Hue Jackson is headed to Northeast Ohio to take on the difficult task of leading the Cleveland Browns organization as their new head coach according to a report by Adam Schefter on ESPN.com.
Jackson marks the third Bengals coordinator in two years to be hired as head coach of an NFL team. He was the head coach in Oakland in 2011 and joined the Bengals shortly after he was fired in 2012 and was promoted in 2014 to the offensive coordinator when Jay Gruden left for the Washington Redskins.
He will be in charge of figuring out the future direction of one of the most dysfunctional franchises since re-joined the NFL in 1999 and quarterback Johnny Manziel. He is the eighth head coach since 199 and the first head coach with experience at the position since Eric Mangini in 2010.
Jimmy Haslam, the owner of the Browns, has been making moves inside the organization left and right to attempt to change the culture in Cleveland. Jackson joins Sashi Brown, Executive VP of Football Operations, and Paul DePodesta, Chief Strategy Officer, in the attempt to turn a franchise in disarray into a contender.
Haslam skipped the owners meeting in Houston to attend to the head coaching search which will reportedly become official later today in a press conference.
The terms of the agreement have yet to be released but Andrew Whitworth had some incredible words about Jackson, and he has seen many coordinators in his 11 year career in Cincinnati but none better than this:
Nothing speaks volumes more than this. Bengals Nation will miss Hue Jackson’s leadership in Cincinnati and we at Stripe Hype wish him the best in Cleveland, just not during Bengals weeks of course.