not pass on that meeting and agree to become their next head coach.
It’s worth mentioning that a report said that the Browns were willing to give Jackson say in regards to their 53-man.
Jackson was considered the hottest head-coaching candidate on the market, so this is a pretty big move for the Browns, who continue their front office and coaching staff overhaul.
Jackson, 50, previously coached the Raiders for one season and led them to a record of 8-8 before he was replaced at the end of the season.